"Classic Sesame Street Boxset" Out in October

Ethan Riley

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For me, the most classic era was around 1970, when I was in kindergarten and the show caught on in a big big way!!! That's when all the "classic" songs were on the show, like Rubber Ducky, Not Easy Being Green, etc. I have the foggiest memory of those songs being on a primetime SS special. I think I recall seeing "I Love Trash" as well on that special, or maybe I'm just trippin'. Was it maybe the Julie Andrews special? Or Sandy Duncan, or??? Hard to recall THAT far back...lol! I had the original SS cast album, and all those songs are on there, and a lot of other memorable ones. I honestly recall seeing most of those same songs on the show, however, and since we didn't have cable quite yet, it must have been a primetime special. Anyone have a better memory than me/??
 

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I have a feeling that this will end up looking a lot like the Electric Company set, with several entire episodes from different seasons being mixed together. That's fine, as long as they do a good job of picking episodes that don't overlap segments and that showcase many of the segments that we remember fondly.

I will probably pick this up, but I would be most enthusiastic about a set that just contained the live-action and animated short films presented in the shows. The short little "documentaries" with children visiting a factory or taking the camera on a little tour of their neighborhood used to fascinate me, and I suspect that they still hold a certain charm. David Gordon Green has talked about how the style of these docs (especially the narration) influenced his filmmaking - something that is readily apparent in the wonderful George Washington.
 

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My name is Roosevelt Franklin (yeah, yeah, yeah!)

A must is the watershed episode discussing the loss of Mr. Hooper (Will Lee).
 

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Hey, no Elmo on the front cover! The original characters actually get first billing? Absolutley amazing
. I'm gettin' it.
 

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This may sound terrible, but I will get these in hopes of getting my kids to watch, so that we can go through the Mr. Hooper passes away episode later.

I know that sounds bad, but there is very little childrens programming out there that deals with loss and death, etc. and the Mr. Hooper episode was handled so well that while I cried, I understood the basic point.

There are very few moments in television of any sort that were as powerful as that episode. Period.
 

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This is great! One of my fave Sesame Street memories is seeing Burt Lancaster recite the alphabet! A clip was featured on an A&E Biography segment on him, and I remember screaming in joy seeing it after several decades. It'll be great to see Will Lee as Mr. Hooper, Matt Robinson as the original Gordon, and those early musical countdown numbers (remember the chef with all those pastries falling down the stairs?). And let's not forget Grace Slick's version of 'vocalese' as she did her countdowns!
 

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They replaced Gordon? I thought all the humans on the show still where original cast members. Although the only original voices left are Big Bird and Kevin Clashes Elmo. Granted, I havn't watched it in about 15 years, however
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Is there any good book that details the history of Seasame Street with pictures? There was a Jim Henson Book with Kermit one the cover that I read, but none that either focus soley on SS or Fraggle Rock that I know of.
 

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There is a book titled "Sesame Street Unpaved" by David Borgenicht that came out in 1998 that is EXACTLY what you are looking for. It has tons of pictures and anecdotes and little known trivia.

I think this DVD release sounds so cool! I'm especially excited to see the very first episode, something I've always thought they should release on DVD. I think the cover art is awesome as well. It's too bad it can't come out a week or so earlier so I could get it for my birthday.
 

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This is AWSOME! For anyone with children or who grew up in this time period, longing for the memories of what Classic Children's TV was, this is a gem!

I remember so many great skits:

1.) The painter that would paint numbers on people

2.) Super Grover, Grover The Waiter/the complaining customer who could never decide what he wanted.

3.) Rosevelt Franklin

4.) Guy Smiley

5.) Sherlock Hemlock, (The world's greatest detective.)

But my favorite are still the Earnie and Bert sketches! The funniest duo since Fred Flinstone and Barney Rubble together! Remember:

"There's a bannana in my ear."

" Earnie forgets the nose on his portrait of Bert!"

"Earnie can't sleep": (My favorite) So Bert tells him to do something relaxing like "count sheep." He settles back and we see the little drawing of the sheep fense and the sheep jumping over it making a "baaaaaa" sound. After Earnie counts two sheep, he tells the audience he's bored and wants to count something more exciting! So he goes, "Hey! I think I'll count fire engines!" So then he tries to go to sleep and the first fire engine comes on the screen with the siren blasting! Bert screems!!!! "AAAAAAARGGGG! Earnie, what are you doing?!!!!" Earnie: "Well, I'm counting fire engines Bert, counting sheep was so boring. Bert, "Ernie listen, YOU CAN'T COUNT FIRE ENGINES! That's too loud , you'll wake up the whole neighborhood. Think of something you can count, quietly!"

Earnie than give it a lot of thought, and tells the audience, "OK, Mummmmm, I'll think about baloons. They won't wake up Bert, and nothing's really quieter than that." So he imagines a balloon and it slowley keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger, than POPS!!! BOOOM!!!!!! Bert screams "AAAAAARRGGHHHH EARNIE!!!!!" And Earnie just counts, "one"!! LOL!

Jack
 

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If memory serves there have been 3 Gordons although one didn't last too long. Only 2 main cast members are deceased: Mr. Hooper and David.

The guy who does BB also does Oscar so wouldn't that be the original voice also? What about Frank Oz? Does he still do voices for the show?

Isn't the guy who painted numbers also the same guy who played Bentley on the Jeffersons?

I also have the UNPAVED book and highly recommend it. It's a fun read and can be found cheaply at remainder stores, etc.

Steve
 

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You're right, Steve- that's Paul Benedict with a beard on! BTW, Carroll Spinney (Big Bird/Oscar) received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy at this year's Daytime Emmys.
 

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The original actor to play Gordon was Matt Robinson, the father of Holly Robinson-Peete. He played Gordon for the first three seasons. Matt Robinson went on to work on "The Cosby Show." He died in 2002.

Robinson was replaced by Harold "Hal" Miller, who played Gordon for the 1972-1973 and 1973-1974 seasons. After Miller left Roscoe Orman took over the role, and Orman still plays Gordon today. I feel Robinson was the best Gordon, probably because he was the Gordon I grew up with.

I believe Oz and Spinney still do voices some of the time, but not very often. They have other performers doing the characters the majority of the time. Kevin Clash (current Elmo performer) joined the show some time in the 1980s. He was the voice of Goriddle Gorilla on "The Great Space Coaster." There was another Elmo voice before Clash, and I have read that some variation of the character (one of the "Anything Muppets") might even date back to around 1970 or so (according to what Carroll Spinney supposedly stated in his autobiography; I personally haven't read it).

Yes, "The Mad Painer" was Paul Benedict.
 

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