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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

    Me too! Since around the time of Old School Vol. 2 I've noticed that none of the 1980s News segments have been released commercially. The closest we've gotten to a 1980s segment on DVD is "Foot Snuggies" from the 1979-1980 season, depending on whether you consider that part of the 1970s or 1980s.

    I expect all of the Newsflash segments to be story segments, since this is themed around stories. I don't expect any Don Music or Dr. Nobel Price. It won't surprise me if one of the "Three Little Pigs" newsflash segments are included.

    Is it just me or does Sesame Workshop seem to be avoiding the use of the term "Sesame Street News" in print form? The "Old School" and 40th anniversary DVDs list them as "Kermit News", and the cover refers to them as "Muppet News Flash" (c'mon, SW, that's the titel of the news segments from The Muppet Show, geez....). Sesamestreet.org refers to them as either "Kermit News" or "News" (though some of them- Alice in Wonderland, George Washington's Father, all the Don Music sketches - don't have a prefix). I think the Sesame Street Hulu channel also uses the term Muppet News Flash on some of the sketch titles (though "Kermit News" is also used).

    Here's hoping that the majority of future Sesame Street DVD releases from Warner Home Video (and beyond) are like this. C is for Cookie Monster was also a great release, and Iron Monster (despite having no classic content) looks like a good release (I haven't checked that one out yet).
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know I wonder if the "Newsflash" segments will be released with the correct title cards or if all will be presented with the same title card.
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The next Sesame Street DVD after Silly Storytime has already been announced: Elmo's World: Penguins and Animal Friends, which will include the penguins, horses, and frogs episode. So we'll be getting two Sesame Street DVDs ina row featuring content with Kermit the Frog (okay, so we also did last july when ABCs with Elmo and 20 and Still Counting were released).

    I was hoping that the release following Silly Storytime would be something more like Silly Storytime, featuring a good number of classic clips (either as bonuses or part of the main program), but I am glad that the "Frogs" episode will finally be released on DVD (I didn't have any doubt it would, but we only had one Elmo's World DVD last year and it seems they've stopped making new EW episodes).
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I hadn't listened to The MuppetCast much in a long time, and it seems there haven't been threads for new episodes in a long time... But I am surprised that this news hadn't been discussed by fans sooner. I mean, it was mentioned Kermit would be on the cover of a Sesame DVD, and it wasn't at least mentioned in this thread earlier?
  5. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I assumed he was talking about the 20 Years DVD.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Listening to that podcast episode, it sounded like Louis Mitchell said he worked on the back of the DVD package in addition to the cover. But I thought all the images on the back covers were still images, unless he meant selecting stills to use.

    I wonder how complete the listing at Muppet Wiki is. It lists three epsiodes and one skit as part of the main program. It seems to me like most Sesame Street DVDs to feature street stories have more than one skit in the main program.

    Also, considering how important it was to Louis Mitchell to include a new photo of Kermit for the cover, I wonder if he knew that the Newsflash segments are included as bonus features as opposed to the main program.

    Finally, I think this would be a good selection of Newsflash segments for the DVD:
    • Pinnocchio
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Little Red Riding Hood (with Cookie Monster)
    • Cinderella gets ready for the ball
  7. Muppet Frog

    Muppet Frog Member

    I think the newsflash segments on the Silly Storytime would be Rapunzel, Jack & the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty and Going to Grandma's House.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Assuming you didn't miswrite "should" as "would", are you basing this on the stories represented in the main program? I did think of that myself, before making that wishlist. And if it does have a "Sleeping Beauty" newsflash, I hope it's the one that hasn't been released on DVD yet.

    Man, febuary 1 can't get here fast enough. If Sesame Workshop posts a trailer online, I hope it includes at least oen clip from one of the featured newsflashes.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Considering the trouble it took to get Kermit on the Silly Storytime DVD (they wanted him on the cover because it has so many Newsflash segments, and they didn't have a good enough Kermit photo of the quality being used on current DVDs), I wonder what would happen if a simialr case came up for a character whose puppet no longer exists. I know that the majority of retired old school characters are anything muppets and their anything muppet patterns can just be used to make new ones. But what if Sesame Workshop were to make yet another environmentally-themed release, only this time including a lot of Bruno clips, and they wanted to put Bruno on the cover in the same way as Kermit is in Silly Storytime? I don't know what other old school non-AM characters no longer exists, but I also can't help but wonder what'd happen if they were to make a science fiction-themed release and include some bonus Sam the Robot segments, or an opera-themed release and include a lot of Placido Flamingo. Not sure if those two need to be rebuilt (I assume Sam would).

    I've also been thinking about what I think would make a good release schedule for next years DVDs, based on what Warner Home Video did this year (one release per month).

