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What sketches scared you as a kid?

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Jennifer, May 12, 2002.

  1. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Judge for yourself...

  2. galagr Well-Known Member

    Aaa! Bert went BESERK! I don't think i've ever seen Bert snap like that. I don't know, I still find the "world's greatest counter" more terrifying.
    Cory Stoczynski likes this.
  3. Stephen's Girl New Member

  4. ISNorden Active Member


    I definitely recall seeing that cartoon as a girl; some of the older episodes in my collection might have it too, but I'll have to check. Oddly enough, the sight of the animals stripped down to walking skeletons never scared me; I was crazy about monsters and spooky stuff back then, unlike most girls in pre-school. My biggest Sesame Street scares involved any character falling and/or hurting himself--yes, that includes the "Number Song" films with the clumsy baker. I loved the catchy counting lessons, but always dreaded the ending where the poor baker carried those desserts downstairs! :ouch:
  5. Stephen's Girl New Member

    Hi there! I'm new to this wonderful forum and glad to know I'm in good company! I have read this whole thread all 51 pages and I had to reply to this particular thread! The cartoon that you are referring to with the man face changing shape gave me severe nightmares! They was also a lady that did the same thing nose changing the whole bit! I would scream loud that I think the neighbors thought my mom was beating me to death! I couldn't even go up to the tv to change the channel because I was terrified that it would come through the tv! That was the most scariest thing I ever saw on ss. One time when it came on, I was literally trying to climb the wall to escape! To this day I can't look at morphing faces or pictures of drawings my kids do of profiles because this clip gave me such truama that I would burst out in tears! If it ever showed up on YouTube, I would never look at YouTube again. All I can say is that is far most the creepiest, scariest and traumatizing clip ever! Now that my hair is standing on end, I hope I can sleep tonight!
  6. ISNorden Active Member


    The original video clip is gone, unfortunately; could someone who's actually seen it describe what happens, please?
  7. ISNorden Active Member


    The counting-elephant cartoon was actually made for a Swedish children's show in the 70s; the title of that show translates as "Five Ants Is More Than Four Elephants". The original Swedish soundtrack of the counting cartoon had the numbers set to music (barely audible in the English version); the angry frustration over "14--14--14" was part of the song, too.

    The pink elephant was a recurring character on "Five Ants" (sometimes part of a father/son duo); he usually taught letters and numbers. (He's probably best known for a very catchy alphabet-song cartoon, in which he corrects the younger elephant's mistakes from time to time.)

    Incidentally, the elephant cartoons came from the same artist as the "Swedish Number Animations" that some of you might have seen on Sesame Street in the 80s; CTW borrowed those from the "Five Ants" program to use in their Swedish co-production of Sesame Street, and later dubbed them for use in America.
  8. ISNorden Active Member


    That one appears in one of the episodes where the cast flew to Hawaii, though I forget the exact episode number. (Search YouTube for "Sesame Street" plus "elephants have four legs"; it'll turn up!) I agree, those crashing trees and the elephant landing flat on its back scared me a little when I was younger--another "character falls and gets hurt" moment, which always used to bother me.
  9. ISNorden Active Member


    Welcome to the proverbial club. I always felt sad when Willie Wimple did his damage to the world, and sadder when I saw the "if every kid did it" extremes. At least, the intended lesson hit home; seeing trash out of place brings back those awful memories!
  10. ISNorden Active Member


    I remember that poor toad--proclaiming that she** was "bigger than a mountain...[puffs up for the last time]...BIGGER THAN THE WORLD!" before she exploded. And like you, I inferred that the explosion killed her ("pride goeth before destruction", anyone?). Very disturbing; they'd never air anything like that on Sesame Street now!

    **The toad had a female-sounding voice, so I'm assuming it was a "she".
  11. Stephen's Girl New Member

    Hi there! There was one other clip that also made run and scream, it was an apple tree on a hill with creepy bagpipe music, it almost sounded like Irish music! Well it finally showed up on YouTube! I froze in my chair came and got my husband and kids so they could see it and understand why I'm terrified of bagpipes! They thought the clip was funny!
    What my hubby did was grab the from YouTube and place it in photoshop and chopped it all in pieces so I looked at all the pieces separately then I got up the courage to watch it from beginning to end and it was ok but it looked different from what remembered, I guess things do look more intense through a four year old eyes.
    I was proud of my self that I was able to watch it sort of but I definaitly won't go out of my was to see again though!
    That was my third most scary clips from ss, but the two others that I mentioned in the previous post by far was the severe trauma I encountered! I dont think that any amount of clipping in photoshop would help me face my fear with those clips!
    ~Clarkie~
  12. jgidley Active Member

    Anything with the Count(even though he's one of my favorites now) and Oscar
  13. crackmaster New Member

    How does that one go? Also, is Rumia the "world's greatest counter"?

    If you don't know about her, search "Rumia" on Google.
  14. crackmaster New Member

    Woah - cool!
  15. crackmaster New Member

    :dreamy: Just sayin'. I am scared of that Oscar "prince" sketch. Thanks. :scary:
  16. mo Well-Known Member

    I was'nt scared of any of the sketches just my giant big bird toy...
  17. mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    The one that scared me as a kid was the animated segment from the 90s or late 80s of computer animated fish counting down, suddenly this Sand Tiger Shark comes on screen looking sort of realistic with demon eyes with a deep voice "ONE!", I would always hide or shut my eyes if I see that and can't wait until it's all over, sometimes I would forget it's the same segment and my heart would start racing in fear. Then of course feel a heck of a lot better when Ernie and Bert would come up next lol :) They were always my favorites on Sesame, that and the Honkers, Dingers and the Yip Yip Martians.
  18. Muppet dude Active Member

    (watches the sketch)
    Yow, that animation is pretty freaky! And that mutant rabbit wasn't even running after them, he was just WALKING!
    The fast rock/drum music is actually pretty cool, though! Except when it went silent when the mutant rabbit went by the trees.
  19. Muppet dude Active Member

    Heh, I always thought that would often be cut because they were worried kids would imitate Bert there, because of how he banged his head on the table several times (ala Don Music!) before running into the camera and out the apartment!
  20. mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    YIKES! That Raggy Rabbit is scary looking. Almost as bad as the first Snuffy back in the day. The rabbit is like in the combination of Yellow Suberine, Underground Comics and a Wet Saggy Dog with Rabbies. WOW, Shocked that this was on Sesame. WOW. lol This was 70s Sesame right? Thank God I grew up with 80s and 90s Sesame so I didn't witness this. lol Again, WOW!

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