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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Old School Volume 2

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

  1. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

    That's odd, since I recall that was a clip from a silent movie, and those are all old enough to be in the public domain by now.
  2. mjb1124

    mjb1124 Member

    TEC Vol. 2 had the Old School Vol. 1 promo.
  3. jrod

    jrod New Member

    I am definitely enjoying the sesame street old school vol 2 set. Is it just me, or are these episodes more entertaining than the vol 1 episodes? It seems that the early episodes had repeating cartoons a lot and not as much variety. SO far I have seen 2 episodes and the pilot and think it's fantastic. Were there many format changes in 1980-1986?
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Depends. If it featured a certain Actor, the estate of such actor has been known to repurchase them. But that's fifth hand information and hypothetic.

    BTW, Target (or at least the one I was at) has this set. The retail price? 25 bucks. So if you don't have it yet, and you don't have so much cash, I suggest looking around there (as opposed to Best Buy, which as I've said often, truely isn't).
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I meant the ad about Sesame Workshop, which shows clips from various versions of Sesame Street. The one found on almost every Sesame Street DVD.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Nobody's mentioned this yet, but the back of the booklet has an interview with Mr. Johnson. I think it's great that his name was mentioned there. I was wondering if Sesame Workshop was aware that his name is Mr. Johnson. It was only mentioned in one skit, and it seems like Sesame Workshop usually calls him Fat Blue. Sesame Street Unpaved only refers to him as "Fat Blue", with no facts about his real name. And he has been referred to by different names. One skit with Grover as an elevador operador refers to him as Mr. Jenkins. Big Bird called him Mr. Blue in A Celebration of Me, Grover. And some official sources call him "Customer". The Muppet Wiki talk page for Grundgetta has scans from some official character listing that Sesame Workshop used, which has him listed as "Grover's Resturaunt Customer".

    I've noticed that both sets include three Kermit segments that have previously been released on video, both with one sketch that is in one of the episodes. This set also seems to have more Kermit sketch. Counting multi-part sketches, the first set included 10 Kermit sketches (11, if you count the pitch reel), and this one includes 11 (12, if you count the brief clip of Kermit on a TV set in one film, which is shown in two episodes). If the next two sets have the next five season premiers, there wil be at least two Kermit sketches. Hopefully, more Kermit skits wil be included as bonus features (and hopefully some were edited by Noggin, though if that's the case than "Shame on you, Noggin!").
  7. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I love the Old West: Letter Y Box Of Crayons sketch on disc three!

    I love that Sinister Sam character by Jim Henson! I always loved how Jim would always play the bad guy in the Old West sketches on Sesame Street and then at the of those sketches it shows that the bad guy is not so bad after all. :)
  8. mjb1124

    mjb1124 Member

    Nope, that ad is not present on either DVD set. There isn't even a SW logo to be found.
  9. Frogster

    Frogster Active Member

    Could ANYONE answer me, what're some famous clips that aren't on the bonus materials? (The bonus material is listed, I'd like to know what else is shown...):p
  10. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Active Member

  11. BillyKal

    BillyKal New Member

    Yeah I was going to say that.

    Muppet Wiki is your best bet regarding what sketches are on the Old School Sets.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Watching these premieres, it seems like starting with episode 536, the season premieres are more like regular episodes, while the earlier ones feel more special, introducing new characters and reintroducing new characters.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder why the Old School DVDs don't have english subtitles. Heck, I don't think any Sesame DVDs have subtitles. I'm not deaf, but I do sometimes turn the subtitles on, especially in scenes where I can't understand what is being said.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Somebody mentioend that Noggin cut something out of The Fishermna Song. I don't know if this was just speculation or what, but is that song presented the same way on the DVD as it was on Noggin, or is there something extra?
  15. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    I noticed that Apple folder superimposed on the photo as well, just above the mailbox. I thought it was pretty hilarious, actually.

