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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street 40 Years DVD Box Set

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I was hoping for that one. In my mind, the set should have either had celebrity versions of both Put Down the Duckie and Monster in the Mirror, or it should have just had the original celebrity-free edits of both (the celebrity version of Put Down the Duckei was released on two previous videos, but not the version without celebrities, except mayeb on a Shalom Sesame release). I'm convicned that Sesame Workshop couldn't clear up the appearance of the Simpsons or maybe some other celebrity/celebrities. But I don't know for sure.

    But you can watch the celebrity version at both sesamestreet.org and hulu. sesamestreet.org doesn't have any title differences between the celebrity and non-celebrity versions, but I think the description for the celebrity one does mention celebrities (and if in doubt you can make a search for one of the featured celebrities and it'll show up). At Hulu the main image used shows several celebrities (I can't remember whetehr it's listed under "Muppets" or "celebrities").
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    One thing that I noticed is that while the set includes stuff that was released on the ld School sets a few years ago, it doesn't really have anything that was released on DVD this year (unless you count the Fairy Shoe Person, which was released on Elmo and Friends: The Magical Quest, which was released on the same day as this). I guess I should be thankful, though I'd rather see repeats of more recent stuff on DVD than classic material that's been on DVD. But some of the stuff that was released on DVD this year on other releases (Furry Happy Monsters in Elmo Loves You, Sleep! in Bedtime for Elmo) would have been worthy of inclusion. Another somewhat interesting fact is that hardly anything that was included on long out-of-print videos that never got DVD releases were included, with the main exception of African Alphabet, which was on The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street.
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There's a joke in "The People in Your Neighborhood" that I don't quite get. When Bob meets the pharmacist, he asks, and I could be wrong with the spelling, "Are you a piskal packing mama?" I don't get this joke... can somebody explain it to me?
  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It's not "peskal", it's "pestle". It's a pun on the phrase "pistol-packin' mama". A pestle is used to grind up things, including things for medicine.
  5. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I actually got this for Christmas, even though I didn't ask for it. I can't wait to start watching it. Whoopie! :excited:
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Hmm, well, I never heard of the term. I hope that's not why the clip was such a rarity until now.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    With the thanks of the $20 gift card my aunt and uncle gave me (and a little extra cash I just happened to have), I got my hands on a copy of the 40 Years DVD set!

    I got finished watching disc one, and I'll probably watch disc two tomorrow when I won't be preoccupied with other things like my Saturday night IM rituals, lol.

    Like others have said, I like how the content is set up - it's almost as if you're watching a clip show with no interruptions, and they certainly had great moments, a lot of which I had seen, some of which I actually hadn't, but really enjoyed (like all of Luis and Maria's wedding or the celebrity version of "Put Down the Ducky"). The behind the street featurette was really nice as well, great archival interviews with Jon Stone, Caroll Spinney, and it was interestingly fun to watch Cheryl Blaylock transfer the large lavendar AM from a woman to Dr. Nobel Price. The behind-the-scenes footage was really fun as well, especially with Jerry and Richard taping the featured Two-Headed Monster telephone skit. Tomorrow, I think I will watch the clips again with the "Fun Facts" mode on; I'm assuming this is similar to the Muppet Morsels of TMS Season One.

    That said and done, I'm rully digging this set thus far, with only one minor quibble... I sure do wish Mr. Hooper would've kept a shirt on... :eek:
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    OMG the new Zoe really IS hideous! ! ! :eek:

    Lol, I mean I knew that before hand, but this was really the first time I got a good look of her on a TV screen, interacting with other characters... she's just... ugh... :smirk: poor Zoe... poor Fran... poor everybody...

    Anyway, yeah, I just got finished watching disc two, and first thing's first, I was disappointed that they didn't use the celebrity version of "Monster in the Mirror"... that seemed a little odd to me, because they used the celebrity version of "Put Down the Ducky", and a celebrity version of "Sing", so to NOT use the celebrity version of "Monster in the Mirror" on this set, was more than a minor quibble... but I'll live.

    As for the content, a lot of this stuff I remember, because 1989 - 2009 is my era since I was born in 89, lol. So, this was more of an actual trip down memory lane, because of lot of this I saw growing up (more so than repeats of the content from disc one).

    The behind the street footage for disc two was a lot better than disc one, because we're treated to more of actual behind-the-scenes footage and less interviews (save for the ending interview with Jim which was really great to watch). It was also interesting to watch how Abby was born from conceptual designs to her finalized puppet.

    I have a question for others - did anyone else encounter this little glitch: disc one has the pop-up facts automatically turned off, but disc two seems to have the pop-up facts automatically turned on... did this happen with your copies?
  9. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I got the set last night and I loved it. I really wish we could have seen all of the strom, and the fire and Mr. Hooper's death, but the parts that where shown really touched my heart.
    I love when Sesame Street dives into the harder subjects that youngsters have to deal with. To me it makes a Muppet like Elmo more likeable, when we see that he is not so one dimintional.

    Ernie and Bert are really the best comic duo out there hands down!

