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What Muppets scared you as a child?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Manda:-D, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. Pino

    Pino Well-Known Member

    Not scared from muppets, but when I saw the dark Chrystal I thought Skeksis where the same animals as Gonzo!:o
  2. Ace_Yu

    Ace_Yu Member

    When the white lion on JHH talked for the first time...holy crap...I thought I'd never sleep again. He had that real deep voice. I was about seven at the time. Now when I watch the episode on tape and that part comes up, I stop whatever I'm doing and stare like a zombie. It wasn't the actual Storyteller show that he was featured in that scared me, it was before the Muppet portion of JHH started and Jim asks him if he's ever going to talk on the show and he goes "I doubt it." Then after the Storyteller segment, Jim asks why he never talks and he goes "I have nothing further to say." Ugh...creepy. I loved that lion too. I always wanted it as a pet...as long as it doesn't talk in that scary manner...
  3. behemoth

    behemoth Active Member

    Does anyone have a picture of the big monster with the flower/rock on his head that everyone is talking about? I would like to see if I remember it. Also now that I stop and think about seseme street, I'm remembering lots of scary things. One thing that comes to mind is spaceship surprise. I don't even remember what it was about but I do remember that it was scary.
  4. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Well-Known Member

    Big Bird scared the bejeebers out of me when I was a kid. Oscar wasn't quite that scary, but I remember a anxiety dream from back then in which Bert comes through my hallway. That also scared the bejeebers out of me.:(
  5. Squigiman

    Squigiman Well-Known Member

    Beyond just SCARED by Sesame Street

    Hey everybody,
    The title of thris thread really grabbed my attention. I've read all the posts thus far, and do remember the Mysterious Theatre guy and the alphabet chorus being somewhat creepy, as well as that crazy-wide look on the face on Piggy in the attacking scene. Some of the other stuff sounds genuinely creepy, too, though I can't remember seeing most of them.
    However, I have a story which goes a little further than just being scared or creeped out by a Muppet character. It all started when I was about 4 years old. Watching Sesame Street, a paricular skit came on, which would be life-changing for me. I've heard of others being scared by it, too, often being considered the scariest Sesame Street skit, ever. For this reason, I believe that many of you may already be aware of it.
    The skit was one featuring Ernie and Bert. They had ventured to an ancient Egyptian pyramid. Ah, rings a bell, eh? Well, perhaps not. Still, they go and notice two statues designed to look like Egyptian versions of themselves. Bert ventures off into a "spooky dark tunnel", leaving the slightly frightened Ernie behind, with the statues. While examining the Bert Statue, Ernie feels three taps on his hat. Not seeing Bert around, he's confused by who delivered them. The Ernie Statue once again taps him, sending him running and screaming for Bert, who then assures him it was his imagination. Bert then goes back, leaving Ernie to wonder what happened, and question out-loud of who the perpetrator of the taps was. The Ernie Statue then responds, confessing. Ernie once again calls on Bert, who responds like before, suggesting Ernie sing, as well. Ernie does so, to the tune of his beloved "Rubber Duckie" song. The statue joins in and dances with Ernie, as well. Ernie is now happy, having made a friend. Bert returns to hear of this, but just laughs it off and encourage Ernie to come home with him. Ernie bids his new friend farewell, and Bert does too, as a joke. He is shocked however, as he gets the response, "BYE BYE!", followed by a typical Ernie laugh, The statue then repositions itself in its frozen state as the camera zooms into its scary face, while creepy Egyptian music plays.
    Well, I gotta go, but more on that, later...

  6. Squigiman

    Squigiman Well-Known Member

    PART 2!

    Well, I'm back, so I thought I'd finish up. Anyways, this skit terrified me. I don't recall if I felt it immediately, but soon enough, I had a terrible, all-too-real nightmare, which I still sometimes question the reality of. Ever since then, the skit's impact was tremendous. For over fourteen years, I sufferred recurring nightmares featuring that oh-so-scary Ernie Statue. I also continually had creeped-out, paranoid feelings regarding him, constantly checking over my shoulder or under the bed or couch, out of fear that he might be lurking anywhere nearby. Being alone, especially in silence, and even moreso at night or otherwise in the dark, was absolutely terrifying. Once I got my own room in my house, with a TV, I began resorting to watching it while falling asleep, to keep myself feeling secure. This is all true, and my brother even made a documentary about it for school, which actually became incredibly helpful to my moving on in life. Since then, I've worked out a lot of this problem. I even went back to those darker times for a video assignment of my own, re-enacting some of my fear and panic. I just thought my story might be fascinating to anyone reading this thread. Anyways, in case anyone wants to talk to me about it, or perhaps learn more, feel free to e-mail me at Squigiman@aol.com. Thanks a lot. Take care.

