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Old School DVD set ideas

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by ISNorden, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Oooops, pardon me for remembering a couple of numbers wrong... *blush* I don't have the "40 Dots" clip in my collection, although I know the one you mean. (That hyperventilating and screaming "Thirty-nine...thirty-niiiiine...thirty-NIIIIINE..." as all the dots shook, I swear it scares the heck out of me still!)

    To get back to the thread topic, though--if the Old School DVDs had used my approach, a disc for "20 and Beyond!" in the numbers set would include that "40 Dots" for sure!
  2. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    It'd be cool having a version of the Sesame Street Dictionary redone under that sub-brand. I imagine illustrations for the two definitions of "mouse": one with the town and country mice from the old Muppet retelling, and one with Telly Monster at the computer, the way he was in Episode 1933.
  3. PinballStewie

    PinballStewie New Member

    Yeah I've heard "40 Dots" is one of the "scariest" SS clips ever made. How does it compare to classic "freak-out" skits like "Red-Hot I" and "Count to Ten With Nobody"? (both of which I now like by the way ;)) Surprisingly, the latter skit (about counting to 10) never scared me 'cuz I loved the font of the numbers.
  4. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    The "I-beam" and "Nobody" sketches were creepy by accident; CTW probably didn't intend for those to scare kids. But "40 Dots" was creepy on purpose...so in a way, I'd say it ranks higher on the scariness scale.
  5. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Good ideas; I could easily see Big Bird's "Number 4 Show" on the disk that covered #2-4, or the "B-Word Treasure Hunt" episode on the disk for A-D. As for old-school episodes that had a plot based on the whole alphabet...you'd have to go with some of the late 80s/early 90s material to do that (which would be the tail end of "old school" in my opinion).

    Some body parts have no skit to match (or at best, only one...like Kermit's song about loving his elbows). But a set on health and the body (with one disk focused on body parts in general, one on specific body care, one on overall health needs) wouldn't be half bad as a learning-concept package.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Actually, there are other elbows sketches, like the Jasper and Julius skit where Julius thinks he has lost his elbows, and the song Elbows and Knees (though elbows share the song with knees).
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I made a similar post in the thread about Kosch Records getting the rights to release Sesame Street albums, but it would be great if there was a four-disc colection of Sesame Street songs from each decade, with no linking footage.

    Here is an ideal listing of contents (a little bit simialr to my album idea, and a little bit not):

    Disc 1: 1969-1979
    • Rubber Duckie (the true original version)
    • Chickety Chick
    • Feeling Groovy
    • If I Knew You Were Comming, I'd've Baked a Cake
    • Mahna Mahna
    • Everyone Likes Ice Cream
    • Windy
    • Nine Song (Song of Nine)
    • The Peopel in Your Neighborhod (original version)
    • Roosevelt Franklin's Days of the Week
    • Octopuses Garden
    • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
    • Jazz #6
    • Lulu's Back in Town
    • Somebody Come and Play
    • Everyone Makes Mistakes
    • I'm Pretty
    • Mad
    • What Do I Do When I'm Alone?
    • Up and Down
    • I Love Trash
    • I'm an Aardvark
    • Sing
    • X Marks the Spot
    • Funny Farm
    • C is for Cookie
    • ABC-DEF-GHI
    • Candy Man
    • Everybody Eats
    • Doin' the Pigeon
    • The Ballad of Casye McPhee
    • Proud of Me
    • I Wish It Would Rain
    • Bein' Green (with Lena Horne)
    • I Can't Help It
    • What's the Name of That Song?
    • I'm Square
    • I Want a Monster to be my Friend
    • Nobody
    • One and One Make Two
    • Count it Higher
    • This Frog
    • Count Up to Nine
    • Admiral Bird
    • Breakfast Time

    Disc 2: 1979-1989
    • I Like to Sing
    • Born to Add
    • Believe in Yourself
    • My Pollywog Ways
    • Wheels on my Feet
    • My Furry Little Shadow
    • Cocanut Counting Man
    • Do You Like Me?
    • Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)
    • Hola
    • U Really Got a Hold on Me
    • That Grouchy Face
    • I Can Do It By Myself
    • The Frogs in the Glen
    • D-U-C-K-I-E
    • Dance Myself to Sleep
    • The Batty Bat
    • Proud to be a Cow
    • One Fine Face
    • A New Way to Walk
    • Best Friends Blues
    • Uno, Dos, Tres
    • Excersize
    • You're Alive
    • It's Alive
    • Splish Splash
    • Up and Down Opera
    • Monsterpeice Theater: Guys and Dolls
    • I Wish I Had a Friend to Play with Me
    • Danger's No Stranger
    • Just the Way You Are

