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What sketches scared you as a kid?

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

  1. squirrelboy New Member

    squirrelboy here,

    One or two sketches that gave me quite a scare goes like this:

    A bunch of kids are swimming in a pool (music is playing in the background), suddenly the music changes to the Jaws theme music, something is floating through the water, the kids get scared, and it's only to show us the letter of the day, in the pool is! That was scary to me.

    The other sketch I thought was scary was (and if anyone knows how the rest of this one goes, fill me in). It's based on a song on 7, where a conductor has 7 ladies standing on his shaky piano - singing, before the piano falls to pieces (due to these ladies weight). Gave me quite a scare when I was young.

    I'll add more when I think of them,
    squirrelboy
  2. ISNorden Active Member

    I was older when I saw those clips, but I can certainly see how those two would scare some kids' pants off. Especially the first..."Mama, I wanna quit swimming lessons; what if some giant letter comes and gets everybody in the pool?" :zany:
  3. jakester New Member

    2 Frightening sketches I vaguely remember

    Reading these posts brings back a lot of memories, some bad. I remember at age 3 or 4(I am now 37) hiding behind the television when any monster(except Grover) came on. I always called for my mother to come in to the room until the sketch ended. Many of the other non-monster sketches mentioned in this forum could be equally as intimidating. I think the Henson/Oz combination could out-do any psychological torture devised by the even the most sinsiter covert operations in any government.

    My question for any forum member is this: There are two sketches that I remember as having a profound effect on me. The first I remember a male anonymous muppet takes apart the face of a female muppet and leaves her faceless and hairless. When she leaves the male muppet makes a comment about regretting her departure(I think). As he is looking away, what looks to be a satin sheet rises up from the wall that was in front of them. On this sheet is a face that was created from the parts he took off the female muppet. The male muppet then looks up startled and the face-thing says something to him about being his new mate. The male muppet then reacts with an understandable shudder an the sketch ends. I have not seen this one in 30 years, so my memory of it may not be the best.

    The other sketch only seems to be a trace of a memory but I know that I did not imagine it. I may have only seen it twice, and definitely before I started kindergarten. This sketch takes place throughout the show. Ernie cannot find Bert and begins to imagine wildly what could have happened to him. Later, Bert is seen being accosted by a group of monsters9 (which seemed to include a green Grover). When Bert finally returns, Ernie tells him how glad he is to see him but Bert does not answer. When Ernie requests Bert to speak, he responds in a deep booming monster voice that causes Ernie to tremble in terror. I understand if that sketch was only around briefly for the fear it could cause in kids. If anyone can help me jog my memory on these two sketches, I would appreciate it.
  4. ISNorden Active Member

    Oh my goodness, jakester...I saw that skit with the "de-faced" girlfriend Muppet too, but I didn't remember the ending. Thank goodness, at least, that you confirmed its existence (and its scariness for more than one pre-schooler).
  5. bigjeffy New Member

    And Bellhop #8 is now officially up on Youtube!:D
  6. anytimepally Active Member

    cool.. I don't remember it myself, but reading the thread has me interested.. :::runs off to youtube:::
  7. Crazy31088 Member

    I didn't post on this thread for a long, long time because I thought I'd already done so...but then I looked through my posting history, and found that I had not. Perhaps I posted on a similar thread on the old Yesterdayland board?

    Anyway, I was petrified of Placido Flamingo, like many of you. The only sketch I saw him in was the Pretty Great Performances sketch with Seiji Ozawa and the All-Animal Orchestra (unless you count the brief glimpse of the episode with the All-Animal Opera that I caught while flipping through the channels one day). Ironically, he's one of my favorites now, especially after seeing the clips on YouTube of him trying to seduce Maria. (OK, seduce is the wrong word, but you know what I meant). That episode really tickled me.
  8. Ilikemuppets New Member

    You know, I use to be scared of all these characters during the night and I would totally lose sleep ovey them. I waould be sweating and everything. But during the day I would be just fine.:smirk:
  9. Nyperold Member

    I think that goes:

    "I have a mind, and my mind helps me / with everything I do, or (a couple of balls fall, then another) see! (a final one falls)"

    The operatic orange was definitely odd. I remember thinking she was singing "la moo" (hey, I still haven't seen "Carmen"), but now I know better. Thanks, Wikipedia!