  7. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member


    Thanks for sharing. It's hard to say these things sometimes, when people usually just laugh to hear a person say that a cartoon or puppet show frightened them. But when people get older, they can forget how powerful those images can be. While Jim and co. certainly never meant to scare anyone, it's important that kids' broadcasters keep these kinds of things in mind. (I know the Eygptian bit of which you speak, but fortunately saw it when I was a little older. The Kenny Rogers stuff, though...brr.) Of course, that doesn't mean that kids' entertainment should be devoid of suspense or drama. In fact, quite the opposite. But now I've hit on something too large to be discussed in this one post. If anyone's really interested to hear the rest, ask me again sometime. :smirk:
  8. Squigiman

    Squigiman Well-Known Member

    Chilly Down,
    You're totally right about one thing. People do find it hard to take seriously, quite often. When my brother first screened the very personal documentary, the audience was often filled with laughter, taking it for more of a mock-umentary than based-in-reality. I could see why they'd think so, but it did hurt. Same goes for my recent video, though much less laughter, but still, I don't think my class fully appreciated it, not realizing the true-life basis for the storyline. Thanks for the comments. Take care.

  9. Trogdor

    Trogdor Member

    That Sesame Street segment scared me too...though not as much; I didn't see it till I was older. I never realized a children's show could have that much impact.

    Unfortunately, all the episodes of TMS and FR I haven't seen since I was younger, on videos and re-run TV. But I think that some of those episodes scarred me for life. Most of all is "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." I can't listen to that song without getting scared now...I don't even think it was that scary.

    Another is the Liza Minelli TMS episode, when everyone got killed. Again, it prolly isn't as scary as I remember because I was little.

    And when Kermit eats that worm that turns out to be a monster and it eats him...holy crap! That was scary!

    Also there was an segment when someone turned into something else...I don't think it was the Coconut Lime skit, it was something else.

    Certain "Monterpiece Theater" skits scared me too...like the one with the stairs, I think.

    Fraggle Rock used to scare me too...something with plants that moved around, I think.

    Of course, Labyrinth was one of the scariest movies I ever saw as a kid. Especially when she's in that pit with all the hands that make faces...I've never seen the movie since.

    I constantly had Muppet Nightmares, especially with Elmo and Harry Monster. Recently, I just had a nightmare with the Fraggles. That was scary as ****. I had another in which all the full-body Muppets that were scary looking gathered around my little brother. Then I turned into one...scary stuff.

    I almost forgot about the Dinosaurs episode when the baby goes crazy. Probably the scariest thing I've ever seen on TV.

    Finally, I would like to add that the purple-haired guy from Eureka's Castle scared me more than anything, as well as the Halloween episode. In fact, once I saw the big green and blue monster, I never watched the rest. It scared me so much that I cried. I had horrible nightmares about both these characters. And yes, I DO know that this is not Jim Henson's work. I just needed to talk about it.

    :eek: Wow...I never realized how scary puppets could be.
  10. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    I do believe you are trying to refer to "The 39 Stairs" ("Made by guy named Alfred."), the one shot in B&W wher Grover climed up ALLLLL those stairs. Naturally, I LOVED that skit as a kid!

    To tell you what scared ME, I have to start out with TMS:

    "All of Me" (Paul Williams episode), with the monster giving his parts to Miss Kitty. I was scared that the puppeteer would come into shot and take the puppet off!

    ANY part of the Vincent Price episode (shudders).

    Probably the part of the Tony Randall episode when Tony and Scooter were trying to find a way to turn Piggy back to normal and Tony says different spells and weird stuff happens to Scooter.

    That's all I can think of in the case of TMS at the moment.