    We already know that Iron Monster will get a wide release in January, Silly Storytime comes out in febuary, and the new Elmo's World DVD comes out in march. Considering that, if I was in charge of the releases but had to balance the releases for us and for the show's target audience I think I'd have the release schedule look like this:
    April - either another "Preschool is Cool!" DVD (though I wonder how many more preschool subjects there are that would translate well to a Sesame Street DVD), an "Abby's Flyign Fairy School" release (I'll be surprised if we don't get such a release within a few years, unless the segments are dropped from the show soon), or a second volume of Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.
    May - A character spotlight video (my choice would be The Count or Oscar... or someone as obscure as Roosevelt Franklin).
    June - something aimed directly at the Old School-ers. Either Old School Vol. 3, a 1970s inserts collection, a complete "Monsterpiece Theater" set, or an animation/film release.
    July - see what I'd put in April, though a different choice from whatever were picked.
    August - either a Super Grover 2.0 release (with bonus classic Super Grover clips) or a Murray Has a Little Lamb release.
    September - either a music-themed release, a DVD compiling recent street scenes, or another "Play with me Sesame" release.
    October - A DVD themed around monster inserts, past and present, featuring all of the major monsters, and maybe also more obscure monsters like Deena and Pearl.
    November or December: A Kermit-themed release, to coincide with the release of the new Muppets movie. Not sure if Warner Home Video would want to release a Sesame Street DVD that more-or-less promotes a Disney movie, and it seems rare for there to be Sesame Street DVDs made for the sake of cashing in on the success of a movie (otherwise I think we'd have gotten a "Best of The Count" DVD when one of the Twilight movies came out). But still, I think a Kermit-themed release should happen around then, whether it be a DVD release of The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street, a new character spotlight DVD, or a "Best of Sesame Street News"/"Chronological Sesame Street News"-type release.

    A release schedule like that sounds a bit fair. No, I do not know anything you don't about upcoming DVD releases, and if anything like that happens it's a coincidence that I predicted anything (unless somebody at WHV or SW were to secretely read this thread and come out with such releases, which I would not be against).
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Muppet Wiki now has a cover image of the new Elmo's World DVD, and the title is actually "Penguins and Animal Friends".
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Recently, in the Muppet Mindset interview with Henry Louis Mitchell, it was said that Disney finally agreed to allow for Kermit to appear on the Silly Storytime cover after being told that the cover would have a starburst saying that Kermit was making a special appearance. But judging by the pictures I've seen online, I've seen no such thing referring to Kermit as a special guest. It was said that Kermit has been taken off the spine since the cover was shown online, but I would think that announcing Kermit as a special guest would have been included on the cover before being shown online.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    In April there's going to be a release called "Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures". It is interesting because yesterday I was wondering when the next-to-be-announced DVD will be announced, and today was trying to think up an outdoors-themed release. Big Bird, Snuffy, and Elmo are on the cover (how often does Snuffy appear on a DVD cover?).

    I assume this is a release of recent street stories, yet the Muppet Wiki page doesn't mention any street stories. It does mention a few guest stars, including Jimmy Fallon, so it should have the "Wild Nature Survivor Guy" episode (no surprise there!). I would expect the "Big Bird's Habitat" episode to be included, but the page doesn't mention the guest star from that episode. I won't be surprised if Elmo and Chris' camping episode will be included, but I don't know for sure (that episode doesn't have any guest stars). Aside from guest stars the only speciffic thing mentioned is "The Alphabet Jungle Song" as a bonus feature (I would have included one of Ernie and Bert's fishing segments, or Ernie and Bert's camping trip, or Ernie and Bert's trip to the jungle, or a Global Grover sketch, or maybe the three-part newsflash sketch where Kermit looks for the reported person standing outside for a long time in a snowstorm... But maybe one of those will be part of the main program). In a way I wouldn't be surprised if this was more liek C is for Cookie Monster or the Preschool is Cool! DVDs, where two street stories are included along with new linking material and plenty of inserts (well, more inserts than what usually get sincluded on DVDs that mainly compile street stories)... But we'll find out in April.

    In listing the guest stars, I am also surprised that Jason Mraz isn't listed. I would expect "Outdoors" to be included in an outdoor-themed DVD. I know, it was already released on The Best of Elmo 2, and I don't really plan on buying this one unless I hear it has something I really want on a physical DVD. Then again, the announcements for The best of Elmo 2 didn't list every guest star and ended up being longer than the announced running time (I think C is for Cookie Monster also ended up longer than previously announced, while the "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures" DVD included 13 shorts after it had been announced it'd only have 10).
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    A preview for Silly Storytime has been posted online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qTly0TDNgc&feature=sub