    Hey, remember the one where there are all these mechanical devices doing stuff? I think it started with a mechanical clown on parallel bars, and then more toys, then there's the piano-playing robot, and the other one making letters or numbers, and then... a factory? Another igniting rocket fuel?

    Another was the scientist with the huge robot demonstrating emotion. "Ooh... I... don't like it when he's angry."

    Another was... there was this guy was built a robot out of cheapo parts, and when he powered it up, it jumped around wrecking stuff.

    EDIT: Oh, man, how did I forget the yo-yo master and lost kid? That yo-yo master was especially freaky, turning into all those structures as the kid described them.
  10. Muppet dude Active Member

    That is the classic Sesame Street News Flash from 1978 entitled "The Six-Dollar Man," where our favorite reporter frog Kermit interviews Professor Nucleus Von Fission (a one-time character on the show) who created the Six-Dollar Man, aptly named because it only cost six dollars to make him! When started up, the robot goes around and begins totaling the lab! Its head falls off as it knocks over shelves and more. Then it breaks down and the professor laughs in delight. When Kermit tells him that it destroyed the whole lab, the professor says, "Well, what do you expect for six dollars?" Then the "waaa-waaaaa" end music plays.
  11. heralde Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing that on youtube awhile ago. Not sure if it's still there. And I kinda remembered seeing it as a child. Just the kind of thing that would have terrified me, lol.
  12. Nyperold Member

    Yeah, I was browsing last night, and both the ones you quoted were there. :)

    Oh! Oh! There's the one where there are these two guys, maybe they're arguing or something, but then, Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" comes in, and we tilt up this monolithic white stone, and when it reaches the drum bit, big chunks fall off, revealing a word. I understand these were imported from The Electric Company.
  13. Mad Hatter New Member

    When I was a kid, I was scared by the Count, and now he's my favourite Sesame character. I'm not alone, according to previous posts. ;)

    The first time I've seen the Count (I used to watch Sesame Street on French and Belgian Channels) was in the Seven Flowers sketch, and he frightened and impressed me a lot. Sometimes in the evening, I used to except to see him sniggering at the window, and when he was appearing on TV, I used to cut the sound.

    Another Sesame Street sketch was rather frightening for me as a kid : the Haunted House sketch, in which two muppets kids, a boy and a girl, visit an old, deserted house. The boy is terrified by the thunder, by the moans of wind, when the girl keep absolutely calm. Suddenly, the boy finds a little mouse out, and the girl runs away, terrified by the little rodent. No ghosts, no ghouls in this sketch, but a spooky atmosphere, and that lugubrious interior...
  14. squirrelboy New Member

    I remember that robot sketch too, the ending was frightning indeed.

    I have a few more sketches to share.

    1) Do any of you remember the "bridgekeeper" cartoons?, that bridgekeeper was freaky looking! He looked more like a wizard than anything. Scary!!

    2) This one was based on the letter "V". All I can remember about it was the V landed on this guys knee, ouch!!

    3) I too used to be scared of the Count, especially during this episode: It starts off with a huge rocket inside the Count's castle, the count now explains that for days and days he's been working on this rocket with his partner (I forgot the next part), anyhow - from what I am guessing, the whole point of creating this rocket is so the Count can count the count-down. And his associate freaks out. Anyone remember this?

    Thanks,
    squirrelboy
  15. bigjeffy New Member

    I thought of some more

    ZZ Blues - Not the entire song,just the ending when the lead singer was snoring and the scene was fading out at the same time.I don't know why but that really freaked me out when I was little.

