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Your Thoughts: Elmo’s Christmas Countdown

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    The prime time special “Elmo’s Christmas Countdown” airs tonight on ABC. After you watch the special, post here and let us know your thoughts on this long-awaited holiday appearance.
  2. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Well, the first part just ended. I'm not really loosening up to the street set they built for this special and the lack fo the street regulars outside of Elmo and Oscar seems a bit weird but it seems OK so far otherwise.
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So far, I feel like I'm watching a Sid and Marty Krofft show, only without the whole "acid-trippy" factor.

    Somebody tell me why they're not using the actual Sesame Street set, and using this what looks like a set that was put together by an eight-year-old...
  4. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I think the CGI is a big mistake, heh.

    Ben Stiller is awesome!

    I really liked Oscar's little Christmas "curses" hehe. And also this line:

    "But it's only once a year!"
    "I'm glad it's only once a year!"

    I really can't listen to Elmo's laugh more than once. Though I am surprised that he's not doing much, just quickly reacting to what everyone else is saying.

    Is that Billy Bunny? Lol

    Love the little Squirrel! Seriously, they need more moments like that!

    "Don't besmirch me, Rudolph!" Lol

    It's a nice kid's special ::shrugs::

    Stay tuned...
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hmm... creepy... that Christmas Carol has always scared me... it's a weird story, but the first time I heard it, a VERY "sinister" version of it was played during the climax of a Christmas special we were watching in school one day, and I just remember the climax was all made up like something bad and scary was about to happen, and that carol playing in the background didn't really help!

    I see they recycled Lightning the Reindeer for a Charles Gibson-like reindeer newscaster. Poor Stiller the Elf, being persecuted for breaking the counter-downer.
  6. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Just tuning in... I love Stiller the elf!

    I just saw the skit with Anne Hathaway and Big Bird. She's such a cute actress and it was fun to see her sing with Big Bird and Snuffy!
  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Well, I like how they are using the count down calender to give the other characters their own moments. Grover is the cutest SS Muppet of all time!

    On the other hand...I don't know. It's like they're being "generous" giving Big Bird and the others their own moments, because they wouldn't have one otherwise. I just don't like that attitude lately.

    Anne Hathaway is always good. :)

    ...I wonder who is puppeteering the Stiller puppet...hmm

    Well, I am glad the Soprano actors aren't doing the mob thing. They are very charming; I like them in those shirts, lol.

    I just thought of something. Don Music could have done the Stiller character, lol. Would have been a very different special though! LOL

    Dentist, hehe, nice reference!
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Okay, wait just a minute... Stiller the Elf can say "buttox", but I'm not allowed to on live TV for a children's programming pledge drive? What's wrong with that picture?

    Nice little Snuffleupagus for Christmas bit there, it was quite cute, plus it's awesome to see Big Bird in the action, then him show up with the next box for the Christmas Counter-Downer!

    Wow... an extended version of "The Bert and Ernie Christmas Special Starring Tony Sirico as Bert and Steve Schirippa as Ernie". I still hate Prairie's new hairdo, though... it doesn't quite suit her, in my opinion. Boy, she's getting shrilly there, isn't she?
  9. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Yeah she is. Very bossy as usual but kinda screechy. Someone get her some Fisherman's Friend!
  10. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I'm loosening up to the special now, it has nothing on Christmas Eve on Sesame Street or even Elmo Saves Christmas. But I'm still hoping it becomes an annual tradition, even if it'll be slightly dated by next year. The :p + :( scene is clearly the highlight of the special, good to see a reference to the classic sketch.
  11. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Elmo's little "Now...now...aww" moment was cute, I admit.

    Believing even when things are at their lowest is a very good lesson. :)

    And thank goodness, they're not just doing secular Christmas songs!

    However, I don't want to be picky but...despite what Elmo says, Alicia is not the one who says "listen to what I say" in the song. I would not have put that in there. :boo: :mad:

    ....I still say, Don Music could have done the Stiller part! LOL

    This is cute. But I wish Christmas Eve on Sesame Street was still an annual tradition. For today's kids as well as for myself.
  12. Yeah, when Elmo is putting his own name in there when quoting someone else, it's time for someone to teach him some pronouns.
  13. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Great song with Alicia! Very inspiring moment. Not sure what she was doing just strolling down the street though!
  14. MeepBorkMeep

    MeepBorkMeep New Member

    The Jamie Foxx one has been the least interesting musical number in my opinion, though Elmo's nutcracker costume saved it.

    Even the Alicia Keys song was captivating. I just hope there's a soundtrack.
  15. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    The song with Alicia was good, I just wish they hadn't made it look like she was the one saying "listen to what I say" in the song. Nowadays especially, I don't like spirituality being ignored at Christmas. That made it less enjoyable for me. But I won't go on and on about it. :grouchy:
  16. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Ooh, cross-promotion. Extreme Makeover: Christmas Carol edition! The best part about the sketch is the Count's big furry hat!

    BRAD PAISLEY! So in love with him. Wow, watch him play. The variety of music in this special is really good.
  17. Baby Gonzo

    Baby Gonzo Member

    Snuffleupagus for Christmas was such a cute scene. Bert and Ernie's scene was also great. It is sad that the rest of the cast is playing second fiddle to Elmo, but he has had a couple of cute moments.

    "Don't you just love the holidays?" :grouchy:
  18. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Exactly, the rest of the cast is playing second fiddle, and it just doesn't bring up warm fuzzy feelings.

    Nice Pampers commerical, with the sleeping babies and peace on Earth. That's what Christmas is about (not a ticklish toy hehe).
  19. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    "Elmo's friend Alicia Keys said..."

    Hahaha, Elmo is a name dropper!

    Sort of ironic how Santa is saying "Just believe..." But maybe they could have got someone other than Kevin James if Santa had to sing a big song... Not a big fan of the trippy lights.
  20. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    The snowball's cute when he blows his nose, lol.

    Interesting...the implication in this story is that you can't rely on ratings systems! LOL

    Again, having hope when things look their worst is a great lesson, I'm glad they did it. It's just that it was done in a more multi layered way in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.

    "Thanks for helping me believe in miracles, Elmo." That was really nice, honestly. But the emotion just wasn't real enough for me most of the time. Most of the time you were just laughing at Stiller's jaded miserable stance on life. Then at the end, you're expected to take it all seriously. It just wasn't deep enough. The innocence that's needed just isn't there.

    I didn't hate it. It was nice. I didn't love it either.

    And I still say Don Music could have done that part! lol


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