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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Old School DVD

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. Mad Lil' Jerry

    Mad Lil' Jerry Well-Known Member

    Old School Let down

    I wanted to throw my two cents into the ring...

    I really wanted to see some Little Jerry clips only to find that there were NONE. Not one single clip. I feel that there were more classic clips that didn't make the set.

    I understand that it's not possible to put all the clips together... but when you look back on all the releases of VHS and otherwise... Alot of the good stuff stays on the shelf! Knowing now what I know about the set, I don't think I would have bought it. I am definately not advance ordering any more sets until I know what's on it and I am loosing faith that any Little Jerry and the monotones will ever be released to DVD

  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Um... You do realize this DVD boxset presented the season premieres from the first five seasons? Cause I'm not completely sure, but it's quite possible that Little Jerry and The Monotones weren't part of the show in that timeframe. Maybe they'll be present when the boxsets reach the timeframe these characters were part of the show, if there's enough success with this first release to warrant future volumes, either of the first five seasons or of other season groupings.
    Hope this helps, have a good night.
  3. gbrobeck

    gbrobeck Well-Known Member

    That's correct. You'll find that to be the case on another of the closing credits (season 1 is the only one that has that edit.)

    And to whomever mentioned Little Jerry and the Monotones, they debuted in season 2.

  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I really hoped that Little Jerry and the Monotones would have been included in this set. I would have liked for it to have had Mad, from the second season. I think that Danger, Sad, Proud, and Full of Rhythym are also from this time period. I can't really tell if Telephone Rock is from sometime during the first five yearsa or the second five years (1974-1979).

    So far, the only way to see these characters on video and DVD in america (I've heard that at least one international video release features Mad) is to see Rock & Roll (which features an edited version of Telephone Rock, and also features the band at the end of the video) or Sing Yourself Silly (in which Chrissy, Big Jeffy, and Rockin' Richard join Don Music in Mary Had a Bicycle).

    I hope volume two features something with these guys.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I noticed that in these episodes that it is very common for a scene to fade to black. It seems less common in later episodes on the set, though still common. I wonder when it started becomming rare for a scene to fade to black and just show every skit back to back, with no transition (though I remember this happening a few times in some mid-1990s episodes, but it didn't happen often). In current episodes there is a frequent checker-pattern scene transition used for almost every sketch (it's used before every daily segment). Having a lot of scenes fade to black does make the skits seem more like commercials. I noticed at the end of the Sam the Snake sketch in the first episode that it looks like it's about to fade to black at the very end, but then cuts to the next scene.
  6. Davina

    Davina Well-Known Member

    i still haven't gotten this yet.. doesn't seem to actually be in stores here yet... i've asked and "oh yeah, that's out, but we don't seem to have gotten it yet.." was waiting cuz that "free shipping" deal rarely applies to ALaska.. anyway...
    i have one big question... do we get to see the orange Oscar???
    i'll be getting this one way or another.. as soon as it shows up up here.. but i'd really like to see that..
  7. JoeyMuppet

    JoeyMuppet Well-Known Member

    I ordered my copy from Digital Eyes, I'll probrablly get it in the mail maybe tomorrow.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yes. He appears in the first episode, and in the bonus clip of the original version of I Love Trash.
  9. Big Bird Fan

    Big Bird Fan Well-Known Member

    I finally got my copy today. (That's what I get for being cheap and getting free shipping from Amazon) and I loved it. Unlike others, I've never bought a SS DVD before, so this was my first time seeing most of these clips.

    I've only watched the first disk so far, but my only complaint was that film about milk. It just kept going on and on and on and on...just when I thought it was over it kept adding on new things and repeating itself. That music didn't help either. I felt like Bert did when Ernie was counting and kept starting over. (If you include the part that was cut where he banged his head on the dresser and ran into the camera.)

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed the episode. It was a lot more entertaining than I thought. 30 dots, Kermit's Lecture, and Buddy and Jim were all funny. And I loved how Sally said she used to drink coffee when she was little. heh heh. Unscripted little kids are always funny. So glad the show still does that.

