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Warner Home Video now distributing Sesame Workshop DVDs

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by D'Snowth, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I saw that Essentials collection at Target... but here's something else. Considering it's a WB release, I saw something else that, while unrelated, speaks volumes...

    There's also a 3 Scooby-Doo DTV animated movies set with relatively the same packaging and same price. Now, this gets me to wondering... is this a long line of plans to have 3 Disks in a collection that costs around 15? And will more Sesame Street titles be in that mix, I wonder...
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I also saw that Scooby Doo collection. You know, that's how The Essential Bugs Bunny Collection should have been handled (not that I'd have bought it either way). Not a two-disc collection where only disc 1 is classic shorts, and only 12 (when each disc of the Golden Collections and Super Stars collection had 15 restored shorts). There are a lot more "essential" Bugs Bunny cartoons that weren't included there. In 2004 Jerry Beck had said that Warner Home Video only had a budget to restore up to 60 cartoons a year, regardless of whether the DVDs had bonus features... Considering so many notable shorts were ommited and that most of the truly essential Bugs cartoons hadn't been restored, it could have had a lot more (even more than 15 a disc).
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've had problems with their plans to release the cartoons after the Golden collections. WB clearly hates having to release cartoons on DVD of ANY kind (to some extent, they let DC comics get away for fear of angering comic geeks... though they still refuse to release Static Shock and Legion of Super Heroes in sets). it's like they're stuck in 1999 with most of their 3-5 episodes for 15 bucks releases.

    But the Elmo and Scooby disk sets are 3 disk bundles of existing DVD's... similar to when they did the "double feature" movie releases, but those were double disks with DVD's ported onto each side. I hate double disks.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well I checked out Counting with Elmo from the library, and although it's not mentioned on the packaging, it does contain a bonus clip: Herry and John-John counting to 20. That inclusion isn't too special, as it had also been released on the 40th anniversary DVD (and both releases cut Herry's ending comment), as well as being included in Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting which was released around the same time.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I was just reading the description on the back of the "Elmo's Rainbow" packaging, and noticed what the first sentence says: "What's at the bottom of Elmo's rainbow? A DVD filled with all your favorite Sesame friends." Really? If it's filled with all my favorite Sesame Street friends then why doesn't it have Grover, Oscar, Kermit, Biff, Sully, Herry, Forgetful Jones, Bruno, Don Music, Guy Smiley, Lefty the Salesman or Little Jerry and the Monotones? Talk about false advertising...;)
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    July's new release - For those of you who though WB wasn't going to be good with classic material...
  7. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    That's awesome news! I can't wait for this release! :) Finally an awesome Sesame release from WHV.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Today I was fantasizing about a "Sesame Street Spoofs" DVD. I guess they had a way of reading my fantasy mind!

    Muppet Wiki says that it'll have Miami Mice. I wonder which one it'll be (I'm hoping the one with The Count since that one's so rare in english, yet I'm also hoping for the Kermit one so we'll get Kermit on this release, and yet I'm hoping that if there are any additional Miami Mice sketches besides the ones with Ernie, Kermit, or The Count it'd be that; But then again, none of the Miami Mice sketches are on DVD). Too bad there's no word on including any Monsterpiece Theater sketches (though I seriously doubt the set won't include any).

    I'm hoping Squeal of Fortune gets included. I guess it'd be unrealistic for Katy Perry's Hot and Cold to be included.

    EDIT: I checked the WB Studio Store page, and Kermit isn't listed in the copyright credits (the website did list Kermit in copyrigth credits for the last few releases that have the character, even if he's not pictured). Unless that's a mistake then I guess that means we know one Miami Mice sketch not included. Of course there aren't many Sesame spoofs with Kermit. Only others would be Monsterpiece Theater: Gone with the Wind, Sesame Street News: Six Dollar Man, and the various Don Music sketches (considering this I really hope that's a mistake; I really want one of Don Music's songs to be included). I wonder if the Forgetful Jones OOOO-Klahoma sketch would count as a parody (the only difference in lyrics would be the replacement of a single syllable).
  9. Daffney

    Daffney Active Member

    Looks like WHV is finally aiming something for the adult fanbase.

    It's great to see a "best of" release for once. :insatiable:
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Looking at the Warner Store page, I noticed it said the running time will be 48 minutes. I suspect that's a mistake; If it's only 48 minutes then why make it a two-disc set? Though the main page at the studio store website lists it as "Vols. 1 and 2" but also calls it a two-disc set in the description (I wonder if the two discs will be sold seperately as well as together).

    I wonder how the segments will be organized. From what I read one of the discs will be classic segments and the other will be recent, so it'd make a little bit of sense to be presented chronologically. But I feel it'd be better if arranged by genre (song spoofs, television spoofs, Monsterpiece Theater, etc.).