    "Cookie Disco"

    Placido Flamingo

    The Martians (yiiiip-yip-yip-yip)


    "The Word is No"

    The Newsflash with Humpty Dumpty

    The Count Counts Flowers

    In addition, I have a story to tell you. When I went to see "Aladdin", they had a preview for MCC. I was FREAKED OUT by the doorknocker scene they showed that time.

  11. Trogdor

    Trogdor Member

    Yeah, "All of Me" scared me too, and the doorknocker. :boo:
  12. You think you were just scared then? ALL of "Dinosaurs" scared the crap out of me, mainly in intro. I have been scared of them for a while, I was even to nervous to look in "The Works"! Thanks Dr. Tooth's old attar, MC Collectibles and Earl and Baby poping up on the MC menu are helping me get over my fear, I still can't listen to Big Songs, though.
  13. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Telly monster scares me. No, I am only kidding!!!

    I don't think any of the Muppet's have scared me, though I think that maybe the Stadler door knocker did once, can't remeber...
  14. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    Oh, I forgot. "I'm an Aardvark and I'm Proud" freaked me out, too.

    What else scared you guys?

  15. dbarrie

    dbarrie Well-Known Member

    This week I revisited a Muppet character that made me nervous as a kid. She appeared on one ep. of TMS, an elderly wrestler named Granny the Gouger. Everything about her scared me! I only felt better when Miss Piggy came along and KO'd her for injuring Kermit in the wrestling match.

    There was one Muppet on SS that frightened me. Do any of you remember the big yellow bird that appeared on a Ernie & Bert skit? He was more like a yellow demon than a bird! Was he supposed to be Big Bird's evil relative? All I remember is Ernie bringing home this creature and showing him off to Bert. This bird was silent for most of the skit, except at the very end -- and it made me scream and cry! It freaked me out so much I had to shut the TV off! :eek:
  16. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    The "Welcome to My Nightmare" performace scared me, especially when Alice conjured up the spirit thing. I hated that song when I was little but love it now.
  17. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Looks like the general concensus is "STADLER wins the scareist Muppet award!!!"
  18. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Yes, that guy was called Lord Chatterly (or Mr. Chatterly) and hosted Alphabet Chats. At the beginning of the clips, Jerry and Richard sung the alphabet like this:

    (In a "British" sort of tune):

    Richard: A B C, D E
    Jerry: C D E, F G
    Both: H I J K, L M ENNNNNN OH-OH P,
    Jerry: Q R S T U
    Richard: R S T U V

    As they would sing, Mr. Chatterly, who smoked a pipe at the time, would turn the chair around and say something like "Hello, and welcome to another Alphabet Chats".

    I can see why that darkened atmosphere of that room would scare kids, but I always liked them, particularly the one about "L", which I don't have :(

    If you get to see it, it's pretty hilarious actually. Mr. Chatterly's (trying to) talk about "L" things when two kids (Anything People) wander onto the set. Looking for something to read, they say (loud enough for everybody to hear) "Hey, here's some books! (They move to the library backdrop) Hey, wait a minute! These books are just painted on! Let's go to the library where they've got some REAL books!"

    Another part of that clip is where Cookie Monster opens the window and yells "LISTEN! Oh, oops! Sorry!" Then he shuts the window, and leaves.

    Convincing John
  19. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    In a british sort of tune? What is that suposed to mean? LOL!!!
  20. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Oh, sorry! :o I didn't mean to offend anyone:eek: I'm a big fan of a lot of British bands like the Beatles and Jethro Tull, and the theme for "Alphabet Chats" sounds like something Ian Anderson (the lead for Jethro Tull) or John Lennon would have had a hand in writing. That's what I meant by "British tune"...it has nuances to a lot of my favorite Tull songs. I should have rephrased that last post. Sorry.

    "Right idea, Wembley, but wrong expression.":smirk:

    Also, maybe "British tune" popped into my head because Mr. Chatterly is supposed to be one of those traditional "dignified English chaps" (I could see him interviewing Patrick Stewart...another favorite British actor of mine!)...

    But anyway, I meant "British tune" as a compliment, since it reminds me of Beatle and Tull songs I've loved and known forwards and backwards and upside-down for years.

    Sorry if I confused anyone... :(

    Convincing John

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