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Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Jennifer, May 12, 2002.
What happens in the sketch, Muppet dude?
Ernie's great counting thing is slowly driving Bert crazy. At the end, Bert just finally snaps, he yells and runs to the table and bangs his head on it several times, then runs toward the camera screaming, then we can hear him run out and slam the door!
I could see a reason why they'd cut that ending would be because they thought kids would imitate Bert's actions, like kids imitating Don Music's head-banging.
Bear with me, it's my first post. What a place to start!
I think these all would have been mentioned at least once over the last decade, but here are my nominations anyway (in no particular order):
1) The sound of B with the Beautiful Day Monster - especially the last few seconds where BDM makes that unearthly 'BBAAAHH' and the screen goes white.
2) The Scanimate floating face counting to 10. Still looks and sounds disturbing now. But the Scanimate effects were brilliant for their time.
3) Kermit reporting on the wicked witch and the Magic Mirror: the beardy face in the mirror scared the life out of me (can't remember who it was - Jerry Nelson?)
4) The 'Danger' sketch with the word 'DANGER' getting into all sorts of bad situations (falling off a cliff, emerging from a darkened room), and the very creepy voices that went with it
5) Another 'Danger' sketch - the armless walking baby coming up (creepy enough) to the 'Danger' sign and imagining all the dangerous situations the sign is alluding too (especially the tentacled alien)
6) The number 1-20 drill parade, that '0' drill segeant was so horrible and shouty and scary.
7) Seem to recall being frightened that the cartoon 'M' that ate everything on the dinner table, including the screen, would come after me next.
8) +1 for the red hot 'I' beam and the menacing voice that came with it.
Yes, the Magic Mirror was indeed Jerry Nelson. I do kinda remember the mirror weirding me out a bit with his live-action human face.
The "I Beam" never had a menacing voice in it, but it's likely it was added at one time.
The eerie purple lighting on Jerry's face didn't help.
I might have gotten the 'I Beam' mixed up with the 'Saxophone' clip - having seen the youtube clip of 'I Beam' it would have been the ominous music that did it.
Add that one to my "scary moment" list too; I was terrified of anything charging at the screen, especially with a huge noise like the yak made.
Very ominous music indeed, the stuff nightmares are made of. Still, the vampire in that clip was enough to scare my pants off when I was a girl; so were the villain and the vigilantes chasing him.
"Witches who wash their wigs on windy winter Wednesdays are wacky." [SFX: chorus of cackles from bald-headed witches dancing round a cauldron-washtub]
NARRATOR in VOICE-OVER: Todo el mundo necessita agua (Everyone needs water)
OMINOUS-FACED FLAME: Yo soy fuego, yo no necessito agua (I am fire, I don't need water...famous last words!)
Speaking of terrifying Spanish cartoons on Sesame Street: does anyone else recall one with a tiger illustrating the letter T? The cartoon began innocently enough, with the tiger lecturing and pointing to an easel, on which pictures of various T-word objects appeared. After showing tigre (himself!), toro (charging at the screen with the T superimposed on his face ), tomate, and televisión, the tiger draws a blank (no pun intended). "T es para...para..." Then a shark appears on the easel and says ominously: "¡T es para tiburón [shark] ... torrentia [a downpour begins to flood the screen, and the shark jumps out to chase the tiger]... y tormente [which can mean either "torment" or "storm" IIRC; bad news for the tiger either way]!"
All I remember about this sketch is that it involved three people (Gordon was definitely one of them, but I can't remember the other two). They were wearing Victorian era clothing and each doing something different in fast-forward. I seem to remember someone eating a lot and then getting fatter. I know this is vague, but all I know is that it terrified me when I was younger. Weird, since I like watching things on fast-forward now!
Man, there is no way I'm looking through all 52 pages of this thread, but among the ones that scared me were the Bert and Ernie in Egypt one (though I simultaneously thought that one was cool at the same time), and absolutely ALL the sketches with Cecille the singin' stop-motion ball with the gigantic mouth.
And I was also scared of Kermit. But that's another story. And I've come a long way there
One of the creepiest segments that I remember was where David is dressed as a snake charmer with a turban and all. He is sitting Indian-style between two wicker baskets. The background is that typical gray one they used for many non-street segments. He starts playing some type of musical instrument, like a clarinet, and this haunting Middle Eastern music plays while out of the left basket appears an animated wiggly number 1 and from the right basket a similar number 2. Once the number 12 fully emerges, David simply says "Twelve!". I believe he goes back to playing his music, while slowly he disappears/fades away and is replaced by some type of painting of an outdoor scene with cows and a farmhouse. The other disturbing aspect is that David just sits there staring at the screen without speaking, but for that one line. Hopefully, one day this clip will surface as it was originally a mid 70's clip that was shown well into the 80's.
Frodis? As in "I don't wanna fight any more.....I just want to lay down in the grass and be cool" Frodis? If so, you've got an old school Sesame/Monkee freak here, too.
Man, that clip FREAKED me out as a kid. I can still hear that tune in my head to this day. The whole clip was freaky. From David's deadpan creepy expression (remember how he just said "12" in that monotone voice?) to the end when the scene faded into the multicolor-changing wiggling 12 that seemed to go on and on forever. I would try to get that tune out of my head each time I saw that clip, but even 35 or so years later, I still remember it. Didn't the background picture change color, too when David faded out? I do remember the scene having cows and such, like a village scene. I kind of remember it looking almost like a fabric pattern or something. Anyway, I'm sure one of these days, it will show up as everything tends to do.