    Disc 3: 1989-1999
    • I Love My Elbows
    • One Small Voice
    • Monster in the Mirror
    • Sesame Street News: They Live in Different Places, But They Both Love Me
    • Elmo's Song
    • Air
    • Down Below the Street
    • Adventure
    • Just Throw it My Way
    • I've Gotta Be Clean
    • Counting Vacation
    • This Song is For the Birds
    • Elbows and Knees
    • The Island of Emotion
    • What is Friend?
    • Two Princes
    • Big Bird's Song
    • Dancing Shoes
    • Fiesta
    • Things That I Remember
    • Imagination
    • Furry Happy Monsters
    • You Tickle Me

    Disc 4: 1999-2007
    • Sing (with the Dixie Chicks)
    • Ev'rybody Be Yo'Self
    • A Cookie is a Sometimes Food
    • Opposites
    • Monkey's Under My Bed
    • Every Kitty Sleeps
    • Don't Know Y
    • Together We'll Make Music
    • Sleep!
    • Because We're Friends
    • My Triangle
    • Bein' Green (with Oscar)
    • Pride
    • In My Animal Book
    • The First Time Me Eat Cookie
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here is an idea for the numbers box set: Disc 1 could be titled "from 1 to 5 (plus 0)", disc 2 could be "from 6 to 10", disc 3 could be "The Teen Numbers (along with 11 and 12)", and disc 4 could be "20 and higher".

    Or, if it's a three-disc set, disc 1 could have the numbers that go up to 10, disc 2 could be numbers that go up to 20, and disc 3 could be numbers higher than 20.

    Or if it's a two-disc set, then disc 1 could be numbers 0-10, and disc 2 could be numbers 11-20, with no higher numbers.

    For volumes/ discs involving letters, there could be bonus sketches involving the entire alphabet.
  9. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member


    I see the letter/number disk sets as four-disk packages, organized similarly to your three-disk ones plus another with a full episode that fits the theme. For Letters, the organization might look like this--

    • Disk 1: An hour of A-H sketches, plus 20 minutes of whole-alphabet bonus tracks up to Season 5
    • Disk 2: An hour of I-P sketches, plus 20 minutes of whole-alphabet bonus tracks up to Season 10
    • Disk 3: An hour of Q-Z sketches, plus 20 minutes of whole-alphabet bonus tracks up to Season 15
    • Disk 4: "Alphabet Scavenger Hunt" episode from the 1990s, plus 20 minutes of whole-alphabet bonus tracks from Season 16 and later
    For Numbers, it might look like this--

    • Disk 1: An hour of 0-10 sketches, plus 20 minutes of general math/counting bonus tracks up to Season 5
    • Disk 2: An hour of 11-19 sketches, 20 minutes of general math/counting bonus tracks up to Season 10
    • Disk 3: An hour of "20 and beyond" sketches (I'd include anything that taught the concept "numbers go on forever" here!), plus 20 minutes of general math/counting bonus tracks up to Season 15
    • Disk 4: "The Count gets The Counting Flu" episode (I forget when it aired, but it seems appropriate), plus 20 minutes of general math/counting bonus tracks from Season 16 and later
    With that kind of layout, all the letters and numbers which got their own sketches on Sesame Street would get covered; there'd also be a broad range of material, and evidence that letter/number episodes existed as part of the normal programming. :)
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I must admit one thing. Having all the variations on a theme segments like Pinball Number Count and Jazzy Spies is a double edged sword. One way, you have only one- three of each, and they're incomplete, or we have them all, and it gets repetitive seeing them all at once. I would vote, clearly for the latter... but when you have almost 40 years worth of original footage to choose from, I'd love to see a lot more variety.

    A numbers set is a great idea. So isn't a letters set. But then the numbers would have a lot of similar segments as such. I think with the 1980's/90's counting to 20 segments (the ones that featured the african masks or the Animals shaped like numbers) should just have the 20 segment on them.

    A letters set would be pretty cool too. We'd really see a lot of variety with that one.
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if it would be good to make a few different numbers boxed sets, in volumes. Each set would include segments for all numbers up to 20 (and beyond). For the first few sets it might be best to leave out Jazz #2, Two Song (Song of Two), Pinball Number Count #2, Dollhouse, and other skits that are featured a lot on the Old School sets. Of course, I just realised that if volume 3 continues the pattern of season premiers, then two episodes on that set won't be sponsored by two.

