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What sketches scared you as a kid?

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

  1. Wemblygirl New Member

    I remember being quite creeped out by the sketch of Ernie and Bert in the Egyptian pyramid when the statue comes to life.
  2. sesamemuppetfan Active Member

    One thing that scared me when I was a toddler was the song where the Big Bad Wolf sings about his family. As you can imagine, that one always got me hiding behind the couch, and not looking at the TV, until the song ended! I was also afraid of the "Frazzle" song (mostly because of how he growled before the song started).

    During my elementary school years, I was scared of the Kermit puppet that was used between the early and late 70's. (It was something about his eyes that freaked me out). I would always hide until he started interacting with Grover, or another character. (Whenever this would happen while I was watching Plaza Sesamo or Sesamstrasse, I would sometimes realize that it was just a skit from the late 70's or sometime during the 80's). There were a few skits that I didn't hide from (a major example being the one where Kermit draws the letter M up on the screen), but a lot of them I always felt the need to hide from when they came on. This also applied to seeing the Season 1 Big Bird and Oscar puppets in the Sesame Street Unpaved book (thank goodness there weren't any photos of Fuzzyface that would soon become Grover, otherwise I would have been totally freaked out).

    Going back to my toddler years, I was actually afraid of the Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! special that my parents taped. I would always run out of the room crying whenever my older sister chose to watch it. Now, I'm not exactly sure what it was in that special that frightened me, but according to my mom, it was the way Mr. [Ronald] Grump would scream, or the fact that he was going to destroy Sesame Street.

    In addition, there were 3 aspects of Learning About Numbers that used to scare me when I was a toddler. The first was the Four Big Lions At My Door song (the way the lions opened their mouths/jaws and how their teeth were showing when they roared was a real fright for me). The second was the beginning of the skit where The Count hires Ernie to answer his telephone (it was how we had The Count's "entering organ music" played over the interior of his castle). The third aspect was the skit where The Count counts 7 flowers (it was how pitch black the background was, how The Count entered the scene like any vampire would, and of course the "entering organ music"). Now, don't get me wrong; while I didn't have a problem with the 1972-1982 Count puppet, it was just the aspects of those 2 skits that really made me very unsettled.

    This is all I can think of for right now.

    Yikes! That insert DOES sound pretty creepy!
  3. cjd874 Well-Known Member

    I used to be scared of the skit where Ernie pulls off Bert's nose to complete his sculpture of Bert's head. But now I find it absolutely hilarious.
    When I first saw the Pinball Number Count #2, I totally flipped out at the clown's face and when when the bat flew up to the screen. :eek:
    Call me weird, but I also got scared whenever Big Bird or Oscar widened their eyes directly at the camera. Go figure.
  4. crackmaster New Member

    Me too.
  5. crackmaster New Member

    your icon scares me
  6. KissesToKermie Well-Known Member

    Nothing frightened me really, I was more interested in how the puppets worked rather tahn scared of how they looked or sounded.
  7. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That one's the worst. The music really doesn't need creepy visuals when it goes into the haunted house. It makes the music more ominous and the setting more ominous because of the music being more ominous due to the setting. And I'm no clowns are creepy guy, but that clown was creepy.

    But the Owe Gustafson animation about the 8 bats with the intentionally ominous bats and music and the fact it lasts forever... that's even worse.
  8. Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if this was said, but I was always afraid of Ragg Mopp. Also, the crow at the end of SS credits scared the crap out of me! I remember having recurring nightmares about that one
  9. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    This one unnerved me as a little kid a bit...

    I think it's the combination of the dark background, the ghastly music, the fact that buffalos aren't pleasant animals (and it's red, making it look devilish)...
  10. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    This one unnerved me as a little kid a bit...

    I think it's the combination of the dark background, the ghastly music, the fact that buffalos aren't pleasant animals (and it's red, making it look devilish)...
  11. WaiterGrover New Member

    Back for my biannual visit, heh. Falling into the "wasn't terrifying, but guaranteed to produce unease" category, was , and the "foghorn" heard in the beginning .
  12. Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    ...Was just waiting for a scary face to pop up at the end.
    That music is absolutely terrifying:o
  13. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    There were others like it... there's an L for Lion that's also on YouTube, which uses the exact same music, though somehow, the image of the lion isn't quite as menacing as the buffalo, which makes it a tad more tolerable.

    Then, there's another B one for boat, but unlike B for Buffalo and L for Lion, the B for Boat one actually uses really nice and pleasant music, like you would expect from Sesame.
  14. CountFan1998 Active Member

    I was about to say that's not all that bad, but then
    "What are PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE...?" :eek:
  15. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Can't find it alone, but something about this Swedish cartoon about Sheep got to me once.

    Can't remember if it was the music sounding all creepy because of how fuzzy it was... maybe the way the last sheep slides in there at the end... but I recall not really liking it so much.

    It's one of those things that seems silly now... I dunno. At one point, I felt these were from Europe, and something about that was unnerving .
  16. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    You know what I don't get? The baby cooing at the end of the music sting.
  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Swedish thing? I know Sesame Street kept it in most of the time, but I think after a while they just muted it off.

    It's kinda creepy.

    Oh yeah... I'm watching some of the original Swedish show these things came from... the elephant counting up to 20 has a much creepier (yet fittingly male) voice. if anything it makes more sense in Swedish. He's singing the numbers, and the 14 that gets stuck up is an obvious record skip.
  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, I just found this out...

    The baby cooing was from the original electronic music that 5 Ants are more than 4 Elephants cartoons used for the background of these cartoons.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't find the song alone...
  19. Stephen's Girl New Member

    Hi! I know this thread was posted a while back, but I had to reply to your post.
    I was EXTREMELY terrified of what I nicknamed "the apple tree"
    It gave me night terrors and haunted me for decades!
    I wouldn't even go to an apple orchard because I was afraid that the hideous face would show up!
    The skit as I remember started out with an apple tree on a hill and Irish music with bagpipes were playing ( BTW I HATE the sound of bagpipes because of this clip) anyway, there was a chameleon (?) shooting its tongue out knocking off the apples, then when all the apples are knocked off, which here is the MOST SCARIEST part the camera pans out and you see this hideous face with a humgoues nose and mean face! Then thankfully it was over!!
    I have to say that it showed up on YouTube and I told my kids and husband to see it, because I always described how I was terrified of bagpipes ect. They thought it was funny, but here's the kicker, my husband pulled it off of YouTube and placed it in photo shop and took it apart in mini pieces so I could see each little piece separately then when I got the courage I watched it in full. It still gave me the creeps but not as bad, but I will tell ya I would go out of my way to watch it again on YouTube! And as I was typing this, I gave my self goosebumps:)
    There was 2 more night fueled haunting clips that I would NEVER watch again, not even chopping them up in photoshop would help, but it's late and I wanna get some sleep tonight!!
    Take care,
  20. Muppet dude Active Member

    That segment sure was freaky. Good thing I didn't see it when I was watching the show in the early 1990s. I think it was still rerun quite a bit until the end of the "Around the Corner" era.
    I feature it in my YouTube Poop of "A Muppet Family Christmas," with the sound of a crowd gasping when it starts, Sam the Eagle commenting on it ("Is nothing sacred?!"), along with the last apple blowing up the eerie face on the hill and the chameleon mimicking Nelson's "HAW-HAW!"
    But then it's followed by a clip from "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas!" :D (It was to replace a commercial break, showing random Sesame Street/Muppet-themed moments; the whole poop itself was made in memory of Jerry Nelson.)

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