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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 39

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Member

    hey, that kind of talk is not appropriate for a children's program bbs :-P (lol jk)
  2. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Here are my thought's of today's episode:

    The Goods:
    -The street was hilarious! NPH was excellt as the shoe fairy! His song was nice, his annoyance with Telly and parts after he gives Telly shoes where he sets them up for a congrat, but gets nothing, and is upset when they're delayed
    -The new Word of the Day with Grover was just what the doctor ordered. Much better than the ones last year
    -I like having the Letter/Numbe rof the day connect somehow to the stroy line
    -Seymour the Snail and "Exploring in Your Closet" were nice to see agian.
    -That Twiddlebug skit from last year is still funny
    -There was a lot more in today's show than yesterday's
    -Joe Raposo's "Bein a Pig", not the original, but a 2002 remake. It was nice that they kep in Joe's voice track
    -Dispite it being obvious which segments are new and old, I like seeing more segments from the early 90's, looks like they're not so much worried about the widescreen/full screen difference.

    The Bads:
    -Murray and his Lamb is still too long, though I liked the button on the tree that had a cow land on Murray
    -That nightclub shoe thing was weird

    Very nice episode, not much to complain about.
  4. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Member

    yep...I was like "YES a classic segment"
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The unknown segment you're referring to is actually a stop motion cut out piece about clothes sepperating into piles based on different categories (the shoes go into one pile, then they go into the pile of matching colors... etc). I believe I saw it a year or so back.


    Anyway, Great episode

    The Good-
    Neil Patrick Harris (and yes, I know he was Doogie as well) was electric. He really seemed in the zone, and he didn't kiddy up his performance. I wouldn't be surprised if most of his dialogue was ad-libbed. Great opening segment between Abby, Chris, Neil, and Telly. And I loved the message that not everybody needs to do everything the same, and it's okay to have different ways of doing stuff.

    I really liked that "Mr. Feet" poem. The style of it really had a neo-beatnik style that really seemed funky, especially on a kid's show.

    The Word of the Day segments featuring Muppet assistants? This is what I was talking about last year. And with Grover too...

    More time for clasic segments, as well as some new ones... and the new ones are actually good. I loved the thing about the Snail. Who animated that? I( wanna say Mo Willems, but I doubt that.

    The Bad- I can't really see anything terrible.

    The aforementioned categorization cartoon was pretty lame... I never liked that studio's stuff.

    Other- I love the Murray segment, but I think I see the problem with it. The guessing game at the beginning is unneccissary and it makes the segment longer than it needs to be. I did love the cow falling on Murray, though. A possible Monty Python (or less possibly and Earthworm Jim) reference.

    And I like the idea of having the human cast members intro the numbers and letters of the day, but they really need muppet assistants here.
  6. Oswald Monster

    Oswald Monster New Member

    Episode- Telly's New Shoes

    The humans are back! After seeing only Gordon, Chris and Leela yesterday I was afraid some of the older human characters were leaving. But we got to see them all (i think) once more in the number about shoes in the street scene. Today's episode was better, in my opinion. Today we saw Abby and the Count for the first time, and I believe Grover too, unless he was on yesterday and I dont remember. Still no Big Bird, Cookie Monster, or Oscar which is a little sad, because whats Sesame without those guys? Hopefully they'll appear in the episodes to come. BTW, I know we've only had two episodes so far, but it seems Telly has gotten a lot of time, seeing as both street scenes have been about him. I love Telly, but I'm itchin' to see some other characters on the street!

    My favorite part of the episode:
    I don't know why, but at the very beginning theres a muppet deciding if he wants the soup or the salad. I thought it was funny! Very sesame-like way to start an episode.
  7. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    My season 39 review (so far)

