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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Old School Volume 2

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Hey Gang'

    I finally picked up a copy of Old School 1975-1979! :)

    So fare I've checked out a few things from the first disc and so fare I love what I see!

    I love the SSNews sketch with Jack Be Nimble! I love how Jerry Nelson gave Jack the voice and character of Floyd! :sing:

    In the Bert & Ernie Scary Movie sketch I noticed in the back of the theater next to Herry Monster is the Green Frackle that can also be seen in the "Some & None" song with Bip Bippadotta!

    And here is one question about the Super Grover stops fight sketch. Why did it include the 1980's or 1990's begining? :confused:
  2. Pug Lover

    Pug Lover New Member

    I received my copy in the mail yesterday,and watched the entire three discs the following evening.

    Overall very enjoyable.Brought back memories.

    One complaint:I'm sure you'll all agree that we've seen enough of Falling Baker's and Jazzy Spies' # 2 segments.
  3. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member


    The "Music" and "Birthdays" episodes of EW both used "Happy Birthday"; if Sesame Workshop is consistent about the music-rights problem, they'll simply refuse to release those two on home video.
  4. Stulz

    Stulz Member

    Folder Icon printed on inside box

    Does anyone else's inside box have a Apple folder icon placed under Ernies' head in the puppet only cast picture? It's the shot right above the one of Ernie and Shelock Hemlock.
  5. mikealan

    mikealan New Member

    AT LAST! The Beat the Time sketch I have never seen in my life, the one with Grover! Although, it's a shame that they cut the "Dialing For Prizes" sketch out.

    I hope the "Dialing For Prizes" sketch is back on YouTube because jonnytbird uploaded it last year and it got removed due to the copyright claims of Viacom.

    I can't wait to see the Beat the Time sketch with Grover as I get Old School Volume 2 for Christmas or for my birthday or if many segments from this new set would be uploaded to YouTube like wattamack4 did for Old School Volume 1.
  6. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I love the "Kermit Casting Director" sketch on Disc 3! :)

    Frank Oz made the brown little bad wolf sound like Fozzie! I love the line he sez in that bit "Gimmie a break will ya, I need this job!". Frank Oz is HILARIOUS!

    I love how Richard Hunt's green wolf sez "It's Not Easy Bein' Green". :)

    "GREAT STUFF"!
  7. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Yes, I do have that there, I was very confused by it... :smirk:
  8. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe New Member



    The EW "Happy Birthday" sketch on DVD Home Video has "For He's a Jully Good Fellow." But the "Music" one has the "Happy Birthday" segment edited out.

    Then, I'm guessing they got the rights to use the "Happy Birthday" song for the original TV broadcasts only, NOT the home video releases.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've noticed that, too. I wonder why it's there.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, I have watched all of the episodes, and most of the bonus sketches, so I'll post my own review right now.

    This set is great. It seems like an improvement over the first set, DVD-wise. This set has more bonus skits, and some extra skits even appear as easter eggs (I guess the people who mentioned that disc 3 had an easter egg at the Barns and Noble website only found that one). This set also has more bonus clips with human cast members than the first one did, and also more celebrity appearances.

    This time the booklet doens't have a pull-out activity booklet. This is sort of a good thing. The booklet on the first set was a bit good, though I could have lived without it (and the big two-page spread looked like somethign from the 1980s book The Sesame Street Word Book). But the lack of an activity book makes it seem like Sesame Workshop is trying harder to make these sets for adults, rather than kids. It's great that this booklet has information about the show's animated segments, though most of the ones discussed were on the first set. It also would have been great if behind-the-scenes info was mentioned for the Jazz Numbers and Typewriter cartoons. I think it's safe to assume that a Teeny Little Superguy segment will appear on volume 3, since he was mentioned in this section's text.

