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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. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Something hit me recently regarding character releases: They usually come out during anniversary years.

    The Best of Ernie and Bert came out in 1988. I don't know what month, so it may or may not have been after the 20th season started, and I also don't know if Sesame Workshop started celebrating the 20th anniversary in 1988 or 1989.

    The Best of Elmo was released in late 1994. I don't know whether the 25th anniversary ended or not by then.

    The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street came out in either summer or fall 1998. Sesame Workshop had already began it's 30th anniversary celebration, with the Elmopalooza special and the Sesame Street Beans line of toys (I think the anniversary PVCs were also in stores at the time).

    A Celebration of Me, Grover came out in 2004, a few months after season 35 started (and probably ended, but it was still an anniversary year).

    And of course The Best of Elmo 2 came out this year, I think after the 40th season ended, but still during the anniversary year. The 40th anniversary is still officially being celebrated, right?

    I think the time will be right by the time of the 45th anniversary for a "Best of Abby Cadabbey" release. But I hope we don't have to wait another five years (at the most) for a "Best of Oscar" or "Best of The Count" release.
  2. Muppet Frog

    Muppet Frog Member

    How about a Z is for Zoe DVD?

    The line up would be

    Street Scenes
    The Tutu Spell
    Three Cheers for Us
    Zoe Loves Rocco

    Sketches
    Zoe Says
    Share
    Lamberena
    Just Between Us Girls
    Girl of the World
    Elmo, Zoe and Telly show empty and full by demonstrating with a house
    The Sign Language Moment of the Day: Dance
    You and You and Me.
    Little Miss Count Along
    Around the Corner with Bob
    Zoe, Baby Bear and the word yes.
    The Breakfast Club
    Read Me a Story
    Zoe dances to emotions
    My Name is Zoe
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    With the new Muppet movie coming out next year it would be cool if Sesame Workshop arranged a special deal with Disney to release a new Kermit spotlight DVD.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm, now that I think about it, if it's not too late (and either Disney or SW are secetely reading this thread), here's how a good deal would go: Disney can give Sesame Workshop permission to have Kermit host a new compilation of Sesame Street skits featuring Kermit (a rerelease of "The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street" would be good as well), and in return the new Muppet movie can have a cameo by Sesame Street Muppet characters. Not sure if things work that easily (even if it's between companies that supposedly work well in these such things) but it would be great.

    And I've thought of some good ideas for Bert and Ernie compilations, similar to "C is for Cookie Monster".

    B is for Bert:
    Elmo scares the pigeons
    Bert's pigeon search
    Doin' the Pigeon
    Bert shows Ernie his bottlecap collection
    The Paperclip Song
    All Dressed Up
    Ernie Meets Bart
    Brad's bath
    Bert waits outside the apartment
    Bert's birthday
    Sleep!
    La, La, La (remake... or maybe even a "La, La, La Mash-Up")
    The National Association of W Lovers
    Counting to 100 by Tens
    I've Got to Be Clean
    I Wish I Had a Friend to Play with Me
    Bonus Classic Clip: Bert and Maria's imaginary flight (or a Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures sketch)

    E is for Ernie:
    Rubber Duckie (either the original version or a "Rubber Duckie Mash-Up")
    D-U-C-K-I-E
    Search for Dr. Livingston
    Ernie buries Bert
    Do You Like Me?
    The Best Friends Blues
    Breakfast Time
    One Fine Face
    Three Honkers
    Ernie tries to host a Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jambouree
    Ding-Along Song
    Journey to Ernie: Journey to Big Bird
    tall, taller, and tallest
    Ernie tries to get Ernestine to say his name
    missing cookies mystery
    cake
    the 8 salesman
    The Magic Apple
    Miami Mice
    Ernie loves his boat
    Ernie catches fish
    Things That I Remember
    Bonus: An episode of "Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures"
  5. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    I like the idea of Best of DVD's for the human characters, especially Bob and Maria and I also think an "Evolution of Gordon" concept would be cool featuring all 3 actors.
    As far as Muppet characters, I agree with Best of DVD's for Herry, Oscar and The Count...but how about Roosevelt Franklin getting his own disc? Not only could we revisit all of the old classroom skits but also we'd get his great songs and "head ball" skits (I used to love those).
  6. zns

    zns Active Member

    I think a new one for Big Bird should be on the list. He's had some very wonderful moments on the street in recent years, including the hurricane episodes, the 40th season premiere, and welcoming Abby Cadabby to the neighborhood.
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I was thinking, there's going to be another alphabet-themed release soon (Learning Letters with Elmo), if they do a numbers release soon, maybe they could have it be a Count spotlight release. Maybe called "Counting with The Count" and have segments with The Count that involve numbers.

