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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 38

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Exactly! Well we'd have to wait and see, it is only the first episode. I sincerely hope they don't phase them out completely. Like I said, I'll be investing in SS DVDs!
  2. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    I didn't see Cookie Monster at all in this episode.
  3. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    I saw him in a Muppet and Kid moment about the letter "L."
  4. somethingofafan

    somethingofafan Well-Known Member

    He was there; it's just that his appearance was brief.

    And as for the other classic characters...I don't think they would go through the trouble of putting them in a brand-new opening sequence if they weren't planning on using them at some point in the season.

    As for Big Bird's gradual receding, it might be useful to look at history a bit. When the show started, there were three puppeteers, and two of them were busy with other Muppet projects, so their characters appeared primarily in inserts. This left Caroll Spinney with the job of interacting with the humans in most of the street segments. Nowadays, Big Bird and Oscar are part of a large ensemble. I don't think the intention is to phase them out. Elmo just seems to be the star because he has such a long regular segment in addition to the street stories.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    What characters appear in the new opening?
  6. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's was cookie and Lexine for maybe around 91, 92 before she was credited s a cast member for about six years after that. But my mom really liked that new theme song.. Well, she really liked how the slowed down the "how to get to, etc" part anyway, LOL!
  7. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Well, I don't think it's a bad idea to keep bringing this stuff. Besides, some threads get outdated after a while, so it's always good to talk about this stuff. Like what happens when a character or puppateer leaves the show, you said to worry about it when it happens, but I feel like it's something to think about. Especially with Susan, she appeared today, but she's not on the show on a regular basis anymore, so I feel like people have a right to talk about what she's doing now and if she'll still be on the show in later years and stuff like that.

    Yeah, I thought I heard about something with Cookie Monster and Lexine years ago, so I guess that was nothing new there.

    Anyway, now for my opinion on today's show. I liked the street scene, but I didn't care much for the inserts. Too much Elmo and Abby. That one with Elmo and that lady singing to the letter Y was from two or three years ago. They really need some new material. I think I was wrong with what I said before, I think the older format was better because all the classic characters got some airtime. I mean, we had Cookie Monster in the "Letter of the Day" segments, "Journey to Ernie" was good since Big Bird was involved and that was usually followed by an Ernie and Bert sketch. Then there was "Global Grover." He also sometimes did the Spanish Word. Then there was the Count in "Number of the Day" and of course at the end there was "Elmo's World" and "Trash Gordon." Now it seems like they're phasing out of that. I really think they should keep those segments and just make some new ones rather than showing the same ones all the time. Now the street scene was good because they incorporated Cookie Monster and the Count. Again, I feel like they could have done more, for example Chris could have worked with Big Bird on being a birdkateer instructor or maybe a trash collecter for Oscar. Some things to think about. Horatio Elephant? I never even knew he had a name. Also, what I liked is they had renditions of two classic songs, "People in Your Neighborhood" and "Sing After Me." You can't go wrong with those.
  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Based on how it's progressing, I think this season will be sort of a lez affaire attitude. Sort of a watch the show, it's kinda OK, you just shrug it off and claim that you've watched it when talking here on the forums.

    Episode 4136: Chris Gets a Job.
    Word on the Street: Murray Monster asks about "newspaper".
    Street Story.
    *Thumbs up for the new reprise of "People in Your Neighborhood" by Chris.
    Ah, the nuance of someone new meeting my namesake... "Are we expecting rain?"
    Good interactions with Chris and Cookie Monster at a entrepeneurial enterprise that's guaranteed to backfire and go out of business from the first second.
    *Thumbs down on the hip-hoppy dance version of "Be My Echo".
    Nice to hear Alan whistling a classic version of the theme.
    Animation Song: "When You Grow Up".
    Nuance of reading a Newspaper.
    Murray Monster and Pete: Push-Ups.
    Song: "Jump".
    Worms in Space: Worms make a capital Y and a lowercase y.
    CGI: Y-Planet.
    Song: "Don't Know Y" by Nora Jones.
    Live Film: Two kids exploring a school and the playground and other places in town.
    Abby demonstrates "Surprise" with the extent of her teleporting and pumpkin magic.
    Animation Song: "I Wanna Be Me" by Cecille.
    The Count's Counting Organ: 5, with five bats again.
    Animation Song about the Number 5, didn't understand it.
    Kids clapping hands in growing succession up to 5.
    Elmo's World: Mouths, New.
    Elmo asks Mr. Noodle how to whistle.
    Kids show Dorothy how to whistle.
    Baby segment and Elmo tries to whistle without success.
    Counting flies caught by a frog using his tongue.
    What has a mouth, and what are different mouths called?
    Email from Cookie Monster.
    Live Film: Riley goes off to do breathing exercises at singing school.
    TV: The Mouth Channel: The Boy who Loved his Mouth.
    Elmo tries to whistle while sleeping.
    Guest: Mr. Fred Newman.
    Mouth Song.
    Trash Gordon: Planet Fairytale surrounded by lost sheep repeat.

    You know... I wonder if Snowths will have a comment or two in his review comparing Elmo to that classic episode of Whose Line where Collinn tries to whistle and won't stop doing it all show long.
    Also, was very surprised to see Fred Newman as Elmo's guest. This marks the second time he's worked with the Muppets, the first being the TV special known as Puppetman.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Dagnabbit you guys! I was trying to get the first one in!

