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What sketches scared you as a kid?

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

  1. ms prairie dawn

    ms prairie dawn New Member

    I remember a muppet movie when Animal grows huge from a potion Dr.Bunsen and Beaker made, I think they were out west. And Animal had a showdown, he was huge and scary, I saw this movie years ago...Anyway, giant Animal frighten me as kid...
  2. crossingguardgirl

    crossingguardgirl New Member

    One sketch that clearly stands out in my mind though I haven't seen it for years, goes something like this. Kermit the Frog is standing on a street corner. In the background, against a brick building, we can see a sign that says, "DONT WALK" in big red letters. He explains that when the sign says, "DONT WALK," it's not okay to cross the street. Then the sign changes to "WALK". He says, "Okay friends, if the sign says WALK, then it's okay for me to cross the street." He starts across the street, only to have the sign quickly change back to DONT WALK. This happens about three or four times, the sign changes, he takes a few steps, the sign changes again and he has to hurry back to reach the safety of the corner. Finally he gets mad and says, "Listen you DONT WALK sign, if you're just gonna mess me up, I'm leaving! I didn't want to talk about DONT WALK in the first place." Then he storms off screen. We hear a loud squeaking noise and the lampost that the sign is on grows two hose looking legs and walks toward the camera! The last time I saw this sketch, I must've been about four years old. Scared me to death!

    Then there was another one, though this one had a happier ending, and i was lucky enough to catch this one on video. Maria as Charlie Chaplin comes up to a DONT WALK sign and we hear Gordon's voice off screen saying, "DONT WALK". We wait a few seconds and the sign changes to WALK. Again, we hear Gordon's voice saying, "WALK". Maria starts across the street, swinging her Charlie cane and suddenly the sign changes and we hear all these angry car sounds. She rushes back to the curb and you can tell her heart is racing. This happens about four times, including once when the sign changes and she looks down the street to see if any cars are coming. Then she puts one foot in the street to see if the sign reacts. After the sign changes yet again, she grabs a black screen and puts it over the DONT so now the sign says WALK. You start hearing happy music and she is able to cross the street. Yea! Most of the DONT WALK sketches scared me, even gave me nightmares. I used to dream that the sign would trap me somewhere and if I tried to move, those legs would come out from under the lamp post and eat me! Yeah, I was a strange child...
  3. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, I remember the Maria/Charlie Chaplain sketch with the traffic sign. Haven't thought of that in years, thanks!
  4. crossingguardgirl

    crossingguardgirl New Member

    Did anyone else have nightmares about the "Beautiful Day" monster? I never knew his name, he was that big blue monster with the huge nose and the huge black eyebrows. No, not Herry Monster. Herry was funny to me. I mean the one that was in the sketch with Kermit the Frog when Kermit was talking about "Big" and "Little." In that sketch he was called "Harold." He used to give me some of the worst nightmares! And his voice...ooh, even as a thirty year old adult, he still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
  5. crossingguardgirl

    crossingguardgirl New Member

    I had forgotten about the one where Herry Monster breaks through the door at Farley's house! That one unnerved me as a kid! THanks for the memory.

    Crossingguard girl
  6. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    It is so great to find someone else who understands...we'll be in touch, my friend. I am glad to have found you.
  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    All this reminds me of an interview I once saw with Jerry Nelson and several other Muppet people. Someone from the audience got up and wanted to thank Jerry for all the characters he brought to life, "even though The Count used to scare me as a kid." Jerry looked slightly annoyed (well jokingly of course) and everyone laughed. Lol
  8. lalalei

    lalalei New Member

    These are hilarous and frightening at the same time! *remembers*
  9. squirrelboy

    squirrelboy New Member

    I just thought of another somewhat scary sketch or two:

    1) Bert & Ernie at the beach, I could never get over how freaked out Ernie was when he couldn't find his buddy Bert because he was nearly mouth deep in sand and covered up with his beach hat. Mostly it's because every time I go to the beach and I see people in the sand when I was younger, I would freak out - mostly because I was concerned for these people and their safety. That may sound like an odd sketch to be afraid of, but safety comes first - always. Now that I am older, that sketch isn't quite as scary as it used to be.

    2) Also, does anybody remember Oscar's pet elephant "Fluffy", back when Sesame Street was still in it's early years? His/Her sneak attacks with water always came as a scare to me (somewhat). Mostly because Oscar's elephant seemed "unpredictable" at times. You'd never know if it's going to good or bad.

    squirrelboy
  10. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    you're in good company

    Hey pal! Mokeystar is my best friend and she's GREAT at helping putting peoples' fears at ease. I thought Sammy was a little creepy, but I didn't have the psychotic freak-outs you did.

