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What if Sesame Street was ANIMATED ?

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by mbmfrog, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. mbmfrog Active Member

    What I'm trying to say is...

    Remember during the Elmo's World 35th anniversary special "The Street We live on," and that they showed Sesame Street animated...

    Well what if that was a Full-hour show?

    I mean think about it....fully animated/cartoon like Sesame Street cast on an original storyline idea.

    What do you all say to that ? :insatiable:
  2. wwfpooh New Member

    That would certainly be unique, but would it work? Lord knows some fans didn't care for Muppet Babies and the Fraggle Rock cartoon, and so the same fate could befall a Sesame Street cartoon.
  3. ISNorden Active Member

    I doubt that an animated version of Sesame Street would keep viewers for very long. Live-action scenes--on the street itself, and in the outside world with ordinary people--make Sesame Street feel like home; a show done only with cartoons or claymation loses much of that you-are-here realism.
  4. wwfpooh New Member

    Agreed. This is why that--outside of MB--cartoons with the Muppet characters didn't fare well.
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Agreed. it may have been as successful as Arthur, which has been on since 96... but I doubt they would have held 40 years with animation alone. Why SS works they way it does is because it's a stew pot of different media... animation, puppetry, live action, and lord knows what else. It kept the show full of surprises, even in the tightly regulated state it is now.

    Though, I would say, a special or something that was animated would be cute... but to keep to the tradition of SS, it SHOULD be a consortium of different animation styles and techniques. One has to be semi-realistic...
  6. wwfpooh New Member

    Indeed. The Street is best when it's a mix of mediums.
  7. mikebennidict New Member

    It would be a dumb idea especially since most PBS shows are animated.
  8. wwfpooh New Member

    But then again, some of the recent projects have been good (ex: WordGirl).
  9. Erine81981 Active Member

    Now i know it wouldn't have gone over 40 years but how about a spin off? Like a "The Sesame Street Adventures." I wouldn't mind seeing a 30 minute amimated show with some of the older characters.

    Main Characters: Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Snuffy, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Herry, Grover, The Count, Prarie Dawn, Zoe and Elmo.

    Supporting Characters: Kermit the Frog, Don Music, Barkey, Guy Smiley, Slimey the Worm, Roxie Marie, Betty Lou, Sherlock Hemlock, Farley, Frazzle, Anything Muppets, Anything Muppet Monsters, Grungetta, Grouches, Hoots the Owl, The Bear Family, Alice Snuffleupagus, etc.
  10. wwfpooh New Member

    That's interesting. Would it involve traditional 2D animation or CGI?
  11. Erine81981 Active Member

    I would say that usually 2D animation. I would like it to be at least the type of drawings you see in the Sesame Street Library sets. I can't think of the guy who does most of the art work but that's the kind of art i would like with the show.
  12. wwfpooh New Member

    I'd like 2D animation as well. It's classic and deserves a quality return, other than being in anime, [adult swim] drivel, and web comics by the likes of Eric W. Schwartz (ex: his Flip the Frog series). I mean, why does 2D animation have to be reduced to shows by the Japanese, drivel that's insulting (ex: Boondocks, Minoriteam, and others), and flash-esque cartoons that are risque (Regarding the last one--given Kermit & Piggy and Gonzo & Camilla--I can understand inter-species relations on some level, but they don't need to...um...go overboard like Flip & Clarisse do)? The point to be be noted is the following question: Considering all the above, does 2D animation have credibility anymore?
  13. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd say it would wind up looking a lot like the "channel" segments of Elmo's world... and while I really like it, I don't think that would work for a full half hour show. And I reiterate, an animated SS NEEDS to have all sorts of styles... Blocky, rounded, realistic... blocky realistic (i.e. Bruce Timm stykle), stop motion, CGI.... it would really emulate the different styles and textures and flavors of the show...
  14. ISNorden Active Member

    Bingo! One thing that sets Sesame Street apart from other kids' shows with animation, is that not every animated segment uses the same style. (Anybody got a letter T? :) Moving right along...) Granted, the Workshop does produce two shows (Sagwa and Dragon Tales) which use only 2-D animation by the same artists. But those shows last only half an hour, and include two unrelated 15-minute stories each; I think Sesame Workshop producers know that a full hour of animation in the same style, focused on the same story and characters, would not hold preschoolers' attention very long.
  15. Muppet dude Active Member

    What animation studio would produce it? I think DiC Entertainment could be up to the task.
  16. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    GAHHHH! Dic's new Korean studio is ATTROCIOUS! I wouldn't want them near anything interesting or good until they spend the extra money and get Rough Draft or Toon City. Plus, DIC hasn't had any good cartoons since the 90's, with a few spotty ones here and there (Sushi Pack WOULD have been gold, had they not bludgeon us over the head with the same morals over and over, to fit a TV EI requirement to get it on TV- after all, some people behind Animaniacs are behind it).

    Plus, I do not wanna see Elmo as a random secret agent and having his voice done in Canada....
  17. wwfpooh New Member

    Then again, it depends on the child and what they are exposed to. Heck, many of us grew up on TMS, FR, and MB when we were wee ones and yet we never let them lose our attention.
  18. mbmfrog Active Member

    Maybe I should restate my original question...

    What if Sesame Street was fully animated, just for 1 show/ tv special in celebration of the 40th anniversary ?

    Is that a little better ?
  19. wwfpooh New Member

    For one show, I doubt it would matter, but if it were permenant, then we could have problems, as noted.
  20. mikebennidict New Member

    Uh I realize that. And that's my point.

    There are too many animated kids shows in the first place so why add another or even think about making SS totally animated.

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