    I think it would be fitting if the set began with Don Music's "How to Get to Yellowstone Park" and ended with the "Cookie's World" street story.
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    For "The Best of Sesame Spoofs", here's what I think the contents list should be and how it should be broken down:

    Disc 1: Classics (I'll include a lot of 1990s stuff here, because sesamestreet.org seems to list the classics tag to clips from up to season 24 and because it seems the first ten seasons didn't really have many parodies)
    Song Spoofs
    • How to Get to Yellowstone Park
    • Cereal Girl
    • Hey Food
    • James Taylor: That Grouchy Face
    • Born to Add
    • Barn in the USA
    • Felines
    • Billy Joel and Marlee Maitlyn: Just the Way You Are
    • Wet or Dry
    Television Parodies
    • Kermit News: Six Dollar Man
    • Miami Mice: The Count
    • The Add 'Ems Family
    • Super Morphin Mega Monsters: Sharing a Truck
    • Mysterious Theater: The Case of the Missing Cat
    • Hill Street Twos
    • Ernie Loves His Boat
    Game Shows
    • What's My Part?: Foot
    • The Crying Game
    • Name That Sound: Grover
    • Squeal of Fortune
    • Here is Your Life: 2102 Shady Lane
    The Best of Monsterpiece Theater
    • Upstairs, Downstairs
    • Chariots of Fur
    • The Monsters of Venice
    • Little House on Prairie
    • Dr. No
    Miscellaneous Parodies
    • Air
    • High 12

    Disc 2: Recent Spoofs
    Song Spoofs
    • James Blunt: My Triangle
    • Nora Jones: Don't Know Y
    • Jason Mraz: Outdoors
    Reality TV Spoofs
    • American I
    • Desperate Houseplants
    • Joe Hundred Guy
    • Survivor: Musical Chairs
    • Outrageous Makeover: Home Addition
    • Grouch Eye for the Nice Guy
    Game Shows
    • Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer?
    • Meal or No Meal
    TV Drama Parodies
    • A's Anatomy
    • Mad Men
    • The Closer
    • 24
    • D-Dance
    • Super K Cereal
    Movie Parodies
    • Pre-School Musical
    • Spike Lee: The Summer of Snuffy
    • True Mud
    • American Monster Classics: A Streetcar Named Snuffy
    Sesame Street Dinner Theater
    • Annie Get Your Gumbo
    • Pear
    • Oscar: Bein' Green
    • Suzie Kabloozy: Every Kitty Sleeps
    • Cookie's World
    Trash Gordon
    • Planet Surprise
    • Planet Spaghetti
    Bonus Features:
    • Smells Like a Monster
    • Cookie Monster SNL Audition Tape
    • Katy Perry: Hot and Cold
    • John and Kate Plus Eight parody (produced for season 40, unaired due to the couple divorcing before it could air)

    Maybe that is too much to wish for (another volume would be great, and I listed most of the best parodies and most parodies with major characters). I can't wait to see how the contents are organized. At least we only have two months and a week to find out.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, Elmo's Travel Songs and Games came out today. Did anybody buy it? I saw it in the store and looked at the packaging but didn't purchase it (so you could say I picked it up but didn't buy it). Looking at the back cover, it looks like it has a CGI Twiddlebugs segment (where the Twiddlebugs prepare to go to a party). I found one review online but it didn't list any of the included inserts. The Muppet Wiki page does not yet have a sketch listing.

    I also saw that there were some copies that were packaged with something. I saw it at Wal-Mart so I'm not sure if that was a Wal-Mart exclusive or if all stores sell the DVD both with the extra thing and without. And I acted out of character by not giving it a good enough look to know what some of the copies came with (looked like something Elmo, maybe a small backpack or something?).
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    There's no bonus segments (according to B&N), so I wonder what Kermit's appearance is.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You know, I tried to check the iTunes store to see if they had this, to check a preview for it, and yet I was having problems accessing the iTunes store for some reason. And for some odd reason Sesame Workshop didn't add any previews for it to it's YouTube channel (it's last few DVD releases had previews there, though I can't remember if the last Elmo's World release had a preview).
  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The iTunes preview is just the first couple of minutes; it doesn't showcase any other material on the disc.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I noticed that on the cover of "The Best of Sesame Street Spoofs!" that it almost looks liek "Spoofs!" could be a subtitle or title of a series. I very well could see more two-disc "Best of Sesame Street" titles down the road, maybe one or two a year.

    There's so much that there could be...

    The Best of Sesame Street Films and Animation
    The Best of Sesame Street All-Stars and Guest Stars (disc 1 - all-stars, disc 2-guest stars)
    The Best of Sesame Street Letters (disc 1:A-L and general alphabet segments, disc 2:M-Z and segments about multiple letters)
    The Best of Sesame Street Numbers (Disc 1: 1-12 plus 0 and general counting segments, disc 2: 13-20 and higher!)
    The Best of Sesame Street Characters
    The Best of Sesame Street Storytime
    The Best of Sesame Street: Hawiai Trip
    The Best of Sesame Street: Kermit the Frog

    And so on.

    Looking at the WB store website, it's been a few weeks and the website still doesn't have the "Best of Sesame Street Spoofs" cover. It's also interesting how the pages for Elmo's World: Penguins and Friends and Elmo's Travel Songs and Games include copyright notices for Kermit, who does not appear on the packaging for either, yet the page for "Best of Sesame Street Spoofs" does not contain a copyright notice for Kermit, yet he appears on the cover.
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, while the Muppet Wiki page for Elmo's Travel Songs and Games only lists the segments pictured on the back of the packaging, the "Kermit in Sesame Street Merchandise" page mentions that the DVD contains "Forty Blocks from My Home".
  18. Daffney

    Daffney Active Member

    Just a thought, has WHV ever considered re-releasing SST titles that aren't on DVD yet? That could be nice. :wisdom:
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Cause they don't have Elmo plastered all over them?
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    A number of older non-Elmo releases are still in print (Learning About Letters, Learning About Numbers, Sleepytime Songs and Stories, Sing-Along, etc.), and in the past two years there actually have been quite a few releases that don't have Elmo on the cover.

    I have noticed that both The Best of Ernie and Bert and Getting Ready for School end with characters referring to the production as a tape. I wonder if that's why those two haven't been released on DVD (I'm pretty sure The Best of Ernie and Bert was still in print on VHS for awhile after they started releasing Sesame Street titles on DVD).

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