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Sesame Street Season 45 Episode 4503 - Proud to Be Me

Discussion in 'Season 45' started by Phillip, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Episode 4503 - Proud to Be Me
    Wednesday September 17, 2014

    Segi, the president of the Sesame Street Snazzy Society, is leading a meeting by first doing the Snazzy Shuffle dance, then reading Snazzy Jazzy and the Snazziest Toy. She gets upset when she reads that Snazzy Jazzy didn’t think a teddy bear was snazzy because it was too brown, because Segi has brown skin. Leela, Mando, and Chris help her realize that they all have different skin and that it makes them special and unique.

    Subject: Self-Regulation
    Brought to you by: Y & 9
    Word on the Street: Skin – Protects your body and can be used to touch and feel things.

    If you've seen "Proud to Be Me" please like this post and share your thoughts below.
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  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I audibly groaned at the "young grasshopper" pun in the new ETM today.
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Episode 4503: Proud to be Me.9.
    Sponsors: Y,

    Word on the Street: Skin.

    Street Story.
    So we kick off the episode with Mando doing some self-drawing, it kind of reminds me of when Hiroshi was part of the cast/street stories.
    Abby, Elmo, and Big Bird start off the SST Snazzy Society.
    Mando: Why do you have to say "snazzy" over and over and over? Welcome to our main complaint dude!
    So Segi arrives as the club's president, starting off the song the Snazzy Shuffle.
    Next up is the story of Snazzy Jazzy and the Snazziest Toys.
    Ah, so here's the street story's conflict... Segi doesn't like that Snazzy Jazzy didn't pick the teddy bear because it was too "brown".
    Yes... It is a book, it must be true! That's right kids, go ahead and do believe everything you read!
    Chris called a goofball... *Chuckles.
    I really like the song "The Color Of Me" sung by Leela, Mando, and Chris.
    And now everyone's a member of the Snazzy Society.

    Song: "My Beautiful Skin", this is another good song, something tells me this might be one of their submissions come Daytime Emmy time next year.

    Muppets/Celebrity Word of the Day Explanation.

    Muppets: Murray does his best reporter bit, asking kids what makes them in particular special.
    I wonder if anyone besides us will recognize the radio sound effect for breaking news.

    Cookie's Crummy Pictures: The Spy Who Loved Cookies.

    Letter of the Day Dance: Y.

    Song: "Why I Love The Letter Y".

    Murray's Special Report: More kids interviewed by Murray.
    Aaaah! That kid just said the P-word!

    Abby's Flying Fairy School: Colonial Trolliamsburg.
    This is actually one of the AFFS segments I've been waiting to see in its entirety.
    Heh, all the musical puns for Garfunkle the Griffin were well-done.

    Number of the Day Dance: 9.

    Film: Kids counting 9 dancers.

    Animation: The Adventures of Salty and Pierre: #9 Train.

    Song: Dunno what this song would be named, but it's a fun sketch about Spanish Me and English Me sung by Mando.

    Murray's Special Reports: More kids talking about what makes them special.
    I feel Ovejita was underused by just having her say the Spanish word for "special" and nothing else.

    Murray: "Stay special Sesame Street". An Anchorman reference?

    Song: "Count Me In".

    Elmo the Musical: Karatemaster the Musical.
    Is this the first segment with Ryan's Elmo?
    *Laughs at the patented use of "Patience young grasshopper."
    The Ooze as our villain? Versus a martial arts master? I feel like someone's been watching the first Power Rangers movie.
    The villain has a tragic backstory as demonstrated through song, another trope.
    And they even used the line "Now the student has become the teacher."

    Good episode all around, clearly from the story and song selections this was meant to be a self-empowerment booster. Would have liked it if they also used "Skin" sung by Baby Ray Franklin, but I'm pleasantly satisfied.

    Now on to Threeview Night as we eagerly await Numeric Con tomorrow! ! !
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    But Oscarfan-san, do you not remember one of Grand Master Jim's ancient teachings?

    "It may be a terrible pun,
    But it is terribly perfectly suited for us."
  5. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    1. The song was actually done by an AM boy voiced by Matt Vogel and a bunch of other AMs as well; it's called "Spanish Me, English Me."

    2. Yes, this was the first ETM with Ryan. They only filmed two for this season, unfortunately.
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  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    That was Matt? Wow, I didn't recognize his voice. Maybe it's because since last year started I'm predisposed into thinking a young-ish male voice speaking or singing in both English and Spanish is Mando.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's great to see Segi in a street story. Sure, it was basically her lot in the show to teach self esteem, and I'd like to see her do more on the series besides that. But with this, she's becoming more of a character for the series.

    YAY! And Big Bird was there too. Still think the Abby/Elmo pairing comes off as forced.

    By the way, what the heck is up with the racist kid's books on Sesame Street? Between this one and the ones from Mi Amigo Rosita, you'd think they exclusively get books written by Uncle Ruckus.

    I don't know what to make of the "You're Special" bits. Nice to see Murray interacting with kids and trying hard not to break that fourth wall when a kid had a quite impressive puppet. But the rest of it seemed off and odd flowing.

    I really don't want to complain about Abby still being there another day, but it seems that both SG 2.0 and ETM have had their theme songs edited for time constraints, and AFFS still has its theme untouched (other than slightly reorchestraiting it every season). Not to mention that putting it at the second half hour opening makes it even more of a slog. The segment is a good 2 minutes or more longer than it needs to be anyway. It's on clearly for budget reasons and to fill out the hour, and that's it. I don't even think the show runners like it taking 9 minutes of time out of the show, especially when no new one will ever be produced again.
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The ETM theme has three different variation lengths depending on the time of the segment itself, not the whole episode run-time.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Figured that.

