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Warner Home Video now distributing Sesame Workshop DVDs

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

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Notice... other than the Ernie and Bert claymation compilation, they're ALL Elmo videos. I still say that's all they're interested in. I so wish Vivendi got the SW distribution license. I know Shout's doing Ghostwriter sometime this year... but I just don't like how they're going about with these so far. Vivendi (the distributor for Shout, BTW) KNOWS how to deal with old schoolers. I would like someone to at the very least sublicense collector's sets.
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I hadn't noticed that (though I don't really see "Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies" as an "Elmo video" aside from him being on the cover and in some of the material). It's too bad that first "Preschool is Cool!" video has the title "ABCs with Elmo", as Professor Grover supposedly appears as Elmo's teacher.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I bet the next one will be Counting with Elmo. That's all I can say. I know the show's Elmo-centric, but the videos should at least vary.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I think "123s with Elmo" would be a better title. But if such a DVD were to come out, I wonder if it'd still have Professor Grover, or if The Count would be the teacher.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    In addition to those things I pointed out about Warner Bros.'s Sesame Street releases (and what dr.tooth said about them all being Elmo videos), I've noticed that all but the Elmo's World and upcoming bugs video contain things that were on the recent 40th anniversary DVD. Part of me wants to think of this as a coincidence, and part of me wants to think this was done on purpose.

    The springtime release had Guess the Seasons Song. I guess that was to be expected, as there aren't many segments that are just about spring (it's a shame that Spring is Here wasn't included in addition to The Cookie Bunny). The Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures DVD has the segment that was on the 40th anniversary DVD, but I can forgive that if they plan to make a second volume and get every B&EGA segment on DVD (because to have every episode on "complete" DVDs, they'd have to double-dip). The Best of Elmo 2 has four segments from that set, and I feel that is overkill. And of course it's been announced that African Alphabet will be a bonus feature on the upcoming alphabet release.

    As I said, that one should have included ABCs of the Swamp instead. The only video release of that is the long out-of-print The Alphabet Game. Or it could have included Kermit and Joey singing the alphabet, though that has been released a few years ago (just not on the anniversary set). Or they could have chosen Don Music's version of the alphabet song, or the rare skit where Kermit tells Bob that the alphabet is the secret of life, or one of the other segments (besides the Joey one) where Kermit and a kid or kids recite the alphabet. Or even if not a Kermit alphabet segment, they could have chosen Rappin' Alphabet or Ernie writing an alphabet story or Biff trying to get Sully to say the alphabet.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    In August there's going to be a new DVD called "P is for Princess", featuringthe season 40 episode with Paul Rudd, the segment where Elmo and Natalie Portman paly "The Princess and the Elephant", and two "Abby's Flying Fairy School" segments (I'm not quite clear on whether those two segments will be bonus segments or not, though it would help fill the DVD time to around 40 minutes). So for once (err, for twice?) Warner Home Video is going to release a Sesame DVD that isn't focused on Elmo (it's more focused on Abby... In fact Elmo isn't even on the cover, only Abby is). Still, I don't find this one to be very interesting (maybe if it contained some Sesame Street News segments involving princesses...).
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Looking at the Muppet Wiki page (and I beleive the cover) the Abby's Flying Fairy School segments are listed as "bonus episodes". Would they use the term "bonus episodes" if they are part of the main program? Based on what's announced that would make an approximate 17-minute feature, though it wouldn't be the first time a Warner-released Sesame Street DVD ended up with more than what was initially announced.

    Considering the "princess" theme and looking at the Muppet Wiki page for Abby's Flying Fairy School, my guess is that the episodes included will be "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Bloogy". But we'll find out in two months.
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    SS.org claims that there's two other stories on the DVD in addition to the one with Paul Rudd. I have a feeling one of them is the P game story from #4139.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Hey you were right! The next "Preschool is Cool!" release has been announced, and it is Counting with Elmo. I forget what the release date is (I think september). It'll include the "Counting Booth" and "Sparkle Speckle Freckles" street stories in addition to linking material (too bad it won't have the Number Seven Tribute episode... That would have gotten us another Harvey Kneeslapper appearance on DVD). No other details have been announced yet (only time will tell if it'll have a bonus counting clip).

