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Sketches and Songs on Sesame Street videos

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by GonzoLeaper, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Yeah- some bonus clips from Sesame Street definitely would be cool. I was thinking that there aren't too many Christmas-related sketches on Sesame Street- but you've compiled a pretty nice list there.
    Hmmm- I don't think I've seen the News Flash about waiting up for Santa Claus. That'd be cool to see sometime!:)

    And to answer your question- it wasn't Jerry Nelson doing the voice of Sam. Kevin Clash is listed as the voice of Sam the Robot (who is actually referred to as i-SAM in the credits- obviously, a take-off from iMac):)
  2. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    New Review!

    This time around, I'm reviewing "Get Up and Dance", a 1997 Sesame Street video- (at least that's what it says on the box. On the video itself, it lists the copyright at 1996.) The run time is about 30 minutes.

    Plot- It's Radar's (Big Bird's teddy bear) birthday! And Big Bird decides to have a dance party for him at Celina's dance studio. He invites some kids in the park to go there with him- and passes Oscar on the way, who's at a newstand. (I guess this is from the "Around the Corner" days- since they go to the dance studio which is located above Ruthie's "Finders Keepers" store. I remember seeing some of the "Around the Corner" stuff on Sesame Street- but don't remember the exact details as to why it was suddenly introduced and why it disappeared later on)
    When Big Bird passes Oscar, he tells HIM to have a rotten day!:grouchy: Ha ha! When Big Bird and the kids enter studio, Celina is dancing to "The Body Dance" (live action film of inner city kids with a rap beat) which is playing on her TV. Celina agrees to let them have the party there and
    Radar picks the first dance.
    Celina, kids and Big Bird do "A Very Simple Dance".
    A very young Gabi picks the next dance.
    Song- "I'm a Little Airplane" (kids start doing dance and then it cuts back and forth between live action film and kids. Film includes a quick shot of Cookie Monster in rocket from "If Moon Were Cookie" song and a shot of Super Grover flying through the air)
    Celina now wants to rest for a bit- but the kids want to go on. Big Bird turns it to "The Dance Channel" on the TV- (and a logo of that in the bottom right corner reminds you of that the whole time!) where the kids watch the "Birdland Jump" song. (which includes Little Bird, Hoots, a duck and some birds from the "Follow That Bird" movie in attendance.)
    (It again cuts from the kids to the video and back.)
    Big Bird now tells Celina she can rest while he doles out an imaginary pizza. They finish it just as she's sat down- so of course, she has to get up and keep going. Carlo and some kids and Barkley come walking by outside and offer to do a dance for them.
    They perform "Do The Dog" on the street.
    Next- Celina and the kids and Big Bird decide to do the dance "Do The Jelly".
    Celina then again wants to rest but Radar votes to keep going- though he does say that after 3 more dances, it'll be time for birthday cake.
    Big Bird puts on "The Birthday Channel" for the next dance, and this one is called "Cat Had a Birthday". (Kingston Livingston III sings the song- along with cats Chip and Dip, cows Gladys, Cathleen and a brown cow, and ducks and a chicken) - This is again interspersed with clips of the kids.
    - At the newstand, Oscar calls on the phone to tell Celina and kids to knock off the dancing and noise. They offer to do a grounch dance and Oscar concedes. They perform "Doin' The Grouch" and then get a call back from Oscar who says, "Now that was more like it."
    Then it's time for the last dance- referred to by Big Bird and the kids as the "Funny Walk Dance"
    This dance is probably more commonly known as "A New Way to Walk"
    (In this video, we see lots of clips of the Oinker Sisters, Savion tapdancing, Benny briefly seen at The Furry Arms as a dancer goes by, Bert "doing the pigeon" from the original song, and lots of celebrities like John Goodman, a younger and slimmer Rosie O'Donnell, Maya Angelou, Cheech Marin, Marisa Tomei- and at the end- a racewalker!:) )
    - And then at the dance studio they have Radar's birthday cake (which is also imaginary) and Radar makes a wish for another dance party right then! By now though, Celina is fast asleep, so the kids keep on dancing anyway to a reprise of "New Way to Walk"- and then the end credits roll.

    BONUS- Elmo shows you his alphabet rap and dance! (Official name is listed as "Elmo Raps Alphabet Song")

    Concluding Thoughts- This is a fun video to get young kids up and moving and dancing along to the songs. I don't know if the Elmo bonus clip was show separately on the show or if this was made just for this video (maybe to capitalize on Elmo's then growing popularity)
    I enjoyed seeing some songs I hadn't seen in a long time, but it's unfortunate that none of the older songs are shown in their entirety- as clips of the kids in the studio are interspersed in with them. But for fans of the "Around the Corner" characters- this is a pretty good video to see a lot of them!
  3. Hey fellow Street fans...

