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Which Sesame Street character should get a Greatest hits DVD next?

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by mbmfrog, May 3, 2010.

  1. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    I mean we already had Elmo twice, Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Cookie, even Grover.

    So who else on the show should deserve a greatest Hits DVD ?:wisdom:
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    When did we have a best of Big Bird set? I'd like to look into this...
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    That would be Big Bird Sings.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I am not quite sure whether it's still too soon for a "Best of Abby Cadabby", and there's definately not enough variety yet for a "Best of Murray Monster" (just moments with kids, "What's the Word on the Street?", and "Murray Has a Little Lamb"... I wouldn't expect the introductory sequences to be on such a release).

    But I think that Oscar and The Count need their own releases more than anybody else. Maybe also Zoe, Telly, and Snuffy. I'd like to see a "Best of Herry Monster" DVD but doubt it'll happen anytime soon.

    I'd also like to see each character who had their own "best of" DVD get a sequel (Elmo gets one tomorrow). Even Grover, whose DVD was the best one of them all. Many of the others needed improvement. I'd like to see a second "Best of Kermit" but doubt it can happen. I know that Kermit recently made a new appearance and that he's been on the covers of recent Sesame Street anniversary merchandise, and that Disney and Sesame Workshop apparently work well together when it comes to releasing old material with each other's characters. The first "Best of Kermit" should be released on DVD before a sequel is made (unless it has a different kind of title that avoids the number 2).

    It would also be great to see some DVDs that just compile inserts and maybe street stories with the various characters. This is the only way I'd imagine us getting a Guy Smiley or Roosevelt Franklin DVD. Though if something like that were done, I wonder which would be better: Presenting the sketches in random order or chronological order.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Sketches I think would be appropriate for a "Best of the Count" DVD:
    • The Count and Cookie Monster Co-Operate
    • The Batty Bat
    • The Song of the Count
    • Count Up to Nine
    • Sesame Street News: Count counts the Three Little Pigs
    • Squeal of Fortune or Beat the Time (The Count's appearance on Beat the Time has been released on a DVD already, albeit with the title card removed, and I honestly feel like Squeal of Fortune is a more memorable segment)
    • The Count's picnic
    • The Count and Susan Surrandon outside The Count's castle
    • The Count sleeps over at Bert and Ernie's apartment

    I'd also like for such aset to include The Count being served by waiter Grover and The Count's appearance on Miami Mice, in part becasue the sketches are so rare that images haven't surfaced anywhere on Muppet Wiki (it would also be great to have a Miami Mice sketch on DVD... None of them are even available at sesamestreet.org yet).

    And some Herry Monster segments I think would be appropriate for such a set:
    • Monsterpiece Theater: Chariots of Fur or Guys and Dolls (I think Guys and Dolls would be a better choice for a Herry Monster release, but I like Chariots of Fur better)
    • A Song for Two will Make Us One
    • I Can Sing When You Sing
    • Good Morning, Morning
    • Herry and John-John Count (although this was recently included on the 40th anniversary set, but I think of it as one of Herry's signature moments)
    • I Can't Help It (though I wouldn't expect to see it in a DVD with original linking material, considering David appears in it... Maybe as a bonus feature, though)
    • Kermit x-rays Herry

    I wonder if The Amercian Revolution: National Bird would be an appropriate choice. That's more of an ensemble sketch, but Herry is pretty much the leader in it... And I guess if The Best of Elmo 2 can have inserts where Elmo is onlly in the background then a Best of Herry collection can certainly have this sketch.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If we had an honest to goodness "Best of" series that featured clips of ONLY that character and someone else, I'd really want to see someone try a Telly. or at LEAST an Oscar.

    But the problem is, and I hate a good deal of the Best ofs for this, they use clips of either "look what celebrity was on Sesame Street" (Best of Elmo 2) or "This segment is kinda sorta kinda related to the character, even though he doesn't even appear in that skit" (Cookie Monster's Best Bites). So no matter what character they use, they'll have some pretty random skits on there that I wouldn't care to buy an entire video for.
  7. Yorick

    Yorick Active Member

    Mumford :)
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think Best of Elmo 2 is the only one with that problem. The others have up to two celebrities in them (I feel Roger Ebert's ccameo in A Celebration of Me, Grover was rather unneccessary... I'd have rather seen the whole Monsterpeice Theater skit).

    I have a feeling that most of those "best of" DVDs weren't made with the old school fans in mind (I have a feeling that the Grover one might have been an exception, but I don't know for sure).
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know, I wonder how good an idea would be if Sesame Workshop chose to make sequels to the existing ones with us fans in mind, maybe having fans nominate and/or vote on certain clips for inclusion (maybe even do that for characters who don't have their own "best of" release, like The Count).

