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Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Jennifer, May 12, 2002.
Even Chicago, the vegetarian Lion?
Well, Chicago's a nice lion. He's a vegetarian and likes to play. And I don't fear lions on TV as much as I did when I was a kid. But I don't really like it when Chicago roars really loud. I remember he scared away a bunch of people in the library and tried to pounce on a book Gordon was reading scaring him to death.
i was scared of thew segment were Bob & Luis were putting up those 2 pieces of a picture of a train tunnel and after getting it right the 4th time, a train comes out of the picture. > i was even a litlte bit scared of the Kermit segment were he's talking about feet and theese human feet come walking on that wall he sits on and does his usual discribing them and what they can do and after he's through he tells them to leave and they won't so he tickles them. and the guy who's displaying his feet laughs loud like a giant.
I have an old Sesame street tape with these guys with no distinct faces, just basic outlines of mouth and nose's and no eyes. They were purple, orange and green and they came on screen, and one would say "Bat" and the next would say "Cat" and the last would say "Hat" and then a crazy guy would come on and go "Bat and the cat with a Hat.." and just go nuts. It wasn't scary, just very strange. But kinda entertaining.
I have been haunted by this skit as a child, and am desparately looking for verification.
I watched Sesame Street in the way early days, and this quite possibly may have been from the first season.
The skit goes like this:
Ernie is accused by Bert of taking cookies from off a plate when the lights go out. Ernie insists he is innocent, and to prove this, somehow rigs Berts black and white flash bulb camera to take a picture of the plate when the lights go out.
They turn the lights out, and the TV screen is black.
There is some noise, then a bright white flash.
The lights go on, and some cookies are missing.
They then look at the picture that was taken, and they both do their patented "shudder" (back then, they were afraid of monsters, except for Grover)
You then get to see the photo from their POV, and you see a glossy black and white photo of a monster, caught in the act, his eyes open wide, and his mouth open. This terrified me!
Now this monster was not cookie monster, but may have inspired him. This monster (I'll call him King of Monsters) appeared in some other skits, but rarely if ever talked. He was the scariest one.
He looked like a cross between a blue cylinder, and an armless Frankenstein. He was taller than Bert, had a flat head, and a cro-magnon unibrow. I think he had big lips, but no teeth.
Can anyone please, verify the King of Monsters, or better still, tell me where I can find a picture of him?
Sounds to me like you're thinking of Beautiful Day Monster, seen in the pictures at the top of this here webpage. I think GeeBee could definitely verify this skit you're referring to, as I have never even heard of it.
Here's some more info on him:
You just made my day. I would be interested in anyone who knows the episode. Thanks so much!
where did those pictures come from?
More Early Stuff
In the earlier seasons,there was a short animation featuring the letter "W" and a group of witches. The moral or last line was "Witches that wash their wigs on windy Winter Wednesdays are wacky." I was scared at this as a kid because the witch wore a wig made of letter w's, and was going about her business, when the wind blew it off. I remember the narrarator of the poem of sorts, a female, changing her tone when this happened, and going from a happy voice to a very horrible one, saying, "And BLEW IT AWAY, FOREVAHHHHHH!!!!!". I guess I was a sensitive 3-year old, but this always unnerved me. (Not as much as King of Monsters, though)
Another animation that generated ill-feeling was the one about Bumble Arty, the kid who had 9 swine over for surprise party when his mom went to work. The poem, as I remember it, was a true classic, but when the kid's mom came back prematurely, and ordered the pigs out of the house, she became rather evil, "OUT, VAMOOSE, SCRAM! (and then with sharp teeth, and emulated claws) BEFORE I SLICE YOU INTO HAM !" Of course it ended well, as she kissed the kid nine times gently over nine; which isn't bad, in fact, it's fine.
Oh my gosh.....you are going to LAUGH at my story, ponamytrail (and the rest of you guys, if you haven't heard this one before). When I was a kid, I was TERRIFIED of Beautiful Day Monster. I had nightmares that he was hiding under my bed, waiting to spring out at me in the middle of the night with his HUGE eyes and big, gaping mouth and gobble me up whole.
One day, I saw this clip with Kermit and Beautiful Day that involved the letter B and the sound it makes. At the end of this clip, Beautiful Day loudly exclaims a long, "BAAAAAAAAH!", and his voice blows Kermit off the set. Then, he turns to the camera, opens his eyes really wide, and says it again, right to you....."BAAAAHHHHHH!" This eventually causes the screen to fade to completely white. After seeing this, I was mortified. This was above and beyond the scariest clip I had ever seen. I could hardly sleep let alone function as a normal five-year-old after this for days. I was terrified beyond reason.