    Hmmm, this might be a good release for that upcoming "Pinball Number Count" remake segment that'll premiere next season. Then again I thought "ABCs with Elmo" would have been a good release to include the "Super K Cereal" commercial.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yawn.... anyone as bored as I am with the fact they're only releasing current episode street stories lately? :sleep:
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yeah it is a bit boring, though I must point out that the street stories in ABCs with Elmo are from seasons 35 and 37 (or is it 38?), so that doesn't really have any "current" street stories. Unless you include seasons before 40 as "current". Of course I wouldn't mind having a DVD of the two season 40 Big Bird stories, or the worm racecar episode.

    I wonder what'll come next. My guess is either a new Elmo's World release (if so I hope it has the "Frogs" episode) or an Abby's Flying Fairy School release. But what I hope for, besides a release geared at Old School-ers, would be a new Play With Me Sesame release. We haven't gotten a new one since 2008, and most of what has been released has been great (there are still quite a few that haven't been released in North America yet). And they include a decent amount of classic segments (though I do wish they would have had more classic stuff than they do...:)), most of which is from the 1980s (a few 1970s segments have shown up in some).

    Considering Warner Home Video announces new Sesame Street releases two months in advance, if we finally get a new release aimed at the nostalgic fans it sure would beat having to wait several months between announcement and release.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Warners has no intention of any classic fan based release. They stated, Oh no! There's 2 of them and they may just be out of print now, and all the fans got them by now! No, we're just hopping on the Elmo brand name because we're so desperate for something that people will buy. Very irritating. What the heck ever happened to the Hawaiian vacation episodes someone was going to put on DVD?
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    People at Warner did state (paraphrasing here) "Classic Sesame Street is already available under 'Old School'." That was a few months ago, and if Warner never intended on any new "Classic Sesame Street" releases, I hope they change their minds someday (if their minds haven't been changed). For awhile I've been thinking about trying to determine when it started becoming less common for new DVDs to contain "old school" segments, but it might also be interesting to study the last few DVDs from the Sony Wonder era as well as Genius releases, to see how the amount of pre-1990 segments may have decreased on DVD.

    And if WB doesn't intend on releasing DVDs that are strictly for the "Old School" fans, I would settle for a good compromise. Something better than just one classic clip and lots of non-classics and original footage. I doubt we'll get any new DVDs that are only original footage and classic clips with no 1990-2010 clips at all. Or maybe a DVD coudl include new footage and recent clips and then more than one classic clip as a bonus (I'm thinking 5-15 would be swell). P is for Princess has two Flying Fairy School segments, totaling 20 minutes of bonus content; They can easily put in more than just two or three minutes of bonus classic clips. The Play with Me Sesame DVDs were sort of a good balance between pre- and post-1990 segments (though only a handful of 1970s segments were included). I bought the first "Preschool is Cool!" DVD just to check out how the new series of DVDs is, hoping there'd be more classic clips than the one bonus one; There weren't any other classic clips, but I'd give it three or four out of five stars. Any additional "Preschool is Cool" DVD I get will most likely be after I see a listing of contents or hear about it having something I'm real interested in owning a physical copy of.

    Regarding the Hawiia episodes, it was annoucned during the Genius era that Sesame Workshop was negotiating to release footage on a DVD of classic Sesame Street. So far we only got two clips on the 40th anniversary DVD (since they were getting clearances then it makes sense that some of it has been released). I hope we can still get more of the storyline on DVD someday. It's a shame that none of those clips are even on sesamestreet.org. Lately Sesame Workshop has been uploading full street stories online, as part of a "Summer Classics Series". The Hawiia episodes would have been perfect for that, since it's a vacation. Of course I'd rather have the full stories on DVD, and would prefer for sesamestreet.org to just include select clips from those episodes.

