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What sketches scared you as a kid?

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

  1. Mokeystar Member

    Yeah, isn't it wild to think that was shown on Sesame Street? And I remember seeing it several times, so it was in rotation for a while.
    I remember the first time I saw that, I completely went out of my mind in fear.
    It's great to see it again on YouTube (thanks for posting the link, Convincing John), but I still think it's freaky even to this day. However, I do think it's funny when Kermit gets blown away and he exclaims, "Ooooh!" :)
  2. mikebennidict New Member

    Referring to Katzi's post.


    HUUUM you're older than I am and I remember seeing it.

    Not that it really matters it's just interesting.

    I even wonder in those case why they ended up choosing to do this skit even though not everyone's afraid of the same thing but some you have to wonder about.
  3. fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Dr. Fuzzy's analysis

    I think this thread has produced some fascinating results. I'm amazed at the broad spectrum of things that scared us at our tender ages- various monsters, Muppets, music, cartoons, etc.

    Some of the clips they broadcast still made me wonder, what were Jim and Company thinking? And considering every last clip was researched and evaluated by educators and child psychologists, and shown before test audiences, it's even more remarkable that something like the Beautiful Day clip made it on the air.

    As scary as some of these clips were (and still may be), I'm grateful they had them in the show's rotation. They definitely gave Sesame Street an edge.

    Two other observances: you and I could be the same age (let's say five for argument's sake) and watch the same clip at the same time. Something might freak you out that might not have any impact on me. And by the same token, something that you could watch and not even bat an eye at could give me the screaming horrors:eek:

    And here's the most amazing thing of all: in spite of all the scary monsters, singing oranges, trains coming through billboards, and all the rest that gave us nightmares, we still stayed glued to Sesame Street. Even with the scary bits, we still couldn't get our fill.:o

    People are fascinating, ain't they? This topic would make a great college thesis for somebody.
  4. heralde Well-Known Member

    It is interesting! I definitely think it was a credit to the show that we kept coming back everyday, despite knowing we would likely be terrified at some point! As I look back now, I'm kinda grateful. In a way, SS taught you that you can't let fear keep you from the things you love. And just because something's scary, doesn't mean it's bad. :)

    This is pure speculation, but it seems people weren't as worried about scaring kids years ago. Especially when it came to teaching important lessons. There are a few older songs from SS that kinda give me the creeps even today (though perhaps that's just me)! The Willy Wimple skits of cousre. There's a song about "Lonesome Joan", a girl who never asked for help and ended up alone and helpless in her old age (though there is a happy ending).

    Even the King Midas song on Roosevelt Franklin's album. Midas was a fool who "didn't know what his wish would bring", and now he's "sad and old." Roosevelt admits feeling sorry for him, but warns the kids "He was greedy, don't be like that!" These are rather scary images.
  5. mikebennidict New Member

    What I wonder sometimes what someone like Mr. Rogers thought about some of these skits if he had known about them?

    Just something to think about.
  6. heralde Well-Known Member

    Hmm, well from what I've heard, Mr. Rogers came across as a straight laced, mild-mannered person. But then he'd surprise you with the different things he enjoyed (or at least appreciated). He was a Python fan after all!

    Oh and I just watched the Beautiful Day Monster sketch. Just for my own personal taste, I don't think I would have found it that scary. Trippy and odd, yes. But not scary. Then again, I watched the clip knowing it was supposed to be scary, so perhaps that ruined it. To me, it would have been scarier if they'd gotten a close up of his mouth or something.

    ..oh dear, MC radio just played "Windmills of your Mind" from The Muppet Show again. Now THAT gave me nightmares. I used to be afraid to walk to my room in the dark, thinking of that song!
  7. Beakerfan Active Member

    Well, (this my sound a little silly) but I was scared of the sketches done with the Weimeriners (the dogs). Mostly because I couldn't figure out how they gave the dogs human hands. Or how they found dogs with human hands.
  8. bigjeffy New Member

    Lol,I love those segments though I can see why those segments creeped you out.
  9. HeyButtahfly Well-Known Member

    Don't feel silly about being scared of the Weimeriners. I have one that's really ridiculous! I used to be scared of the sketches where Maria played Charlie Chaplin because she always had a weird look on her face and never talked. For years I was scared of Charlie Chaplin, thanks to Sesame Street. (Though, I am proud to say, I have watched a Chaplin movie or two in my young adult life!)

    I was also really scared of "U Really Got A Hold On Me" because it was dark, Smokey Robinson looked scary, and it looked like the U was trying to attack Smokey.
  10. bigjeffy New Member

    I actually used to be scared of something REALLY rediculous.Those fast motion films of kids fingerpainting a boy blowing a bubble gum bubble next to a tree.I don't know why.Maybe it was all that paint on the kids that freaked me out.But yeah those freaked me out till I saw "Wet Paint" by How Now Brown Cow and the Moo Wave.:eek:
  11. Muppet dude Active Member

    I take it you might have had some sort of fear of the Orange Gold Guy Smiley-type Anything Muppets due to your fears of the Spaceship Surprise Captain and Vincent Twice. You also mentioned that a lumberjack character mildly scared ya. I think that one was also an Orange Gold AM. Also, I think that lady with the cat you mentioned was Lady Agatha, a Fat Blue AM performed by Camille Bonora. I created a page on Muppet Wiki about her...

    http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Lady_Agatha

    Also, Vincent Twice is featured in my "Sesame Street Horror Special: Herry Werewolf," hosting it as a "Mysterious Theater" installment.
  12. Chiiaki New Member

    See if you can find *this* one..