    I have a question, and it's kind of weird maybe, but wanted to see if I could get any help/suggestions here.

    What SS DVDs do you recommend for a nostalgaic fan like myself?

    Okay, let me get a little more specific for ya, lol.

    • The only DVD I have is "Old School" that I just got
    • I prefer NO ELMO if possible (I got "Elmo Says BOO!" on VHS years ago because it featured The Count and I wanted Count material)
    • The only other VHS I ever got was "The Best of Kermit"
    • I love all the classic animated sequences and Muppet sketches (PRE-Elmo!!)
    • I would prefer for any DVDs I buy to have more "fresh" stuff on it for me, that is, nothing (or at least very little) of what is on the "Old School" set
    Favorite Muppets/recurring sketches:
    Ernie (& Bert)
    Little Bird
    Vincent Twice Vincent Twice
    Alphabet Chat
    Monsterpiece Theatre

    Really I would appreciate any classic Muppet stuff, but those are some of my bigger faves.

    And see I'm not wanting to read too much of this thread because when I watched "Old School", it was such a warm fuzzy joy to experience segments I hadn't seen in 15 or 20 years suddenly right in front of me on the TV once again...some beloved ones that I'd remembered, and others I'd totally forgotten about but excitedly recalled as soon as they started. I loved that feeling, and I want to experience it more with other SS DVDs if I can (this is also why I've been trying not to watch much SS stuff on YouTube that's not on Old School).

    So based on all this, can anyone help suggest certain discs to me? I'm sure I would enjoy some of the "Best of" series, but other than that I don't really know what to expect---and the only reason I know what "Best of" is like is cause I have the Kermit one (I assume they all have new material with old sketches inserted as the "meat").

    Thanks for any help.
  4. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    If you're asking about those two characters, definitely the DVDs, "Play Along Games and Songs, and "Sing, Hoot and Howl!"

    "Play Along" is from 1987 I believe; it has Big Bird, Forgetful and Elmo (Pre-"Elmo's World, so he's actually a good character). It showcases Forgetful's inability to remember the games they play. Forgetful's very sweet and hilarious here; he never gives up trying to remember and appreciates the help of his friends.

    "Sing, Hoot and Howl!" (1991) features a club of animals led by Big Bird who sing their favorite animal songs. Gladys demands to sing her favorite cow song ("Proud to be a Cow" of course), despite the other animals decided lack of interest!
  5. Oo, thanks heralde...question on "Play Along", are there any classic Forgetful clips, or is it mostly new stuff?

    And does anyone know if this clip is on any DVD? It's tied for my favorite alphabet segment (along with Madrigal Alphabet---oh, and that one with the kids who make up the letters by forming them from an aeiral view), and I found it on YouTube cause I had to see if anyone had it at all, lol.

  6. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    No problem! "Play Along" is like a regular episode from the '80s (it may have been one, but I don't know for sure). The main plotline of the DVD is Big Bird, Elmo and Forgetful playing different games together (as in one long segment, not different clips.)

    But every now and then different sketches come on, like Cookie Monster on "Beat the Time" and Grover's "Over and Under and Through".
  7. Hmmm, well I already have those sketches on "Old School"...it's somethin' to keep in mind though, thanks.
  8. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I would mainly recommend it if you want to see Forgetful, he has a huge part throughout the whole thing.

    There's only one other DVD that features him and it's really quick.

    Good luck!
  9. Okay, thanks---now what about that alphabet link, any word on that, or do I wait for someone else on that one? lol ;)
  10. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Sorry, have to wait with that one!
  11. Fair enough. lol
  12. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I love that alphabet link you posted too- but I haven't seen it on any of the Sesame Street videos or DVDs I've seen so far. Still, it may be on one I haven't come across yet.

    Hmm- you've already got "The Best of Kermit"- which is one of my favorites because I love Kermit on Sesame Street!:)

    If you want Ernie and Bert- then I'd definitely go with "The Best of Bert and Ernie"- there's lots of classic sketches on that one.
    Grover has a video dedicated to him called "A Celebration of Me: Grover" and it's pretty good.
    Unfortunately, I don't think I've seen any Alphabet Chat or Vincent Twice Vincent Twice segments show up on any videos.
    Little Bird and Sherlock Hemlock... haven't seen much of them on the videos either.
    For Guy Smiley... well, he shows up in the "Six Cookies" song with Cookie Monster and Farley on the "Learning to Add and Subtract" video- and "Big Bird's Favorite Party Games" also has Guy hosting The Remembering Game.
    If you want a lot of The Count, "Elmo Says Boo" is actually pretty good for that- but I'd also try "Learning About Numbers"- he's definitely in there a good bit too
    "Getting Ready for School" also features The Count's first day of school song, and the alphabet live action film where kids stand together to form the alphabet.