    And if Warner Home Video has no current intentions of releasing more classic content, then I'll be praying for the company to hire a new person in charge, somebody with inteligence who sees classic Sesame Street as profitable.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Warners HATES fans of anything outside of DC comics. And they're only greasing their palms because Super Hero movie fame is all they got now. I've said it before, they're just incompetently run in most of their fields. They're the reason a network that's supposed to run nothing but cartoons wants to run anything BUT cartoons. They're the reason why certain cartoons only get kiddy volumes when they're released on DVD, and half the other sets are unfinished. They had NO intention of releasing anything but Elmo DVD's for the Elmo name. I've said that when the announcement was heard, I've said it every release since. They DON'T want to compromise, they just want "Hey parents! Shove this into your DVD player and your 1 year old will be Babysat for a full half hour!" releases.

    I want to see a sub-contract. That's the only way we'll get classic releases. A Sub-license with another company who knows how to treat fans right. Again, I highly suggest going back to Shout for that. They'd make a REAL Old School release for us. Full episodes and everything.
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought Shout! was a discontinued brand.
  16. muppet baby

    muppet baby Active Member

    Nope shout is going very strong they are acutally have released the entire punky bruster series , and a few of the great 80s seris inculdeing the facts of life . i love that show so much
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... when? I keep seeing new releases by them all the time. If you have any info, I'd like to hear it. It's just a lot of the stuff they have now they have to offer directly on their site. Not burn on demands, of course... but actual retail quality DVD's they have trouble trying to sell at retail behind the countless reality TV shows.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought somebody mentioned it on this forum, saying both Sony Wonder and Shout were being discontinued. Or maybe I misread what I read. Or maybe it was a game of "telephone". I can't remember what thread I thought I saw it in.

    If Warner Home Video currently isn't interested in releasing classic Sesame Street DVDs then I hope that the next time such a big release occurs (whether it's for the 45th or 50th anniversary, or as soon as Warner's license expires, or sooner) I hope they don't give us much double-dipping, unless it's a release of full episodes or a special that featured inserts. If we get a special DVD for the next anniversary I hope the only rereleased segments are what's neccessary to rerelease. I know that hoping won't neccessarily get us what we want (otherwise we'd get one tomorrow :)).

    Hmmm, if Warner only really cares about superheroes, maybe they'll give us a Super Grover release. Elmo did appear in some of those sketches.
  19. muppet baby

    muppet baby Active Member

    I thought that , warner had a while before the Lincenise expires , i hope that is true , i like the points made here yes we do not need double dipping and i hope that they release something with full eposides , i would love to see season sets actually i know that would be a lot of money to put out , to buy all of those , for those fans who want to collect , incuding my self , but it would be so worlth it for those who really want , them .

    I really hope that warner really not only care about surper heros and cartoons and will do a good job with sesme street , i think only time will tell , i hope that the poeple that would wright or e-mail reqests to warner about SS releses that they would listen to the comments .

    That would be cool if they could do a collection of surper grover dvds that would be so cool .
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Good... I thought you had some insider information that we didn't know. After all, Shout's releasing the Transformers and G.I. Joe DVD's... if something happened with those, I'm sure we would have heard something REALLY big by now about that. Only Sony Wonder was discontinued, and that was years ago... heck, Shout wasn't even out of the gate when Sony Wonder was discontinued (or was it?)

    Theirs... their super heroes. Their DC line. Seems every couple months we get a new DTV movie based on one of their characters. That's basically where the animation studio does its work now... Not that they aren't good (I've only seen Gotham Knight) but give us SOMETHING. At least release How I Spent my Summer Vacation or Wakko's Wish on DVD! Cheaper than finishing off both series.

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