    Boy, It was great seeing Sesame Street in a WHOLE new way. The Letter of the day segments are very cool, and so are the number segments (I just can't wait to see the spinoff of "are you smarter than a 5th grader!) the "Murry had a little lamb" segments are awesome (I loved the first one! HILARIOUS!) I can't wait to see "30 rock"! All in all, it's great! This season is going to be a hilarious one, I can already tell (but that's just my opinion, and my 2 cents!)
  8. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Hi. I thought I'd comment on today's ep. (I didn't see yesterday's.) I guess it was a fair ep overall. It's interesting to see Gabi doing the letter & number of the day, but it might be a good idea to see her paired up with a Muppet. For example, maybe she could take Prarie's place and try to stop Cookie Monster from eating the letter of the day. Just something I was thinking about. I also had this thought because it was interesting to see Grover with those ballet dancers when they demonstrated 'piroutte' or whatever that word was. Kind of a big word for young kids who watch "Sesame Street" though. Besides, if the ep was about ballet, where was Zoe? That's sort of her trademark. I realize that she had a voice-over in that segment about ballet dancers, but it still would have been nice if she appeared somewhere. I was hoping she'd show up when Telly was wearing those dance shoes. About the "Murray Had a Little Lamb" segment, I think it was okay would have been better if it didn't drag on for so long. I think once they found the farm school. They should have skipped Murray talking to kids and skipped to the animated segment. (I sort of wish they would have used the original version of 'Bein' a Pig' there. I really liked that one.) I liked the bit with the Count and Samara though. I was wondering if she was still going to show up. I thought the CGI Twiddlebugs scene was good. Though it has crossed my mind that maybe they were using one of Bert's paper clips. After all, they do live outside Bert and Ernie's window so that's something to think about. :confused:
  9. Muppet dude

    Muppet dude Active Member

    I just realized something. Today's intro shot for "The Word on the Street" (different from yesterday's intro) showed what might possibly be the first appearance of a modern crosswalk signal without words (the orange hand and white body) on Sesame Street! Hopefully they'll talk about this soon, since they have a lot of outdated skits talking about the signs WITH the words.

    With that out of the way, I can review more of the episode...

    Looks like Abby Cadabby finally appeared on the show! I guess in terms of popularity she's mainly not as popular as Elmo but as popular as Grover, Cookie Monster and Big Bird. Also, it seems Telly is going to be heavily featured in this season, as if he were Elmo! And I'm glad they are toning down on adding all those cartoony sound effects in the street scenes (mainly the old Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera sound FX). I'm also glad to see Gina and Luis still around. However, it seems these days, Maria is featured more than Luis is. I also admit the Shoe Fairy having some sort of grudge against the Tooth Fairy was funny.

    Good to see Grover back in action, too. And I believe that animated segment with Seymour the Snail was done by Mo Willems, since the animation looked similar to "The Off-Beats" and "Sheep in the Big City" (Mo Willems is one of my favorite cartoonists!)

    I LOVED that animal department store segment about the elevator as a kid! Good to see this skit still being used, since I love seeing the skits I saw as a kid on current SS.

    Also, our old friend Count vol Count is back too. And it sounded like Jerry Nelson reprised the role! I believe this is the second Muppet and Kid moment to feature the Count (the first one they did was way back in 1972!)

    I'm still wondering who voiced the CGI Twiddlebugs. The voices sound VERY familiar, probably done by Muppeteers. I heard one source say Jerry Nelson voiced Thomas Twiddlebug. I think I could recognize Joey Mazzarino as Tommy Twiddlebug.

    I also forgot to say that I LOVE the retro animation style for the cartoons Elmo watches in "Elmo's World." Reminds me of UPA or Hanna-Barbera.

    It seemed outside of "Elmo's World," Elmo wasn't featured anywhere else in this episode! That is how I llike to see it.

    Not a bad episode, but not as good as the season premiere.
  10. zns

    zns Active Member

    I really think that this is going to be a great year for Sesame Street. And I have no doubt that the classic characters will still be used more and more. In fact. on earlier this year on April 10th, I went to see a few inserts being taped at the studio and one of them was with :wisdom: and :batty:. In that sequence, Big Bird is in his nest and walks over to his mailbox to find out what the letter of the day is which then floats onto the top right corner of the screen when he announces what it is. Then the Count (still voiced by Jerry Nelson) comes over and pulls out a little ball from the mailbox which reveals the number of the day andhe replies "Ah, ah ,ah, I love to get mail." So we should be seeing stuff like that at some point.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Ah the "fill in the Blank" channel... I think that is the best part of EW, myself. Not just the animation, but Andrea Martin's hillarious voice over work.

    So, no new Elmo Material today... I almost find it odd. Yesterday, we had a new EW, and Elmo was with Jack Black. I wanna say he was in the Feist number, albiet silently, but to tell the truth, I wasn't paying much attention to that skit. I'm sure he'll get a few street segments this year (someone posted a list of all the episodes). I'm glad that he's been toned down considerably.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Alright, I just finished watching today's new episode on DVR, so here are my thoughts, since I can't do my reviews anymore since everyone else beats me to them now, and more reviews would be simply white noise.