    Anyway, I may comment on the new stuff, since there was so much old stuff, I thought I was watching a rerun. Even reused another Pipe organ bit.

    The main segment introduced an new human today, Chris. And not in the whole "let's do a tour of Sesame Street" way they usually go for.

    I must admit... Chris seems like the reincarnation of David. he looks and sounds very similar to him. Almost eerily similar.

    I really think he;s gonna be a great human cast member.

    Susan makes a come back, finally.,... though it may just be her one episode a season.

    Great bits with the Count and Cookie, and sort of memorable stuff with the Elephant.... I like Joey mazzarino and all, but I am sick of his whiny Elephant voice.

    Matt Laur was not as funny as Brian Williams's shtick yesterday. Is NBC doing something with SS? Between those skits and the upcoming MSNBC thing, it makes you wonder.... I guess we all know what channel the special is going to be on.

    Boring interminable bit about paper....

    long line of rerun stuff....

    Stupid collage animation about a girl's neighborhood (didn't know if it was new or not)

    Cute bit with Abby and Elmo.... noticed someone actually put a letter into the pumpkin

    And blah blah blah... nothing until Elmo's World.

    Now this was a good one. Not only was there a sneaky Taxi Driver reference in there, but Special guest star the master of oral onomatopoeia, Fred Newman. Not only was this the most interresting bit of the show, but I really liked seeing a special guest in Elmo's World instead of talking to a Muppet version of what they're talking about.

    Too bad Fred wasn't on Sesame Street with his Doug Co-star Fran Brill. I love Fred Newman's work on both Doug Series, as he played the 2 best characters Skeeter and Mr. Dink. He also did the music too....

    However, once again, less and less muppet stuff... no Ernie and Bert... and only ONE letter of the day, so there was no excuse to not show any extra muppet bits.

    Is the random celebrity singing a self serving, horrid send up of their own song going to be a regular segment now? Cuz really, I don't want that at all. The Nora Jones "I don't know why" has been on 3 seasons now. I'd love to see something new.\

    Indeed, half the show was old stuff from the 90's, and not even good stuff
  10. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Hmmm,looks like they changed the intro theme again.:concern:
  11. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    This was a good episode, despite the reruns. But it looks like for after "Elmo's World," they're going to alternate between Trash Gordon and different bedtime stories for Slimey (and now Sloppy.) And there was STILL no Big Bird here! I mean, Caroll Spinney can still perform Oscar, so why not Big Bird? Then again, it's too early in the season. And it was nice to see Susan in this one, and I loved the "rain" joke about the Count's thunder and lightning (I thought they retired it!), and at least the elephant's voice wasn't as annoying as it usually is (he didn't even break any windows with the voice!). I have the feeling we'll be seeing Telly and Baby Bear catch on to the season soon.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I liked Chris, he seems like a nice addition to the cast, plus he DOES seem like a young version of David, that's what makes him seem so cool; plus he just looks like he's having a great time being on the show, doesn't it? I hope he'll stick around for a while, and not just a one-season wonder like that Emily girl from Season 33.
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Uh... What "Emily" character from Season 33 would that be Snowthmeister?
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    And even if Spinney couldn't perform Big Bird, there's always Matt Vogel.
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Don't you remember? She was almost like a replacement for Tarah as "the neighborhood wheel-chaired girl"? I think Fran Brill played her mom when they moved to the street, and when she did, Big Bird took her on a tour of the street, and introduced her to other residents. She was only featured in a few episodes that season, another moment I can remember was the "late episode" for that season where Big Bird finds a turtle he makes his new pet, but when the turtle turns up missing, he, Rosita, and Emily search the entire street for him.
  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Nope. Season 33's part of my Sesame Street/Muppets blackout phase, from when I was in my undergrad college years and started following other fandoms, divorcing myself from that spark of Muppetness that was only rekindled when the figures were released and I found this place in Summer 2002 and started working on the earlier versions of the Muppet Listings.
    *Reminisces fondly.

    Actually, I've only seen the episode where Big Bird finds and takes Seymour the Turtle as his pet on Noggin back in the day, but I don't remember any wheelchaird girl other than Tarah.
    Will have to check the Muppet Wiki for further information. Thanks though.
  17. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I personally enjoy the new opening, not so much the music as the visuals, I think they're really, really neato.

    Anyway, I also like Chris, he seems great, and I agree with Snowthy, looks like he's having a lot of fun, which is great. Loved seeing the Count and Cookie in the street scene today, thought the Abby and Elmo bit was cute, but it seemed terribly out of place for... well, anything. Did it honestly teach anything? Or just give Abby and Elmo screen time?

    I really liked Abby's song from yesterday's episode, thought it was great, she's got a great voice to her.

    Hoping for a lot more goodness from this season, and some Ernie and Bert stuff.

    And where has Big Bird gone? :smirk:
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hmm, then this one must have been a remake of an episode then, like the way they remake those Mrs. Chicken thinks Rocco is an egg and wants to hatch it episodes. Say, I think Emily was in that episode from the 33rd season as well with Gabi and Rosita.
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I think that's just it, basically. You know how they are with the "stars" of the show; remember back in Season 33 where they had little insert where Elmo was excited about his celebrity friend visiting (whose name escapes me at the moment), he falls down and hurts himself, so she kiss his boo-boo, then suddenly he's worm more kisses from her. Where's the educational value in that?
  20. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    It teaches kids how to woo women and steal kisses from them. :p

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