    Of course my idea of a collection with just the inserts seems like the better idea for having the fans in mind. But I guess even with fan input there'll be complaints. Some fans might complain that certain classics aren't included, others might complain that it has too many sketches that have been released too often/that fans have seen many times, and some might complain about their own personal favorites (or sketches they really want to see) not being included.

    But still, this could make a good two-disc Bert and Ernie collection, in a style similar to the 40th anniversary collection:
    Disc 1:
    • Bert and Ernie Blow a Fuse
    • Bert's Chocolate Cake
    • Ernie Makes a Friend
    • Rubber Duckie (true original version)
    • Ernie and Cookie Monster: Q-quart
    • Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman
    • Bert and Ernie in the Rain
    • Banana in Ear (all three parts)
    • Simon Soundman Needs to Use the Phone
    • Ernie Visits Herbert Birdsfoot
    • Ernie and the Apple
    • Bert's Bottlecap Collection
    • Bert Gets Locked Out
    • La, La, La
    • Ernie Breaks the Vase
    • Imagination
    • Bert's Portrait
    • Snowman Salesman
    • Cookies in Bed
    • Doin' the Pigeon
    • Bert's Brother Bart
    • The Kings Nose
    • Same and Different with Cookie Monster
    • I'm Square
    • Bert and Maria's Imaginary Flight
    • Ernie Leads a Band
    • My Rock
    • Cookie Fortune-Telling Machine
    • Brad's Bath
    • Meet the Martians
    • Cavemen Invent Toothbrush
    • Dance Myself to Sleep
    • I Wish I Had a Friend to Play with Me
    • That's Love
    • D-U-C-K-I-E
    • Hill Street Twos
    • Caveperson Days: Window
    • Ernie's Name
    • When Bert's Not Here
    • Ernie Loves his Boat
    • A Surprise for Bert
    • At the Movies: The Picnic
    • The Paperclip Song
    • Bert's Blanket

    DIsc 2:
    • Keep the Parks Clean for the Pigeons
    • Don't Throw That Trash on the Ground
    • All Dressed Up
    • I Got to be Clean
    • Bert's Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty
    • Aaron Neville: I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
    • Ernie Catches Fish
    • Things That I Remember
    • What's the Name of That Song?
    • Adding, Adding, Adding
    • Ernie's Show and Tell: Rubber Duckies
    • Share
    • Pigeon Hats
    • Ernie's Rhyming Day
    • Animals in the Bedroom
    • Bert's Birthday
    • Ding-Along Song
    • Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures: Wizards

    Okay, so disc 1 is bigger than disc 2, but that's the same with the 40th anniversary set. Then again, maybe disc 1 should represent the first 15-16 years, and disc 2 represent the rest.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know, a few hours ago, I was thinking, wouldn't it be great if there was a release celebrating all the recurring Muppet characters? I think I would call it "Character Celebration".

