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Your Thoughts: Elmo’s Christmas Countdown

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

  1. All in all, not a bad special for the type.

    But were you paying attention to the commercials? That pixelization was just WRONG.
  2. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Okay, so final overall impression: I missed the first 10 minutes but it was a nice simple concept so I knew exactly what was happening. The best clip was definately the Sopranos with Bert and Ernie. Next time I wouldn't put the best part of the show online ahead of time! Second would probably be Anne hathaway and Snuffy, then Alicia and Elmo. It was sort of anti-climactic because I enjoyed all the other songs much more than Santa's song. But there were alot of cute parts, and I liked the Stiller elf, and Blitzen. Also, that little snowball is adorable!

    So I think I would give it a 3 out of 5.

    Also, sort of an afterthought but what was up with the set! Kind of cool for the last scene when everything movied around, but Oscar didn't even get his traditional can! Sort of threw me off considering i missed the beginning. It took awhile to notice that they were on the street.

    Edit: luke set up a live chat if anyone is interested. http://www.chatzy.com/211113327132
  3. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    3 of 5 is about what I would give it as well. Still didn't like that Alicia thing (though she herself was fine). And it's not right for the other characters to play second fiddle. And Christmas Eve on Sesame Street was a deeper, more multi-layered story. It should still be shown ever year.

    Some good points: a lot of cute moments, even from Elmo, hehe. And the message of never giving up was very inspirational.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Whoa, Peppi... you're a player!

    I have to admit, I thoroly enjoyed the whole "Extreme Make-Over: Christmas Carol Edition" bit, but other than that, the rest of the special wasn't all that too appealing, at least I didn't think so.

    Nice try, but not something I'd want to watch all the time.

    Here's a little interesting piece of trivia: the first time I heard "I Saw Three Ships", it wasn't even at Christmas time, and it was just an instrumental version! To this day, because of that, I still don't think of it as a Christmas carol.
  5. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Yeah, the only thing I know "Three ships" from is the Carol Sing in Muppet Family Christmas!

    Haha, I'm sorry! Brad Paisley is a handsome man with a great voice.

    In my recap I forgot to say, I loved the variety of song styles and singers! Pretty good job choosing a variety of people and type of songs to sing.
  6. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Wait, there weren't any "muppet" muppets, were there? Why would that be on there?
  7. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I did, but i can't access it. Servers down for some reason, ho hum! lol

    It sounds like a good special, maybe more on the modern side and people are wanting a classic like the xmas eve one, but people said the same thing about VMX. Still nice they're actually making these!
  8. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    It is nice that they are making them, definitely. I just wish they were more reminiscent of earlier shows (and not just for myself, but for kids as well.)
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    No, but still, they're ALL characters conceived by Jim Henson, and Jim dubbed his brand of puppets "Muppets", and since they're Muppets, they're going to be called "Muppets"... but apparently Disney's trying to keep the name all to themselves now, so I guess that's why that disclaimer was there at the end of the special. *Shrug*
  10. Wiseman

    Wiseman Member

    10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

    Nice show I loved the penguins:zany: singing Jingle Bells. If Jim could see this he'd be rolling over in his grave with laughter.

    As for the Sopranos Ernie snd Bert sketch I couldn't hear it because I had a candy cane stuck in my ear :p :(

    BTW: I think Elf Stiller needs to get a new job first he breaks the Christmas Counter-Downer, then he breaks the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. I'd fire him if I were in charge of the holidays
  11. SillyRed

    SillyRed Member

    The "Do You Know What Elmo Know" and "Listen to what Alicia says" parts, those were funny, besides Elmo doesn't know that Alicia is not even the king.
    Abby looked good in earmuffs, she was adorable(BTW I got a singing Abby today) Does ABC have to have Elmo sing "Do You Hear What I Hear" with a female on their network, that's the 3rd time! He sang it with Rosie O' Donnell Before, I suppose Alicia is a better singer than Rosie.

    Brad Paisley singing "Jingle Bells" with Grover and the penguins was enjoyable

    That rabbit harmonizing with Jennifer Hudson was enjoyable also

    That Nutcracker Elmo thing was cool too.

    It was nice to see Elmo sing with Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys again, he sang with them before.
  12. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah but some of the kids in the audience are raised to know who the king is. I know it was meant to be a joke, but I just personally didn't find it funny, especially with the way the society treats Christmas lately.

    But it's OK if other people liked it, we all have our opinions. :)
  13. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    My favorite part was when The Count was running Ty Pennington ragged with wanting more than 3 ships for the song "I Saw 3 Ships"! :D
    (And yeah Snowthers..that song doesn't seem too Christmasy.)
    Oh yeah..and Prairie yelling every time the guys from The Sopranos kept goofing up!
  14. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    It was OK.......

    One word for this special:


    Good.

    ....................................................................

    The special had it's good momments in my opinion. For example:

    The bit with Big Bird, Snuffy and Anne Hathaway.

    Elmo and Alicia Keys.

    Ernie and Bert with those Sorpranos guys.

    The CNN parody(with the recycled Lighting puppet).

    Stiller the Elf.

    Oscar singing bits from the classic song "I Hate Christmas."

    Big Bird! Big Bird! Big Bird! (Sorry, I love that bird).;)



    The special also had it's bad momments too. Like:


    The lack of Zoe and Telly.

    The street setting( what were they thinking?).

    The Jamie Foxx bit( I expected more out of Jamie, I really did).:rolleyes:

    Blaming Cookie for destroying the "Christmas Counter Downer" thingy.

    Not singing "True Blue Miracle." Honestly, they kept say "christmas miracle" like a thousand times! I thought that was at least a hint that they were gonna sing it!

    No regular human cast members( Gordon, Maria, Luis, etc.).

    The guy who played Santa.
    ............................................................

    So, I would give this special a 4.0 rating. It was pretty decent. Now we must await the 40th Anniversary special!HAHAHA!:zany:
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, what's up with that "hip" Santa?

    Oh, and did anyone else besides me notice Lulu made a comeback in this special as a background muppet?
  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah there's too much emphasis nowadays on being "hip" and as a result, real emotion and innocence get sacrificed. I remember Jim Henson once said the key to his characters was their innocence, even when they were bad. I think that's what's missing nowadays, from many forms of entertainment.
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hear! Hear!
  18. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    I taped it. I though it was a cute lil story! I think the Sesame Set was ment to look like a Pop-up book. and Oscar and that Elf singing a newer-ish version of "I hate Christmas" from christmas eve on sesame street was cool, it put a smile on my face when I heard it :)
  19. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    I saw that.
  20. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    I guess. But still, what was so difficult about just using the regualr set?


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