    Here's what I'm thinking for a contents list:
    • Patrick Stewart: Make It So Number One (or One Potato)
    • Tune for Two
    • Sesame Street News: Three Little Pigs
    • The Count counts candles
    • The Count Hires Ernie
    • Six Feet Under
    • The Count counts flowers
    • Eight Beautiful Notes
    • Cloud Nine
    • A boy counts until The Count's hair turns blue
    • Miami Mice: The Count goes to the space station
    • Counting is Wonderful

    I know, there should be more, but I can't think of very many non-Number of the Day segments with The Count for the numbers 11-19 (some numbers could be spotlighted multiple times I guess). I guess you could fill a release like that with The Song of the Count and The Batty Bat (and The Count's visit to Charlie's Restaurant and the Count's sleepover at Bert and Ernie's apartment).
  8. How 'bout a set featuring Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats and Little Jerry and the Monotones, since they were the only two groups who lasted the longest on the show than the other bands/singers combined. Even though it seems kind of silly, I think it would be cool to release songs that were released just one or two times, or never been on DVD before, along with some SS episodes they were featured/starred in:

    FOR LITTLE CHRISSY AND THE ALPHABEATS:
    1) Count It Higher (their debut performance; their biggest hit)
    2) Exit
    3) Row, Row, Row Your Boat (featuring Don Music)
    4) Yankee Doodle (featuring Don Music)
    5) Can You Tell Me How To Yellowstone Park (featuring Don Music)
    6) One Way (the Green Alphabeat and Lavender Alphabeat only)
    7) The Opposite Song (Little Chrissy only)
    8) You're Alive (intro uncut)
    9) Raise Your Hand (Little Chrissy only)
    10) Rock 'N Roll Readers (intro uncut)
    11) Eight Balls of Fur (Little Chrissy only)
    12) Cluck Around the Clock
    13) Startin' Kindergarten (featuring Big Jeffy)
    14) Gonna Rock You to Sleep (featuring Big Jeffy)
    15) I Go to School (featuring Big Jeffy)
    16) Wet or Dry (Little Chrissy only; also the last song done by Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats to date)
    17) Gospel Alphabet (featuring Little Chrissy on piano for Patti LaBelle; the last appearance of Little Chrissy to date)
    18) Little Chrissy singing a song to get Joey and Davey Monkey to get along (if it exists)

    FOR LITTLE JERRY AND THE MONOTONES:
    1) Mad (their debut performance)
    2) Surprise (both the original and 80s version)
    3) Proud
    4) Sad
    5) Danger
    6) Telephone Rock (their biggest hit)
    7) Mary Had a Bicycle (featuring Don Music; without Little Jerry)
    8) A Body Full of Rhythm (featuring the Purple monotone)
    9) Rock 'N Roll Star (featuring the other Fat Blue monotone in sunglasses)
    10) Mountain of Love
    11) When You Move the Mouse (their last performance to date)
    12) Grover demonstrating "EXIT" (featuring Little Jerry and the Monotones)
    13) Grover demonstrating "WALK" (featuring Little Jerry and the Monotones)
    14) Beat The Time with Little Jerry (if it exists)
    15) Harvey Kneeslapper gets Little Jerry (if it exists)

    FOR EPISODES FEATURING LITTLE CHRISSY AND THE ALPHABEATS/LITTLE JERRY AND THE MONOTONES:
    1) Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats enlisting Elmo's help in finding a gig for them to play on Sesame Street
    2) Little Jerry and the Monotones visiting Sesame Street for Gina's fan club dedicated to the band
    3) Little Chrissy and Big Jeffy helping Elmo take Little Jerry's place before a big dance when Little Jerry is sick with the Chicken Pox
    4) Elmo, Little Chrissy, and Big Jeffy performing London Bridges with Bob
    5) Big Bird, Elmo, Prairie Dawn, and Snuffy forming "Big Snuffy and the Alphatones" after watching Little Jerry and the Monotones perform
    (if anyone else knows anymore episodes featuring the Alphabeats/Monotones, let me know, since these are the only episodes I've heard of)