    I thought of a good line-up:
    • Chickety Chick
    • Bert and Ernie Blow a Fuse
    • Kermit's Radio
    • Oscar says the alphabet
    • Professor Hastings: Letter Y
    • Up and Down (the original with Cookie and Herry, though supposedly there is an "Up and Down" song from the first season, probably the same song but different footage and monsters)
    • Little Bird: Imagination Game
    • Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman
    • Sesame Street Pet Show
    • Baby Monster: Is
    • Ernie Plans a Bath
    • Farley's Mind
    • Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot: HELP
    • Busby Twins: Hammer
    • The Sound of the Letter A
    • Harvey Kneeslapper: B
    • Kermit counts Twiddlebugs
    • Same Sound Brown
    • X Marks the Spot
    • Bert Gets Locked Out
    • What's My Letter?
    • Snuffy's nose gets stuck in the mailbox
    • The Count and Cookie Monster Co-Operate
    • Kermit's Magic Finger K Drawing
    • Imagination
    • Grover's Afraid of Sam the Robot
    • Roosevelt Franklin: High and Low
    • Nobody
    • Grover and John-John count to 20
    • Sesame Street News: The Count counts Three Little Pigs
    • Count it Higher
    • Big Bird rhymes Hooper
    • Lena Horne: Bein' Green
    • Grover serves a burger
    • Danger
    • The King's Nose
    • Don Music: Twinkle Twinkle
    • I Can't Help It
    • Admiral Bird
    • Proud of Me
    • Breakfast Time
    • Two-Headed Monster Story
    • Bert and Ernie: Brad's Bath
    • Cookie Monster and Herry Share a Bicycle
    • Twiddlebugs: Mulberry Bush
    • Simon Soundman and the Explorer
    • Big Bird and Bob teach Barkley tricks
    • Oscar jogs in Central Park
    • Telly Monster lists M words
    • Alphabet Chat: R
    • Disco Frog
    • The Leslie Mostly Show: The Amazing Mumford
    • Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)
    • Sesame Street News: Talking Stick
    • Deena and Pearl: Underwater
    • Forgetful Jones: Brushing Teeth
    • You're Alive
    • Snuffy Dances with the Hines Brothers
    • Harry Belafonte: Cocanut Counting Man
    • All By Myself
    • Kermit and Grover: Sunglasses Salesman
    • We Coulda
    • Hey Food
    • James Taylor: That Grouchy Face
    • I Wish I Had a Friend to Play with Me
    • Monsterpiece Theater: Chariots of Fur
    • Ask Oscar: The Longest Grouch Word
    • D-U-C-K-I-E
    • Here is Your Life: House
    • Snuffy on Trampoline
    • Sesame Street News: Old MacDonald
    • Rappin' Alphabet
    • Miami Mice: The Count
    • Two-Headed Monster: Honk
    • Ernie and Ernestine: Same and Different
    • Forgetful Jones: Train Station
    • Kermit and Elmo: Happy and Sad
    • Dr. Nobel Price: Soup Experiment
    • Exercise
    • Danny Devito waits for the bus with Oscar and Bruno
    • Kermit's Mystery Box
    • Good Morning, Morning
    • Yosh Smengie gives Slimey clarinet lessons
    • The American Revolution: The National Bird
    • Party Line with Leo
    • Up and Down Opera
    • Foods We Eat
    • High 12
    • Alone in the Swamp with You
    • Monsterpiece Theater: Guys and Dolls
    • Don't Throw That Trash on the Ground
    • Guy Smiley: The Audience Goes to Lunch
    • I Wonder About the World Above Up There
    • This Song is for the Birds
    • Mysterious Theater: Missing Cat
    • The Adventures of Prairie Dawn: Turning off the Television
    • I've Gotta Be Clean
    • Super Grover and Super Elmo
    • Monty's Flying Circles
    • Sleeping Grouchy
    • Just Happy to be Me
    • Monsterpiece Theater: Conservations with my Father
    • Big Zoe, Little Big Bird
    • Martians: 16
    • Super Grover's Super School
    • Bubble on my Snuffle
    • Look What Our Baby Can Do
    • The New Here is Your Life: Book
    • I Could Have Counted All Night
    • Elmo and Slimey: A-Apple
    • Grover: Bakery
    • The First and Last Cookie
    • Things That I Remember
    • You and You and Me
    • Baby Bears Bath Song
    • Girl of the World
    • Ernie: Somebody Come and Play
    • Elmo and Zoe: Share
    • Ernie and Telly's Imaginary Tea Party
    • Keb Mo: Ev'rybody Be Yo'Self
    • The Spanish Word of the Day: Si and No
    • The Letter of the Day: C
    • The Number of the Day: 20
    • Monster Clubhouse (one of the shorter ones from season 33)
    • The First Time Me Eat Cookie
    • The Dr. Feel Show: Bob
    • Outrageous Makeover: Home Addition
    • Because We're Friends
    • Ding-Along Song
    • Grover's Restaurant: Rhyme Day
    • Murray Has a Little Lamb: School of Natural History
    • Adam Sandler: Word of the Day - Gigantic
    • Name That Habitat: Penguin
    • Marshall Grover: Front and Back

    And for bonus features, there can be featurettes with the cast and crew talking about each character. Maybe individual ones for each of the main characters, and then one for all the other characters (especially those who don't have much to talk about). Or pop-up facts to give info on each character, including those fans might not be familiar with (The Busby Twins, Mr. Chatterly, Leslie Mostly, etc).

    And I realise there are characters left out. If I knew of speciffic moments I'd list moments with Shivers the Penguin and Aristotle, and also some clips from when Elmo was performed by Brian Meehl and Richard Hunt. I know I listed several with many of the same main characters, but at least that would help show character development/changes for certain main characters.
  11. Muppet Frog

    Muppet Frog Member

    I don't believe I can recall a News Flash about a talking stick. What was the News Flash about?
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't remember it either, but it features Warren Wolf in place of Kermit, as Warren interviews Dr. Nobel Price who invents a device that can make one's voice higher, but it ends up being a microphone. I know that some fans say it was called the speaking stick, but the 40th anniversary book refers to it as the talking stick.
  13. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    That would be a HUGE DVD set! WOW!
    But it would be quite cool if it ever happened.

