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What sketches scared you as a kid?

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

  1. Mokeystar

    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. fuzzygobo

    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.
  3. heralde

    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.
  4. Beakerfan

    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.
  5. bigjeffy

    bigjeffy New Member

    Lol,I love those segments though I can see why those segments creeped you out.
  6. HeyButtahfly

    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.
  7. bigjeffy

    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:
  8. Muppet dude

    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.
  9. Chiiaki

    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.
  10. Drtooth

    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.
  11. bigjeffy

    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!
  12. MuppetGirl85

    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.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

  14. bigjeffy

    bigjeffy New Member

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

    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:
  16. heralde

    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
  17. bigjeffy

    bigjeffy New Member

    Here's a good one.Frazzle(the song).
  18. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    The Shark that sings about his pearl white teeth and the camera kept getting close ups of his mouth. Terrified me as a child!
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Well, the humorless Wiccan aside, I don't understand what is so wrong. there have been more frightening things in the shows history than that... bird cartoon included. I think of it as a wonderful idea to have a scary character like that wind up becoming human and likable. It shows children that fear is in the eye of the beholder. it is a shame that they actually listen to that angry mail... but it was a sign of things to come.
  20. Chris Gawley

    Chris Gawley Member

    I remember that episode (albeit only bits and pieces), & yes it was very scary! What really stuck with me was when the witch threatened to turn the people of SS into things (David into a basketball, Big Bird into a feather duster, etc), & remembering that there was nothing nice or funny about that sketch....it was actually very disturbing!

    I did not remember that the witch was Margaret Hamilton reprising her role of the Wicked Witch of the West; the most (in)famous & well-known witch ever known; only tied with (or possibly second to) PUFNSTUF's Wilemena W. Witchiepoo, played by Bille Hayes. Just a tidbit for interest's sake, Margaret Hamilton & Bille Hayes were friends & LOVED each other's witch personna!

    But I digress....being that I was five when that episode aired & I am 36 now, I would love to see it again, & hope it will find its way into a box set someday.


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