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What's your favorite letter segment?

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by The Count, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Oops! I just typed a whole bunch here and then lost it all because I accidentally hit the escape key! :mad:
    Yes I remember both of those animated v sketches, Sesame Mike. Like you, I don't quite remember every v word that was used in them. A couple of them I just couldn't ever make out what they were saying. Could have been because they were not clearly pronounced, or because as a child they were words I didn't yet know. Probably the latter. In the first sketch, the word before the word Victory at the end sounded kind of like vigilante. But that would seem like a somewhat unlikely choice for a kid's show. In the second sketch I remember the last line being, "Vitamin!" V." The word before that sounded sort of like, "Vutamen", which isn't what it was, obviously, since there is no such word.
    Another animated v sketch that mikebennidict referred to on a previous post had two men standing on opposite ends of a big letter v and talking. I forgot a lot of the specifics in this one too, but recall the last few lines. I think one guy made a letter v with two fingers and then scratched his ear. The other guy said, "You shouldn't put anything in your ear, you could damage your hearing." He responds with, "What?" Then the other guy says, "Can you think of ten words that begin with the letter v? " He replies, "Yes I can." The other guy says, "Good." I liked this last bit. It was amusing since he said yes but didn't then name any v words. Anyone can SAY they can do something! It was also educational because I remember wanting to see if I could think of ten words that start with v. For a small child it isn't quite as easy as it seems.
    One more animated v sketch I also recall only some of had a voice say, "v v v v v v v vavoom! Small v." I think he said this twice in the sketch. And I think at one point the v was played like a violin.
    Well, I've been Very long here so I think it's time to Vamoose!
  2. SesameMike

    SesameMike Member

    On that giant capital V, one of them explained that you can make a V with two fingers (makes a peace sign). The other demonstrates how with one finger you can make something to scratch out your ear. When I first saw this, I thought he said "You shouldn't put anything in your ear, it can damage your earring!" And of course the "What?" gag went over my head in that case.

    The part where he asked if he could name 10 words beginning with V reminds me of a scene from one of the Pink Panther movies. The inspector was in an unfamiliar town, and he asked someone walking by "Do you know how to get to such-and-such address?" The man answered "Yes." and continued walking. Again, he did ask if he knew, not how to get there!

    The sketch ended with a shot of the V from a distance, with the two men still standing atop each end.
  3. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

  4. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Yes he did do a good job. Brought back some things of that segment I had forgotten, like one of the guy's name being Virgil Veep. It'll be so great if these vintage SS clips come back to television sometime, but going through these like this and recalling the sights and sounds is a lot of fun too.
  5. Soul H

    Soul H New Member

    I remember them both. The first one had the words Venus, Violin, Valentine, Violets, Vanish, Viking on a Voyage on a boat we sail away, Vulture, Volcano, Vegetables, Vine, Vampire, Villian, Vigilantes and finished with Victory.

    As for the second sketch, after the voice said vitamin the second time, he just said "V" and the sketch ended.

  6. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

  7. mikealan

    mikealan New Member

    I think the first 'V' one you're talking about is on some Season 25 episode when I saw part of it as a little kid and I think it was sponsored by ?-V-9.

    But I remember that 'V For Vitamins' very well. I know that it was used on Unpaved#1740, Regular SS#2795 and on my SS compilation from the final weeks of Season 23 (1991-92).
  8. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    I think the word SesameMike is forgetting is Vigilante.
  9. mikealan

    mikealan New Member

    SesameMike, I think one of the words you're forgetting is 'Viking'.
  10. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    I love that V skit! That's when Sesame Street really had an edge. Can you see them making or even showing a cartoon about vigilantes defeating vampires these days? Not VERY likely.
  11. dustinrn

    dustinrn New Member

    red-hot I

    The "I-beam" skit was my favorite letter skit, even though it scared me and i could barely open my eyes to watch it.
  12. SesameMike

    SesameMike Member

    Another V routine

    Another V routine involved a villain who stole a vase.

    He decided to fill it with vinegar, then threw in some varnish.

    Then put in some violets to garnish. [somehow, I don't think the flowers would do well with that concoction.]

    "And now I will slip it, here under my vest."

    Lo and behold, inside his vest was a live police officer, who added:

    "Oh no you don't villain, you're under arrest!"