    What was really great was seeing the adults get some real screen time. Not that I don't like episodes where the Muppet's are the focus, it would just be nice if humans weren't supporting characters.

    If only kids who see this set would like it enough that SW would change the format back. :(

    Now bring on volume 2!
  10. gbrobeck

    gbrobeck Well-Known Member

    Yeah Sally was particularly cute in that episode. You could already see her star potential (she was played of course by Matt Robinson's real daughter Holly Robinson Peete, star of such shows as 21 Jump Street).

  11. Marky

    Marky Well-Known Member


    That milk clip, was it the one which shows a baby in a crib crying for milk intercut with shots of a dairy farm? You know, with a woman's voice repeating "miiiiiilk"? That was weird & funny at the same time.
  12. BillKal

    BillKal Well-Known Member

    Hi Marky ---

    It's a different film. And yes, it does seem a bit too long. It just shows the whole process on where milk comes from.

    It's not the one where there's the process intercut with a baby that is crying for her milk.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought you said you only watched the first disc. That counting skit is in the second episode on the set, in disc 2.
  14. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Aw, I always liked the film about milk! Lol

    It is slow, but I guess it just reminds me of all the old clips I remembered seeing on Sesame Street as a kid.

    I don't know if I can wait until Christmas! But ::gulp:: I'll keep trying!

    I never did have the Noggin channel, so I probably won't be comparing it to anything else.
  15. alizakaila

    alizakaila Well-Known Member

    espidoe one repetitive

    my disk 1 repeats itself with the wanda the witch and the cartoon with worm, walrus and water.

    I really have enjoyed watching this set. It really brings back memories from when I was a kid (born in 68)

    Whom played the 2 guys hanging up pictures.
    I did notice Alan Arkin on a later disk; also raul julia, charlotte rae and others
  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hi AlisaKayla... According to Muppet Wiki, those two characters were Buddy, portrayed by Brandon Maggart, and Jim, portrayed by James Catusi.
    Hope this helps.
  17. janicerulz

    janicerulz Member

    Unable to find retail in Northern Mass/Southern NH

    I tried Best Buy, Target, and Sears Essentials in a few locations and NO ONE has this title for sale/on the shelves. Arguably, I did not try Wal Mart or FYE (I know Sam Goody is gone), but the ones I tried are national chains.

    I know I can get it at Amazon, but still, am I the only one who finds it odd that none of the major retailers are carrying this title? Someone should have had it, or at least known if it was on order at the store. Most of the associates on the floor didn't even *know* what I was talking about.

    This does not bode well for future releases if they are based on sales, since not everyone has access to Amazon and other on-line sites.

    Has anyone else run into this? Or can anyone tell me where they found it for sale in a brick & mortar? Thanks!

  18. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe Well-Known Member

    I bought mine at BORDERS last week on SALE for 29.99.

    Don't think you can do any better than that!

  19. Big Bird Fan

    Big Bird Fan Well-Known Member

    Whoops. Didn't even realize I left something out. :o I started the second disk, but it had been a long day so I fell asleep about half way through the first episode, so that's why I didn't think to mention I had started disk 2.
  20. spaztek

    spaztek Member

    Old School Sesame, very happy with it

    I received my copy in the mail yesterday, and I am pleased with what it has to offer. I have all but 4 of the Unpaved Noggin episodes, and this box set includes all of the stuff noggin edited out.

    Aside from my nostalgic enjoyment, my children are GLUED!! They will NOT watch any of the new Sesame episodes, but are quite engaged with the old format. I can surmise that this is due to the rapid succession of skits in the older format; the newer format, to me, seems much too drawn out and less captivating to a young child. Also the huge variety of the older format including real-life shorts, several varied types of animation, muppetry, and street scenes is unlikely to lose a 4 year-old's attention. I find that they newer stuff is so overrun by fancy graphics and music that the actual value of what they're trying to convey is lost. Not to mention the dreaded furry red little menace...... Amen to Old School!!


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