A New Review!!! Hey- well, I finally got around to watching another Sesame Street video and so here's a NEW REVIEW!!! (I hope to have a few more coming soon....) This time around, I'm covering "Let's Eat! Funny Food Songs"- a 1999 video, released on DVD in 2004. The run time is about 30 minutes. And hey- the cover of the video notes that it was the "Parenting Magazine" Video of the Year Award winner! (for 1999, I would assume) Plot- Grover is now working as a waiter at Planet Storybook, where Fat Blue (or Mr. Johnson- whatever you prefer to call him. I'm gonna refer to him as FB and you'll know who I mean.) is checking out exhibits of fairy tale memorabilia- like Cinderella's shoe, Jack and Jill's pail, the goose's golden eggs, etc. (The whole restaurant is obviously patterned after Planet Hollywood) Fat Blue can't wait to have lunch there with the storybook characters who come there to eat too. In fact, he sees Cinderella and Prince Charming go by. (with the Guy Smiley puppet being used for Prince Charming, of course) FB freaks out when he recognizes Grover as his waiter. He even points out that Grover's the waiter from Charlie's Restaurant who never gives him any good service when he goes there. Grover explains that he's moved on from Charlie's Restaurant because now he can hobnob with famous storybook characters. (Well, I guess Grover's had many careers in his day- (though I can't believe he'd leave Charlie- LOL) does this mean that he's now employed at "Planet Storybook" in the Sesame Street canon? ;-)) Oh yeah- Grover states the Planet Storybook motto- "We serve healthy food so you will live happily ever after." Grover gives FB the menu but it's only a breakfast menu and he says he doesn't want breakfast. But Grover insists it's the most important meal of the day and shows him a video on it. Song- "The Most Important Meal of the Day" (female Muppet cook and food sing about breakfast. Video includes scenes with kids eating in Hooper's Store with Mr. Handford running it. Ernie, Elmo, Telly and Big Bird are also all seen eating at Hooper's Store. Even Barkley shows up on the street during the song and then the cook is seen at Hooper's Store with Mr. Handford and a tiger and gray horse.) Grover brings porridge to FB who refuses it and a bear going by growls at him. (Because we know how they love porridge!) Grover then shows FB a video about cereal. Song- "Cereal Girl" ( Parody of "Material Girl" by Madonna- Awesome! Classic 80s! I loved this one as a kid. And I just realized that Sherlock Hemlock's dog is in the video too!) and it's immediately followed by Song- "Blueberry Mouth" (live film of kids picking and eating blueberries- Man, the blueberry cobblers look good!) FB tells Grover it's time for lunch and asks for a pepperoni pizza with extra cheese- and then Grover points out that he's been ordering it a lot lately at Charlie's (and Grover even points out that he's getting a bit chubby!) Grover tries to offer him something different- Pasta Surprise! (and then goes to get it for him.) Song- "Pasta" (live film of pasta being made) Grover trips over Jack's candlestick on the way back to the table (references to fairy tales and nursery rhymes like that are made throughout the video) and then Grover offers the Pasta Surprise to FB, which turns out to be a hat with a feather in it. (Grover then explains that it's macaroni, according to the Yankee Doodle song!) Song- "Telly's Lunch" (Telly makes a healthy baloney sandwich for lunch) Then we jump to a video of 3 black girls doing a cheer about vegetables. Grover then brings FB a big salad to eat. FB doesn't want it- and Grover even offers to feed him. (Wow- talk about service!) FB keeps insisting on a pepperoni pizza and Grover demands that he try some healthy foods- and maybe he'll forget about his "cotton-picking pepperoni pizza!" (Yes, Grover says "cotton picking"- Whoa! Grover's getting pretty steamed!) And then he forces salad into FB who then agrees that healthy food tastes good. Grover then asks if he'd like to see a video about healthy foods- FB replies "Not particularly." And Grover says, "Okay, watch." (Ha ha- classic Grover!) Song- "Healthy Foods" (Classic late '80s Cookie Monster rap that actually made fruits and vegetables look yummy to me as a kid!) This jumps right into Song- "You Don't Have to be a Grizzly Bear to Eat Some Honey" (animated/live action with kids) Then we find out that Grover ate FB's salad during the songs and now he can't get any more food for FB because that was the last of the food at the restaurant. Grover informs Fat Blue that he should have ordered earlier! And of course, FB passes out in exasperation! Miss Muffet then comes in to eat and since they're out of food- Grover suggests calling and having a pepperoni pizza delivered- because even if it's not too healthy- once in a while, we should splurge, as Grover explains it. He goes with Miss Muffet to use her cell phone in her car. And then the end credits roll and the classic live action "Pizza" film plays!!! (complete with kids ordering pizza on the classic late '80s "Zack Morris" style cell phone! ) I remember seeing this one as a kid- cool! And at the end of that, the scene jumps back to the restaurant where we see Fat Blue waking up just in time to see Grover and Miss Muffet finishing off a pepperoni pizza with extra cheese!!! ("Extra cheese is extra good!"- Miss Muffet) Fat Blue passes out in exasperation again- as a "Pop Goes the Weasel" riff plays. And Maria's voice reminds us to visit Sesame Street on the Web at www.sesamestreet.com Overall comments- I liked this one pretty well. The storyline was really great- you can't go wrong with the classic Grover and Fat Blue at the restaurant jokes. And both Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson are credited- so it's cool that both of them were there to voice their classic characters. It's also nice to see a video that focuses largely on Grover- though we do have some appearances from a few other characters in there- Barkley, Big Bird, Ernie, Elmo and Telly in particular- as well as Mr. Handford- so that's cool. And some classic songs- particularly one of my favorites- "Cereal Girl". There's also some Jeff Moss and Joe Raposo songs in there- classic live action films like "Blueberry Mouth", "Pasta" and "Pizza". And I can't forget Cookie Monster's classic "Healthy Foods". As always, Sesame Street does a great job talking about healthy foods and making it fun for kids. And there's a nice selection of a few classic 1980s songs on here- and that's fun for me. Though not as heavy on other character appearances- there are a few cool ones- and some great songs- so I'd definitely recommend it for that.