    It's great that one page has a salute to Jon Stone, but it would have been great if more salutes were also given. There were many people who were invovled with the show back then who have died, including Northern Calloway, Will Lee, Chet O'Brien, Richard Hunt, Joe Raposo, Jeff Moss, and of course Jim Henson (and possibly among other). It's also a shame that there was no tribute or even dedication to Jim Thurman, who voiced Bob on last year's set.

    One thing that I find a bit odd, though I've also noticed this on the last set, is that the booklet, box, and menus have pictures of characters who don't appear at all on this set, including Sherlock Hemlock (who appears in at least three different pictures), Mumford, Sam the Robot, and Bruno. I don't mind Mumford and Sherlock being on the back of the box, since that is a group shot of the cast from that time period, but choosing to have so many smaller individual photos of such characters makes me wish that they were included in the set.

    And now, my thoughts on each episode:

    *Episode 666: This is one of the best episodes on this set, despite not having much of a plot (unless you count the beginning and ending scenes with the Count counting lights as a "plot"). Though this is sponsored by 2, there only appears to be two segments about 2 (I guess that makes sense). I really liked Ernie talking about the parts of the body he has two of, and the skit with Kermit and Grover talking about how a horse carriage works is better than I'd expected, and the original "What's the Name of That Song?" is great. While it's unfortunate that Dialing for Prizes had to be cut, it wasn't a sketch that I was too excited about seeing, and the repalcement of Beat the Time with Grover certainly makes up for it (I don't think anybody here previously had a copy of it). I also liked the sketch where Ernie shows his emotions at the movies.

    *Episode 796: I really like the opening sequence where Snuffy counts all of Big Bird's friends who don't see him, and it's interesting that even though they hadn't met yet, Snuffy knew all of them by name. And Headline Howie was hilarious. It's a shame that he didn't become a regular character. I also liked the sketch where Bert imagines himself as a skater. And The Noble Ostrich is such a classic.

    *Episode 926: I like the scenes with Grover being surprised, and the Hooper's Store 25th anniversary party (it's a shame that that wasn't more of a plot point). I noticed that when everybody comes into Hooper's Store, that Bert and The Count appear to be entering the store, but they are on the opposite side of the door where the others enter. This episode also has many classic moments, like Cookie Monster at the library and Ernie's rhyme game. It's funny when Snuffy tries to meet Big Bird's friends, and Big Bird thinks that he was just imagining the others being there. The skating sequence with the two is also great. While I can tell a difference between the skating Big Bird costume and the regular one, whoever made the skating Snuffy costume did a really good job at matching the regular one (unless that was actually the one used on the show). And the piano scene with Biff and Sully was great.

    *Episode 1056: I really liked A Song from Kermit. And the Uncle Gus story is funny (though that cartoon makes it seem like Snuffy is imaginary, and only seen by kids). It's also great to have Wide Open Spaces.

    *Episode 1186: I think this is the debut of Barkley. It's interesting to hear Linda actually speak at the beginning (saying "hello"). The three-part skit about the number 2 is great, as is Bily Jo Jive. Ride a Bike isn't as good as I'd expected.

    Bonus Features:

    *Test Pilot: This is good, though not as good as the pitch reel on the first set, or the first episode. I hope that the next set has the second test pilot. It would be interesting to see if all five test pilots had the same sponsors. The loss of Bob reading Where the Wild Things Are isn't really a great loss. I really liked The Man From Alphabet, and think that it might have been more successful if it was it's own series. Mr. Hooper seems to be a bit grumpier than he would be on the show. I've also noticed that in Ernie's first scenes, he sounds like Rowlf, but later in the show he sounds more like he would later on. This test pilot features a lot of segments that were either in the pitch reel or first episode, and many of these segments are featured elsewhere on both sets.

