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Sesame Street's 37th season begins August 14

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Well-Known Member

    I'm going to sound like an idiot but does anyone else who is on this forum live in los angeles? could you please tell me what time of the day Sesame Street comes on our local pbs station?
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I still hold out hope that's the case. Parents shove french fries in their kid's mouths while they sit around playing grand theft auto (at 7 years of agee) then they start getting concerned when their kids grow up screwed up! But they blame SPongebob and Kelloggs to the point they actually filed lawsuits. Same parents that go Bonkers when they don't dumb down and tone down children's cartoon shows (especially a certain Japanese series about pirates which shall remain nameless), but let them keep Jerry Springer opposite Sesame Street.

    Still, not much on this season, except for a new character (which probably won't stick... like the Mary monsters, Roxys, and Lulus of yore) and that nice bit about the adopted baby. SO no... uh.. interresting parodies or anything? We'll just have to wait and see.
  3. maxdrive

    maxdrive Well-Known Member

    season 37 seems to be looking great to me i felt seseme street didnt do to much socal issues like before. they even did rasisim in the past. and i have to say they did some good stuff about elmo feeling left out because of his age. I bet all little kids feel like that.
  4. RyGuy

    RyGuy Active Member

    Sesame Street scences not realistic

    One thing I observe in watching SS is the humans never act like "real people" They don't make mistakes, they don't wear outfits to match the weather. " Suppose the episode was centered around a hot day .The humans don't wear shorts or sleveless shirts " they don't interact with each other talking about "adult things" I don't mean Gordon and Bob discussing Iraq . I mean just something like "hey , Bob, you want to go to Hooper's for a coffee after I 'm done reading "The message here is grown-ups need time to themselves . Why hasn't this been done on SS? Why are the street scences so unreal ? I understand it's a show and a "set " but why don't ss humans act "real "?
  5. SwedishChefCook

    SwedishChefCook Active Member

    Actually, years ago in the 1970's and the 1980's the Humans did act real and often were seen interacting in an adult way. Even a little bit in the early part of the 90's they were like this, but since the show has been dumbed down and only focuses on the Muppets, the humans have been dumbed down as well. Sad but true.
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    What about all of those episodes from season 30 to 32 where Gina was seen baby-sitting her baby niece?
  7. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Bravo! What Sesame Street needs is more human characters who act as lifelike as PBS' standards allow on a children's show. Muppets will always have a legitimate place on the show, but flesh-and-blood people handle some serious topics more readily than puppets could. (Maria's marriage and pregnancy, Hooper's death, the main cast's adventures on an occasional trip...no Muppet could have done a human's job then, and no Muppet can deal with every problem that children face now.)

    Am I saying this to bash the Muppets? Hardly; before Sesame Street was reworked for younger children, most Muppets were three-dimensional characters with lives beyond their obsessive gimmicks. Nowadays, the gimmicks seem to define every Muppet on Sesame Street, even the ones who have appeared there since the first few seasons. Cookie Monster is still a compulsive overeater, Baby Bear is still obsessed with porridge (and can't understand why his sister isn't), Zoe has become little more than Rocco's owner, and Rosita little more than an ethnic stereotype.

    Were those characters always one-trick ponies? Hardly; but the show needs more believable, balanced characters. The way Sesame Street is heading now, that means more human residents.
  8. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    I think Gordon and Alan casually converse with each other pretty often. They are seen playing Checkers from time to time, and seen to have a pretty good relationship going there.

    I think what SS needs is to sprinkle that kind of thing around a little bit more then they have in recent years. I also think the risen for some of it has to do with the fact that the adults are seen a lot of the time working, and a Muppet is usually interrupting one of them or stopping in for a snack of something, so sense they all have lives, chances are they usually don't see much of each other, in less someone is on there lunch break or is checking on there mail, or need something repaired.

    But I see what everyone is saying here.
  9. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    Well I don't know about acting real and who care's what they wear? Now maybe the other stuff you mentioned along with everyone else has some merit but clothes? Please!
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I still object to the term "dumbing down"

    I'd like to think of it as " Changing everything so it's acceptible for 1-3 year olds to watch since they have too much competition from worse shows on Nick Jr. because parents are too dang lazy to take care of their own kids."

    I do agree the main character humans need to be out their just a bit more... but the humans they can really can are those annoying boring "talking to kids without celebrities, cast members or Muppets" type things. They bored me when I was 5, they bore me at age 24!

    But I suppose, at least DIsney doesn't own them.
  11. Michael Earl

    Michael Earl Member

    Snuffy - 1978, 79, 80

    Hi. My name is Michael Earl Davis, though I go by Michael Earl. In 1978 I met Kermiit Love at a Puppeteers of America festival in San Luis Obispo when I was 17. He liked my puppet maing and offered me a building job in New York. Growing up in the Bay Area, I had known Frank Oz's parents (Mike and Francis Oznowitz) through the local puppetry guild. Between them and Kermit talking to Jim Henson about me, Jim hired me in 1978 sight-unseen for The Muppet Movie. I had just turned 19. Afterwards, Jim asked if I'd like to take over the front end of Snuffy on Sesame Street since Jerry had hurt his back. Richard had been subbing for him and they needed fulltime replacement. Since I was young, tall and strong, and a good puppeteer, I got the job. The first season I lip-synced to Jerry's voice from the booth. The second season he told producers, "I'm a puppeteer, not a voice actor" and bowed out of the character all together. That lead to a big search for a new voice. They auditioned every voice actor in NYC and when I heard about this, I asked Kermit if I could audition...since I was already IN the puppet. He said ok, so on a home recorder, I read a scene from an old script doing both Snuffy and Big Bird's voices (I was also Caroll Spinney's understudy, as well as being in BB in Muppet Movie Finale). I got the job, the puppet was now all mine and was for that season and one more, three total. I also originated Polly Darton, Forgetful Jones (a young Kevin Clash, brand new to the show, performed Buster my Horse), a Honker, and many others, working with the writers, creating characters tailored to our talents. Brian Muehl and I (and Carroll Spinney) were the only fulltime puppeteers on Sesame Street at that time (I was under contract for 3 years). The other Muppeteers were in London much of the year shooting Muppet Shows and came to the street for Muppet Inserts just once a year. So Brian and I got a LOT of opportunity to learn through doing, script after script. I think I was in about 150 episodes; Brian many more because he stayed longer than I did, creating Telly, Barkley, etc. As for the Sesame Unpaved book, when I read it I called CTW lawyers who explained to me there were many inaccuracies in that book, and issued me a letter of proof stating my involvment in Sesame Street. So that's the real (partial) history of those years. I could write a book with many more of those stories, nice and naughty, but for now, here's for the record. - Michael Earl (Davis)
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Did Caroll Spinney actually perform Big Bird in his cameo appearance, or did he just perform the voice?

    Did you perform Snuffy in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (you weren't credited), or was that finished before you started performing?
  13. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    sesame street is doing well
  14. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah, another thing that's sad about that, according to what I read at imdb.com. The original intention was to keep the humans and Muppets strictly in seperate sequences, but that idea would have given the actors a limited amount of airtime. Now, it seems like they're back on the verge of doing that. Though I really hope I'm wrong about this.

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