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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street 40 Years Hardcover Book

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    I have a question as a friend of mine is a hardcore fan of this character and I don't have the money to buy this book: Is Sam the Machine talked about or shown in this book? Thanks if anyone can tell me.
  2. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    SAM is there. Pictured, anyway. Not sure as he's discussed too much.
  3. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Appreciate the tip. Thanks!
  4. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    Been meaning to post here for a while.

    While Im mainly a huge Classic Muppets and Fraggle fan/collector , I still grew up with Sesame Street and have fond memories of it. I have very little Sesame Street stuff. Old School, and a few books.

    Anyway, after reading reviews on here and some other sites, I decided to get this book. I found it for only £16.95 delivered.

    WOW. I am so pleased I bought it. It feels great, and looks great, so colourful.
    I've not read it all yet, up to about page 70, but so far its great. Very interesting.

    I love the poser pic of Prarie Dawn and Cookie on Chapter 7's opening, anyone have that piccy on there PC?

    If your unsure about getting this, do it, well worth it.

    I also dug out my Sesame Street UNPAVED book and had a look too. I dont think I ever read it!

    Chris
  5. zns

    zns Active Member

    Two weeks 'till Christmas. I can't take the suspense much longer. :excited::zany::crazy:
  6. BIGMuppetFan

    BIGMuppetFan Member

    Same here Man, I am so looking forward to Christmas and getting this Book, among a few other things, I have month off of school for Break so I know what I'll be reading over break! :D

    I have not gone to a store to look for this, I want to be surprised on Christmas Day if and When I get it,

    If you count the book coming with the 40th anniversary DVD as looking at the Book, than yeah I looked at the book some, but the full book not yet and Its making me excited to think about all the cool photos and stories that come with this book I can't wait :D
  7. zns

    zns Active Member

    When I looked through it at Barnes&Noble about a month ago, I skimed through it only once or twice. Knowing that I may be getting it as a gift this year, it can give me something to look forward to a little bit. I just didn't look through it thoroughly because I wanted to save that for after I recieved. In other words, it works out in both ways.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Is the montage on the bonus DVD basically the same as the TV montages on the 40th anniversary DVD, only not split up into two?
  9. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    It's the same concept but a different montage. It's more accurately the same montage that was in The Street We Live On (35th season premiere) just with additional clips added on the end to represent the last five years.

    The TV Montages on 40 Years of Sunny Days use the same concept but it uses clips that are on that dvd collection.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, I got the set for Christmas today. I think the only pre-2005 clip that's different from what was in The Street We Live On was the 2004 clip, showing Don't Know Y instead of the cast on the street set. If the timeline was cut from the Street We Live On DVD because of character/ music rights/ performer residual residuals, then it looks like they've all been resolved, and I hope that Warner Bros. restores it if Warner rereleases that special when the video rights switch.
    I've enjoyed what I've read, and I've alreayd noticed many errors. Looking at it in the book store, I thought Michael Earl was not in the index... I just didn't think to look under Michael Earl Davis. I hadn't seen this mentioned, but the book claims that Brian Meehl performed Sam the Robot, and that Kevin Clash later took over as Warren Wolf. The former is likely, but I'd be surprised if Meehl actually took over as Sam.
  11. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I just got the book for Christmas, haven't had much time to page through it yet, but from what I've seen so far, the pictures are incredible! I can't believe some of the back stage footage shown!
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It's interesting to see how many early photos there are of Caroll Spinney wearing half of the Big Bird suit, considering he's made a policy for so long of not posing for pictures in half the suit. In a recent interview he said that it's because in 1970 a photographer from Look Magazine managed to get a picture and Jim Henson then told him not to let that happen again. And a few pictures show other people in the suit (I can't identify them... Could one of them be Daniel Seagren?).

    There's a few things I find awkward/interesting... On the various performer pages, after listing the characters they often end with either "Anything Muppets" (some say "assorted anythign muppets", some say "Ocassional anythign muppets"), and some just say "etc.", but on Jerry Nelson's page, it lists "anything muppets" and then a "etc."

    On the Richard Hunt page, there is a quote from an interview during season thirteen. Before the quote it points out that that's "the year his blind muppet Aristotle was introduced". That's fine, but the quote doesn't really have anything to do with the character. I don't know what the point of that was. Of course Aristotle wasn't listed among his characters (one nitpick I have is that Sully was also ommitted... Grrrr....).

