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What sketches scared you as a kid?

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Jennifer, May 12, 2002.

  1. G-MAN

    G-MAN Active Member

    There was a bit that always creeped me out. It wasn't when I was a kid, but they aired it for a while in the mid to late 90's. It would feature this guy and he would always be popping out of things carrying a number, such as a pool, an outhouse door, etc. I think I mostly didn't like it because I don't like seeing black and white pictures start moving around especially with the mouths moving in an exagerated way (Angela Anaconda). The reason I brought this up was because I was watching a repeat a couple of nights ago, (the one where Baby Bear kept falling asleep when he wanted to play with Elmo), and they showed that skit.
  2. Pug Lover

    Pug Lover New Member

    I agree with you.It would have been a riot to see how the actual puppeteers looked when they were performing the fight between those boys.
  3. Pug Lover

    Pug Lover New Member

    One other segment that I found scary as a child,was a cartoon where a small woodpecker stood on a branch of a large tree pecking.A fairly short man comes and says"Q".He then yells"QUIET".But the woodpecker keeps on pecking until the trunk of the tree falls onto the guy{leaving both the woodpecker and the branch he's standing on suspended in mid air}. :eek:
  4. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    No, the Count's whole personality was more sinister in the beginning. He would zap people into trances, often acted like a bully, and once stated that he had no friends. As time went on, he became more friendly and innocent. The one thing that remained the same was his passion for counting.
  5. Zet

    Zet New Member

    Since you mention that about the Count, I should say I remember finding one of his sketches "disturbing" as a kid. It's the one where Ernie is at his castle (got a job working for the Count??) and the Count tells him that all he has to do is answer the phone. But each time the phone rings, the Count prevents him from answering because he wants to count the rings. As I recall (though I haven't seen it since I was a kid), it actually becomes physical and not in a slapsticky way...I remember the count's voice sounding serious and determined. I wasn't scared of it really, just sort of mildly freaked/angry.

    Looking back, I think it's funny actually as karma caught up with Ernie for messing with Bert all those times.;)

    At this time I'd also like to submit my membership for the "Can't Stand Harvey Kneeslapper" club. I fully qualify, I assure you.;)

    -Zet
  6. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member


    In that skit, the Count hired Ernie to answer his telephone for him, but warned Ernie that it would not be easy. Ernie can't understand why, but when it rings, the Count wants to count the number of rings so he won't let Ernie answer it. It was a bit physical, but it only involved the Count blocking and intercepting Ernie at every turn. After the phone stops ringing, Ernie complains to the Count that he would not let him answer the phone. The Count says, "I told you it would not be easy."

    I actually think Karma was more evenly distributed in the early days when Ernie would aggravate Bert, but the Cookie Monster would aggravate Ernie. In the early skits Cookie (and sometimes "Beautiful Day" Monster) was a sort of "third member" to the Ernie and Bert comedy team. He would walk in their apartment any time and cause chaos. An old Colorform set of Ernie and Bert's apartment had Ernie, Bert, and the Cookie Monster as characters. Later on, it seemed like the Cookie Monster was much less prominent in the Ernie and Bert skits. Maybe they finally started locking their door?

    As for Harvey Kneeslapper, I can't say that I don't like any Sesame Street character from the 70's, but he was a bit one dimensional. In the short skits with Harvey Kneeslapper and "Fat Blue", Harvey always played some corny trick on him and ran away laughing at his own joke. However, in a few longer skits, Harvey Kneeslapper would wind up being a victim of his own jokes. In one skit, he means for a closet of toys to fall on someone, but they only fall on him. In an old street skit, Harvey puts confetti in Molly The Mail Lady's hat, but he winds up with the hat and confetti on his head. So he did get his comeuppance sometimes.

    Long Live the CHILDREN'S TELEVISION Workshop.
  7. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    gee i saw him trying to sell Ernie an o and an are but never saw the H one. after i learned in elementtry school of how wrong it was to take stuff from strangers i became suspicious of theese skits.
  8. Splurge

    Splurge Member

    I may be wrong, but I think there wasn't an H one per se, just someone punning about Lefty dealing "H", if you know what I mean. In the same vein, I wonder if Lefty ever tried to sell "E" or "X"? :)

    Bad Splurge. Bad, bad Splurge.
  9. Baby Rowlf

    Baby Rowlf Member

    Ooh! Ooh! I remembered another one that kinda worried me as a pup: The singing grapefruit that would explode while singing songs from "Carmen".
  10. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    i think i felt the same way. i thought that stupid count!
  11. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    you know i inturpeted it as Mr. Tweak but i wonder if it was really Mr. Tweep? after all that rhymes with sleep.
  12. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    i could never understand why Bert hated the H and liked the I.
  13. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member


    Because the I's have it.
  14. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    you know with all of this talk about skit scaring some of us, and while not everyone would of been scared at the same thing, there must of been a good deal of kids who were scared of the stuff that have been posted. some more than others because as whoever is was said many of the SS skits are tones down compared to the past. while i can understand making mistakes not thinking certain skits not having a bad effect on kids because there were so much and the fact there have been changes over the years i wonder how they could of made so many that are now considered to aggressive scarly etc. even then i think there were some who might of critisized SS for that.
  15. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    have what?
  16. Nicole

    Nicole New Member

    I was scared of these.

