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The Floating Face's Counting Sketches

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by samtherobot, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. samtherobot

    samtherobot Member

    Hi there. Perhaps someone can help me remember this sketch. It's probably mid/late 70's since my memory of it is VERY dim. It takes place on a pitch black background and features a face that looks like it's made out of three rubberbands- two eyes and a mouth only. It didn't look traditionally animated, it looked more like a video effect, kind of like rubberbands generated by an oscilloscope. Things would fizz and race across the bottom of the screen and the 'creature' would count them in a low, scary, machine-altered voice. Between numbers sometimes it would pause and then the lines would freak out. And that's when I'd freak out, running as far away as possible!
  2. Soul H

    Soul H Well-Known Member

    Are you referring to the Hypnotic 10 cartoon, when the face says "Now then let's count to ten?"

  3. samtherobot

    samtherobot Member

    Hmmm...It might be. But it's so on the edge of my memory I can't recall much more. Does the face do it several times, each one faster than the last?
  4. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    check out i of the threadsw below titled Favorite SS 123 segments. i think it's listed there.
  5. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    That's 10!

    Yes, what you remember is actualy a Muppet character called Nobody. He actually appeared once in the late 60's on the Mike Douglas Show in a skit called "Idea Man". All he is is just string shot against the black background.
    The graphics you see of dots whizzing by were generated by a very early computer animation called Scanimate.

    And from talking with a lot of people my age, he was one scary dude. He totally freaked me out, and had nightmares for years because of him.

    They've since used Scanimate more on the Electric Company, and thankfully, Nobody was given a very early retirement. Even more than Beautiful Day or any other monster, this was the scariest thing Jim ever came up with. :eek:
  6. samtherobot

    samtherobot Member


    That was it!! I love the early stuff, it was as though they had no rules whatsover. Thanks for the info... I would love to see this again. Does anyone know where to find it? I can trade but have little unfortunately.
  7. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    what do you mean by no rules?
  8. samtherobot

    samtherobot Member

    Sorry, I should have clarified. By 'they' I mean the creative team (Henson, Raposo, etc...). By 'no rules' I simply meant that since nothing like Sesame Street had really been done before, there was no template, or formula- they may have had more artistic freedom. But it does bring up an interesting debate (probably for another thread really); is the show -actually- simpler and less innovative now, or did we only perceive it as innovative and complex because our minds were simpler back then? My -personal- opinion is that the show was more uninhibited, artsy, and edgy back then. But perhaps society was as well? Musically speaking, the older skits really capture the essence of the time period and often are fairly complex (lots of meter changes and complex chords/ chord progressions) whereas today's SS is musically much more simple. I think it followed the trend of pop music which was to become much more slickly produced but less meaningful...It's really impossible to measure if the wonderment (and sometimes fear) the classic bits produced in us create those same feelings in our own children...It makes an interesting sociological / psychological study.
  9. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    Anyone remember what happened after the rubber band man stopped counting, or how it began? I think there were some wierd sound effects in this animation, if I remember right.
  10. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member


    Here's how it goes:

    First a 10 appears on the screen. Then with an effect that looks like dropping a pebble into a pool of still water, the 10 dissolves and forms a spinning ring.
    Then Nobody appears in the middle of the ring.
    "Now then, a count of ten!" (The sight of him and the sound of his voice totally freaked me out, how about you?)
    Then Nobody disappears.

    The numbers 1 through 10 come on, and Nobody counts them. Each number
    shrinks into a tiny spinning circle- five on each side of the screen. When the 10 comes on, it appears to explode, and Nobody's back!

    "That's 10! Once again, let's count to 10". He counts to 10 again, and one by one the circles disappear.

    "Watch the screen and we will try to count how many dots go by". Ten dots go by, and Nobody counts each one. After ten, there's another explosion, and ten vertical lines start filling the screen, and Nobody slowly fades away.

    The last line morphs into a big 10 in a circle surrounded by yellow dots on a blue field, and we hear Nobody's voice for the last time "That's 10!"

    I was always so relieved when this clip was over.

    The Scanimate graphics were always nifty, as were the synthesized sound effects. Considering this was state-of-the-art back then, they still look cool today.
    Luke kun likes this.
  11. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    there was also a computer 4 segment where you hear the same guy but no computer animated person.
  12. samtherobot

    samtherobot Member


    Would anyone be willing to trade for this sketch? Contact me personally.
  13. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    I wonder if I could find a video of that online!
  14. Violia

    Violia Member

    I remember a sketch like that, but it was from the mid to late '80's.
  15. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    can anyone find a link to a wave file, or a wmv file of this wierd thing? I'd like to see it, and see if I'm not scared anymore!
  16. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know who does the scary voice of Nobody?
  17. Mickey Moose

    Mickey Moose Well-Known Member

    I have this clip downloaded.
  18. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

  19. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    Although I've read this particular thread a gazillion times, I haven't had a dream about that "nobody" muppet. It'd be amazing if I had actually dreamed this clip while asleep! It'd probably be a nightmare though!
  20. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    Thanks to mickey moose for this clip. I played it a few times, and I'm prepared to see him if he ever decides to come back!

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