    Camera focuses on both characters' faces. Villain makes a frown as the policeman smiles. The cop says the final "V".
  13. mikealan

    mikealan New Member

    H segment

    did they create the animation about the letter H where the man said the word "HAND", then a hand appeared in a word-bubble and grabbed him??? I think it was made in the same animation company that created p-puddle and k-kick. :confused:
  14. SesameMike

    SesameMike Member

    D is for dog

    Remember this one? D, dog.

    We see a dog sitting upright in an easy chair and he makes multiple whistles. A (human) man crawls up with a whimper/hum sound with a newspaper in his mouth. The dog takes the paper and pats the man on the head. The fella replies by panting, and adds a semi-sarcastic "bow-wow".
  15. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    I remember that one well. Can recall exactly how the sounds of the whistling and bow-wow went. It reminds me of another animated one that wasn't a letter segment. I'm sure you recall it. A man said he has the world's smartest dog (Rover) and that he taught him to read. He held up a sign that said "sit". Then Rover switched places with the man and sat down in his chair and the man says, "S-i-t spells sit. Maybe I'll teach him NOT to read." And the dog barks. This one seemed to be frequently used on SS.
  16. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    There were a lot of letter segments that had a character rattle off a ton of words that began with the particular letter the segment was focusing on. Like that h one that has been mentioned before where the one guy keeps annoying the other guy by popping up all around him and saying h words. Finally at the end the guy draws a hole and the pest falls through it. The guy says, "Hole" and laughs. Then the other guy shouts, "Help!" as he's falling. Pretty clever how they wrapped up these sketches by still using words that began with the same letter.
    Other examples are a t segment where a guy lists a bunch of t words rapidly like turn, tank, table, and top. Then he throws the list he was reading from on the ground and says, "Toss." Then a policeman comes up to him and says, "You forgot two." He says, "Which?" The cop points to the ground and says, "Trash." He says, "Oh." The cop then says "And ticket" and hands it to him. The guy says, "Thank you" (in an unhappy tone, of course).
    Also an f one where a guy was stating a lot of f words (not THE f word, of course. Sorry, couldn't resist after I typed that last bit!) like finger, fizz, fuzz, and flag. Finally the other guy said he had a good one. The other guy says, "Well what is it? Tell me." He says, "Finished" and laughs. I think he pulled down something over the screen to block him out. Then the other guy lifts it partly up and says sarcastically, "Funny!"
    Probably lots of other examples like this. I'll just mention an n one where a reporter says, "Hi ho everybody". He says he is doing a man on the street interview (or was it a "letter on the street interview"?) and he finds a letter n. He says, "Where are you from?" The n replies, "North." "Ever been on tv before?" The n says, "Never." "Like it?" n says, "Nifty." "Would you like to say a few words?" Then the n launches into a rapid fire succession of n words like, "not nibble nose nickle number net". The reporter keeps trying to intervene with comments like, "Okay thank you.." but the n keeps firing away. Finally the frustrated reporter says to the viewers, "26 letters in the alphabet and I had to pick n!"
    Okay, as that guy said at the end of the f sketch, I am now FINISHED. :)
  17. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    there was the 1 for the letter T witch was done tonly in spanish, no english version that i ever saw he's standing besides a red Capital T, the line keeps slipping where it's now a lovercase t, he keeps pushing the line back up and it keeps falling down and after a few times it become stuck and he can't get it back up.
  18. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    When I think of those sketches, they never come to mind all at once, but rather individually. So I can only think of a few at the moment.

    -The "B Sandwich" song that Oscar sings to Farley.
    -"La La La La" sung by Ernie and Bert about the letter L (I love this one. Its so funny)
  19. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    I'm racking my brains (which is like using a pool triangle to rack marbles!) trying to think of how another funny and clever sketch went. I just recall the very end where this big (cartoon) guy is holding a letter o. He says, "Is this your o ?" A little guy nods. The big guy says, "Oh." and lets go of it. I think it lands on one of his feet and he starts hopping up and down saying, "Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh!"
    An o sketch I liked even better was nicely detailed in full by mikealan before:

    http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=3296&highlight=bulldoze
  20. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    they gut comes along with an O and tells this small man an O story while he holds it. after the tall man is through the other one gets excited and throws it this big giant man comes by with it and the the rest as you remembered takes place.


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