    There's a few pictures that appear to be mirror-reversed, though I've never seen the pictures elsewhere so I don't know for sure. There's a picture of Richard with Ernie hanging from his arm. It appears that he was operating the left hand as opposed to the right hand (though he could have been performing the body andd right hand, maybe for a pre-recorded song that Jim might not have been available for). And in the "colorful characters" section, there's a few on-location shots of the Count that look like Jerry Nelson was performign the body and the right hand, with an assistant as the left (though on recent inspection I can see that it's definately a reversed view... the monacle is in front of the wrong eye).

    In that same section, when listing some of the characters that have come and gone, it says that Roxie Marie is the niece of "Biff (the one that talked)". But there's not really any discussion of Biff and Sully as a duo, casual fans unfamiliar with them might not know what it's talking about (according to the index Sully is never mentioned by name... But there is a picture of the duo in the alphabet section).

    I like how many script pages, sheet music, and official documents are pictured (it was interesting looking at Ray Charles' contract... I would have thought it'd be written in braile), but don't like how portions of many are blocked or obscured. I especially don't like how they put The Count so close to the file of guest stars, to the point that his elbow blocks some names out. Also, and this might belond in a general discussions thread, there are times when the clapboards are pictured and under show it says "WILD". ANybody know what "WILD" means in this case?

    Much of this book looks like it could be an honorary "Sesame Street: The Ultimate Visual Guide". Like the "Ultimate Visual Guide" books released by DK, most sections are two-pages long (though there are some that last longer).

    Finally, I wonder why it was called "Toy Timeline". There were lots of toys shown in the timeline, but very little mention of years each toy came out. The section had two different timelines (one at the top of the page, one at the bottom), one of which was about notable non-Sesame Street things that have happened, the bottom focusing on Sesame Street but not much toy history.
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Unlike writing what episode is is for, the clipboard says it's just "Wild", being used for any episode.
  14. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Active Member

    This book is completely amazing. :) I especially love all the sheet music. :sing::super:
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Anybody notice how in Martin Robinson's page, it says that Buster was originally performed by Frank Oz? I know that Oz performed the puppet in the Kermit News: Hickory Dickory Dock sketch, but I doubt he was called Buster then. Jerry Nelson also performed the puppet in Kermit News: Humpty Dumpty. If Hulu is correct, Humpty Dumpty is from season 5, and Hickory Dickory Dock is from season 6.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member



    Oops! I just watched it again, and Nelson didn't perform Buster, though the puppet was used in thw background in the Humpty Dumpty sketch.
  17. BIGMuppetFan

    BIGMuppetFan Member

    I got the Book for Christmas and I love it, it has everything you want to know, and great pics, I started reading it and its awesome! I am so glad it has every season including season 40, I liked Sesame Street Unpaved but I think This Book is much better! I give Thanks to everyone who worked on this book! :)
  18. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Active Member

    I just found myself having a brief look at Google's online hosting of alt.tv.sesame-street, which is now just another landmine in the usenet wasteland.

    It just reminded me how irritated I used to get when people would treat Unpaved as though it was the be-all-and-end-all source of Sesame insight, and one was on the outs in that group if one tried to point out that the book wasn't as reliable as one would hope.

    While I would never endorse people relying on a single source for all their insights, I'd be a few thousand times happier at people treating this book as a bible than people doing the same with Unpaved.

    That said, I was always expecting the book to be purely coffee-table material to set it apart from Street Gang (which I am sad to say I have not yet found in Australia), but I won't spend too long being disappointed about it not being purely superficial and light fluff ;)
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    On page 120, there's an image of Brian Henson with some food, I can't tell what the food is, but a photo caption implies that it's from when he counted peas. It's obviously not peas, but I don't know what it is he was eating. It looks like it might be a still image, but I don't think I've ever seen that film, or any images from it elsewhere. Has anybody else seen that scene pictured?

    Also, it says that Brian Henson counted "peas and other foods" in Sesame Street inserts. But as far as I know, he only counted peas on the show. He did count various types of money.
  20. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    He's eating chocolate ice cream in the photo. The picture's not from one of the Baker films but is from the film where Brian and another kid's playtime is intercut with footage of machinery. The two eat chocolate ice cream at the end when the other kid freezes and Brian asks "whatsamatter?" "I'm broken". Brian "winds him up" and the kid starts eating his ice cream super fast and robotic like as Brian giggles.


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