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Warner Home Video now distributing Sesame Workshop DVDs

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by D'Snowth, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I read about that on the wiki. I wondered if maybe there was an issue with paying the people in the film, or maybe somebody who worked on that film segment.

    It's interesting that the packaging both refers to it as "first time on DVD" (I guess to please us fans who knew it was the only one not on DVD) and as "Classic Elmo's World". I guess the segment has been on long enough to be considered "classic", but it is an interesting term.

    On a similar note, has anyone noticed how the only video release of the very first Elmo's World, "Balls", was as a bonus on the Elmo in Grouchland Sing-and-Play (it was included after the program on the VHS in addition to the DVD)? Interesting how that one hasn't been included in any "Elmo's World releases" (and no, Sesame Workshop/Warner Home Video, I don't want this new trend of yearly Elmo's World releases to continue).
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The next DVD after Sing It, Elmo! will be Elmos' Favorite Stories, which will have seven street stories. I wonder if that's a new trend.

    Only two of the stories have been announced, but one of them is the one where Abby thinks Oscar is a prince, which was released in Fairy Tale Fun. Still, despite Elmo's name in the title, that is one street story he wasn't in, so it's not all "story episodes" where Elmo was involved.

    I hope this one follows the trend of other story-themed releases and has a Sesame Street News segment or two (or more). Of course there are a lot of other storytime inserts that could be included (Fairy Tales Today, various segments where an adult character reads a story acted out by Anything Muppets, etc.).

    When it comes to street stories involving stories, I hope it has Goldilocks and the Four Bears or Baby Bear telling the story of what the bears did when they waited for the porridge to cool.

    The only bonus feature mentioned is Elmo's Music Adventure: Peter and the Wolf.
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  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Wow, I can't believe I don't remember this at all. I guess they must not have shown it on TV very much after 2002.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This September will see a release called "Love to Learn". I'm not sure whether this will be a release of two full episodes (the description at Muppet Wiki only describes two street stories, so it could be that) or multiple street stories.

    Considering it's title, it seems like it'd be hard to make a wishlist for this. It feels generic enough that just about anything could qualify.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Looking at the description for Love to Learn again, I've noticed that both of the street stories mentioned have been released on DVD already.

    I also saw that "Love to Learn" is a new initiative from Sesame Street.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I got Elmo's Favorite Stories. When I heard it would have seven street stories, it made me curious as to whether it would just be street stories or if, like in many of the other videos made up primarily of street stories, there'd be some inserts in-between (we've gone from videos with three street stories to four street stories and now seven street stories). And there's only one insert, shown right before the end credits. It's an animated insert with a girl singing on a rainy day, I'm not exactly sure what all happens and can't remember the lyrics. Can't remember if it's about her reading or imagining. There's no inserts between the street stories.

    Unlike previous videos focusing on storytime (Big Bird's Story Time, Silly Storytime, Fairy Tale Fun), only a few of the stories involve fairy tales or nursery rhymes. For years I've felt that a story-themed video should have these kinds of segments in addition to fairy tale segments. In fact, a good number of them involve characters writing their own stories. With that in mind, it's a shame it doesn't have the episode where Baby Bear writes "Goldilocks and the Four Bears", or Ernie's typewriter alphabet, or Sesame Street News: The New Three Little Pigs Story. Then again, I think all of the content is in widescreen. Not sure if they deliberately avoided full frame segments or not for the main program.

    I like the bonus material better than the main program. There's only a few street stories included that I feel are really great (and one of them was previously included in Fairy Tale Fun). This is the first time I've seen Elmo's Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf, and it is wonderful. The bonus video storybook, Rise and Shine, is also good. I think the book came out during the 1990s, so it has a lot of "around the corner" characters. Additionally, Bob provides a voice-over introduction and also asks the viewers some questions about what they learned in the book, but a kid does the actual reading. I wonder if this video storybook existed outside of this release before or not.
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  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I recently saw that the Love to Learn release will include five street stories, so that confirms that it won't be a release of full episodes.