    Trying to face my fears...

    Watched SS back when I was a kid. There was one in particular that I remember.

    I believe Bert was away and Cookie Monster was spending the night at Ernie's. Cookie Monster couldn't sleep because there was a blanket thrown on the floor and to him it looked like a scary monster.

    This one terrified me as a child and would send me running/screaming from the room.

    Does anyone know what episode this sketch was in? Any ways I could possibly find this specific one to watch it so I can face that fear from the past? I need to see what I was seeing when I was little.

    Thank you so much for your time.
  13. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And so wasn't Julie "Mary poppins" Andrews.

    I dunno... I don't think it was supposed to be scarey, or people didn't register it as frightning. I always felt it was comic, myself. Especially the "Yeechhh" at the end.
    A worst case scenario that would have kids going "Dear me... I'm not gonna let that happen. That Willie Whimple is a silly Person." (Cleaned it up from what an adult would say, "Holy Crap! Whadday frikkin' slob!")

    Morals sometimes have to have an edge of scariness to them... that's what the Midas myth was after all, but it had a fairly happy ending... save for the bit about him having to wear the ears of a donkey.

    After all, stories like that were ment to sort of frighten kids into behaving well.
  14. Muppet Pro New Member

    The animated bit with the fish counting down. Five, Four, Three, Two,........(their eyes widen and swim off in fear, then a shark comes in)
    Shark: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    That totally scared me. But when I got older, I feel in love with The Discovery Channel's Shark Week. I got to find out when it's coming out this year. ;) ;)
  15. bigjeffy New Member

    Fireworks alphabet

    I remember the echoing of the person shouting the letters when they appeared kind of scaring me along with the letters being made from fireworks.Thank god that's back on Youtube!
  16. MuppetGirl85 New Member

    Oh, my. I have one. The Count, one of our staff members, is probably going to take offense to this one, but I was always scared of the segments that featured Count von Count. Especially in the older episodes of Sesame Street, where he was really creepy and stuff. And the bats...yes, I know now that they were fake and "flew" around because they were moved around on flexible wires by puppeteers. And yes, I know that they were the Count's pets and, of course, what Count is complete without them? But... *shudders* I was never fond of them. I can still remember a dream from when I was a small girl, where I was in my house and the TV room was full of them (except they were the Sesame Street puppet-type bats, not real ones, thank the Lord above, but still).

    And the fact that the Count, in older segments, had a maniacal type of laugh, made him even more scary to me. In fact, I'm not so sure I'd be able to watch them now, and I'm almost 22 (I still love you, Jerry Nelson)! :cry: Thankfully, they toned him down in later episodes and made him more kid-friendly, but I'm still not sure I'd go back and watch segments featuring the Count.
  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I bet this will send the lot of you shivering off to your beds, muffling the screams with your pillow...

  18. bigjeffy New Member

    There's something I wanna ask about that bird.Is it Male or Female?:concern:
  19. Muppet dude Active Member

    I'm sure many of you heard of a really scary "Sesame Street" episode from 1976 (episode 847) that had the Wicked Witch of the West in it (played by Margaret Hamilton). It was SO scary, CTW had to ban it after its initial airing! I wonder if they showed any of the scary "monster" skits or anything like that with it? But here's a game I made up: make up a list of skits that could be shown during a rerun of that episode! It will use the Wicked Witch street scenes and the following skits...

    Kermit's B-Sound Lecture with the Beautiful Day Monster
    Kermit's "In" Lecture with Grover and Fred the Dragon
    Bob, Luis and the Zooming Train
    Mysterious Theater: The Mystery of the Missing Cat
    Ernie goes rock-hunting and meets up with Fred the Dragon
    The "Count of 10" segment with Limbo
    The "Red-Hot I" animated segment
    How Now Brown and the Moo-Wave: Danger's No Stranger
    The Count counts letters to himself

    Anyone else got their own ideas for which skits should be shown with a rerun of the Wicked Witch episode? :zany:
  20. heralde Well-Known Member

    I read about the Wicked Witch episode on Muppet Wiki. That's so interesting, I wish I could see it!

    Personally, I can't understand parents writing to a TV show complaining about scary content. I mean, I was scared by a lot of things on Sesame Street, but my parents never wrote in to complain. It is just a TV show, kids need to understand that it's not real, you don't need to be scared of make believe things, and life must go on. (There are plenty of real life things to be scared of after all).

    Well maybe I'm just bitter because I adored Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz! Lol

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