    Forgot to mention that I really liked the one of two ETM's produced this season. Really? Two? :rolleyes:

    Though, it's not really what you'd expect out of a karate skit. Other than that Grasshopper thing, they really didn't make much of a reference to any famous karate based movie, TV show, cliche, or whatever. Didn't even manage to get an "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting" song parody. I guess that's what happens when you have a violent genre for a kid's show. You can't really do much karate without hurting someone. Even though they did more of that with the Crumby Pictures Karate Kid parody.

    Still feels like this could have been Sculptor the Musical without any major changes.
  10. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I do like how the episodes have been committing to a theme for the episode and having run throughout - chickens, bikes and pride.

    I'm also glad they got rid of that stupid "cube spin over the sidewalk" transition. Drove me nuts how often they'd use it.
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  11. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Mando as the new Hiroshi. That makes sense, because in a way Chris is sort of like the new David.

    And I think he may have been Big Bird in this episode as well. Correct me if I'm wrong, but unless Carroll had a cold when the street scene was filmed, his "There she is!" line did sound very reminiscent of how he sounded back when they had "Journey to Ernie."

    Well, it is something to think about. I know Elmo often gets frustrated with Zoe because of her pet rock, so maybe they wanted someone he can get along with better. :confused:

    Oh, I thought Matt voiced him in the whole street scene. Well, I guess it's for the best. It's a good way to give both of his puppeteers some air time.
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  12. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Wonder if it was Matt.
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    No, :wisdom: was voiced by Caroll in the street story, his voice was pretty much normal. I kind of noticed that when Matt voices :wisdom: it's a slightly different pitch.
  14. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Today's street story was pretty good. I agree with Drtooth on the stereotypical kids books that are shown on Sesame Street! What's worse? A teddy bear being considered too brown or a Mexican kid spending the day wearing a sombrero and taking a siesta next to a cactus with their pet burro? Quite mind boggling! But on a better note, it was interesting to see Segi be featured in a street story- I wonder if one of these days, someone will take a picture of the real Segi (Joey's daughter) and the Muppet Segi together; that would be quite interesting. Plus, it was cool to get an appearance from Chris, Leela, and Mando at once. The song that was sung towards the end was quite awesome, as well as the skin song after the street scene!

    Since my antenna thankfully cooperated during the Number of the Day song, I can say that it was incredibly catchy indeed! I'm glad they brought The Count back for this role!

    Now for the Murray segment...how do I put this? When I saw the Sesame Street News logo, I thought that these segments would rise from the dead with new ones being made! I figured that if SW couldn't get permission from Disney to use Kermit for the segment, Telly reprising his Monster on the Spot role would be the next best thing (especially since it looks as if Steve isn't coming back). Personally, I think Telly would have been a better choice for the segment, unless Marty isn't available as often as Joey is.

    Sadly, I had to head to school just as ETM was starting- too bad, it looked really good.
  15. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Really? It's so hard to tell anymore. I know I heard that you can tell when it's Matt because he has more of a congested sound, but Carroll's has gotten congested too in recent years. Though he does sound really good when he sings the "Letter/Number of the Day" songs. Even though he doesn't have any solo lines there, I can hear Carroll is BB pretty well.

    I have to agree. :) and Telly (Gosh! We need a Telly smilie) were the best at SS news. Heck, they could have even used Prairie Dawn. (Remember she used to do "Fairy Tale News.") But they really should give Murray a rest and give some other characters some airtime.
  16. JonnyBMuppetMan

    JonnyBMuppetMan Well-Known Member

    Somehow, I thought the ETM opening was going to be re-dubbed or re-shot, but I don't blame them for not going that far. Fortunately, the transition from Kevin's Elmo to Ryan's is quite seamless now, so much so that I'd think most kids won't pick up the difference.

    Speaking of which, I don't know about anyone else, but frankly I loved the Skin segment with Elmo and Lupita Nyong'o. Really well executed overall and well performed by Ryan =)
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  17. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't know why Big Bird was performed by Caroll in the beginning of the street story but Matt at the end. But, I'm just glad Caroll is still performing the Bird in terms of both voice and puppetry, so I don't really care to what extent. And he is holding up quite well, if I do say so myself.

    Anyway, I loved this street story. I love Chris and Leela, and Mando is proving himself pretty well, too. I think that those three are now the three "main" humans on the show, and I don't think that's a bad thing at all. The "Color of Me" song was terrific. I can listen to Nitya Vidyasagar sing all day long. A great message.
  18. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's the new "Beautiful Skin" song from today's episode...

  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They're still using Murray for filler segments. The Murray had a little lamb bits are interesting... this one seemed just fillery. Like they could have done one short segment and have been done. It seemed a bit hamfisted after the third kid. And while I could go on a cynical turn about being special doesn't mean jack in the real world when these kid's grow up, that would be petty. I get the self esteem moral of the episode, down to the Abby segment they reran, but the Murray's Special Report bit ran long for the sake of plugging up time holes and keeping Murray as semi-host. Still, I hope Sesame Street (or Henson) gives that young puppeteer a call in about 10 years. That was the true highlight. A young kid with that much talent.
  20. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    So. It was Carroll and Matt. I guess the Count may have been mistaken on that one. Like I said that "There she is!" sounded very much like his "There he is!" in the JTE segments and now that JTE isn't on the show any more they probably want to give him some airtime, though he's probably busy with Jerry's characters as well.

    Of course, I'm not the one to ask, because I didn't know until I read the forums that they used an alternate Ernie performer on Tuesday's show. Though I thought that may have been in the cards when I heard the voice. But anyway, that's another story.

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