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What sketches scared you as a kid?

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

  1. Baby Rowlf

    Baby Rowlf Member

    I remember the anti-pollution skits! But they never scared me..they made me cry!
  2. Baby Rowlf

    Baby Rowlf Member

    I think the scariest Sesame Street skit I've ever seen is this one where the Count is counting bones, and this skeleton that's hanging near him starts laughing. That TERRIFIED me!!!
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You mean "bones, bones, bones inside of you?" Any time a kid realizes that that's what is under their skin, it's freaky...for me at any rate!
  4. erracht

    erracht New Member

    This is a good topic - I had my fill of scary
    Sesame Street scenes (watched it regularly from
    about 3 to about 7. I'm closing in on 23 now.)
    The pollution cartoons were not really scary,
    just sad, and the ones where Kermit gets teeth
    were also not really scary, but ugly rather (in
    one, Grover makes him wear dentures to
    demonstrate oral hygiene - aah, scary! Reminds
    me of my gingivitis! - in the other, Grover gives
    him dentures so he can sell him a toothbrush
    or something (that was a series where Grover
    gave Kermit prosthetics and stuff to sell him
    things he didn't need, like fake ears, hilarious,
    shades - a Groucho nose, and once a "nose warmer"
    which he just shoved over his head.) I remember
    the bald man getting the number painted on his
    head now that you remind me. But I don't think
    that scared me.

    Strange that someone mentioned the circles
    forming a hexagon. I remember something like
    this well - I was 4 or 5 - and this pointless
    animation comes on. I found it weird and I
    think I may have dreamed about it.

    With regard to the statues/sarcophaguses
    looking like Ernie and Bert, yes, that was
    freaky! They were in a pyramid when I saw
    them. Also, do you remember when Prince
    Charming told Rapunzel to let down her hair
    and the muppet dropped its wig - leaving a
    bald Rapunzel stuck in the tower?

    The list of freaky stuff could go on. I
    didn't like those cartoons where that girl
    shrinks and becomes some sort of strong-
    voiced superhero, I think she was called
    Mona Thumb. Then there was this shark singing
    about teeth or something and that muppet
    looked intimidating to me (now if I saw a
    shark I'd find it cool, as long as it was
    not going toward me lol.)

    Now there's this cartoon I remember that was
    real spooky to me. This boy is lost and he
    passes all kinds of weird places. Then he
    comes to this wacky looking guy. He's dressed
    like a scarecrow, has a big fat jaw, big
    shades, and is playing with a yo-yo. To
    help the boy find his way back, the guy turns
    into a strange house, a clock (etc?) that
    the boy passed, all the while with a wierd
    face. That was freaky. How did they get the
    idea to draw someone like that? Another time,
    however, the wierd guy was back if I recall
    well in a less scary guise - as a storyteller
    (and I liked a good story, so maybe because
    of that I wasn't unnerved by his presence???)
    and told about a worm that went over, around
    and thru an apple on an apple tree. That was
    cute actually.

    Another "psychedelic" cartoon that spooked
    me was when that little girl was looking for
    her cat and all around her are cats, one
    with flowers for eyes, another on a truck...
    wasn't pleasant. Really I wonder what was
    the point of some of the animations and
    skits, as if they were either fulfilments
    of wacky fantasies, or there to kill time.
  5. Blind Pew

    Blind Pew New Member

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  7. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    Here's a few sketches that scared the bejezzus out of me as toddler:

    TMS:
    "Hugga Wugga": I think maybe it was Frank's voice in the number, or possibly the music. This was probably the scariest for me. Now, it's one of my favorite numbers!

    "I'm So Happy"- the UK sketch where two old dead guys sing in a dreadfully wonderful song of "joy".

    "Glowworm"- Probably one of the best Muppet sketches where Kermit (and Lenny Lizard on TMS) would eat worms he confronts. After three, he mistakes a Big V's nose for a worm, and mibbles it. Kermit is then eaten alive by him! ;)

    "I've Got You Under My Skin"- The one where Behemoth eats poor Shakey Sanchezz while singing the Frank Sinatra classic.

