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Will Sesame Street produce another movie for theaters?

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by mbmfrog, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    What I mean is given the cast and crew that are on the show now and how much popularity the show is to various people in this day in age. Does anyone think that Sesame Street could make another movie someday ?

    I mean make it more like "Follow that Bird," in terms of family and a bit less like "Elmo in Grouchland," in terms of focusing on one charcter.

    What do you all say to that as fans of Sesame Street ? :wisdom:
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I want to see one made. There's real potential in a new Sesame Street theatrical film. But they'd have to play a more nostalgic angle than Elmo in Grouchland did if they hope to have anyone over the age of 2 willingly go to one. EIG is a deceivingly good film, though it had a lot of problems.

    But even Follow that Bird, the film everyone likes better, didn't gross that much. Adjusted, FTB did outgross FMS, but only by like 4 mil... EIG is one of the worst grossing Muppet/Henson films... only doing a couple thousand more than Buddy. BUT both movies did their business when they hit home video. That means we'd be more likely to see more DTV projects in the future. I really want to see a bigger budget Sesame Street project with a LOT of exterior shots, and a theatrical film's the only way we'd get that.

    If we have a good, solid, gimmick free script that doesn't just center around Elmo, there's some potential.
  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

  4. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Couldn't have said it better myself. :super:

    But yeah, if Winnie the Pooh can do solid business in this box office climate and The Muppets can achieve success, I'd be all for a new Sesame movie. Unlike Pooh, I think a new Sesame movie would have a decent chance at counterprogramming against a larger blockbuster, which would probably be a great way to get it an audience actually, at least if it's up against a dark, no-fun-for-kids blockbuster. For instance, release it the same day as The Dark Knight Rises, you have a great alternate to take your younger child to while another parent takes the older kids to Dark Knight Rises. I think Follow That Bird was an attempt to be an alternate for parents tepid to take their kids to see Disney's The Black Cauldron (it opened the week after it), but that obviously didn't work since no one saw it and just went to go see Back to the Future again. I think that was also another thing that killed Elmo in Grouchland, there were no major films for it to compete against as an alternate. The highest grossing movie that month was Three Kings, which wasn't exactly a huge hit.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Elmo in Grouchland wasn't helped by the fact that it was destined for an audience too young to sit still for 90 minutes to see a movie. Considering that's how Disney pawned off Pooh as of late, it's almost no wonder why Pooh didn't get the potential it deserved. I don't think parents were all that warm to taking their little kids to see a movie they could easily wait for to hit home video.
  6. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I agree maybe an origin story. Super Grover's telling his Super Hero Buddies how came to be, and stops a Huxley like villian, or even Abby could have something in a story that might be decent. Abby encounters a wicked witch, and has to find a powerful wand, but the real magic is believing in yourself.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've said for years we could use a Super Grover movie, and if not Super Grover, at least give Big Bird another movie: Elmo's had two, a theatrical movie (EIG) and a TV movie (CinderElmo), so yeah, give Big Bird something to work with again.
  8. Colbynfriends

    Colbynfriends Well-Known Member

    When I saw this thread I thought: "what could they possibly make a movie about". I like the superhero/Super Grover idea, with all the superhero related movies coming out and gaining popularity (most of them anyway..). An Idea that I thought would be cool...though I admit not all that origional, is Sesame Street in danger of being torn down and the residents of the street band together to stop it like with a fundraiser or something. I'm sure someone could put a good spin on that to make it both origional and Sesame Street oriented.
    Heck here's an idea. How about a SST version of "Around the World in 80 Days" Considering all the diffrent coproductions internationally that might be possible. Big Bird or Elmo or whoever could be the main character could go visit the other "Streets" and interact with their forigen counterparts.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    And I'm pretty sure they've done that idea before in past... like with Joe Pesci wanting to tear down the street.
    That actually brings to mind a similar idea I had for an SST movie that I had written in the form of a fanfic several, several years ago: Ernie believes in a legend of "The Giant Sesame Seed of Sesame Street", a mythical sesame seed that supposedly paved the way fo such a wonderful street like Sesame Street to exist, and wants to go in search of it... the problem being is that recent sightings he's heard about have been all over the world, including countries like Italy, England, Scotland, and other areas like the Arctic Circle; the plot was supposed to follow Ernie, as well as Bert, Elmo, and Cookie Monster as they travel the world in search of the Giant Sesame Seed of Sesame Street, and yes, lear about the different cultures of the different countries and such, and all the while keep bumping into the same AM who just happens to be a native in each of the locations (sort of like Red Guy from Cow and Chicken). It was on FanFiction.Net, but all my stories were deleted by the staff, so I lost it... then I tried to recreate it here, but since I'm not part of the fanfic clique around here, nobody was interested. On the notion, the concept of Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures could be adapted into a movie.
  10. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I actually remember reading that and enjoying it! I don't think it necessarily screamed "cinema" though but with some beefing up it would make for a good Sesame theatrical movie.
  11. Colbynfriends