    I would definitely agree about maybe getting some sequel releases for Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Grover. I definitely would love to see The Best of Kermit on DVD along with maybe a follow-up compilation.
    I would really love to see a true best-of release for Kermit on Sesame Street, including ALL his songs (I don't think there are honestly that many that they couldn't all be released in a 2 disc set or something.) I would also definitely want to see some of his sketches with Grover included (both lectures and at home sketches), full NewsFlash segments, and some Kermit and kid moments- definitely Kermit and Joey. Yes, I know it's been released before- but it's still classic. Kinda like "Bein' Green" has been released before- but you know it HAS to be included. (And it would be great to have the original version as well as the later version and the Lena Horne version.) Also, I'd love to have Kermit telling Bob that frogs live in apartments and eat pizza and singing "One of These Things" with Susan.
    I would also love to see any Street scenes where Kermit may have been part of the main story. (I realize this would be fairly rare, but I'm thinking he's shown up at least a few times.)

    Okay- beyond that, there are still other characters who need a "Best Of" release that have yet to get anything.
    The Count definitely- the closest he's had is "Elmo Says Boo!" (which does involve Elmo visiting The Count in his castle in the framing story and a number of classic Count songs and moments.)
    I agree about Herry Monster, Oscar the Grouch and Telly Monster as well.
    I think relatively newer characters like Zoe and Rosita could about be due for such releases, but it's hard to think of a lot of classic moments with them specifically. (at least for me it is.)
    Prairie Dawn would probably be easier to do since you could include songs like "All By Myself" and "I Think That It Is Wonderful" and her Sesame Street Pageants.
    Maybe a "Girls of Sesame Street" release would work?
    This could encompass best moments with Prairie Dawn, Betty Lou, Rosita, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Merry, Rodeo Rosie, Meryl Sheep, Ruby, Deena and Pearl, Roxie Marie, Ingrid and Baby Natasha, Miss Sherry Netherland, the kids from Roosevelt Franklin's class and any other short- or long-lived female character I've forgotten about.

    (I mainly suggest this since so many female characters on Sesame Street seem to have been fairly short-lived and it may be daunting to compile a good list of memorable solo songs and sketches for them, etc. They could do a similar "Boys of Sesame Street" release, but you would have an overwhelming amount of material there. Still, for such a release, I would probably focus on lesser known characters or recurring characters or long-gone characters like Sherlock Hemlock, Mumford, Dr. Nobel Price, Sam the Robot, Roosevelt Franklin, Hoots, Little Bird, The Busby Twins, Ferlinghetti Donizetti, Chatterly, Kermit, Don Music, Harvey Kneeslapper, Guy Smiley, Sonny Friendly, Colambo and anyone else I've forgotten.)

    Maybe a set could focus on the "Around the Corner" characters as well and compile "Best Of" moments from those years.

    And how about a "Best Of" release for Snuffy? Barkley maybe? (I imagine this one might could throw in other dog sketches and songs to make it more of a themed release- I can see Ernie and Bert getting a puppy on here and the "Cow Dog" song and others.)

    Well anyway- there are some ideas in any case.:search::wisdom::insatiable:
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    For a long time I questione whether The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street could even be rereleased as a main feature, as Kermit would have to be on the cover and his name is in the title. I figured it could easily be a bonus feature but wasn't sure if Sesame Workshop was allowed to include Kermit on video covers. But now that recent releases of non-Disney productions have featured Kermit and Rowlf on covers I guess it's not that big a deal. I don't expect Sesame Workshop to make a follow-up with new linking footage anytime soon (unless maybe they were to pull a "Best of Ernie and Bert" and leave Kermit out of the new footage).

    I wonder if Sesame Workshop/Warner Home Video would even consider releasing a two-disc "Best of Kermit" release featuring the 1998 video plus many bonus skits. I figure you can fill two whole discs with Kermit material, but would a company consider doing this? Disc 1 could have the original video plus all the Kermit songs not included plus several Kermit skits not in the video outside of clip montages, and disc 2 can be filled with newsflash segments.

    I haven't seen that video, but I feel that "Learning About Numbers" is an honorary "Best of The Count". But The Count is long-overdue for a video like this.

