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Your Thoughts: A Sesame Street Christmas Carol DVD

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by BEAR, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    I just purchased A Sesame Street Christmas Carol today at Wal-Mart (hey, atleast there's one good thing about that store!) and couldn't wait to watch it. I was so excited to hear of this DVD special coming out. I'd like to give my thought on the program and then open up the thread to those of you who'd like to give your opinions.

    It starts out with a Narration by the brilliant Tim Curry talking about Sesame Street and what a wonderful place it is at Christmas time. As he is talking, flashback clips from past Sesame Street Christmas specials are shown (The opening from Elmo's World: Happy Holidays, and a scene from Elmo Saves Christmas). It was nice to see Susan and Mr. Handford again even if they were in old clips. Then leading into Oscar's introduction, we see a nice quiet snow-covered evening on Sesame Street. It was such a beautiful setup, I knew it would be a great show! That feeling didn't last long.
    A Delivery Man names Joe Marly comes to deliver junk mail to Oscar. It is actually an old can of baked beans which Rhubarb, the Grouch Ghost of Christmas Past pops out of. He shows Oscar old home movies of Christmas pasts. The first one was Gift of the Magi starring Bert and Ernie. They played Bert and Ernie's subplot from Christmas Eve on Sesame Street and we got to revisit an old dear friend. I won't tell you who. I'll leave you all to be as surprised as I was, though I'm sure you know exactly who I'm referring to. Along with that, it was lovely to hear Frank Oz and Jim Henson again as the 2 buddies. Gave me chills. The next homemovie features Big Bird from Elmo Saves Christmas. It's the scene where he misses Snuffy and sings "All I Want For Christmas Is You".
    The next Ghost is Christmas Carole as the Ghost of Christmas Present. She is a very perky CGI Christmas Tree/Anything Muppet voiced by Kristin Chenowith. She is there to show Oscar the glory of the Christmas in the now and that Christmas is more than just decorations and Christmas trees. She shows a clip of Elmo and Santa Claus from Elmo's World: Happy Holidays. The next clip is one from Elmo Saves Christmas in which Elmo (along with Lightning the Reindeer) sings the reprise of "Everyday Can't Be Christmas". The third old clip is one from Elmo's World: Happy Holidays with kids talking about how they celebrate Hannukah and Kwanzaa. Carole then pulls out her finale with a clip featuring "Keep Christmas With You" (It is the version from Elmo Saves Christmas. (which can hardly be considered "Present" since Mr. Handford is in it.) Finally, Christmas Carole must leave because she left Christmas dinner cooking in her oven.
    The next ghost to arrive is the ghost of Christmas Future in the form of a futuristic robot named Sam (voiced by Kevin Clash). He shows an new animated film showing what Christmases will be like in the future --houses that decorate themselves, weightless Christmas dinners in the form of tablets.
    Oscar then wakes up and is greeted by a boy that bears a striking resemblence to the Delivery Man. This is wear Oscar's change really shows and where all this past 45 minutes makes sense. Possibly the best part of the show.
    I left some details out as I don't want to give too much away for those of you who wish to watch it. My opinion, however, is that it was highly disappointing. I, who always supports and celebrates anything Sesame Street, found this program to be disappointing and a waste of time. It was cute, but really nothing but rehashing all old clips from past Sesame Street Christmas specials. There was nothing too original about this. They could have stuck Oscar in the clips from the past and had him comment on it. He didn't seem to care much about them at all. There was so much that could have been done to make it a wonderful adaptation, but it was as if they didn't even try in my honest opinion. I might as well have watched all my other Sesame specials instead. About 5 out of 45 minutes was new material and it didn't even have any other familiar characters besides Oscar.

    That is my review. I give it 1 1/2 out of 5 stars because some of Christmas Carole's and Rhubarb's writing was cute. That is it though.
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hmmm... Wondering how Wal-Mart released this earlier, thought it wasn't supposed to hit the shelves until Tuesday November 14.

    Was gonna ask to add this to the order of other SS DVD's I reserved at a local Spec's shop at one of my local malls.
    Bry, if you could send me a list of the new characters from the special both Muppet and/or human if any, I'd appreciate it to add to the list.
    Thanks, and sorry it was a disappointing production in your view.
  3. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    well i will rent it then but not buy
  4. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the review Bryan. I trust your opinion because I know you're a true SS fan. I may not buy this one, but I think I'll at least still try to check out somehow. It's too bad it's not real original.
  5. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Sorry it was disapointing, Bear! Good review though (Reviews aren't always positive after all). Sounds like it was intended to be a quick to video thing so they didn't put as much work into it as they could have. Had it been done a few years ago, it might have been better.

    I can't say I'm thrilled that they seemed to show more Elmo Christmas specials than "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street". But I'm not that surprised either. Once again, giving kids the message that anything old is useless. Only new specials are worth watching.

    Still, it was a good concept, using Oscar for the Christmas Carol. And I liked that they used Tim Curry, he rocks!
  6. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Sure, Ed. I'll be sending you the small list of new characters a bit later today.
  7. BradFraggle

    BradFraggle Member

    Do you know who played Joe Marly and Grouch Ghost of Christmas Past?
  8. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Joe Marly was performed by Joey Mazzarino, and Rhubarb the Grouch (Ghost of Christmas Past) was voiced by Rickey Boyd. Hope that helps.
  9. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Bry... Please remember to separate the Muppets from human characters, makes it easier to know who's who and what's what.
  10. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    You won't have to worry about that. There are no new human characters for adding. Will be sending you the list soon.
  11. travellingpat

    travellingpat Active Member

    So its not worth buying?
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    OK then... You know, this reminds me of the story of the Sesame Street Christmas Caroll where Big Bird and María talk to Oscar about all three phases, included in the picture book A Sesame Street Christmas in my library.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A CLIP SHOW!?!?! Now, that's a true ripoff!

    They could have done SOOOOOO much with it, and instead they made a bloody clip show.
  14. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    The end was sweet between Oscar and the little boy Muppet, but that was the best part and only part worth it. It was just highly disappointing. If I new it was going to be a clip show, I wouldn't be so upset. I'm not angry and cursing at SW for this, but I am definitely sad.
  15. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    thanks for the review Bear...wish i WOULD HAVE seen this lastnight before i went out and bought it! The CGI Muppets where cool. i was HOPEING they would make a "new Bert & Ernie" christmas story and call it "old", but this was ahhh... ok i guess :smirk:
  16. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Yeah, the CGI Muppets looked really good.

    I didn't mind them using the old clips they did for the Christmas Past segment, but the whole 45 minutes was that (Christmas Past)
  17. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    That's kind of sad and diapointing. oh well, better luck next time I guess?:smirk:
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Disappointing? I liked it... I just think Sesame Workshop was a little desparate about the sales of it... I mean did Elmo REALLY need to be on the cover? He was only in the flashbacks.
  20. I saw it on PBS Kids Sprout Comcast On Demand.
    I liked it but I didn't like that there wasn't any other main characters other than Oscar in the new scenes.

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