    In October, there'll be a release called Monster Magic. Muppet Wiki doesn't have any info beyond the title and release date, but it sounds exciting. I hope it's a compilation of monster segments from all eras. Given the "magic" part of the title, it would be great if it included at least one segment with Grover and Mumford, or the sketch with Mumford and Cookie Monster. I won't be surprised if it has some segments with Abby and Elmo, Zoe, or Rosita. Man, there's been two magic characters, and neither are monsters. The "Furry Potter" episode of Cookie's Crumby Pictures would be a good segment to include.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Wow, it's been a week and we still don't have any further info on the Monster Magic DVD. No info on what to expect in the main program (street stories? full episodes? a compilation? completely new material? A street story with additional linking material and inserts, like Elmo's Super Numbers and Count on Elmo?), no cover image, no listing of bonus features. Normally when a new DVD is announced we get additional info within a few days. I wonder what's going on.
  9. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The info's on the Wiki now.

    Good things come to those who wait...
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  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I saw that today. It actually looks like a cool release. Actually, most of this years releases have been rather great (I haven't purchased Sing It, Elmo!, but I would be interested in owning that one).

    So I guess it's really focused on magic, not so much on monsters. It's great to know that it'll have at least one classic Mumford segment (even if it is one that's been released on video). I guess we'll have a few months before we know if it just has street stories or if it's two full hour-long episodes. It looks like this will be the first Sesame Street DVD in a while to not include an existing video as a bonus feature (I would have included A Magical Halloween Adventure).
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The next video is Singing with the Stars 2, coming February 7.

    So far, all of the announced songs seem to be from the HD-era. I noticed one of the songs is "Believe in Yourself", the version with Michael Buble. After seeing recent posts about how HBO has been removing/replacing a lot of Joe Raposo tunes (though not the theme song) from its reruns, I wondered if this would affect video releases of his work (though Old School Vol. 3, which had the theme song removed, did have plenty of Raposo-written songs, and his songs have been appearing on many videos since). This is a good sign that whatever is keeping his songs off the reruns seems to only affect HBO.

    One of the bonus features is an Abby's Flying Fairy School segment. I would have included an Elmo the Musical segment as a bonus feature.

    And I just now realized that for the first time since the segments ended, the first new Sesame Street DVD of the new year will NOT be another Elmo's World release. Could this be a sign that they are done with Elmo's World releases? Of course, there could be a store exclusive release, those tend to not be announced in advance.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Coming April 4 is Elmo and Cookie Monster Supersized Fun, spotlighting both Cookie Monster and Elmo. This sounds like an exciting release (even if it doesn't have any classic clips, and there's no indication that it will).

    A few years ago, Toughpigs did an article about how Cookie Monster is clearly #2 in popularity behind Elmo, and this video seems to reflect/cash in on that.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    In thinking about the upcoming Elmo and Cookie Monster realize, I must ask, are there any segments starring both Elmo and Cookie Monster? They are the two most merchandised characters, but I can't really think of any segments where the two appear as a duo. I do know of some group numbers that feature them both, though they aren't really a duo/leaders of the group (but considering The Best of Elmo 2 and 3 feature segments where Elmo is really just part of the gang, I wouldn't put it past them to include some of those scenes where both are just part of a group, like What I Am and Sing the Sesame Street Alphabet).

    I do know a few interactions between them, but not inserts. There's probably some street stories that heavily feature them (especially considering they are two of the seven characters given main character focus this past season). It would be something if this release had Monsterpiece Theater: Hamlet, the one Monsterpiece Theater segment where Elmo is the star (or maybe one of the two where Elmo just has a minor role). All confirmed segments are ones in widescreen, but that doesn't mean it won't have fullframe segments.

    And right now I'm remembering A Monster Ate My Red Two, where they are pretty much equal. I won't be surprised if that's included. I also just now remember that both characters are heavily featured on The Furchester Hotel - wouldn't it be great if an episode or two of that show made it to the DVD bonus features?

    Interestingly, I recently thought it'd be cool to have a collection of "Elmo and...." releases, featuring a mix of Elmo segments and segments starring another character ("Elmo and Cookie Monster", "Elmo and Grover", etc.), especially the characters who are currently among the "main seven" (Elmo is one of them, the others are Cookie, Grover, Abby, Big Bird, Oscar, and Rosita). If Warner Home Video/Sesame Workshop is primarily just interested in Elmo releases, then it'd at least be a good compromise in new character spotlight videos (of course, Elmo and Cookie Monster are the only characters who have gotten multiple spotlight videos so far). I might have a new wishlist to put somewhere soon...
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, I got the Singing with the Stars 2 DVD today. I had actually forgotten that it was being released today but then saw it at the store and decided to pick it up.