    First and foremost, I SWEAR, I will NOT complain about how distracting those froggin' black bars are! Crap I just did. Well... I hate to admit this, but I actually can't tell a difference in the new HD film format and the old video tape quality... it still looks the same to me, just 25% of the picture missing now.

    Well, anyshoe... ha! Chris is so cool! I liked how Abby was so fascinated by shoes; I guess when you're not human, things we take for granted intrigue those who are otherworldly. Neil Patrick was great as the Shoe Fairy, loved his little rant about the Tooth Fairy ("What's so special about that guy? He just comes in and takes kids' teeth! In the MIDDLE of the NIGHT! That's just WEIRD!") Awkward seeing 123 now having a back door... now THAT'S just weird! But I must admit, the shoe-stopping number (ahaha, get it?) was really toe-tapping; I also loved how he kept losing it like a prima-donna whenever Telly wasn't completely satisfied with his new shoes (or when Chris was too late with giving him his props, lol).

    Next of all... am I imagining things, or did they built yet another new Grover puppet? His skull looked a little too small compared to his jaw today... or maybe I was just imagining things, I don't know.

    Next, "Murray Had a Little Lamb"... you know what? I hate to admit it, but I quickly lost interest in this segment, I really did. I mean, sure, it had the "eye candy" appeal to it, but other than that, it just didn't do nothing for me. Oh, and not to be a nitpicker, but I was always taught that chicken in Spanish was "Pollo"... when did THAT change?

    Well, that's all I really have to say really. Loved the street scene today, it kind of reminded me of when Richard Kind was Snuffy's Fairy Balloon Person several years ago!
  13. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Ah, allow me to explain! "Pollo" in Spanish, refers to chicken that has been cooked and ready to be devoured. "Gallina" refers to a still-live chicken.

    I think. :p

    But I enjoyed today's episode! Telly is just wonderful, Chris is super cool, and Abby really made me smile. Good to see Maria and Luis, and Grover's Word of the Day segment was awesome!

    Neil Patrick Harris really stole the show for me, though. He was just great!
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Then, wouldn't the Spanish dubbed version of Cow and Chicken be "La Vaca y La Gallina", and not La Vaca y El Pollo?

    Not to mention the chicks episode of I Love Lucy, where the baby chicks end up loose in the house, and when everyone's trying to round them up, Desi starts calling out "POLLOS! POLLOS! POLLOS!"

    Where's Count when you need him?
  15. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    lol. Abby sounded sooo cute when she was talking about her new shoes.

    "Look Telly, shoooes.":D

    And as for:super:, he does look new. It sort of reminds me of the old Grover puppet. The shaggy fur and all. I kinda perfer the newer one though. Ya know...the one everyone says looks like a doll?
  16. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    I guess so.
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    *Ahem. First of all, let's leave this dirty talk of feet, it's not for MC and I don't want to have to go back and mess with more posts than I have to.

    Posted by S*N*O*W*T*H: Where's Count when you need him?
    *Apparates. Sorry, Been pursuing one of the points on my self-agenda, rereading the Potter franchise.
    Now then...

    1 To be correct, "gallina" rully means hen, a female chicken.
    2 Prawny's explanation is correct.
    3 However, to expand on that a little...
    a. "Pollo" is applied to chicken in general usage.
    b. "Pollo" is also the term used when translating "chicken", when by "chicken" or "chick" you refer to a baby chicken, regardless of whether it is a male or female chick.
    4 So Cow and Chicken would correctly translate into "La Vaca y El Pollo". After all, Chicken in that series was a male chick right? And in the I Love Lucy example, the same concept applies, except that it's been pluralized because there it was refering to a multiplicity of baby chicks as I understand from Snowth's questions.

    Hope this helps.
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ever seen his "Sometimes You Find the Darndest Things on YouTube" thread? Practically every other video is some girl tied up while some guy tickles her feet.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That confused me too. I had a feeling that Pollo meant just the meat of the chicken as well. As in Arroz con Pollo... and then I figured it was a dialect thing, as many different Spanish dialects have different words the others don't use. Another thing that confused me was the word for pig. SOmehow, I thought it was "puerko" or something to that extent. But then again, I used to know spanish before my brain oozed out of my head
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ah Count, thanks for clearing things up fer me!


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