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Your Thoughts: The Street We Live On

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Apr 4, 2004.


What did you think of "The Street We Live On" special?

Poll closed Jul 3, 2004.
  1. I thought it was good

    38 vote(s)
  2. I was very disappointed

    52 vote(s)

  1. reevefan

    reevefan Member

    I gave up on the current SS a long time ago..

    After Sony wonder butchered the Christmas LP from 1975 and dubbed in Muppet voices, I stopped watching Sesame Street entirely. I even sold off most of my Elmo toys and put all my other SS stuff in perminent storage. I did catch the end sequence one day and noticed that Jim's name was removed from the credits! :eek:

    After that, I thought NO MORE!

    I did get a response that "you have to stay current" and all that BS. Leave the original recordings alone... make your own albums and don't butcher the originals...

    I even sold off my Bob McGrath stuff when his wife wrote and told me that she did all the letter writing for him.

    Sesame Street died when Jim died....
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  2. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    That was good. I liked the part with Oscar, but maybe you could have put in an explanation of why Gordon changed. After all, he was played by a different actor in the first season. Other than that, I enjoyed reading it.
  3. maxdrive

    maxdrive Well-Known Member

    i saw it not to long on seseme street i hated the fact it was almsont competely a logn elmos world and they only barily touched on the past i did liek seeing the song of 10 bit though i forgot about that but it allc ame back to me witht he 10 chocolate layer cakes lol too funny but i wish they would touched more on mr hooper and each of the caracters more made it longer then they did
  4. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    The perfect explanation for why Gordon changed would be that he was hanging around the Amazing Mumford who kept doing his magic on him.
  5. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    How much does it cost to produce an episode of Sesame Street?
  6. Dantecat

    Dantecat Well-Known Member

    Now that's a really good question! Does Ssetta know? :concern: :p :smirk:
  7. DTF

    DTF Well-Known Member

    That would have been perfect for inclusion, yes. And have them go to Mr. Hooper's several times. I wonder if they could have gotten some of the characters to interact with them? I always loved the "banana in my ear" sketch, & Ernie could have given them the banana after they showed that sketch for the B&E fans.
  8. SesameStreetGuy

    SesameStreetGuy Well-Known Member

    I didn't really like this special much, of coarse by the looks of it, I knew I wouldn't be expecting much. :(
  9. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I think they had to do this because since they were shooting in bluescreen, The Count's cape had to be changed in order to be visible in the bluescreen.

    I know that The Count's cape was also purple in episode 4109 (Abby Cadabby's Debut ep.), Elmo's World: Friends, the playlist intros at the Sesamstreet.org website, and in the promo photo for "Five By", a parody of Train's "Drive By" starring Train themselves, along with Elmo and The Count.
  10. DePingPong

    DePingPong Well-Known Member

    I remember watching this the day it aired, I was around 7 or 8, I know, I'm young. But, I'm not young enough to not remember any old SST. (Currently 17, 18 in March)

    I grew up with 1997-2007 SST, I'd occasionally watch it here and there after '07 also grew up with 123 Sesame Street on Noggin (1993-1994 episodes), I had tons of the Sesame Songs and My Sesame Street Home Video VHS tapes, so I was exposed to plenty of Classic SST.

    I watched the 25th anniversary numerous times, I've seen the 20th a few times. I loved Elmopalooza to death cause I grew up with Elmo, so ultimately he was my favorite character. What was great about Elmopalooza was that it wasn't so much Elmo. He was here and there. There was plenty of other characters which made it enjoyable, the colorful cast of muppets is what I really love about SST, which was current SST seems to lack, it's Elmo and Abby centered, I can't stand Abby honestly, which is one of the reasons why I won't watch current SST, but I digress.

    Back to the 35th special, I never liked Elmo's World, no matter how big of an Elmo fan I was. EW drags on, I got un-involved. I really appreciated the classic clips and the timeline, cause I never knew the Sesame of 1969-1992, so that got me really interested. I knew it was a special, so I knew the EW format wasn't right. I can't remember much of what I saw, but I do remember that I didn't enjoy it. Maybe I expected something like the 25th, but who knows, I can't remember.

    People say SST is aimed at 3-5 yrs, and maybe a 7 year old could've enjoyed it, in my case at least. Classic SST is also aimed for most of you, the people who grew up with it. But personally, Classic > Modern. I'm happy to have access to the Old School sets, classic clips online, the 40 Years DVD set, the Spoofs set, the episodes on iTunes, the re-releases of classic SST VHS tapes onto DVD. Classic SST really catches my attention, has many of my favorites, Herry, Sherlock, Honkers, Dingers, Snuffy, Mumford, YipYips, Kermit, AM Monsters/minor monster characters. All of these characters of many colors, voices, personality and whatnot all blended together just makes for an awesome experience, as of now, Elmo and Abby make for a mediocre experience.

    Even though I grew up with "dumbed down" SST, I'm in love the classics, absolutely in love, haha.