    If anything additional dog sketches should appear as bonus sketches on a "Best of Barkley" release, though I don't know of many memorable Barkley moments that could be included. I wonder if it would be too much to have a dog-themed DVD release (there haven't been many videos focusing on one type of animal.. But we are getting a bug-themed release next month).
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  15. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Here's another one that I ironically, or perhaps fittingly, forgot!
    What about Forgetful Jones? Surely there's enough sketches and songs to fill a "Best Of" release for him, Clementine and Buster! You could also throw in some of the Western sketches and songs in general if any filler bits were needed (like Sinister Sam, The Great Cookie Thief, The Dirtiest Town in the West, some Rodeo Rosie moments, etc.)
    I'd love to see Forgetful Jones' attempts at acting under Kermit's direction ("Oklahoma" and going through the door) as well as "I'll Always Remember I Love You" and "What's the Name of That Song?"- I just watched that song the other night and that was just perfect for Forgetful Jones!
    I could definitely see either a Western-themed release in general or perhaps specifically a Forgetful Jones release. And I've already got the name for the title- "The Best Stuff That We Forgot":)
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I think that title sounds a bit "odd" for a release. Maybe if it was a companion DVD to "40 Years of Sunny Days", or if it were a collection of the most obscure Sesame Street moments of all time (or at least the best ones). I think it would be best to give a Forgetful Jones release a title like "The Best of Forgetful Jones" or "The Complete Chronological Forgetful Jones" or something like that.
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking, one great but most-likely unlikely idea woyuld be "The Best of Kermit & His Sesame Street Friends", featuring segments where Kermit appears with other major Sesame Street characters. Maybe the plot could involve Kermit visiting Sesame Street to recall the good (and bad) time's he's spent with everybody, and maybe meet Abby Cadabby for the first time (though a pairing between Kermit and Murray would probably be funnier). Or maybe Kermit could come to the street as a reporter and ask everybody to talk about their favorite memories with Kermit.

    It would probably be light on songs, since Kermit never had any numbers with other main characters (unless you count Elmo being in the background of It's Alive, though I wouldn't be surprised if they were to pull a "Best of Elmo 2" and include Do De Rubber Duck, Subway, or Everybody Be Yo'Self). Or it could include one of the Kermit-Don Music pairings (since those did include songs, though Kermit didn't sing with Don and the back-up singers).

    But a decent line-up could include:
    • Kermit News: First Day of School
    • The Earmuff Salesman
    • Happy and Sad with Elmo
    • Kermit's Feelings Lecture with Cookie Monster
    • Kermit and Forgetful Jones: Telephone Demonstration
    • Kermit News: Reporter Game
    • Grover the Plumber
    • Two-Headed Monster: Listening
    • Kermit, Grover, and Debo: X
    • Kermit's Mystery Box
    • Oscar's Grouch Bus Stop
    • The Count's Elevador
    • Kermit's Mystery Box
    • Kermit and Grover: Here and There
    • What's Inside Herry Monster?
    • Kermit News: Cooperation
    • Don Music: Twinkle Twinkle

    I don't know if Professor Hastings or Dr. Nobel Price would be remembered enough by fans for inclusion on such a release (though judging by the recent 40th anniversary book and DVD I feel like he's less forgotten than I thought). I don't know if the Miami Mice would be considered regular enough for Kermit's appearance in Miami Mice to be included, and I heard that Kermit appeared in a Leslie Mostly Show segment but Leslie Mostly is definately less remembered than the Miami Mice or Dr. Nobel Price.
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  18. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Well, it was sort of a joke based on Forgetful Jones' oft-quoted line, "I forgot!";)
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Dang it! I listed Kermit's Mystery Box twice! How could I have made that mistake?

    Now that I think about it, if it had a "Kermit and His Sesame Street Friends" title, then I guess it would be a bit more acceptable to include segments where Kermit is just part of the gang, like Do De Rubber Duck or Everybody Be Yo'Self.

    I wonder how well a "Best of" set representing a human character would sell. I'd like to have a "Best of Bob" or "Best of Maria" the most (out of all the humans Bob seems to have been in the most classic inserts that I either really like or would really want to see). A "Best of Gina" or "Best of Gordon" would be good as well.
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  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about this today... Those Twilight movies are really popular... Not really sure if the Twilight movies have led to studios making more vampire movies (I'm not always up-to-date on current movies), but maybe this would be the best time to release a "Best of The Count" DVD. Hopefully if they made a "Best of the Count" DVD it wouldn't have the same problems as The Best of Elmo 2 (or The Best of Ernie and Bert or Cookie Mosnter's Best Bites).

    One thing that would make an interesting feature, though I don't really see Sesame Workshop or Warner Bros. considering this, would be a selection of bonus segments featuring other Jerry Nelson characters.


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