    You could really see how David was slowly starting to slip away, and you could tell he was gaining a lot of weight as well. Northern could have still been on Sesame I think, but life has it's ways.

    I also want to say the interview with Jim really touched my heart, when he said he loved doing the show and would do the show as long as it lasted or as long as they wanted him.

    I miss Lidia! I would have loved to see her and Bob get maried!
  10. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I've only watched a few select segments, but as an overall, this DVD is awesome! My only problem: I don't really like that the photos appear while the segment starts, so we don't get to the first few seconds of them.
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Me, neither. I wonder if that should count the segments as being "edited" or not.
  12. 40th Anniversary DVD Set

    I think SW did a great job of going through the archives and picking out the best of the best of each season, especially on the first disc. I just wonder why we didn't get to see Big Bird's first appearance, the morphing alphabet (seen at the end of Learning About Letters), Stevie Wonder's performance of "Superstition"), Ernie & Bert's visit to Egypt, the late 80s version of "Everybody Sleeps" (I feel sorry for the guy that is sleeping on the tires - that's gotta be uncomfortable) and the sparkler alphabet.

    As for the second disc: how could they leave out Ernie singing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon," the original "We are All Earthlings," Little Richard singing about Rosita, "Down Below the Street" by Take6, the celebrity version of "Dance Myself to Sleep," Linda Rondstadt's charro song, and "This is The Street We Live On?"

    I DID enjoy seeing Garth Brooks in the celebrity version of "Sing." He's the only country music singer I ever liked.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    For disc 2, are you referring to Ernie's duet with Aaron Neville on Don't Want to Live on the Moon, or the original version? Because the original is from the 1980s, and wouldn't belong on disc 2. But disc 2 sure does have a big lack of Bert and Ernie. Just them in clay form and a few cameos/ background appearances and that's it. It would have been great for the set to have had Jim Henson's last performance as Ernie, or Steve Whitmire's first performance as Ernie, or Things That I Remember, or maybe Eric Jacobson's first performance as Bert.
  14. I think "The King of Eight" and "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" should have been on disc 1, and I agree with you, minormupettz on the second disc. Here's some more stuff that should have made it on Disc 2

    - "I Think That It is Wonderful" (Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Herry Monster and Prarie Dawn)
    - Bert & Ernie skit where Ernie plays drums and Bert knocks the door
    - "Do De Rubber Duck"
    - "Things That I Remember"
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The King of Eight was one of ten segments nominated for voting on amazon back in april 2009. The winning segment was "Bert & Ernie: String Tied", the clip listed as "fan favorite".

    But at least both segments can be found on other DVDs. King of Eight is on quite a few DVDs (Old School Vol. 1, Learnign About Numbers, The Great Number Game), while I Don't Want to Live on the Moon is on the 25th annviersary DVD (as well as the long out-of-print Best of Ernie and Bert, which has never been released on DVD).
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Another little error that just crossed my mind is the mention that Cookie Monster doesn't have a hole in his mouth.

    Maybe he doesn't NOW, but he sure did USED to - Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is a prime example of that, as we watch him eat a pencil, later a typewriter (with the ribbon dangling from his throat), and later still a telephone (with the cord from the receiver to the base from inside his mouth).
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've heard that distribution has now switched from Genius to Warner Home Video, and now the book is in paperback (it should have been this way in the first place). I've seen copies in stores today and when looking at the side, sometimes it looks like there's no book, and others it can be seen. I guess the company's not consistient on which side the book is presented.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I think I have mentioned how disapointing the pop-up facts are, and I've seen others mention their disapointment with them at tough pigs as well, and I have been thinking... Wouldn't it have been great if they at least had the pop-up facts provide episode numbers for the clips that came from street stories? It would be great to know the episode number for Telly's first appearance (the CTW archives do have a planning script for his debut episode, but at Muppet Wiki they say that the script found there isn't good enough to constitute an episode page; it mentions that changes would be made... And somebody said that the CTW Archives don't have program summaries for that episode number).

    Obviously, whoever was in charge of the facts looked at Sesame Street Unpaved and Muppet Wiki, and hardly any Sesame Workshop documents. I guess checking those would be easier than checking company files... But it's a shame that they didn't even use a draft of the 40th anniversary book for certain facts. It would have been great to see pop-up facts on the Henson films and Mad Painter and maybe learn what seasons exactly introduced Monsterpiece Theater and Sesame Street News.
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Someone previously mentioned disappointment about how selective the clip from the hurricane episode was (I wasn't fond of the music that was added either), I thought I'd also add the selectiveness of the Hooper's Store fire clip as well - it starts up after the firefighters had put it out, so we really didn't get to see how the fire got started, and Maria helped rush Elmo out of the store to call 911, while Alan grabbed the etinguisher, or even the fire department arriving, while we watch smoke billow out of the windows.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Sorry for double posting, but I was wondering if anyone could do me a favor...

    Seeing that my D drive doesn't work anymore, could anyone possibly screencap the behind the street footage of the Friendship Song with Big Bird and Madeline Kahn, with the puppeteers working the Canary Brothers above them? Possibly as jpeg?

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