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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 40

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. muppetfan89

    muppetfan89 Well-Known Member

    I thought it had it's good points and bad points.

    I liked the street scene, it was a great reference to Follow that Bird. Also, Big Bird getting the name wrong was a great reference to Mr. Hooper. Great song at the end of it too.

    I was also very happy to see Kermit. I was very surprised by that.

    I didn't care for the Abby segment. I thought it was too long and just didn't fit with the show.

    I also didn't care for Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures. I never cared for it actually. I love stop motion, but I would rather see the puppets. also, I feel that Bert and Ernie get a along too well and don't argue, which is what made them great to watch.

    I also don't like how the street scene is reduced down to 15 minutes, instead of extending to the full hour between segments. I just felt like it was the Abby and Elmo show. Not enough of the characters.

    I also didn't like how Murray introduces segments. It just doesn't come off as being seamless with everything else.

    There also wasn't enough of letter and number segments. There was only one of each.

    Sorry for nit-picking, but overall, I liked it.
  2. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to check it out when I get home from college today to see it! I recorded it. THEN I'll give my review
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I didn't care for Murray's segments either, but I can't complain, as I know they're trying to give Joey a regular characters as well... not to mention, he's the new head writer as well, so he's probably going to try to write a lot for Murray.

    BTW, did anyone besides me notice that Bert's line in the "Great Adventures" theme had been changed from "This is kinda kinky" to "This is kinda catchy"? I know some people have complained about that, but this just proves how many perverts/sick-minded people there are out there as THERE'S MORE THAN ONE MEANING TO THE WORD "KINKY".
  4. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Snowthy's review won't be up until Saturday, but here's a link to The Muppet Mindset for you! Check us out! http://themuppetmindset.blogspot.com
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    That's perfectly okay Muppetfan89. Sounds like as if SST's reverted to the bad block lineup format from Season 33. It would be better if the US version took a cue from some of the international airings... Take these extra segments like Abby's Flying School, Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures, Murray Has a Little Lamb, etc. with a connecting framing sequence out of the main hour-long episode, spinning them off into a separate half-hour block of mini-programs.

    Becky, check the Muppet Mindset thread in the On the Web section. Prawny posts links there to each day's article.

    Hope this helps. :grouchy:
  6. fleecenotfelt

    fleecenotfelt Active Member

    i <3 lin-manuel miranda! he's super cute!

    besides the homage to hooper, did you notice that all the stickers on big bird's suitcase reference different places he's been in past episodes? like puerto rico and hawaii etc...

    i heard that they're putting little classic references/throwbacks in every show this season! so, so far that's 2 in this first premiere.

    happy birthday sesame street!
  7. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    thanks, I'll be sure to do that :)
  8. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    gracias loco ;)
  9. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    You know A part of me thought that if the company was playing their cards right, then maybe the first episode in the 40th season would just be an average SS show.

    I mean I loved the main story, but I was hoping for more shorts since it's the 40th season and the first episode and a reminder of WHY we all fell in love with the cast and crew in the first place.

    I mean in one way one of hte shorts would be a new Erine and Bert one in their Muppet form where Erine turns the bathroom into a pond for his Rubber Duck and his ducky friends.

    A version of one of these things is not like the other where we find out which animal belongs in which habait.

    Also a :grouchy: moment where we see Slimey habait in the mud.

    And :insatiable: moment where we see him in an abandon Cookie factory full of COOKIES.

    I mean they could have saved the new stuff for tommorow and just focus on what made this show so great in the first place.

    Isn't that what anyone else like to see in the show 40th year?
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Cough cough... he says "This is kinda kicky." an old catchphrase of Bert's. It sounds pretty distorted, since he says it much quieter than the music. Sounds an awful lot like the multiple Elmo toys gone wrong reports to me.

    Anyway, Kermit and all, anyone else love the Camp Wannagohoma bit in Elmo's World?


    It was like that for some time. They tried to revert it back to that way in season 38, but got bad reaction from it. Seems this story would have worked better if they split it up with stuff in between.

    I have to say, I'm kinda half way with the animated segments with puppet characters. They seem like their own shows because they ARE their own shows internationally (Or, at least Ernie and Bert is... I could see Abby becoming its own show internationally). I think both are great (much more entertaining than EW and stuff like JTE and Monster Clubhouse), but I would much rather see the actual muppet counterparts. But I'd rather see animated versions than long, long films about "kids like you" which seemed to dominate the last 2 seasons.

    I also love how Murray introduces the letter and number of the day, but again, he seems like a saturday morning kid's show host... I don't like the part where he says that "Abby's Flying School is coming up next." I still love the concept of him going out into the real world, though.
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Apparantly my local PBS station moved Sesame Street to an hour earlier than it was since the last time I watched a new episode (which I think was the firs tmonth of season 39), so I missed the season premiere. Drats!
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It's a shame that they did HAVE to use the new Zoe puppet... it really is rather hedious. :smirk:
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's the problem... it ISN'T an anniversary special, and it wasn't really intended as one. Other than the obvious bit about the number 40, nothing really seemed to say "anniversary special" We didn't even have Oscar say anything. And there were like, 5 other regular muppet characters in the background (not counting the animals that popped up during the musical sales pitches for a new habitat). Again, I blame the low budget of the show, and PBS's refusal to make specials that aren't about Wayne Dyer or 1950's music to get pledge money.

    Of course, if you were to take the same opening street story, throw in a bunch of old montages and classic skits, it would have worked as one.

    Ugh... homunculus Zoe. I am not liking that puppet one bit. Seems like it's another budget thing...they rebuilt it for one appearance, and now they have to use it over and over to get their money's worth.
  14. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    This bit about 40 you all are talking about...it wasn't 40 Dots, was it? or 40 blocks from my home or another classic 40 sketch?
  15. MuppetManAZ

    MuppetManAZ Member

    I seem to remember 40 candles and 40 nurses.
  16. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    ah, so no classic 40-related stuff...oh well, at least Kermit and Barkley made appearances on the show.
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I mean Ken Burns is actually no longer making documentaries because he can't get the proper funding and finances he needs to produce them, and he's been doing these for years!
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    By "the Bit" I mean the fact it was the number of the day, and they had a birthday cake with 40 candles on it... only thing that was an indication that it was their 40th year.

    And that's a bad thing? :D I could fill this up with a rant on PBS's current business model (I.e. every other week being pledge time, polluting said pledge time with self help gurus and nostalgic musical programming to get money from non-PBS viewers who don't care) but that's neither the time nor the place. Had PBS cared enough about a show that put their children's line up on the map, they would have at least designated some funds for an inexpensive retrospective... and in turn used that as a pledge drive special, like they used to.
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I think that one thing that was a problem for me is that they did not have a lot of classic SS Muppets. I mean it was nice to see Big bird, and Barkly, and was awesome to see Kermit, but there are a lot more "missing Muppets".
    I know that they study the reaction to children and how they respond to the show. I can't beleive that kids would respond well to this type of format. It really jumps around from different "worlds" and was almost even confusing to me let alone a preschooler.
    After reading the book Street Gang I can understand why they created parts like Zoey, and Abby. However you can't have two main Muppets fighting for popularity. They need to work together. I'll explain what I mean in a few posts, I have to go get my kids.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm also glad they switched back to full screen presentation.

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