Yeah, that's the Frodis that I'm referring to. Got my tickets to their show next month. I remember this swami clip being rather lengthy. I also seem to remember that when David wasn't playing his instrument, there was some type of ambiance noises, maybe cymbals chiming, in the background. I think David's outfit was a combination of gold and red colors, although that memory is a bit fuzzy. All I know is that it was pretty creepy and after all these years, it's still one of the first things that come to mind when I think of old school Sesame Street. Hope I can see it again (and be disturbed by it again) someday. By the way, I find it interesting that the animated clip of the 4 armed swami counting to twenty also has him morphing into flowers, and in the bit with David, he morphs into some type of outdoor scene. Is that a common thing for a swami to do? heh.
Hey Frodis! I see you hooked up with my best friend/fellow Monkee freak Mokeystar!(One tangent here, I never thought I'd see the day Mike Nesmith would put on his wool hat and call himself a Monkee again, but there you are).
The David/12 clip didn't scare me, it actually had me mesmerized (maybe the music almost hypnotized me?) but what used to scare me more was that it usually segued into the clip of the 12 rocks in the desert (the little rock that rolls out, sprouts a smiley face, says "Twelve" and sinks into the ground actually freaked ME out).
You'd have to go back a number of pages on this thread to my story involving the Scanimate/floating face 10 clip, and a can of paint. It's one for the ages. Ask Mokeystar, she'll be the first to tell you.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's amazing how so many clips on Sesame Street gave us psychotic nightmares, yet a clip that scared you might not scare me, and vice versa. And no matter how often we got the pants scared off us, we were right back there ready to watch the next day. We just kept coming back for more, scary bits and all. This would make a great college thesis for somebody.
I, myself, am deeply jealous. I've seen the 3-kees many times over the years, but never with Nez. I hope you have a blast!
You inspired me to google "morphing swamis" to see if there's a common pattern, however I'm sad to report they only morph on Sesame Street. It would be a great name for a band, though. I really wish I could remember more about the clip, but I do know it seemed to go on and on forever. (It's amazing how they had our attention back then!) It seemed like in that era, they were really into the wiggling numbers, too. (Refer to the end of the clip of Cookie Monster and Count where they count cookies. There you'll find a wiggly, color changing seven, I believe.)
"Hook up"? Huh. Okay, anyway, I LOVED the 12 rocks clip, and especially the little guy who would pop in and say "12"! It was so artsy. However, as we've discussed in the past, we always felt nervous when certain numbers or letters were featured because we KNEW they'd show certain clips. If, back in the 70s, you saw the girl pumping up the letter S or saw the animated clip with the guy who screams "STOP!" at the end, you just knew Sammy the Snake (my biggest childhood nightmare behind Beautiful Day) was just around the corner. They would always show the "B" clip with Kermit and B-Day after "Jack and the land of B" clip. An-tic-i-pa-tion gave us heart palpitations but kept us coming back for more. I don't remember what was right before "Nobody" would come on. He was kinda random.
Yeah I mean every single day I knew Sesame Street was going to scare me at some point and I was always on guard for it, but at the same time I never wanted to stop watching it, lol.
I think that kind of thing happens a lot with more (for lack of a better word) "crude" forms of animation or live action camera work. There's just this inherent roughness that can unintentionally cause unnatural, unsettling images.
Early Sesame Street cartoons also had a "Yellow Submarine"-esque look to them where humans have very bizarre movements and unusually long limbs which have a bit of the uncanny valley effect.
I was more annoyed by the boring stuff (instrumental classic music set to pictures of pretty flowers... It's relax-o-vision, and it's supposed to be relaxing, but it got me more worked up waiting for it to be over). But for the longest time, I almost swore the horrifying bird animation was either some sort of I dreamed it moment. Nothing could be that freaky and have a purpose. Add to the fact I only saw it once when I was a kid, and never saw it again. Almost seemed like a hallucination.
While I can't justly remember if this skit scared me (I don't think it did), there was something about it that disturbed me on some level:
It's probably the pug fugly animation and the REALLY fug pugly expression on the kid at the end.
You know what? I think I can predict a future Muppet Central Forum member mentioning Belly Breathe. The one where Elmo turns into a deranged monster version of himself?
Now, personally, I found Frazzelmo the greatest thing ever in the universe, and I'd buy a T-shirt, plush toy, plastic figure and place setting with that on it. But you just know that's going to scare the crap out of some kid. It's the closest thing to an Elderich Abomination you can have on a kid's show.
I believe it. I saw that picture for two seconds and jumped in my seat, lol.
Funny thing, though. While I couldn't remember the character from The Muppet Show, I saw a picture of Gloat the Frackle on one of the Muppet record album sleeves. And when I saw that, I thought Gloat was the that thing that happened to Elmo of Kermit.
I've tried to look up this one on MuppetWiki, but no luck thusfar. It was a gameshow set on a farm and hosted by Kermit, and one of the contestants was Harry the Haystack, and he made me terrified of farms for the literally the next twenty years or so. Whenever someone talked about a product being made by "local farmers" I couldn't for the life of me understand how that was a good thing, as farms and farmers were scary as heck. Though I'm over it now. Now I actually like Harry the Hopping Haystack a lot, and my toddler age daughter does as well...I guess she inherited her mother's fearlessness.
Possibly worth noting, while I assume it was Harry I remember him looking sort of different, having either no eyes or empty sockets rather than charming googly eyes. It was that huge mouth that appeared out of nowhere that really freaked me out.
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