After this clip, not knowing what his name was, he was nicknamed "The Bee Monster" by my family. It's kind of funny, because many years later, I found out his name actually does start with a "B".
Anyway, back to the story. My dear mother, after seeing me tormented by the fear of this Muppet decided it was time for a little child psychology. She had me imagine the "B Monster", and had me take my imaginary monster, wrap him up in imaginary chains, and we flushed him (yes, we flushed him) down the toilet. You know, I still was frightened of him after that, but that really did help! Even to this day, he gives me the willies, although I now think he more or less resembles my cat if she were much bigger and blue......
Isn't life strange?
Yeah, I think that scene is actually combined with another skit in my mind, because that wide-eyed face fading to white is exactly what I remember as a frightened kid at about age 3 under the kitchen table.
See you in therapy, Mokeystar.
I'm gonna paint a 10!
Mokeystar and I have already mentioned at great length how scary Beautiful Day was and his bellowing out the letter "B" with his scary eyes and sharp teeth, but even he couldn't hold a candle to "Nobody", the puppet Jim used in the clip to count to 10. The Scanimate graphics and synthesized sounds were pretty neat, but man, when Nobody showed up on the screen- just two eyes and a mouth, he looked like death to me, and that low gutteral voice (THAT'S TEN!)
This clip scared the bejeesus out of me so much, I actually went down to the basement, and taking a cue from our painter friend, took a gallon of white paint and painted over the tv screen. My folks saw what their little four year old had done, and were not too pleased.
I dare anybody to top that one!
When i was a kid there was a scetch on the muppet show. It was a girl removing parts of her face and adding new one to become a monster. You wouldn't believe how scared I was of that. I can't believe i remembered that.
I don't think I was ever terrified of a skit, but I was a little afraid of the Bridgekeeper in the cartoons in which the guy would try to get across the bridge with a shopping bag, but couldn't go until the Bridgekeeper had inspected all te shapes in the bag. He seemed really mean and evil.
Now I look back on those after watching Monty Python and just think about how wonderfully clever a parody that was!
Yeah, that scene from the Holy Grail was funny! You know, I always wondered if the SS Bridgekeeper would use magic to toss travelers over the bridge too if they got his questions wrong.
This thread has me howling over the memories. Let me throw out this vague image to see if anyone else remembers.
I'm not sure if this sketch was SS. I was so small when I saw it, I think it might have been Electric Company. Heck, I might even be remembering some bizarre nightmare. But there was this strange segment that consisted, I think, of people zipped up into these bright-colored spandexy bags that basically would render them shapeless, colored blobs. The blobs would sort of flop around the set, with no music or sound except the sounds they made, thumping around on the ground or climbing onto and falling off of these blocks.
Am I insane? Does anyone else remember this, or am I freaked out by some hallicinatory image?
I could be wrong, but that sounds like Mummenschanz.
Here are some sketches & skits,characters as well;that either scared me as a kid or made a lasting impression on my psyche:
1)Behind Your Face:I loved the animation,but the yo yo man appearing & disappearing from nowhere & the words to the song Behind Your Face.I love that skit now.
2)Willie Wimple:Makes such a poignant statement.I still sing that song to myself,whenever I see trash everywhere but the trashcan.
3)Harvey Kneeslapper: Was just annoying to me,kinda weird/scary too.Just slapping letters on people.
4)Bert & Ernie in the catacomb: When the sarcophagi taps Bert.
5)Hugga Wugga:the voice,the looks.
6)Herry as a kid scared me;either from his looks or because he didn't say & do much early on.
7)Cartoons like E story,Capital I,lowercase n,Cowboy X,small v,Villan in the Panama Hat.Cool to watch them all now.
8)The News Flash of Little Miss Muffett,that spider scared the beejesus out of me.
9)Uncle Deadly at first,just for his looks & overall mysterious presence.
10)Vendaface:rearranging faces is kinda creepy in itself,and the voice.
11)The Behemoth singing I've Got You Under My Skin with Shakey.
12)The opera singers(upsidedown faces of Jim & Jerry).
13)Sketch All of Me,on TMS.
14)Sam the Machine/Robot:Just annoying,couldn't wait until sketch was over.Perfect,perfect,perfect....Grrrrr LOL
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