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Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Jennifer, May 12, 2002.
The Muppet in that clip was Oscar; Bob had disguised himself as a grouch (calling himself "Bob the Blob") to ruin Oscar's TV show by playing beautiful music. Of course, the all-grouch audience hated the act...
The scariest thing for me as a child was, and I'm sure many would agree, was when Ernie and Bert were in Egypt in the pyramids. When the "tomb king Ernie" (whatever) came to life it scared the heck outta me. I hated it because his voice was so echoed and faint and he looked like a dead Ernie! Was very scary and humorous at the same time! I really do enjoy that one now but it still gives me a weird feeling. A great sketch but creepy! It's on youtube...
Like I said, I must be the only person I know that wasn't afraid of this skit as a kid
I don't remember seeing that sketch as a kid, but I saw it recently and I don't think I would have been scared either (and not just because I'm a grown up now), if that helps, hehe.
Me, I loved it. I really did.
And for the record, yes... it was supposed to be creepy. That was the point of the skit, to not be afraid.
hello i'm new here ^_^* and i just HAD to respond.
I TOTALLY WAS AFRAID of bert and ernie at the pyramids! compounded with watching indiana jones at a young age, it made very afraid to be an archaeologist. i always thought that ruins were boobytrapped. ALSO, i never would go to the egypt room in museums alone.
does anyone remember this, one FRREAAAKY claymation that takes place at dusk on a farm. and it's super hot and there's a drought, but then it rains and everyone's dancing and happy? the people's faces were so grotesque and creepy. to this day, i still cringe thinking about it.
I DO remember that skit...that was creepy! I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it.
That one still gives me the creeps but I've always loved it anyway. Love Bert's reaction in the end! Too funny!
First of all, Hi... or should I say, "Hello Everybodeeeee!"- First post.
I've read the entire thread, and there's tons of stuff I agree with; the BDM/"B" sound sketch had scared me so bad I'd blocked it out completely- I didn't even remember it, seeing it on YouTube, until right when BDM starts breathing in... when he turned to the camera, some corner of my brain relived the frozen terror I must've felt at 3 or 4. Willie Whimple didn't frighten me, but it did make feel sad and horrible. The Pyramid sketch always spooked me at first, but by the time pharaoh-Ernie was dancing, I was fine.
The armless baby/danger cartoon freaked me out, as did the creepy "V" animation (violin...valentine...etc.). The part where the Viking ship's head snaps off bothered the heck out of me. "The Six Dollar Man" bit would make me run out of the room- the head coming off, and mindless jerking around/lab destruction while the scientist cackles away... SAM the robot, Ernie's zombie eyes... there's plenty more that others have already mentioned.
The one that I was really surprised that NOBODY's mentioned yet was the New Flash with Pinocchio! GAWD did that freak me out... even though as a toddler I had no way of knowing his head was pressed against the wall for the broomstick to go through it, it just looked WRONG, and when Kermit's outside, and you hear Pinocchio's distant voice lying and lying and getting higher and higher? *shiver*
I also voice my solidarity with the poster who would get furious at the adults NEVER seeing Snuffy; I'm an "old-schooler" myself, so I was a little bitter when I heard they FINALLY put and end to that, heh.
Oh yeah- not Muppet-related, but "Interplanet Janet" from Schoolhouse Rock used to upset me, simply because she was a human head and some angel wings grafted onto a rocket. Too much blurring of alive/not alive for my toddler brain... Ah well- that's it for now, see you at the therapist's office ;-)
Hello WaiterGrover! And welcome to repressed memories thread! Just kidding... Sort of.
I can't believe I never mentioned this! There was one time when Big Bird wanted to spend time with Maria, but she was too busy asnswering phones and doing work. Big Bird is sad and ends up writing a story about a bird superhero (Blue Bird I think) who stops the villian (played by Maria) by burying her in telephones. I just remember Blue Bird being kinda scary looking, all serious and fierce, lol.
Those "Snuffy sighting gone wrong" incidents may not have frightened me as a girl, but they always made me feel sorry for Big Bird. The one where Snuffy wore the striped pajamas (and got the adults confused about his appearance) still stands out in my mind; did anybody else see that as a kid?
I never thought the joke was funny when ever I see it. I feel sorry for him too. It just kind of frustrating to me...
It was always unfortunate when the grownups kept missing snuffy.
THere was no logic to it.
But If you're referring to the 1 were Snuffy sleeps over and sleepwalks
He probably looked like a ghost to eveyone and Bob reaction was really funny.
There was, he was suppose to help little ones deal with the issue of having an imaginary friend..but I think it went wrong .
You bet it did, because Snuffy really existed and wasn't imaginary (though he was invisible to the grownups for a time). The same would apply to Melvin's bear friend, Bobby, in the Hide 'n Seek Titans episode, due to Raven's stubborness to "see" Bobby for what he is.
Agreed, it's more upsetting and frustrating than anything else. Plus to me it makes Sesame Street seem more, I don't know, fantasy. Even though Snuffy was real, having him be a big mysterious secret to me contradicted the educational and realistic purpose of the show.
The "Snuffy " thread that will never die
Let me just reiterate that YES, I was one those "old-schoolers" frustrated no end by the "unreality" of Mr. Snuffleupagus.
1) I felt bad for Big Bird.
2) If "I" could see him, describe what he looked like, sounded like, etc., though he was on a TV screeen, he was REAL, the same way Big Bird, Oscar, Kermit, Grover, or any of the human cast were REAL to me. In retrospect, SURE it's important to acknowledge the existence and importance of imaginary friends; I would NEVER judge a child as being "less than" for having one... but the only lesson that sank in from those segments for me was "reality and perceived reality are shaky concepts at best; Good Luck, kiddo!" In other words- "I" saw + heard Snuffy; Big Bird did too; but NObody else on Sesame Street ever could? This ****** me off. The overall lesson seemed to be, "Life is unfair. kid- and nobody really knows why, it just is; get used to it." True enough for adults, but YOWCH, that particular life-lesson
could've waited awhile...
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