    SS:
    I was terrifiyed of the KTF sketch featuring Humpty Dumpty. Probably the freakiest looking Muppet ever!
    Well, nothing else really. I think the only things that scared me where Muppets with scary voices and ANYTHING with large teeth.
    ;)
  8. Baby Rowlf

    Baby Rowlf Member

    Yup! that's the little 80s fluff himself!:) Cute, huh?:)
  9. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    About how old was the skit with the elephant counting to 20? I never saw it until season 28. When I saw it in season 28, I think there was music, and I think the elephant's voice was actually Maria. I'm wondering if that was the original, because they sweetened a lot of those animations during that time. So, was that the original?
  10. Niall

    Niall New Member

    What about these two?

    I can't believe I'm the first person to bring up these two skits, which IMO were two of the most upsetting that I ever saw on SS as a kid:

    The first skit I'm refering to is Herry Monster signing a song entitled "I
    Can't Help It" (An unreliable source told me it dates from 1975) in Luis's Fix-It shop with Luis and another male cast member I can't remember also in the store. Here's a few lines:

    "I know I'm loud and I sound
    like a crowd or maybe two.
    What can I do?
    I can't help it!
    I'm feeling glum, cause I'm dumb and I'm clumsy
    through and through.
    What can I do? I can't help it"

    (You can actually
    hear an audio sample of this at Barnes&Noble.com if you search for
    "Monster Melodies")

    Anyway as Herry is singing the song, he walks around the store accidentally breaking and damaging things. The damage he does escalates as the song progresses and the song ends with the two men scrambling for cover as the entire inside of the store seems to come crashing down around them.

    The second one that upset me the most I think dates from about 1978. (At least that's when I would have seen it, anyway) Correct me if I'm mistaken:

    This skit features Kermit the Frog, a character I
    believe went by the name of "Simon The Sound-man" (you know the one who could open his mouth and produce a sound effect?)and some third
    muppet I can't remember. (anyone know?) Kermit is dressed up in that,hat, trenchcoat and microphone outfit that he wore in those "Newsflash" segments and they're all doing a mock weather forecast and
    a bunch of crazy things start to happen, (fog starts filling up in the studio at one point) but all I can remember is that near the end of
    the skit, it suddenly went dark, and there was a torrential thunderstormit INSIDE the studio and some one shouted "It's raining cats and dogs!" and then a bunch of stuffed cats and dogs start falling out of the ceiling, complete with growling, barking and hissing sound effects and Kermit and the other muppets crying out in
    pain, suggesting that they were being attacked by these "cats and dogs" as they fell down on them.

    I mean, what WERE the writers thinking and how did these skits (not "sketch", btw. A sketch is a rough drawing:)) ever get the green light anyway?
  11. Re: What about these two?

    Ahh, be careful what you say---when I was in a performance troupe, our director got ticked if we referred to our routines as "skits".

    Apparently, "skits" are thrown together and are more amateur, whereas "sketches" are more organized, planned out, and handled more "professoinally".

    That's what some think, anyway. lol
  12. Splurge

    Splurge Member

    This used to give me the creeps, the one I call "Grover and the Growing G". As weird as it sounds, it didn't creep me out the first number of times I saw it. And once I grew to like it, I looked forward to the possibility of seeing it on an episode where "G" was the sponsor.

    One could parallel that to the moral of Dr. Seuss' "What I Was Afraid Of."
  13. Astro4004

    Astro4004 New Member

    Re: What about these two?

    I mean, what WERE the writers thinking and how did these skits (not "sketch", btw. A sketch is a rough drawing:)) ever get the green light anyway?

    Niall, I never saw either of those skits/sketches, but they sound exactly like the type of thing that always disturbed yet intrigued me about Sesame! (I love that we all have so many of these. Maybe we can get a group rate on therapy?)

