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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 Active Member

    Oh yeah I now recall him throwing the o. Did it hit the big giant, make a lot of noise (like it hit a bunch of things), or did the giant just bring it back over? A lot of times SS would play the sound effects of crashing and breaking sounds whenever some object (or the person or muppet themselves!) would go flying across the screen and out of sight. But not sure if that was the case in this one.
    And hey that reminds me of one time Ernie was holding a TINY object in his hand. It was almost invisible. Then he turned to Bert and said, "Here, Bert, catch." But Bert wasn't ready for it and said, "Huh?" And the tiny object flies past Bert and goes off screen. And then we hear tremendously loud crashing and smashing sounds!
  2. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    if i were the letter B.

    anyone remember a muppet segment where they were singing a song called if i was the letter B?
  3. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    he probably threw it at the giant.
  4. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    I believe you're right. Because that would fit with the giant saying, "Oh" when he found out the o belonged to the little guy, and also why the giant dropped it at him rather than bend down and hand it to him gently.

    And still another o sketch I recall from a little later (about 1976 or 1977) where a letter o appears moving like a mouth and a voice says, "Helll lo there I'm the letter o" Then he says, "I'm round like a doughnut. O." and it goes through pictures of other o words. I don't think there was anything comical in this one, though. It was kind of like a d segment where the guy narrates all these d words while showing the real pictures (like d occupations- dentist, detective, ditchdigger, daddy). Last line is, "A delightful letter, the letter d."
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    b sketches

    Of course a great classic b sketch was "B is for bubble".
    Other good ones that I can't remember all the b words to:

    Except the bear tapping the beehive one:
    1,2..3,4,5 watch the bees go in their hive (tah teh tihtihtihtihtihtihtih, tah teh tihtihtihtihtihtihtih - bear tapping the hive sound effect).
    6,7..8,9,10 here they all come out again! (bees chase him)
    1,2..3,4,5 what I'd better do is dive! (he dives but bees still sting him)
    6,7..8,9,10 I will never mess with bees again.

    B is for bicycle. (A bear is riding a bicycle)
    Then some other b words are mentioned. Then:
    B is for branch, sticking out of a tree (bear collides with it and disturbs a bee hive)
    Too bad Mr. Bear, the letter b is also for bees!

    Then another animated sketch had a narrator naming a bunch of b items that were next to each other on top of a brick wall. After naming and showing them all (the last two were boxes and berries) he says:
    But b is for boy, with a baseball and bat. And with one mighty blow knocks everything flat! (The boy hit the baseball and knocked off all the items. It ends with a swallowing sound (gulp!) so maybe the last item, the berries, went into the boy's mouth.

    Alright,folks. B is also for bed. Goodnight. B good!
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    although I have only heard audio recordings of them, i like "the sound of the letter a", "the tale of tom tattertall tuttletutt" (about the letter t), "would you like to buy an O?", "the U lecture" and "four furry friends".

    of what I hav eseen visually, I like harvey kneeslappers prank about the letter b, Norah Jones' song "don't know why y didn't show", "j friends", "c is for cookie", the grover the waiter sketch where it is charlies birthday so everything on the menu has to begin with the letter c (or is that a "CH" sound?), the sketch where kermit draws the letter M on-screen with his finger, wanda the witch, cowboy x, bert and ernies "la, la, la" song, and mystery letter (about the letter x. this one has guy smiley, cookie monster, don music and sherlock hemlock).

    of the generic alphabet sketches (ones that don't focus on certain letters) I like the one where kermit and a little girl sing the alphabet, kermits swamp alphabet song (I don't know the exact title, but I think it is either "bayou alphabet", "swamp alkphabet" or "alphabet in the swamp"), "abc-def-ghi" and the alphabet song sung by leena horne, fat blue and the anything muppets.
  7. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    alphabet base.

    i remember seeing a number of these in the late 70s and was suprise to have seen them in the SSU shows in the 1st season. this was where a plane would fly over and write a letter. remember these?
  8. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Remember a couple of s animated sketches that both might have had sleighs?
    One that definitely did had Santa Claus suddenly appear on the screen going by in his sleigh and saying, "Ho ho ho ho!" He did something to the guy that was talking about s words like knock him over into the snow or maybe just a lot of snow brushed up onto him. But after Santa and the reindeer go by, the guy kind of sputters and then weakly says, "Sleigh".
    In the other one there's another guy standing there and one at a time these vehicles and other movable objects go by that begin with s, like scooter, skis, and maybe sled or sleigh. At the end all these people in these vehicles and other things appear at the back of the screen and they are heading right for the guy. He calmly is facing the viewers and says something like, "But there's one word I particularly like." Then just as they are real close behind him he turns around and yells, "Stop!!!!!" The sound effects as they were approaching were like the scooter (dvh dvh DVH DVH DVH DVH!).
    Either of these s ones jostle the memory bank?
  9. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    It just came to me now, I think this scene occurs in a sketch with Sharla. Sharla was in between Ernie and Bert, as always (well, actually there was that one sketch where Ernie kept saying, "Shift" and the three would alter the positions they were in). Ernie holds up what might have supposed to have been a ball so tiny that you couldn't even see it. After showing Sharla how small it is he then throws it to Bert saying, "Here, Bert, catch." But Bert wasn't ready for it and it goes by him and then the humongous offscreen crash noises.
  10. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I remember that skit. Sharla kept calling it a baby ball. :)
  11. SesameMike

    SesameMike Member

    With respect to the fallen in London, the first S-vehicle was "subway". As he said that, a rapid-transit train whizzed by behind him, I think blowing his hat off. The train was the far left of the vehicles that approached him at the end.