    Colbynfriends Well-Known Member

    When I think about it that comes as no surprize. I mean with over 40 years of story material, it's gotta be tough to think of something tottally origional.
    That does sound like an intresting fanfic by the way. The AM

    Now that'd be something to see. I'd assume it would be stop-motion to match the style of the shorts. I'm sure there is some way to make that work.
  12. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    i would love a super grover story or like maybe sesame street meets the muppets
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A Super Grover movie does sound good, but I don't know if it would be a strong enough concept to carry a whole film.

    What made FTB an amazing movie was how much of an ensemble piece it really was. I'd like to see a movie centered around Grover, sure...but the other major Muppet characters (even human ones) need to have a hefty presence too.
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Thanks! :D

    Yeah, I agree, it's like with Kermit and Manhattan Melodies, there really were quite a few things missing, I wasn't sure what, but I do think that with a lot of tweaking and maybe getting people like Joey and others to really do some retooling, the premise could make for a good movie.

    Like Drtooth said too thoughm, one trick would be getting the tots to actually sit still through a whole movie... I was lassoed into going toa Pooh movie years and years ago, and it was a miserable experiencing, the theater was full of litte kids screaming and running around, doing everything but watching the movie... when I was in daycare, we'd occasionally take field trips to the theater, and we NEVER acted like that. I'm glad when I went to see The Muppets, there was WAY moany more adults in the theater than there were kids (I know that would've made Jim proud, lol).
  15. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Yeah there were kids doing that when I went to see The Muppets. Someone in the audience was brave enough to yell, "Anyone want to pretend to parent?" LOL. Unfortunately even that didn't motivate the moron adults to control their kids. It's incredibly inconsiderate because it's expensive to go to the movies nowadays and we shouldn't have our experience ruined just because you can't control your own child.

    I don't put the blame on the kids at all. More often that not, if they act this way it's because their parents have allowed them to.

    But again this is one reason people don't want to go to the movies anymore. You have to go there with other people, lol.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's probably why EIG was doomed to failure. While there are some great gags older fans can enjoy, the Elmo focus was purely for 3 year olds. It was an idea so brilliant that it had to fail... Elmo's huge spark of popularity just happened, they came off of the Tickle me Elmo fad... had it not been for the fact it was for an audience too young to be taken to theaters, it may just have done well for itself.
  17. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I guess it would depend on the kind of story they'd choose. It certainly wouldn't have to be an extended sketch. If a full-movie wouldn't work, a DTV movie, like Abby in Wonderland, would certainly be the ticket. Plus, I really want to see some great effects like the ones on him from EIG and that Ready to Learn promo; those looked like they were already from a Super Grover movie.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The script is the thing. We'd need one that's strong enough to follow for a full 90 minutes, something that can only be told theatrically. I'd hate to see some super Hero parody that wears thin after the first half hour of a movie. And I'm sure the public is as sick of Super Hero parodies as they are super hero movies. It needs a sharp angle. Look at Megamind. It's heart and soul a Super Hero parody, but they found an unused or at least underused subject and it took off from there.

    A Super Grover movie would have to potential for a Naked Gun like klutzty, taking everything literally type humor... and it could work. It has to be very light hearted for a Super hero movie (Super Grover doesn't even have or need a super villain), and I'm sure little references to other movies would be there too.

    Somehow, I'd see something about how Grover has so many jobs being a good source for a movie. Something where he gets so overwhelmed at one point he quits everything, and doesn't realize how important he is. Or maybe a Walter Mitty style sketch movie where Grover has different fantasies of what he can be.
  19. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

    I don't think having another movie centered around elmo is a good idea i like the idea of a super grover movie.
  20. Alvin

    Alvin Active Member

    That's what I thought when they came out with the new Super Grover. That would be a good movie. BUT, to me it would need to be more...serious...than goofy...I mean yeah Super Grover is clumsy and goofy...but I don't know...it would take a good script and cast.

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