    I've only watched through a little of the set--my Best Buy didn't have it, so I had to wait for it to be shipped. So far I'm really enjoying it, though. Why didn't I know about the other Gordon in the test pilot?
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of sketches on this set that I expected to be included. They may not have all been on my wishlist, but I actually expected a lot of stuff to be on the set that was (in addiiton to some that wasn't). Stuff like City-Country Song, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Sing After Me, Bert Teaches Pigeon Checkers, and Letter Y Box of Crayons. I'[d also expected Subway to be included long ago, until I read that the copyright date was 1974 and expected it to have originated in the fifth season.

    There are some things that I hadn't noticed before, until I got this set. For example, I hadn't noticed that Super Grover has a strap on his helmet (I rewatched the Telephone Booth sketch on Old School Volume 1 and noticed it there too). I also didn't notice that Biff had eyebrows. And in the Subway song, I noticed that there is an anything mupet sitting on the subway, who doesn't seem to move. Seems kind of creepy. Everyone else moves on the subway, though the cop also sits down. All this time I thought that onyl Bert and the cop stayed on the subway (which I thought seemed a bit awkward... I don't know why, but thought that the cop would arrest Bert or something), but then I noticed this guy sitting in his spot, staying on the subway but being behind Bert. He sort of looks like the Gene Shalit Muppet from The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.
  17. DTWolf

    DTWolf Member

    Pilot thoughts

    I watched the pilot more than a week ago, so I guess I've just been lazy posting my thoughts about it (was my whining about the unskippable ads really more important?). The pilot had lots of problems; I'm really glad they did a test to find out what didn't work so that the real shows came out well.

    Everybody seemed pretty lost about transitioning from one segment to another--over and over a person would just be standing staring at the camera with this heavy pause, like he or she was waiting for a director to say, "Right, the animated clip's over, you're on!" Embarrassing! (But maybe they would've edited that stuff out anyway for a real broadcast.)

    The interactions with the kids were poor. In the first bit (with the cement writing), Gordon does practically all the talking. The two boys give one-word answers and show no initiative whatsoever. (Whether that's because of bad directing, bad writing, or picking camera-shy kids, I couldn't say, but somebody messed up.) In the first segment with Susan and the kids ("If You're Happy and You Know It") some of those kids seem pretty bored and distracted. The friend I watched this with wondered how many takes they had done to make the kids tired of it.

    Watching one segment ("Story About the Letter D") three times in a row is just painful.

    The biggest deal of all: nowhere in the whole episode do Muppets and humans interact. Bert and Ernie exist in some separate, alternate world apart from Gordon, Susan, and Bob. (It's true Bert and Ernie are shown in the middle of the dance segment, but they're still on their own set, not on the street with the humans.) Praise and thanks to whoever insisted that Muppets and humans be brought together--especially human CHILDREN. What would Sesame Street be if they'd kept Muppets and humans separate? Well, it probably wouldn't still be around, for one thing.
  18. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Yeah it's very hard to build up a rapport with kids, it can take time. And also, filming a TV show involves a lot of sitting around and waiting, I'm not surprised if the kids looked bored. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing all this!
  19. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    About the cut Maria and David thing, it's probably that they just wanted to avoid confusion since kids know Maria is married to Luis. Or maybe it was a copyright issue as has been suggested. I honestly don't believe there was any malice intended.

    However, as far as the original relationship, I have to say I have heard in the past that one of the reasons Maria and David's relationship was dropped in the first place was because some viewers objected to it and wanted Maria to be with Luis instead. At least that's what a friend told me she had read a long time ago. It's just one theory and I doubt we'll ever know the truth for sure. But it's not impossible unfortunately.
  20. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    I actually noticed something that I don't think anyone has pointed out yet. "Here is Your Life" and "Super Grover" in the Season 6 cuts have the more modern, updated intros. I wonder why they did that. And I noticed that on the "Subway" song, for some reason, there was like a "cracking" sound every time they sang the word "subway." And this is the first time I've ever seen the steering wheel closing, and I have to say it was pretty good.

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