    In some interview, Frank Oz once said that Jim loved violence. Watching the older shows that had more of Jim's influence, one can definitely see this being the case. All of the early Kermit Newsflash segments feature something loud, catastrophic disasters! And even later, the poor frog wasn't even safe on his wall just talking to a hand. LOL :D

    However, there were also a few (non-Jim) animated bits that were bizarre - namely, the one where a little toad is berating a cow. "You think you're so big?" The frog keeps puffing itself up with air until it's all pear-shaped and wobbly, saying "Bigger... BIGGER..." And then finally it explodes and the screen goes white! We never see that it's "ok" (in that Bugs Bunny explosions-just-made-their-faces-sooty way), we are to assume that the arrogant little amphibian died. How upsetting! I hated that one but would love to see it again today.
  14. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    Not SS, but the Skenfrith character from Fraggle Rock who turned into a monster in the basement scared me when I was small! :eek:

    - Billy :cool:
  15. Billy's Girl

    Billy's Girl New Member

    This is incredibly sad but.......

    When the Count finishes counting there is that lightening/thunder bit.

    That used to make me cry.

    Hey I was 3 years old at the time!!!!
  16. Gonzo

    Gonzo Active Member

    The Count himself used to scare me a bit--I mean, he's purple, has fangs...although his fashion sense is impeccable with the goatee and green cape, he's always accompanied by bats, spiders, thunder and lightning--what's not to be scared of?

    The Yip-Yip Martians always unnerved me too--maybe just because I KNEW they were puppets, but couldn't see any logical way for them to be hovering in the air. What if they came hovering into my room, with their tentacles reaching out for my Very Squeezable Neck...

    Man, I was a messed up kid.

    Quinnnnnnn

    (nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn)
  17. sameaglefan

    sameaglefan New Member

    okay, when i was little, the episode when the apartment where ernie and bert and maria and luis and gordon and susan (i think) lived caught fire really scared me a lot.

    ever since then, fires of any kind have always made me uneasy, just because of that first image that was well, i guess burned into my brain :).

    other than that, i have nothing but fond memories of sesame street, but that was the one thing that freaked me out.



    rachel
  18. Jackie

    Jackie New Member

    I always loved the Count! Nothing about him scared me, except his obsession with numbers, ah ah ah.
  19. BlueAM

    BlueAM New Member

    Unlike most of you guys, I grew up watching Sesame Street in the late 80's and early 90's. Many of the sketches that scared me were "Muppet-only" bits.

    Like most of you guys, I was afraid of the Martians, because of the noise they made, the fact that they looked like jellyfish, and the way they moved their mouths. Also, like Ryan, I was always afraid of Humpty Dumpty, because of his voice and his mouth. But these were NOTHING compared to Placido Flamingo. I did'nt like his accent, I thought that the black part on his beak was a MOUSTACHE, and you could look into his mouth when he sang!

    Other minor fears include when Cookie Monster imitated Isaac Hayes (I was afraid of his fake beard) and sang a take-off on "Shaft" (called, "Cookie", I believe), and then started eating his gold chains, and then microphones, amplifiers, lights, etc., and the skit when the Count was counting flowers and he explained that he liked counting flowers because they made him sneeze and that he loved to count sneezes (which of course he does). This skit with the Count was SO scary that I never wanted to watch the "Learning About Numbers" video again because that skit was on that particular video.

    Now, did the skits I mentioned with Cookie, the Count, and Placido Flamingo scare any of you guys?

    BlueAM

    "White feathers?"
    "Oh, no, sir, that's gobble a duke! Well, they're not white- they're sort of speckly."
    "Speckly! Ahhhhh! You shot my Speckled Jim?"
  20. Gonzo

    Gonzo Active Member

    Another one that always scared me was with the scary salesman who would try to sell Ernie stuff...
    "PSST! Hey Bud!"
    "Who, me?"
    "Riiiiiight...."

    In fact, he STILL scares me a bit!

    Harvey Kneeslapper was a bit unnerving too....

    Quinnnnnn


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