    FOR OTHER BANDS FEATURED ON SESAME STREET:
    1) Baby Tooth and the Funky Bunch
    2) The Beetles (Letter B, Thinking of U, Hey Food)
    3) Bruno and the Trashmen
    4) The Cobblestones (I Can't Get No Co-Operation)
    5) Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops
    6) Dr. Thad and the Medications (The Ten Commandments of Health)
    7) Earth, Rain and Mud (Slimey the Worm's band)
    8) The Frazzletones (Frazzle; featuring a Little Chrissy-like monster)
    9) How Now Brown and the Moo Wave (Wet Paint (with intro) and Danger's No Stranger)
    10) Gloria Esteworm, Squiggy Marley and the Mud Makers, and Wormsmith Black Mambazo (featured in an episode featuring Slimey playing in a Worm-based music festival)
    11) Nick Normal and the Nickmatics (The Letter N)
    12) The Oat Bran Zydeco "Je Ne Sais Quoi" Band (It's Zydeco)
    13) The Oinker Sisters
    14) Over The Top (ZZ Blues)
    15) Oscar's Junk Band
    16) Polly Darton
    17) Billy Idle (Rebel L)
    18) The Shagri-Las
    19) The Tarnish Brothers (I Just Adore Four with Big Bird and This Frog with Kermit the Frog)
    20) Those guys who sang Disco D
    21) Movin' (Movin' On)
    22) An Anything Muppet Rock Band who sings "Come Join Us"
    23) Bruce Stringbean (Born to Add and Barn in the USA)

    That's my idea. What I'm saying is that Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats and Little Jerry and the Monotones, along with the other singers/bands featured on Sesame Street deserve much recognition as much as the other characters on the show. And that is my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
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  9. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I love the music of Sesame Street and particularly the songs from these bands- Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats, Little Jerry and the Monotones and all the others listed- those would be great collections on DVD! I would definitely welcome them.:):insatiable::wisdom:
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  10. Glad you feel that way. I would've called this set "The Sesame Street Rockers Collection". It really does feel good to hear from another Alphabeats/Monotones fan. :)
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  11. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    That would be awesome! And yeah- I love all of Sesame Street- and particularly the Alphabeats and Monotones- those songs are classic. How can you not love "Count It Higher" and "Telephone Rock"? Those are two of my favorite songs on the show. "Rock 'N' Roll Readers" is also a favorite for me- and "Danger".
    I'm glad you included the many parody songs Sesame Street has done- I particularly love the Bruce Springsteen and Billy Idol ones.
    Nick Normal and the Nickmatics with "The Letter N" has also long been a favorite for me. All good stuff.:D:sing::flirt::cool::halo::batty::insatiable::super::):wisdom:
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  12. I know right?! Their music is SO awesome! I loved the Alphabeats and Monotones since I was little and always haved, so I can't help still being a fangirl to them. They are just so cool! :flirt:
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised that, after all these years, there still hasn't been a DVD spotlighting The Count or Oscar. And also surprised there's been no Abby DVD. In fact I've recently realized that there's hardly any videos starring Oscar (just Sing Yourself Sillier at the Movies and maybe Slimey's Worm Games).
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Maybe it'd be great if they made special iTunes compilations of various old school supporting characters (though I'd rather have physical releases). It'd be great to see such releases for Harvey Kneeslapper, Biff and Sully, Roosevelt Franklin, Sherlock Hemlock, Two-Headed Monster, and Forgetful Jones. And if it's digital-only, then why not take a risk on a "Complete Deena and Pearl"?

  15. Exactly how I feel. More recognition for these guys!
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member


    Regarding those two "if it exists" entries: Are they segments fans have talked about but haven't been able to prove the existence of (like, no sources on Muppet Wiki), segments you remember from long ago but can't find anybody who remembers them, or segments you wish existed?