    *Season Six Classic Cuts: It's great to have an uncut Telephone Rock, and Mary Had a Bicycle (though these two segmnets are the onyl ones available on DVD featuring Litle Jerry and the Monotones, but if volume 3 has the next five season premieres then we'll get Proud on the next set). I wasn't very familiar with the Jack Be Nimble newsflash, and I don't think any of us had a copy of that until now (the description on Muppet Wiki doesn't say much, and the stil image probably came from the clip montage in The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street). It seems lihe that sketch is actually shown with the late 1980s Newsflash logo. That's a shame. I really liked the Super Grover sketch, and the Twqiddlebugs sketch (though I am surprised that Ernie isn't in it). And it's great to have Subway and City-Country Song commercialy available.

    *Season Seven Classic Cuts: I am glad that I finally got to see the sketch with Grover and Biff as cavemen. It would have been great if one of the cavemen skits with Ernie and Sherlock Hemlock were included, but I do like Biff better than Sherlock. The skit with Grover selling Kermit a weather machine has already been released on The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street, and that one doesn't seem to be a classic (I would have put in either the one with Grover selling earmuffs, a nsoe warmer, or with Grover as a plumber instead). But watching this, I noticed that The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street cut out the first and last few seconds. The Marshall Grover sketch is also funny. And it's great to have more Pinball Number Count segments. I would have preferred soemthign else over the remix, since that was already included as a bonus feature on the What's the Name of That Song? DVD, and because it wasn't actually broadcast on the show (especially not back then).

    *Season Eight Classic Cuts: Ray Charles' I Got a Song is good, as are the sketch with Fonzie and Richie Cunningham (though I find it awkward that the press reelases mention Henry Winkler on this set but not Ron Howard).Bert's checkup sketch is better than I'd expected (and I think it was recently included in Elmo Visits the Doctor, so I would have preferred something else... though I haven't seen Elmo Visits the Doctor). Watching the credits, it's interesting to see that Peter Freidman and Caroly Wilcox were credited this season. I thought Caroly Wilcox was an uncredited performer. And Cookie Disco is a really great skit.

    *Season Nine Classic Cuts: I like the "seasons" pageant, and Ernie and Bert's "slice of life" sketch. Sing After Me is a classic, and it's a shame that the press releases don't mention Madeline Kahn being on the set. And it seems like Taxi Sounds is one of the cartoons where a man reads a mixed-up word on a sign.

    *Season 10 Classic Cuts: Two Doors with Bob is good, and ABC Disco is a classic, and this is the first time it's been released uncut on DVD (unless there is additonal cut footage). The skit with Bert teaching Berniece to play checkers is a classic, and I'm not surprised that it's included here. Same with the letter y crayon skit. My Faviorite Number is Six is also better than I'd expected. I was surprised that Michael Earl Davis wasn't credited in the credits crawl, as I believe he joined the show this season and was also under contract at the time. Since the Two-Headed Monster made their debut this year, it's a shame that none of their sketches were included on this set. And the skit with Kermit holding "Big Bad Wolf auditoons" was great.

    I hope that volume 3 is better! (no, that's not an insult to this set... just a challenge for the next one):)
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hmm. well then, at least we have confirmation on this.

    WOW. This set has so much more than the first, and yet, it costs less than the last one as well. I paid over 35 bucks for my copy of v1. Nice to know they sold this one for only 30 (and it was on sale this week for 27 bucks). I had no cash, but I could easily see getting this for Christmas, or at least after it.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I just realised something. Hapy Birthday to You is performed in two episodes of The Mupet Show, in seasons 3 and 4. I wonder if Disney will be able to include this song on those season sets.

    Then again, the song was sung in the Dinosaurs episode Terrible Twos, and wasn't cut on the DVD release.
  13. BillyKal

    BillyKal New Member

    I'm really enjoying this set.

    I do think that my favorite episode though still has to be 666 (despite it being edited).

    And of course all the extra bonus clips are a plus. I love Bumble and the 12 Swines sketch.

    I also love the Don Music sketches...They make me laugh everytime! ("Oh I'll never get it, just never ever ever!" boom onto the piano)

    I know you can't have everything...but it still would've been nice to see more characters such as Lefty ("The Golden "AN""), "Jazzy Spies", and Sherlock Hemlock (w/ Bert & Ernie at the beach), but what can you do?