    This would make for two good number boxed sets:

    Disc 1: up to 10
    • Number of the Day: 0
    • a zero feels bad about being a zero
    • Ernie and Cookie Monster count 0 cookies
    • One Song (Song of One)
    • Monsterpiece Theater: One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest
    • How Many Birds Can Fit on a Wire?
    • One and One Make Two
    • Mad Painter #2
    • Bellhop #2
    • Kermit draws a 2
    • Jazz #3
    • Harvey Kneeslapper: sticky 3
    • Ernie draws items that there are four of
    • Four Song (Song of Four)
    • Kermit counts four eggs
    • Harvey Kneeslapper's joy buzzer prank
    • Five People in My Family
    • Six Snails
    • Suzie Kabloozie: judge #6
    • Snow White counts dwarfs
    • Jazz #7
    • Mad Painter #7
    • The Count counts seven flowers
    • Number of the Day: 8 (baker film opening remake version)
    • Lefty attempts to sell Ernie an 8
    • Jazz #8
    • Ernie's sandbox game
    • Eight Balls fo Fur
    • Candy Man
    • Nine Song (Song of Nine)
    • Mad Painter #9
    • Count Up to Nine
    • Jazz #9
    • Pinball Number Count #9
    • Grover the waiter: picture menu
    • The Ten Commandments of Health
    • Ten Song (Song of Ten) (ten indians version)
    • Mad Painter #10

    Disc 2: 11-19
    • a girl shows that 11 is the same upside-down as it is right-side-up
    • It's a Lovely Eleven Morning
    • Mad Painter #11
    • Monsterpiece Theater: 12 Angry Men
    • Ladybug Picnic
    • Clown Honking #12
    • Number of the Day: 13 (season 36 version)
    • Lucky Thirteen
    • Suzie Kabloozie: judge #13
    • Number Creatures #13
    • 14 Carrot Love
    • Just Take a Look At Sixteen
    • Rap Song #17
    • Bellhop #18
    • Snuffy jumps on Big Bird's trampoline

    disc 3: 20 and beyond
    • Number of the Day: 20 (original version)
    • Cookie Monster and the napkin
    • Grover and Herbert Birdfsfoot count to 20
    • Herry and John John count to 20
    • the numbers 1-20 get destroyed
    • Kermit and Joey count to 20
    • Numberella
    • 30 pig faces
    • Monsterpiece Theater: The 400 Blows
    • Joe Hundred Guy

    And this would be volume 2:

    Disc 1: up to 10
    • Harvey Kneeslapper: do ya want one?
    • one duck
    • Two Heads Are Better Than One
    • The Count meets Maden Two
    • Monsterpiece Theater: The Postman Always Rings Twice
    • Pinball Number Count #3
    • I Just Adore Four
    • Funny Farm
    • Beat the Time: Grover
    • Five Purple Konkers
    • Kermit and Brian count to 5
    • Number of the Day: Six Feet Under
    • Six Soccer Socks
    • Six
    • Six Song (Song of Six)
    • Suzie Kabloozie: judge #6
    • Mad Painter #6
    • Jazz #6
    • Queen of Six
    • The Alligator King
    • Seven Days
    • Pinball Number Count #8
    • Bellhop #8
    • Ernie's 9 collecton
    • Ten Tiny Turtles on the Telephone
    • Ernie, the world's greatest counter of numbers
    • Bellhop #10
    • Jazz #10

    Disc 2: 11-19
    • Eleven Cheer
    • Pinball Number Count #11
    • Rap Song #11
    • Twelve Rocks
    • Number Creatures #13
    • Clown Honking #14
    • Rubber Stamps #15

    Disc 3: 20 and Beyond
    • Beat the Time: The Count
    • Bill Cosby twins count to 20
    • The Cats of Bonanza Counts to 20
    • counting to 20 with four-armed guru
    • 24
    • Monsterpeice Theater: The 39 Stairs
    • 40 Blocks From My Home
  12. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    A multi-volume approach (with all volumes divided into subgroups) probably would do more justice to the hundreds of letter and number segments that have appeared on Sesame Street. As far as number segments go, though--

    • The "Harvey Kneeslapper" suggestion you gave was ambiguous; his prank for #3 is "Three sticks here!", and for #4 the joke is based on the man asking "What's a sticky for?" Did you mean to include both?
    • Did you mean "Just Take a Look at Fifteen" on the first disc for #11-19? That would leave a gap between 15-17; I'd suggest either the "Number 16 Blues" cartoon or the "16 Samba" Muppet sketch there; maybe the two could appear in separate volumes.
    • For "20 and Beyond" I'd make two additions. First, both of the sketches that specifically taught 21 should be there (it's the highest number to sponsor Sesame Street in the US, after all): one volume might have Ernie's "12 and 21", and the other might have "Numberella". Second, "The Count's Sleepover" two-parter should appear before/after the next-to-last track on one of those discs; it teaches that numbers go on forever.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I meant "Three sticks".