    I remember that weird buzzy noise the scooter and some of the other conveyances made.
  12. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    why are we bringing up the inncident in London for?
  13. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Member

    my fave Letter sketches

    1. Daddy Dear (animated letter d about dandelions with feet and a dish of tadpoles?)
    2. Kermit and the Little Girl sing the alphabet (Cookie Monster isn't a letter!)
    3. Nancy the Nannygoat
    4. Molding the I beam
    5. C is for cookie
    6. Lowercase N
    7. Rebel 'L'
    8. Wouldja like to buy an 'o'? (Lefty and Ernie)
    9. B is for bubble
    10. Letter B
    11. How I miss my X
    12. Kermit and Ladysmith Black Mombasa (?) sing the Alphabet-- (Amazing Beautiful Creatures Dancing . . .)

    There are also two that I'm not sure I remember correctly. You'd see a big block of stone and hear the "2001" theme and then the rock would crumble into the shape of the letter-- I think there was an "N" one and perhaps others. The other one was about two letters in love and had the psychedellic animations.

    Any help?
  14. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Here's a brief letter a sketch. A guy (animated) is standing next to an alligator. The alligator is munching away ( I think he is eating the letters of the word alligator) while the guy gives a few facts about alligators. Then the alligator swallows the guy whole. Inside the gator the guy says in a muffled voice, "They've also been known to be extremely dangerous."
  15. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    And then this animated g one maybe some can fill in some details of. It was yet another clever and fun SS segment for teaching about words that a certain letter begins with. What I remember is a boy walking along and encountering various things that begin with the letter g. I think a goose was one of them. And someone playing a guitar was another. Definitely the last two he comes to are a gorilla and grandfather (I presume his grandfather?). When he comes to the grandfather he says, "Oh goody!". Then when he is standing in front of the grandfather I'm not sure what exactly happens. Maybe a wind blows the boy back to where he started (his home?) or the grandfather caused the blowing? Anyway, when the boy is back he recaps all the things he saw by saying, "G is for guitar, goose... gorilla, grandfather. And grateful". Also, I'm not sure if glue was one of the words. I recall an animated segment where a boy comes up to a bottle of glue and then accidentally spills it all over himself, but that could be a different one because I don't think the boy was covered in glue the whole segment. Oh wait, maybe he was! I'm thinking maybe instead of wind blowing the boy back that it was water from a hose that the grandfather sprayed on the boy to clean the glue off of him? And perhaps that was why the boy was "grateful". Yeah..... I really think that's it. I can picture the grandfather squirting him with the hose. If that's the case it was kind of funny that the grandfather didn't even say , "Hello grandson. My, what a mess you have. Let me use this hose to clean you up." Just blasts him right away upon seeing him!
    Okay, g is for going, going, gone! :D (and grin!)
  16. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I remember that G cartoon too. Here's what the glue coated boy gathered. A woman's glove, a gate, a guy's guitar, a goose, a gorilla, and the grandfather squirted him clean making him grateful.
  17. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Ah thanks Xerus. I had forgotten the glove and gate. And glad you confirmed that it was this one where the glue spilled all over the boy and the grandfather squirted him clean. That's funny how that part came back to me while I was in the middle of posting about it. :)
  18. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    A couple of those short animated letter segments with that little box bubble:

    A y one had a guy (rather old looking) say, "Y. yoyo." And a little boy in that box is playing with a yoyo. Then the mean old guy takes scissors and cuts the string of the boy's yoyo. He laughs with a sinister "heh heh heh". Then the boy ties his string to the guy and starts swinging the guy up and down like a yoyo. The man shouts, "Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa YYYYYYYYY!"

    And a t one had a guy talking about the letter t and then a tv is in that box and he says, "Do you know what this is? That's right. It's a tv." He turns it on and I think a man conducting an orchestra was on. The music was playing and the guy says, "Hey that's good!" then he starts singing, "La sa video. Len me mo me eeeee. Laaaaaa..." Then the conductor on tv reaches his hand out and turns the guy off (as if a tv switch was on his mouth) and then resumes his conducting. By the way, my quote of what the guy was singing is just my best recollection of what I thought it sounded like!

    Pretty amusing SS shorts. Just thought of an m one where a guy is next to a mailbox and says, "M. Mail." I think a mailman comes by and takes the mail and then puts him in the mailbox (whether on purpose or not I can't remember). I just remember the guy inside the mailbox groaning, "mmmmmm!"
  19. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Pretty amusing SS shorts. Just thought of an m one where a guy is next to a mailbox and says, "M. Mail." I think a mailman comes by and takes the mail and then puts him in the mailbox (whether on purpose or not I can't remember). I just remember the guy inside the mailbox groaning, "mmmmmm!"[/QUOTE]

    Actually, in that cartoon. The guy says, "M, mail!" And a mailbox appears. A pair of hands pop out of a box and stick a huge stamp over the guy's eyes. The guy lifts up the stamp, looks at us, and says, "M" Then the mailbox grabs the guy and pulls him into it. And the guy groans.
  20. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Poor guy. Hopefully he was addressed to be sent to Hawaii! That would be a nice silver lining. :)

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