    These sketches scared me when I was a child:

    1. M-Mask. The announcer would say "A mask." and they would show some African and Indian masks. The way those looked creeped me out!

    2. Danger's No Stranger. The dark video with construction machines running around in the background. At the end the screen looked like a dark sidewalk and computerized rain drops would fly diagonally across the screen. For some reason, the end segment scared me.

    3. Newsflash. Kermit the Frog was interviewing Old MacDonald and this very creepy-looking spaceship would land in the barnyard.
  17. Baughdie Howes

    Baughdie Howes New Member

    There was a lot that scared me or creeped me out when I was little.

    For example:

    The Sherlock Hemlock song "X Marks the Spot" really scared me because of the skull & crossbones for the lyrics "Sometimes it means there's pirates, or at worst it means there's poison..."

    Similarly, one of the Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School segments, in which Roosevelt whispered out the letters "P-O-I-S-O-N", and they appeared in the air, followed by a skull & crossbones, scared the **** out of me.

    I think this could have been due to a run-in I had with a bottle of highly poisonous Russian perfume when I was a toddler. Being rushed to the hospital and dosed with ipecac which makes you hurl violently, then being dosed with vile black charcoal solution to try to make you stop hurling violently (and which didn't work, because I hurled the stuff up three times on the way home in the car)---well, it would tend to make you extremely nervous around anything to do with poison, wouldn't it? The worst of it was that I hadn't drunk any of the perfume, only spilled it on myself. But Mom and Dad knew how deadly Russian perfume was, so they insisted on rushing me to the hospital immediately. I was also extremely frightened of the animated "Mr. Yuk" PSAs that ran on the Buffalo network stations in the 70s, so I think my theory on this is a good one.

    S.A.M. the robot creeped me out because of his strange mechanical noises.

    And I, too, was uneasy about the sinister nature of the Lefty segments---especially "The Golden AN".

    Seeing the "Willy Wimple" anti-polution segment recently, I still felt somewhat unsettled by it. There was a similar segment that aired on "The Electric Company", for "T-I-O-N", which showed, among other things, fish and birds dropping dead in their severely polluted water and air, and promised that "Pollution means their execution." Very disturbing stuff for little kids to see! What makes it worse is that, since those segments first aired in the 70s, very little has changed. Companies would rather keep right on polluting the world and destroying the ozone layer, because it would eat into their profits if they tried to do anything really worthwhile to fix up the damage. And the politicians won't force them to, because those companies contribute lots of money to the politicians' campaigns. Very sad.

    I remember finding Mumford's lack of eyes a bit unsettling. He had big, bushy, black eyebrows, but you never got to see his eyes, did you?

    And Mr. Mackintosh, the fruit & vegetable vendor, always looked a bit menacing to me. Maybe it was because he was so quiet. I think I usually just saw him silently pushing his cart through the establishing shot of a street scene, and that was it. I suppose it was because Chet O'Brien was busy with his "real" job of being a techie on the show.

    I wasn't frightened by the animated typewriter getting stuck in the umbrella, but I was very frightened when he discovered his ribbon was dry, so he poured in a bottle of ink, which leaked out and flooded the entire screen, turning it black.

    There was another animated segment along the same lines, in which a bird dipped its long beak into a big bottle of ink and wrote the word "INK" in the air. Then, it fell into the bottle, clambered out and shook the ink off its feathers, spattering droplets all over the screen. Then, it tipped over the bottle, and the ink poured out, flooding the entire screen and turning it black.

    This may have been a clever way for the animators to fade to black, but when you're a little kid with a very literal mind and an overactive imagination, watching it will lead to nightmares! Bad enough to drown in clear water, but imagine drowning in a flood of black liquid you can't even see through!
  18. Klonoa

    Klonoa New Member

    After watching the 35th anniversary special, I just remembered an old skit that was kinda creepy. It was the News Flash where Kermit was interviewing Humpty Dumpty. That Humpty puppet was kind of disturbing. He had those big lips and a weird voice. And he still talked after being broken. It wasn't THAT scary, just a little weird to me.

    --Klonoa
  19. Sunrise

    Sunrise Member

    I remember this!


    WRONG! I remember the elephant! But I thought the person pushing him was a bear, for some reason. He starts out saying, "Can you help me push?" and the little girl says, "Noooo", so he pushes some more, then says just, "Can you help me?" and at that point she reaches out and somehow does something that makes him deflate and fly through the door.
    At least that's somehow what I remember. It was the weird way the guy talked that made it memorable...all slow, like someone who didn't speak English was reading it phonetically.
  20. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    There were some SS cartoons that really scared me when I was little. I always ended up running out of the room whenever these started.

    The Lion chasing the Leopard. I used to have nightmares that this lion would jump out of the TV and eat me.

    The Yakity, Yakity, Yak where this yak would get mad and charge at the TV breaking it. I had nightmares about him too.

    The V cartoon where a bat zooms into the screen and changes into a vampire. And the whispering music was scary too.

    Wanda the Witch who made that scary cackle in the end.

    An Agua cartoon where a scary fire monster appears and makes threats in Spanish. But is then destroyed by rain.

    A cartoon where it shows funky green and white wallpaper where a black cat tries to catch a little bird until he runs into a lion who growls and scares the cat away. Then I soon learned the lion was only trying to help the bird.

    Mainly, I was usually scared of any SS skits with lions in it.


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