    Unfortunately, it does not include clips from any of the Newsflash segments featured. But it does show a slightly-different cover (of course Kermit is still there).
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I started thinking, it's a shame they didn't put Abby Cadabby on the cover of Silly Storytime. It would have been great to see an official image featuring both Kermit and Abby Cadabby together, without just inserting existing photos together.
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, it's out in stores now. The newsflash segments included are "Rupunzel" (1980s edit), Sleeping Beauty (Prince falls asleep), Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood (with Cookie Monster).
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    On May 3 there's going to be a new DVD called Elmo's Travel Songs and Games. I looked at the "Kermit in Sesame Street Merchandise" page, and there was an edit saying that Kermit will be in there, but it was removed (edit history saying that it's best to wait until it comes out). The editing history for "Kermit in Sesame Street Merchandise" cited a Warner Bros. store press release, but I can't find anything about it. I hope it's true, and if it is true I wonder what Kermit segment/segments will be included. I'll have to figure out which Kermit segments have to do with traveling.

    EDIT: Found a page about it at The WB Studio Shop. The page lists Kermit under the trademark credits.
  17. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    There was no press release mentioning him; the WB Shop lists him in the copyright credits.
  18. Muppet Frog

    Muppet Frog Member

    The two traveling songs that had Kermit in are Subway and he made a brief cameo with The Count in Forty Blocks from my Home.
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I can't believe that I forgot about The Subway. I am surprised that the pre-order page at The WB Studio Shop website actually contained a trademark credit for Kermit here, since he's not on the cover; While a trademark credit will appear in any DVD with Kermit regardless of how he's featured, the DVDs tend to only include the credit on the packaging if he's pictured or mentioned in the description (though the recent Follow That Bird DVD has a copyright credit for the character yet he's not pictured on the box or mentioned in the description). I checked and the page for Elmo's World: Penguins and Animal Friends also has a trademark credit. Oh, and there's no trademark credit for Kermit on the upcoming Wild Words and Outdoor Fun DVD.

    Aside from those segments, I could see Carribian Amphibian included. That seems like a vacationy song that could be sung while traveling. Kermit has also appeared in quite a few segments invovling games, even if the games have nothing to do with transportation. It very well could have Kermit's imagination game, or one of his "magic finger games", or the mystery box segment. The Sesame Street News segment with Christopher Columbus would also be a good choice, since Columbus traveled around the world. But I'll be surprised if this release has more than one Kermit segment.

    It's interesting... When Silly Storytime was first announced, I started wondering if maybe there'll be more Sesame Street DVDs featuring Kermit material, to maybe promote the new Muppet film. And it seems like they are including Kermit on quite a few DVDs this year. Maybe it's a coincidence, but then again, it seems like it's always been a little uncommon for Kermit to be in Sesame Street video releases. It's not exactly been rare for him to be on Sesame videos, but it's not like he's in every other release. He was in four of the first six releases in 1986, but afterwards he's appeared less frequently in videos, though many of the videos with Kermit have included him in multiple sketches. And after the Disney sale it had been more rare for Kermit to be in Sesame Street DVDs outside of stuff aimed at us. And there have been many Kermit segments that fit the theme of many DVD releases that haven't included him.

    There are a number of classic segments that could be included in this release, though most of them aren't too important for me to own copies of. But classic segments that I could see included include:
    • Let's Go Driving (I'll honestly be surprised if it's not included, even though I don't care much for it and it's been released twice already)
    • Going for a Ride (it'd be great to see a first season clip on a DVD aimed at the show's current target audience... and outside of releases aimed at adult fans it's always been rare for season one segments to be included on video releases)
    • How Do You Get From Here to There?
    • Bert and Ernie: Fish Call
    • On Vacation with Guy Smiley
    • Bert and Maria imagine flying a plane (though if it's included at all I'd expect it to be as a bonus segment)
    • Elmo's imaginary trip (ditto)
    • Any of the "Wish You Were Here" segments
    • The Ballad of Casey McPhee

    As for later segments, I think Grover's demonstration of near and far on a surf board would be appropriate. As well as Elmo's World: Transportation (one of the most rarely-seen Elmo's World segments, one of the few not on DVD, and the earliest one not on DVD). And if it has any street stories, Oscar and Telly's road trip from season 33 would be a good one. But judging by the cover I think this DVD will contain new linking footage.

    I think it is interesting how "Wild Words and Outdoor Fun" and "Elmo's Travel Songs and Games" are released back-to-back, as they seem to be similar themes (perhaps they want them out in time for the summer?). Still, despite Kermit being on the "Travel Songs and Games" release I think I'll wait until I know what all's on it before purchasing.
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I was looking at the travel DVD, and in the bottom left corner there's a box reading "Learn about: Alphabet, Counting, shapes". I'm sure it'll have some segments unrelated to those learning subjects, but I guess it's a safe bet that Forty Blocks from My Home will be included. I can't think of any other transportation-related segments that fit those subjects (okay, so I'm sure there's some segments out there comparing circles to wheels...).


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