    Also, if you love Kermit on Sesame Street- I would highly recommend "Big Bird's Story Time" as it has a great selection of classic News Flashes AND even features Kermit in the new material!!! "I'm Glad I'm Me" is another excellent video with at least 3 Kermit appearances- Kermit also shows up at least 3 times in the "What's the Name of that Song?" video and shows up a few times in "Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game" (which also has some good stuff)

    But it all depends on what specifically you're looking for- some of the really classic clips are spread out on the VHS and DVD releases- you might have to get a video for just one sketch you want on there- 'cause that might be the only place it's been released. But all Sesame Street is cool anyway!
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Kermit only appears twice in What's the Name of That Song?
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here are what Sesame Street videos/ DVDs I recommend if you want to see some segments from the 1980s or earlier. I will also put the number of sketches that are included on the Old School set beside the titles.

    Learning About Letters -2
    Learning About Numbers -4
    Getting Ready to Read -2
    Count it Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street -0 (but most are from the 1980s)
    Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game -1 (most are from the 1980s)
    Big Bird's Story Time -1
    Bedtime Stories and Songs -1
    Rock & Roll -0
    Monster Hits! -1
    Play-Along Games and Songs -2
    A Celebration of Me, Grover! -2
    The Alphabet Game -1
    Learning to Add and Subtract -0
    Sing Yourself Silly -1
    Put Down the Duckie -0 (pretty much all from the 1980s)

    Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game has the most Elmo in it, while Elmo has major supporting roles in Monster Hits!, Play-Along Games and Songs, and A Celebration of Me, Grover!, only has cameos in Put Down the Duckie, Sing Yourself Silly, and Learning to Add and Subtract, and only makes non-speaking background appearances in Count it Higher and Rock & Roll.

    Monsterpiece Theater segments appear in Put Down the Duckie and A Celebration of Me, Grover! However, the Monsterpiece Theater segment in A Celebraation of Me, Grover! is edited to remove Allistar Cookie's scenes (but Cookie Monster still introduces the clip).
  15. Very interesting...thanks guys, I appreciate your input. I'll have to narrow it down to see where I wanna start! :)
  16. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    That's right- good catch.
  17. I went to my DVD Aficionado account and selected a lot of classic-looking SS DVDs to wish my list, including several you guys mentioned. Thanks. :)
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought I would bump this thread up, so that it doesn't get lost. There are still quite a few videos that haven't been reviewed yet.
  19. ffolke

    ffolke New Member

    I have both of these, and since they are music oriented I recorded the audio from my VHS to mp3. You can download these at http://liquidparallax.com/2007/01/27/sesame-street-song-downloads/
  20. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Okay, I just finally got a chance to watch "Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Hospital" - a 1990 video with a run time of about 30 minutes. This has been reviewed on here before, so I'm not going to go into a lot of detail. I just wanted to point out a few neat things I liked about it.
    It is nice to see characters like Mike and Mr. MacIntosh on the video, who along with Susan, Oscar and Cookie Monster all visit Big Bird at the hospital and Susan brings Radar for him. And later when Big Bird comes home, he's welcomed by Gina, Gordon and Luis- and then he plays with Elmo and Snuffy. So it had a good mix of characters and included 2 original songs- "It Takes Patience to be a Patient" and "I'm Busy Getting Better All the Time".
    Oh yeah- and Hoots came to visit Big Bird at night and played him a lullaby on the saxophone.
    Interesting to note that when Big Bird rides on the wheeling bed it's the only time I remember ever seeing the bottom of his feet, and they're apparently a shade of gray.
    Also, I love the scene where Maria is checking Big Bird into the hospital. She gives the nurse her full name, Maria Rodriguez- one of the few times I've heard her full time on the show. And I love it when they ask if she's Big Bird's mother and at first she says, "No"...but then hesitates as she tries to explain what relationship they have- and finally just relents to say that she's his mother. I thought that was great- because Maria essentially does fulfill the role of mother to Big Bird. It's kinda funny that most all the other Muppets on the show have a mother and father but the most we've seen for Big Bird is his Granny Bird. So pretty much all the humans on Big Bird take care of him and really are his family. (A point explored further in the "Follow That Bird" movie).
    Anyway, this was a fun and educational video to watch. As far as I know, it's the only other one in "Sesame Street Home Video Visits...." series. (The other one is the "Firehouse" video.)

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