    Lefty the salesmam - His loud shushing freaked me out when I was little.
  16. bigjeffy New Member

    Lol I saw that one on Youtube.I found the "WATCH OUT!!!" part halarious.I can see why it scared you though.
  17. Nyperold Member

    Let's see... yeah, now that I think of it, his teaching motif seemed to be shapes. ("What is this?" "Oh ho! A square!" "How many sides does a square have?" "Mmm, four, mmm!" "What is a square good for?" "Good for? These things are great! *eats the square* I eat four square meals every day!") There was the guy with the circular food who had to eat it all the pass... but it was groceries he had brought to the bridgekeeper... And then somebody had to show him 3 triangles (the bridgework, then a drawn one), then play a tune on his accordion. They didn't get into any more complicated shapes than that. They left that to Square One Television. :D

    Whoa. I remember the denouement just as you said it, but yeah, nothing else.

    Yeah! Yeah! It (quite literally) never gets off the ground! Good thing, too; they'd be scorched, if not incinerated, if Muppet thrusters ever emitted anything but smoke! :) Remember the last time, he counted down "in Transylvanish!"?

    And here comes another one: There's this castle, as there so often is, and this hunchback is waiting outside. As the voice inside names body parts, the hunchback points to his own corresponding part. Finally, the voice exclaims, "And now, the POWER! AH heh-HAAAH heh-HAAAH heh-HAAAH heh-HAAAAH!" thus scaring the hunchback quite a bit. The door opens, revealing... well, I'll let the good doctor reveal it for me: "Here, I made you another Igor. Heh heh heh heh heh."

    EDIT: Somewhere in the desert live scads and scads of clay balls, or maybe they're supposed to be rocks. The number 12 is heavily involved, and it seems like 12 of these balls or rocks or whatever form into the shape of the number 12, and then actually turn into a more solid for of the number. Then the number just disappears. I hope that was their ascension into their afterlife or whatever because otherwise, that's pretty freaky.
  18. squirrelboy New Member

    I have a few more to add to my collection:

    1) I have seen this blue puppet playing a piano from time to time, the way he played that piano was - well, ridiculous. The keys would be falling off, and by the time he got through with a song of his, he would tear his piano in two! Not a pretty sight, that's for sure!

    2) I don't know why, but the 2-headed monster gave me the creeps as a kid. Just a wierd creature - that's all. I didn't seem to mind Frazzle though, but I guess we all have our seperate opinions.

    3) Finally, Guy Smiley's safari, the way Guy Smiley yells everything thus scaring the animals away was more intimitading than anything. I was sure Guy was going to get killed, so I always changed the channel and ran out of the room in fear.

    I'll think of more,
    squirrelboy
  19. Nyperold Member

    Heh! Y'know, I think he got scared away himself, and the (lion? bear?) said something like "I guess I was too loud." The rhythm and length of that sentence doesn't feel right, though. I think it was longer.
  20. heralde Well-Known Member

    This was the very first MC thread I posted in back in 2002. A lot of members recalled the sketches in the long list I had. Just wondering if they ring a bell for anyone else now:

    Ok...The first one I can remember is when Ernie is singing about bugs. This caterpillar inches by making a sound like "didle didle didle didle" (by the way, caterpillars dont' make sounds!!!) It was black and creepy. That terrified me! It didn't help me with my fear of bugs years later! Hehe

    There was this shark that would sing and they'd get a close up of it's mouth...my cousin has a video of me talking about that saying "A shark scared me but it was only make believe (My Mom drilled that into my head!)

    There was a claymation bit (me and claymation didn't get along!)
    Where there was a LIVING CHAIR with a suit and glasses and a tie. He'd inch along when he walked. He was huming to himself as he left the room. Then he'd bump into the door because he had no arms and he'd say "Oh excuse me" and walk out. I think it was the logical sense part of my brain saying "But this can't happen!!!"

    Then there was this really strange, incomprehensible cartoon with this human with a huge beak type mouth trying to push an elephant through a door. This little girl walked by. The guy said in a wierd voice "can you help me?" and the girl said "no".
    Then the elephant got pushed in somehow and the guy sort of got deflated and flew in. I have no idea what that was about and no idea why it bugged me!

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