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*Sigh* It's That Time of the Decade Again...

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by D'Snowth, May 5, 2008.

  1. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Oh some of what you've mentioned is making me cringe and I haven't even seen most of it!

    I still like the idea of the current Sesame Street to have a "classic corner" segment of retro material - if only to celebrate their 40th season next year.

    I still have hopes for Sid the Science Kid. It looks interesting. Heck, why don't they dub the Hoobs or Mopatop for use on PBS? I hate dubbing, but it's gotta be better than the stuff PBS is pawning off on kids that you mentioned.
  2. Redsonga Active Member

    When I was little I could never tell the difference between parts made in the 70's and those from the 80's and I like to think I was pretty watchful ;). I don't know, good segments stand the test of time IMHO...
    I think Callou is sort of sweet, it reminds me of the show Little Bear that use to be on Nick Jr :). But it is not as good as things like Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids as far as having, I dunno, a plot...
    Now the Ragg's Kid's Club I'm not sure what to think about... And if I have to see Dragon Tales one more time...argh.
    I miss Ghostwriter and things like 321 Contact :( .
  3. wwfpooh New Member

    That's 'cause as you get older, things you love tend to change or get critiqued to heck and back again.
  4. Redsonga Active Member

    I know, but I was just saying that not every child cares what is old or new in SS because it is all new to them :excited:

    And meh, I've never listened much to what my peers thought ;)
  5. wwfpooh New Member

    Me either. But sadly, a majority of people do cave to life's pressures. Oh well, 'tis just The Facts of Life, I guess.
  6. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The voices are increadibly grating. Half the characters sound like bad impersonations of Adam Sandler in the Waterboy.
  7. Redsonga Active Member

    I dunno, I think they sound like real little kids, but then I have been around a lot of 3-5 year olds in the last few years :).
    It takes a lot to annoy me, as I have a high voice myself :excited:
  8. wwfpooh New Member

    Plus, when you're around little ones a lot, you tend to accept the voices as they are. Heck, even Red herself was shrill-voiced during Karen's original voicing of the character in the first few FR episodes.
  9. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I dunno.. I haven't seen more than 2 seconds of an episode for years. maybe it's different that they ditched the puppet characters. That turtle thing sounded like Thw Waterboy. I really wish I could get a side by side comparison.

    Personally, I'm just glad they brought back the REAL Honest to Toutatis Thomas the Tank Engine back. Bad interpretation or not. I was getting sick of the cheap knockoffs like Theodore Tugboat and (Worse) Jay Jay the Jet Plane.... you wanna talk about grating character voices? I cought like the end 5 minutes of one once, and there was this Helicopter character... sounded like someone put their vocal cords in a blender, turned it on to liquify, and recorded it.

    But It's kinda depressing they didn't get someone at least with a British Accent (or at least change the word Cross to angry- since I've not heard anyone in the US use that saying for years). But all and all, I still love those old Shining Time Station versions by Ringo Starr and George Carlin (I know I'm sounding hypocritical, as he's from the US... but he's GREAT!) Thomas really hit the skids after that ill advised movie. Glad to see they got him back on track... WOCKA WOCKA WOCKA! Almost let that one slip by. :o
  10. wwfpooh New Member

    Speaking of him, I think he's been in recent comedy sketches, if I recall right. :D

    But back to "that time of decade again"...Are there any more ideas that could spruce PBS back to the life it once bore?
  11. ISNorden Active Member

    I'd love to see a "classic segment flashback" feature as part of Season 40, too--and have even come up with a way to frame/introduce the old stuff to kids who'd never seen it. (Remember all the Season 1 clips framed by Bert and Ernie watching TV? I was thinking that the flashbacks could open with an instrumental version of "Things That I Remember" as Bert and Ernie get ready to watch homemade videos of their favorite clips.)
  12. wwfpooh New Member

    The problem is that, ever since the 35th anniversary, Bert's been non-existant and ever since 2 seasons ago, so have both Ernie & Big Bird.
  13. ISNorden Active Member

    Not so much "non-existent" as "confined to repeat sketches"; the flashback frames (which could include some clip-specific remarks) would at least give Bert and Ernie some new material.
  14. wwfpooh New Member

    Too true, but then new fans would be like, "Who are they?" and we old fogies would have to explain who they are, which saddens me. And it especially even moreso saddens me if the person who has never seen the characters has their first memory be that 'Homicide on the Street' sketch in Family Guy or that openly gay bollucks on Robot Chicken. :(
  15. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Sesame Workshop discovered that kids were picking up the differences in production values between current programming and stuff mid-80s and before. Many kids don't care, but in this culture they are taught to "upgrade" and that new is better. Ugh, of course. I'm with you on the old vs new, however they began to reshoot old segments (Jim and Frank segments too:( ) in order to match the current production values. I really don't like that idea and think the "retro/classic corner" concept could remedy that. :)
  16. theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but I don't agree with this at all. I'm sure children of all ages still know who Ernie and Bert are. They have not disappeared from the viewing eye at all. There's still an Ernie and Bert sketch in almost every episode of the show, they still appear in the opening theme, they star in books about the characters, "Rubber Duckie" was a number 1 hit song, the first preview released for "Elmo's Christmas Countdown" was a clip of "The Bert and Ernie Christmas Special," and both of them are still very prominent in merchandise and Sesame Street Live! shows. Bert and Ernie have gone nowhere, and they aren't going anywhere. :smirk:

    Back on topic, I find it shocking and disgusting that our country has sunk down so low that they would contemplate cutting fundage of something that fuels the brains of the future of the country. I don't think the government realizes how much children need a station like PBS. It was brought up earlier that families who can't afford cable or satelite television relies on PBS to help their children see a brighter side of the world and make them see that they can aspire to more.

    American children need Sesame Street. Sesame Street is a place for kids to be themselves, be free, feel safe, learn, make new friends, and most importantly have fun. For some reason the government must not realize how much of an impact Sesame Street has on children, but hopefully they'll see the error of their ways before it's too late. :wisdom:
  17. wwfpooh New Member

    But such sketches are becoming less frequent.
    So does Big Bird and he's hardly on the show anymore, sometimes.
    See the above answer.
    Key word being "was".
    But I bet a majority of kids today only remember Elmo's impact in that film as its star.
    But like Sesame Place before it practically vanished, the stage shows and merchandise are starting to add more of the new characters & in order to add them, old classic characters sadly often go by the wayside.
    Never say never.
  18. Ilikemuppets New Member

    They do all the time where I'm at.
  19. wwfpooh New Member

    I just hope that with Elmo having gone corporate and his friends--Baby Bear, Zoe, Abby, etc.--right behind him in seats of power, I hope that doesn't mean that the Street gets a whitewash and loses the charm it once had. But with the credits having changed...again (what with the name of the company changed from the Children's Television Workshop to Sesame Workshop) and more classic characters being regulated to a mere segment, it seems that the Street may be getting another transition or something. :(
  20. Ilikemuppets New Member

    It a way it kind of is and still is. But that's just how things kind of things go I guess.:smirk: I'll admit that the show does have a different feel to it then it used to...

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