    I got TOTALLY sidetracked, but eh, I don't remember much of the 35th special. I was upset that they didn't go into more detail about Mr. Hooper cause I really wanted to know who he was at the time. Maybe I'll give it another watch to form a better opinion, maybe I'll watch it now...
  11. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I don't remember 10 Flowers or 10 Turtles being shown in the original "uncut" version - I may need to look again.

    And yes, I'm among those who taped it when it aired.
  13. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I remember it too, and I was five. Plenty of people remember it. I don't think this should be on the wiki. I mean sure the DVD altered a few minor things, but all of those things can easily be found elsewhere.
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  14. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Well I think it should be mentioned on the wiki cause there have been other DVDs or VHS tapes that were edited when they were released. Look at The Sesame Street Special (Put Down The Duckie) there's a scene with Oscar and Kermit that isn't in the VHS or DVD version. To me it wouldn't have been out of place if it had been in the VHS release. But that's me. I to have the 35th Special recorded and I remember both 10 Flowers and 10 Turtles being in there.
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  15. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    Doing some more research...

  16. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, that whole 'Sesame Street before Elmo was born' thing has bothered SST fans for a very long time.
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  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I give this special credit for trying, and in the end it's actually the last anniversary special (unless you count "What's the Name of that Song" which was released concurrently). I'm very disappointed the 40th special was a prime time showing of the first episode of that season (which never happened at least in my area) and season 45 had absolutely nothing.

    Giving it some time perspective, the special was brilliant at least in encapsulating the history of Sesame Street as it related to its then current, more Elmo-centric incarnation. Presenting it as an Elmo's World was genius, no matter what the old schoolers say.

    That said, was it the special to end the series of anniversary specials on?

    That's the fault of the last 2 anniversary years not gaining specials, not that special's fault for existing. While "What's the Name of that Song" is a far superior special, presented as something that's a regular Sesame Street episode was basically the best they were going to get as a televised special. I kinda want to blame PBS for this sort of thing (I don't want to go on the "PBS pledge month is all self help infomercials and bad retro music programs" rant again).
  18. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Exactly! Reading this thread I was very surprised to see how many people disliked it because it was so Elmo centric. But that was the era the show was in at that time, and really it's arguably the best Elmo's World thing the show ever did. That's what SST's anniversary specials do, they look back at the show's history from the point of view of whatever era they were in. They all show how far the show has come and where they are right now. All of the anniversary specials have been a clear product of their time. 'A Walking Tour on Sesame Street' felt very much like an episode of the show from 1979. '20 Years and Still Counting' was basically a bunch of different street stories from the late 80s put into one episode. etc etc.
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That never happened in my area either, I didn't even know that happened at all!

    I'll give Season 40 this: there was hype surrounding the anniversary: the talk show appearances, the special retrospective showcases on the news show circuits, reality show episode dedications, and certainly the whole internet was buzzing about it - I still recall way back then saying that if Season 40 got that much hype, imagine what will happen in 2019 for Season 50? 45 on the other hand . . . did that get any recognition at all?
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I usually go on rants about how Sesame Street fans always feel so butthurt that the show isn't exactly the same as it was when they were a kid, grew out of it, hated on it because they were "cool," and then somehow jumped back into for nostalgia sake. They'll always whine that some specific sketch isn't on the show anymore even though there are least 4 or 5 uploads on Youtube that can easily be searched at convenience. Because somehow it's more special to sift through an entire episode for one skit in between some film about kids and an Elmo song.

    HOWEVER... this was 10 years ago. While there were clips online, they had to be extensively searched out from fan site to fan site and were of the download instead of streaming type. Need I mention the trainwreck of RealPlayer? This was a time where fans would blow 10+ bucks on a 30 minute VHS because it had one or two rare sketches on it. I certainly did, and lucked out that most of the rest of the video was some prime Oscar and Telly stuff. Heck... tape trading. That's barely a thing now unless someone wants full, rare old episodes that haven't resurfaced on Youtube. So, yeah... I can see why a good chunk of the audience for this special was a little ticked off when they heard about it and tuned in. They did get the Baker 10 film and a couple others, but most of it was just very much more of Elmo looking back at a couple things with a nugget of Mythology gag or reference here and there. The Old School DVD sets were years away, Youtube wasn't a thing until then either. There wasn't the rumblings of Sesame Street creating its own streaming site for a while either.

    So basically those who stopped watching the show who tuned in nostalgically...I hate to admit they had a point about being ticked off with this special, but that is the case. Still, it's a point I don't agree with.

    I never saw why 35 was a thing and 45 was... so blaze. Not so much as a line of retro products or a book or something. While I still think it sucks we didn't get a proper 40th special, at least things surrounded it like you said. Were they no longer going by 5's? Were they waiting for the big 50?

    Oh...and one more thing...

    Whatever you do, never go to that lost media wiki. It's been abandoned and completely taken over by Scratch Wiki wannabes that make their terrible fan fiction outlines and obsession over placing two closing show logos together come true. The preferred site is actually http://lostmediawiki.com
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