    Also nice to see Billy Joe Jive (super crime fighting ace).
  14. DTWolf

    DTWolf Member

    As usual, I'm criticizing something

    Since everyone else--quite rightly!--is doing a good job singing the praises of this set and explaining why you should buy it (and you should), I feel more free to gnash my public teeth about one negative aspect of Volume 2.

    Disc one (I haven't gotten to the other discs yet) begins with 4.5 minutes of ads (Sesame Workshop, Electric Company, Old School Vol. 1). That's bad enough (though not so uncommon); what makes it intolerable is that there is no way to skip over them. The ads have to play through every single time you load the disk. I press "menu"--not permitted. I press "top menu"--not permitted. I press "skip forward"--not permitted. The only thing left is fast forward, which takes less time than regular play but is still a lot more than I should have to put up with.

    Honestly, there's just no excuse for this on an otherwise top-quality release. Unskippable ads are the kind of thing I expect from the bottom ranks of squeeze-you-for-the-last-penny corporate swindlers.

    Of all the shows to get mined with commercial traps!
  15. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Actually it's becoming increasing common for most DVDs, it doesn't really matter what the quality of the show is, heh.

    It's annoying for us viewers of course. But you know, they have to advertise. Either their own items or a group they are partnering with. If they make it so the commericals can be skipped, they'd have to find another way to advertise (which might be even more intrusive! Heh)
  16. Taco Monster

    Taco Monster Member

    I thought maybe this was an error with my disc and/or my player, but I guess not, and it is rather annoying. But I guess they feel we have to see their ads. If they could come out with a way to detect that we've already watched the ads once, that would be great. (Or better yet, a way to detect that I already own OSv1 and both EC sets, but that's just outlandish.)

    Another minor annoyance with this set is that they play full song segments in the menus, which spoils the episodes a little. I believe they only did this with "Ladybug Picnic" on the first set. But I'm just splitting hairs. The material is too great for me to get caught up on things like this.
  17. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Believe it or not, I've occasionally wished for the same thing! lol

    On the other hand, commericals are all about repetition, the idea that you need to see it over and over again (Sesame Street knows all about this ;) ).
  18. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Oh heck yeah; Sony Wonder at least let people skip the ads in Volume 1. I cursed when I couldn't get past them in Volume 2...having corporate sponsors on their TV program is bad enough, but spending five unavoidable minutes on DVD ads makes Sesame Workshop look as if all they care about is selling stuff! :grouchy:
  19. Frogster

    Frogster Active Member

    I just noticed something... All the sketches they'd listed are BONUS materials, which I was glad to see. So would someone care to tell me what are some of the classic clips that're shown in the regular episodes on the DVD's?
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought about mentioning this in my review, but different. Yeah, it's annoying. I've seen that Sesame Workshop promo many times since 2004, and it is tiring to watch. I've already seen The Electric Company preview on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, The Weird Al Show, and Sesame Street: Old School Volume 1 releases. But I'd never seen the Old School Volume 1 preview before. And at least it's only three previews, as opposed to five or more like on other DVDs.

    And it's sort of like the previews on older video releases. Back in the early 1990s, most videos had nearly three or less previews, and by the late 1990s, there'd be many previews. Heck, I liked how most of the Jim Henson Video releases usually stuck to just previews for other Henson video releases (though the video release of The Muppet Christmas Carol had a preview for The Lion King, and some later JHV releases had previews for other Disney videos), but didn't like how the Jim Henson Home Entertainment releases had many advertisements for non-Henson videos (though there were plenty of such ads, but first we'd have to sit through several unrelated promos).

    And it's good that all of the previews here are relevant to the set (yes, even The Electric Company, to an extent). Do the Electric Company DVDs have any sort of Sesame Workshop promos?


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