  17. Well, the reason I said the "if it exists" part is because I read the "Beat The Time with Little Jerry", "Harvey Kneeslapper wants Little Jerry's autograph", and a discussion about Little Chrissy seeing Joey and Davey Monkey arguing and singing a song about it to help them feel better, but it turned out that they were actually fan fiction instead. Sorry for putting that up in my suggestions; it's just that I wanted to know if they were real or not. It would've been cool to see them though. Anyway, I hope I didn't do anything wrong by making up something that wasn't so. I do hope you forgive me. :o
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Back when the 40th anniversary was happening, I felt like there should have been three special character-based releases: One focusing on the main characters ("The Best of Friends" that came out later is pretty much the same idea), one focusing on old school supporting characters like Sherlock Hemlock, Biff and Sully, Roosevelt Franklin, and Guy Smiley, and one focusing on the most obscure characters of all time (like Professor Hastings, Dr. Nobel Price, Deena and Pearl, Leslie Mostly, and Aristotle). Of course there are some characters I wasn't too sure whether they would be among the "most obscure Sesame Street characters". Like Little Bird and Rodeo Rosie, who weren't on the show much but were heavily featured in books for years. And Bruno the Trashman, who was on the show for at least a decade but not much material has surfaced (though more has surfaced since 2009). And in fact I thought Dr. Nobel Price would be one of the most obscure characters, but then after the 40th anniversary DVD and book came out I started thinking that maybe he's not that obscure after all (though sesamestreet.org still doesn't have any clips with him). I know I made a list of what clips I'd include on those releases in another thread.

    But Sesame Workshop could put out special iTunes releases of videos focusing on different characters, particularly obscure or supporting characters. Maybe put them under a special release (like they have for various multi-episode releases).

    Like if they could make special 12-video collections (since all those season and "classics" collections have 12 episodes each), here's a few things I would do:

    Sesame Street Classic Supporting Characters Vol. 1:
    1. Roosevelt Franklin
    2. Harvey Kneeslapper
    3. Guy Smiley
    4. Biff and Sully
    5. Forgetful Jones
    6. Two-Headed Monster
    7. Little Jerry and the Monotones
    8. Chrissy and the Alphabeats
    9. Sherlock Hemlock
    10. Don Music
    11. Herry Monster
    12. Prairie Dawn

    Sesame Street Classic Supporting Characters Vol. 2:
    1. Simon Soundman
    2. Placido Flamingo
    3. Dr. Nobel Price
    4. Lefty the Salesman
    5. Professor Hastings
    6. Leslie Mostly
    7. Deena and Pearl
    8. Aristotle
    9. Herbert Birdsfoot
    10. Sam the Robot
    11. Little Bird
    12. Gladys the Cow

    And a rundown of sketches I'd include for a few of those compilations:
    Biff and Sully
    • Five Feet High and Rising (with Johnny Cash)
    • Yes and No Song (with Judy Collins)
    • Biff and Sully share a drink
    • Piano Scales
    • One Thing leads to Another
    • Biff Labels Paintings
    • We Coulda
    • This is My J
    • Biff and Sully Get Angry
    • Alphabet
    • Sully Supplies Music
    • Carrot Time
    • Biff and Sully babysit Natasha
    • This Song's For the Birds
    • Roxy Marie's collections
    • Biff hammers 19 times

    Guy Smiley
    • Pick Your Pet
    • The Mr. and Mrs. Game
    • What's My Part: Foot
    • The Trading Game
    • Beat the Time: Cookie Monster
    • Here is Your Life: Tooth
    • To Tell a Face
    • Mystery Guest
    • The Leslie Mostly Show
    • Name That Sound: Grover
    • The Letter of the Day Pageant
    • I'll Love You in the Springtime
    • What's My Job?
    • The Audience Goes to Lunch
    • Air
    • Find That Shape

    Dr. Nobel Price
    • Foot Snuggies
    • Slushabouts
    • Tinker Table
    • Umbrella
    • Talky Stick
    • Shagaphant
    • Herman the Hoppity Hop
    • Cupcake
    • Soup Experiment
    • Original Invention
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  19. Sounds cool. Anything that features Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats/Little Jerry and the Monotones is fine with me. :)
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member


    I did also think of that possibility, reading fan fiction and being unable to remember whether it was fan fiction or people writing about actual scenes.


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