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The closing themes of Sesame Street

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by mikealan, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. Victoria

    Victoria Active Member

    Hi, i'm new :) I miss the one with the kids in the wagon and Barkley running by the tree, but not coming out of the other side.
  2. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Was the one with the kids in the wagon different from Barkley? There was no wagon in the Barkley and the kids closing sequence that was used from 1980-1992. Was this an alternate ending they used sometimes?
  3. Victoria

    Victoria Active Member

    Hmmm, let me think back to when I was 5, LOL! Ok, it was maybe a hay ride?? Not sure. I know kids were on the back swinging their legs of the wagan/tralier thing. Sorry if I am confusing you guys.

  4. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Well, here's how the Barkley closing sequence went:

    First, we see an open field, and then Barkley comes on screen and barks twice. Then, he runs away from the camera with a bunch of other kids. We then see Barkley and the kids walking over a bridge. After the bridge part, we see them running through the field again. Then comes the part where they get behind the tree, but they don't come out the other side. HOW did they DO that? We then see them coming out from behind the tree, and they all run down the hill, and at the very end, we see them all lying down under the tree, all tired.
  5. Victoria

    Victoria Active Member

    I don't know. I just remember it started of with kids in back of a wagon/hay ride thingy. Maybe this will help; I watched SS from 81-88.

  6. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Well, there was one opening theme sequence that started off with Big Bird and kids in a wagon/hay ride. Maybe that's what you're thinking of. It was used from 1988 until 1992.
  7. Victoria

    Victoria Active Member

    Oh, ok. Thanks. :)
  8. Don_Music_2004

    Don_Music_2004 Well-Known Member

    Okay since wer'e on the topic of closing themes here, does anyone remember an alternate closing theme they used instead of Barkley and the kids sometimes in the 80's. It had a bunch of kids running down some street and various things happening in the city, and it also had Oscar walk by in his garbage can with his feet sticking out of the bottom. Io seem to be the only one who remembers this, and it was used occasionally until 1987 or s.
  9. Mark The Shark

    Mark The Shark Well-Known Member

    Yes, that actually sounds like the *opening,* not the closing. That footage (with Big Bird on the hayride) was first seen at the top of show beginning with show #406 (the first show of the 1972-1973 season), and far as I can tell, that footage continued to be used at least through the 1980s. It wasn't always exactly the same sequence of shots; that varied from day to day. But the footage definitely dates back to 1972.

    Also, another interesting thing is that the opening sequence with Big Bird on the hayride was shot on videotape, compared to the opening footage in the first three seasons, which was shot on film. In the first three seasons, there also was a variety of footage used (maybe even three entirely different opening title sequences altogether, all using footage unique to one another) showing a bunch of kids, but as far as I remember, no SS characters. This seemed to be an almost subtle change which coincided with the changing of Gordons, but I could be reading too much into that.
  10. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Oh, and also, does anyone remember an alternate ending they used over the city and the sea at night? It was usually used if an episode ended at night. I have two shows with it on it. Unpaved episode #2615 used it, and I also have it on #2795. How far does this date back to? It looks like it was shot on film, unlike the ending with Barkley and the kids. Also, it didn't always have the original closing theme. There was also an alternate version of the theme that was often used if an episode ended at night. It sounded like a music box, and it was played on a celeste. And believe it or not, there were actually a few episodes where the celeste version of the theme played over the regular ending with Barkley and the kids. Does anyone remember this nighttime credit sequence that was occasionally used?
  11. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Well-Known Member

    They used a split-screen. One part of the theme taped was with Barkley looking for the kids, and the other part was taped with the kids running from behind the tree. If you look closely at the leaves on the trees, you can see them move very slightly when Barkley makes his enterance and exit.
  12. rjschex

    rjschex Well-Known Member

    There's one closing that you've forgotten!

    Circa 1974-78, the Friday closing (with cast and production credits) featured a view from the driver's seat of a car being driven down a country road.

    And on #1095, in which the funding credits music was played longer: That was because of an additional credit added: the plugging of United (?) Airlines, for providing production assistance. (The end of the Hawaii week.)

    On a similar note: On #2616 (1989-90 season opener), the post-opening instrumental theme (the slow harmonica/acoustic guitar rendition played when the opening theme fades out, and the live-action fades in) was played much MUCH longer than usual--I even caught the rarely heard flute bridge.
  13. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I remember the times when the nighttime music played during the Barkley closing credits. :) I also remember a time when Oscar was having a party and played a rusty junk band version of the theme song and they played it during the Brakley closing credits. And another time Big Bird was listening to classic ballet music on his record player and they played that during the Barkley closing credits. That was really weird.
  14. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    When Big Bird was listening to Ballet, was it still the theme? DonMusic2004 told me he remembers an episode where Piri was playing the theme on his guitar.
  15. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    No, it wasn't the original SS theme. It was some classic ballet song that might've been from Russia.
  16. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    WOW! Now THAT would be TOTALLY WIERD!! But honestly, I thought it was wierd enough that it was accompanied with the nighttime version of the theme. Because if you may remember correctly, there actually WAS a special credit sequence over the city and the sea at night. It can be seen on Unpaved episode #2615, the episode with the birth of Gabriella, but it has the regular closing theme. But I have been told that it was accompanied by the nighttime music quite a few times. I bet it's from the mid 80s.
  17. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    any of our newer people remember these closing credits?
  18. Ethan Lopez

    Ethan Lopez Member

    One Sequence That Scared Me

    There was one that scared the crap outta me, well at least I remember crying when it came on. It was on select mid 90s episodes. First you had the animated close, followed by closing credits on that dark ocean blue screen that was used on a lot of CPB/Viewers Like You captions. I don't know what bothered me about that sequence. Was it the way the music was played? Was it that dark background or the way the credits were displayed? Either ways, kinda weird, huh?
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  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Were the muppets animated in the animated closing theme?

    Did any of the first season episodes shown on Noggin have ending credits?

    People keep saying that the closing credits used to onlyu be seen on episodes that were originally broadcast on fridays. However, I remember seeing the closing credits in the 30th season premier, which was first shown on a monday.
  20. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe Well-Known Member

    No, no. The credits weren't really "animated."

    It was simply a loooong vertical drawing of the Muppets and the camera simply panned down the drawing.

    It started at the top with Grover flying the plane in the sky, and it panned all the way down to Oscar on the street holding the Sesame sign.

    This is found on the 1972 episode Rainstorm.

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