    And I also meant "Take a Look at Fifteen".
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here's another great idea:

    Sesame Street People, Animals, Places, and Things

    Disc 1: People
    • The People in Your Neighborhood (featuring a postman and fireman)
    • which is Ernie, and which is Cookie Monster?
    • My Name (with Maya Angelou)
    • Me
    • Sesame Street News: The Wicked Witch's Magic Mirror
    • Grover the waiter: grandmother's birthday
    • The People in Your Neighborhood (with Ben Stiller)
    • Ernie meets Bert's brother Bart
    • Sesame Street News: waiting for the woodsman
    • What's My Job?
    • I'm a Real Cowboy
    • a lost boy doens't recognize his uncle in police officer clothing
    • Ernie and Bert search for Dr. Livingstone
    • The People in Your Neighborhood (featuring a grocer and a doctor)

    Disc 2: Animals
    • Has Anybody Seen My Dog?
    • Let's Lay an Egg
    • Kermit and Bob talk about frogs
    • Bert teaches Berniece how to play checkers
    • Grover and the butterfly
    • Chip and Dip ask a boy if he can guess what word is on a sign that reads "CAT"
    • Monsterpiece Theater: Dances with Wolves
    • Fay Ray in animal disguises
    • Kermit and Gladys switch roles
    • Being a Pig (animated version)
    • I'm an Aardvark
    • Pigeons on Parade
    • Tadpole
    • This Song is for the Birds
    • Simon Soundman meets Old MacDonald
    • Sesame Street Sports: The Tortose and the Hare
    • Harry the Horse
    • Speech Balloon: B-bug
    • a gorillia applies for a job
    • Sesame Street News: favorite animals

    Disc 3: Places
    • Global Grover: Alaska
    • The World Wide World of the World
    • City-Country Song
    • Grover the waiter: Russian Resturaunt
    • Ernie and Bert go to an egyptian pyrimid
    • I Go to School
    • Sesame Street News: London Fog
    • Miami Mice: Ernie's Rubber Duckie at the cerrado repair shop
    • Grover the waiter: south america
    • I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
    • Global Grover: France

    Disc 4: Things
    • Kermit's mystery box
    • Lefty attempts to sell Ernie an empty box
    • a woman wants to buy a furry blue coat
    • D-U-C-K-I-E
    • Martians observe a grandfather clock
    • Kermit's rectangle lecture
    • It's a Circle
    • Twiddlebugs use a paperclip for many different things
    • Bert shows Ernie his bottlecap collection
    • Kermit and Forgetful Jones talk about a telephone
    • Maria and Cookie Monster play a cookie game on a computer
    • Super Grover: broken bag of groceries
    • Ernie finds a ball
  15. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    That set of theme discs (People, Animals, Places, and Things) would be a pretty good collector's choice; fans need to see all the major learning concepts on the show to got a good picture of the way it was.
  16. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Here are some cool ideas for some Old School best of DVD's. :)

    1. The Best Of Bert & Ernie Old School

    2. The Best Of Cookie Monster Old School

    3. The Best Of Grover Old School

    4. The Best Of Sesame Street News with Kermit Old School

    5. The Best Of The Sesame Street Muppets Old School 1969-1979 (with the following sketches)

    Kermit Lectures Sketches

    Little Jerry & The Monotones "MAD"

    Mahna Mahna (1969 Sesame Street version)

    Guy Smiley Game Show sketches

    Frazzle (the song)

    Lefty The Salesman sketches

    "Some & None" by Bip Bippadotta

    "Everybody's Song" by Bip Bippadotta and The Androoze Sisters

    Sammy The Snake

    "In & Out" Monster Disco

    Little Jerry & The Monotones "Proud"

    Simon Soundman sketches

    Roosevelt Franklin sketches

    "High, Middle Low" The Anything Muppets

    And many many more! :)

    "What do ya think?"
  17. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Those sound great; however, I'd call the miscellaneous Muppet collection "Muppets: Best of the Rest Old School", and focus on Muppet characters who appeared in only a few sketches (Little Bird, Roosevelt Franklin, and so forth).
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    One good idea for a set would be an "All Stars" collection. Each set would be three-disc sets, with disc one being amixed assortment of segments with main characters (Big Bird, Oscar, Snuffy, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, Herry, Elmo, Prairie Dawn, Kermit, Zoe, The Count, Telly, Rosita, and Abby Cadabby), while the other discs would be devoted to more minor characters, perhaps being "complete" collections of segments with certain characters (assuming that they do have less than enough segments to fill a disc. I don't think all of Guy Smiley's segments can fit on one disc, and unless Sesame Workshop can one day get clearances on Dialing for Prizes Movie, I doubt we'll ever get a truly "complete" Guy Smiley colection).