    But I'll share with you what really scared the pants off me was Nobody/ Floating Face (according to Muppet Wiki)/Limbo/Idea Man/Rubber Band Man

    call him what you will. He's the face that counts to 10 while the dots go by, and the nifty Scanimate graphics, and the whole deal.

    any time 10 was the featured number, I knew they would show this clip, and I would always cringe. With his floating eyes and mouth against the black background, and that creepy voice, I thought that's what DEATH must look like.

    And now this is a completely true story. I couldn't make this up if I tried.
    And Mokeystar will swear on a stack of bibles it's true:

    Once when I was about three (1971) they showed the painter skit of Paul Benedict painting his 10 on the stool, etc. Then they showed the Nobody clip. Scared the be-jeezus out of me. So taking a cue from the painter, I went down to the basement and got a can of paint and painted over the tv screen so Nobody couldn't scare me any more.

    I got to paint my own 10!:)
    Believe it or not, my parents didn't punish me. They were just too stunned at my handiwork.

    My offer still stands. I dare anyone to top that.
  11. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Holy [bleep]...and I thought my method for dealing with the scary stuff was extreme! (When something on Sesame Street bothered me enough, I'd fiddle with the controls until the picture disappeared.) Thank goodness your folks didn't take the set away for a few years after that paint job...
  12. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Why is it such a concern now? I mean I found myself scared of taht Kermit and BD skit myself and it has no effect on me today. Now I just laugh about it.
  13. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    It's a concern now, because I have lived for 34 years thinking me and my siblings were the only kids in the entire world scared of Sammy. I still get a case of the heebie-jeebies when I see him now, because psychologically it brings me back to the past, when the mere sight of that character whipped me into a fright-frenzy. So when I say to Mokeystar that I feel better, and that years of pain have been eased, it's beacuse I don't feel so alone anymore as I did for all those years. As with anything, it's nice to know you and someone else have shared a similar expirience.
    And thank you fuzzygobo, I welcome your friendship too.
  14. Mokeystar

    Mokeystar Member


    Well Mike, the way I see it is most people who have posted on this particular thread have fears. Actually, most people in general have fears. Fear is a healthy human reaction.
    The fears we’re talking about in this thread are derived from memories of Sesame Street, therefore, most people are referring to something (or somethings) from their childhood that they were afraid of….but probably aren’t now. The experience of seeing a scary Muppet or clip on Sesame Street is something that’s generally subsides as one gets older and likely forgets about what it was that used to freak them out. But in certain instances, the thing that freaks someone out may cause the person a lot of emotional trauma as a child, as discussed here with Sammy the Snake. Sometimes those fears that a person once had aren’t just “outgrown”, because the feelings of trauma are way too intense and don’t just disappear once someone has grown up. I’m happy you outgrew your fears, but please also understand that sometimes certain fears have a way of lingering with people of all ages, no matter how young or old they are. ;)
  15. Mokeystar

    Mokeystar Member

    Yep, I think your story definitely tops my story of when my mom, who was trying desperately to get me over my fear of Beautiful Day Monster, pretended to chain him up and flush him down the toilet. :) Too bad she didn't do that with Sammy the Snake.....although he'd probably done a nice job cleaning the pipes!
    All she did with Sammy was tell me that he lived too far away to even come near me. My imagination went into full tilt once I began imagining him getting on a plane, flying out to my city, and hailing a taxi cab to my house. "Oh, taxxxxxxi!" (Seriously, I wrote a story about this when I was a teenager.) :)

    Could you imagine if we had been siblings? Between the Nobody paint and the other fears......I could imagine how crazy our parents would have been driven. ;)
  16. Mokeystar

    Mokeystar Member


    We're here for ya! ;) (hug!)
  17. Jyllian

    Jyllian New Member

    a lot of them

    there wree a LOT of scarey episodes, and i too, use to hide behind the couch..james earl jones and his low voice...those red dots. there is one where the dots freak out and go nuts, the one where Ernie cuts all of berts hair off., G, Gorrilla, and the gorilla screams real loud..the one about funny face, and the octopus,
    another one , this guy was singing, "I wanna hold your eyes, i wanna hold your nose" to this girl puppet and was pulling off her eyes, ears , nose, etc..

    I was afraid of the mysterious nose snatcher, and many more!
    jyll
  18. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    Thank you again, Mokey (BIG hug)
  19. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Here's the clip on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn2_RpTYe0w

    Convincing John
  20. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    WHOA!!! I'd never seen that"B" sketch w/Kermit & BDM before today.What were they thinking??:eek:

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