    It is a good release. There's a lot of songs that I don't remember knowing about, I guess I've paid less attention to what's been introduced in the past few years. But a lot of it is amazing.

    It's interesting, one of the songs included is "Set Your Piggies Free", which I thought came before the show switched to HD, but the segment is shown in HD. It got me wondering if the video just formatted it in HD (I have been wondering for a while if they'd start doing that with fullframe segments on new DVD compilations), but then I saw that the video does include one fullframe segment, with Jamie Fox singing the alphabet, in its original fullframe form, so it looks like fullframe segments will continue to be in their original form on these releases.

    Interestingly, this video not only lacks new linking footage (which I didn't expect to see), but it also lacks a title card or sequence. It opens with the Sesame Workshop logo, then transitions right into the first segment.
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Muppet Wiki now lists the bonus features for Elmo and Cookie Monster Supersize Fun, and one of them is the episode where they try to lift Snuffy for a ballet.... Which is an odd choice for a video focusing on Elmo and Cookie Monster. I know Elmo is in it, but he's not really the star. I'd expect something starring Elmo or Cookie, or even both characters (though I can barely think of any episodes starring both). The "Cookie's World" episode from season 36 would have been a better choice (of course we don't know that that's not included among the main program).

    Of course I think the DVD is including the full hour-long episode and not just the street story. I looked at the Muppet Wiki guide for that episode.... And it looks like Cookie Monster doesn't appear at all. No Cookie's Crumby Pictures or Smart Cookies, no non-recurring Cookie Monster segments, I don't think it even includes anything where Cookie is just a secondary character. Of course we also don't know yet if any segments will be replaced.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Muppet Wiki now lists many of the segments that will be in Elmo and Cookie Monster Supersized Fun, not sure how complete it is (though the YouTube description for the promo says that it'll have 14 "stories", not sure if that means street stories or total segments, though the wiki does list 14 total stories/segments for this release). It looks like it'll mostly be street stories and Cookie's Crumby Pictures, with a few Elmo the Musical segments as well.

    The description lists one additional segment, promoted as new, not sure what the length will be there. While I like Cookie's Crumby Pictures (and it looks like this'll be the closest thing we'll get to a Cookie's Crumby Pictures DVD... and yet no mention of including Star S'mores????), I wish this would have more variety in terms of segments (whether classic or not). Judging by this being comprised mostly of recent street stories and the recent Elmo's Favorite Stories also being mostly stories and no inserts, it seems like this might be a new trend with Sesame Street DVDs. It would have been great if they'd include a Smart Cookies segment or two in addition to Cookie's Crumby Pictures (would it be too soon to wish for one of the newest Elmo's World segments on this?). Heck, most of the recent (non-recurring) Cookie Monster segments from the past few years have been among the best of recent Sesame Street.

    Still, with the concept of spotlighting Elmo and another character, with the majority of content being street stories, I feel this would have been better if it were another character, like if the release was "Elmo and Big Bird", or "Elmo and Oscar", or "Elmo and Abby Cadabby", or "Elmo and Telly". Those characters are featured in street stories a lot more than inserts (well, I think it's pretty much even with Abby).

    I'm still excited about this release.
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The next Sesame Street release is called Elmo Loves Animals, and will feature animal-themed street stories like Grover's safari (that's one I really want to see). Interestingly, one of the bonus features will be a Sesame Studios short, marking the first time one of those is a bonus on a Sesame Street DVD.

    Interestingly, according to the Muppet Wiki edit history, that page had been added a few weeks ago (actually, on March 26, the day after my previous post in this thread), I don't know how the news passed my radar for so long.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I purchased Elmo and Cookie Monster Supersized Fun today. It is great.

    At first, when I saw the listing of what Cookie's Crumby Pictures segments would be included, my main thought was, "Star S'mores should be included, that's one of the best CCP segments!" It's not included, but it hit me that the four that are included are also the first four segments that aired (though I think the order they appear in is slightly different from broadcast order). That makes sense.

    Good news about the full-length bonus episode that appears on this disc: The opening theme song is included! I guess there's no longer an issue with including the theme song on DVD.
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  19. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Is there that "Snack Attack" thing that was mentioned in the early product listings about it?
  20. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Please tell me, is Tomato the Musical 11 minutes long? I would hate to know that they edit ETM down for DVDs too.

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