    I wil list three examples of my idea:

    Volume 1
    Disc 1: All Stars
    • Ernie has Bert stay outside the apartment
    • Monsterpeice Theater: ABCD Blue
    • Sesame Street News: The Count counts three little pigs
    • Two Princes
    • I Like to Sing
    • Ernie tells Bert about his day at the zoo
    • Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot count three blocks
    • Jim Carrey demonstrates happy and sad feet
    • Admiral Bird
    • Ernie and Bert watch "Sneek Peek Previews"
    • My Pollywog Ways
    • You Tickle Me
    • Grover and Oscar's alphabet
    • The Cookie Bunny
    • I'm Square
    • Herry and John-John count to 20
    • Sesame Street News: waiting in line
    • Super Grover and Super Elmo
    • which is Ernie, and which is Cookie Monster?
    • Beat the Time: The Count
    • Prairie Dawn's love pageant
    • Grover the waiter: hamburger
    • Kermit, Shola, and Fanny: next to
    • Things That I Remember
    • Me Gotta Be Blue
    • Miami Mice: The Count needs to go to the space station
    • Ev'rybody Be Yo'Self
    Disc 2: The Complete Roosevelt Franklin
    Disc 3: The Complete Sherlock Hemlock and Amazing Mumford

    Volume 2
    Disc 1: All-Stars
    • Fuzzy and Blue
    • Ernie replaces Bert's cowboy hat with a pot
    • Squeal of Fortune
    • Believe in Yourself
    • Super Grover: gate
    • Because We're Friends
    • Kermit and Elmo: quiet and loud
    • Let's Make a Face
    • The American Revolution: picking an animal
    • Grover the Waiter: The Count counts hot dogs
    • It's Alive
    • Monsterpiece Theater: Waiting for Elmo
    • Do De Rubber Duck
    • Grover the taxi driver
    • Best Friends Blues
    • Kermit's B lecture
    • Big Bird holds a grown-ups hand before crossing the street
    • Sleep!
    • Cookie Monster and Prairie Dawn: The First and Last Cookie
    • Kermit and Grover: earmuffs
    • I Think That it is Wonderful
    Disc 2: The Complete Herbert Birdsfoot and Lefty the Salesman
    Disc 3: The Complete Don Music and Two-Headed Monster

    Volume 3
    Disc 1: All-Stars
    • Cookie Monster and The Count: eating and counting cookies
    • Grover: near and far
    • Bert shows Ernie his bottlecap colection
    • The Foods We Eat
    • A Cookie is a Sometimes Food
    • Ernie and Bert: what ice cream looks like
    • Sesame Street News: The Princess and the Cookie
    • Super Grover: computer
    • Beat the Time: Elmo
    • Kermit gets Cookie and Herry to share a bicycle
    • One and One Make Two
    • The Count and Ingrid count to 20 in spanish
    • Monsterpiece Theater: Munch Ado About Nothing
    • Ernie and Bert: cookies in bed
    • Rhyme Out
    • Grover Spreads Herry's Alphabet Secret
    • This Frog
    Disc 2: The Complete Professor Hastings and Gladys the Cow
    Disc 3: The Complete Harvey Kneeslapper and Little Bird
  19. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe New Member

    Sesame Street Old School Volume 3: (1979-1984)

    Get ready for:

    Mr. Hooper's death
    an appearance from R2-D2 and C-3PO
    Mister Rogers' visit
    The first appearance of Barkley and the kids playing hide and seek over the end credits


    Maybe the first appearance of Elmo?
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Sesame Workshop recently put episodes of The Electric Company for sale at iTunes. Maybe this would be a good idea for Sesame Street. I'm not saying to cancel plans for future Old School sets, but maybe release 10-15 episodes on iTunes, maybe one per season, in addition to having volume 3 be the season 11-15 premiers. That way, we'll move on with the next premiers, and can still get some more episodes from the first ten seasons.


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