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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 37

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Ask and ye shall receive! Just finished watching, here's my thoughts.

    Episode 4109: Abby Cadaby Moves to Sesame Street.
    The street story plays out much like the episode guide posted here stated.
    Oscar at the beginning... Good to start off the day with some grouchiness.
    Fairy Wings and Miss Fairy Tale... Classic Oscar.

    She meets Big Bird, Snuffy, plays hide and seek with them and Elmo and Zoe, and then...
    Yaey! My namesake showed up to teach Abby how to count to 10.
    Too much lightning though, her wand broke. So it's off to...

    Yaey 2! The Fix-It-Shop!
    Just hope they fix more than the ever-ubiquitous toaster.
    What I liked was that the street story just kind of faded out to the batch of sketches.

    Highlights:
    1 Count Me In, song.
    2 Letter of the Day SVU parody.
    Man, that was good. And what was funny was that the M got unnerved by the chun-chunning musical barb. Funny in that SS sort of way.
    3 Hoots singing with this classical pianist, don't know the song's title right now.
    But it was a good musical pairing, the song really came off jazzily and it was a good listen.
    4 Global Grover: Iceland. Funny when the AM's at the end mistook Grover for a real puffling and put him inside the cardboard box to take him out to sea.
    5 Elmo's World: Friends. This had a good intro and closing because a lot of SS characters showed up at Elmo's door.
    Just hope he doesn't try putting that brainwashing cap on them again.
    *Nod to Revenge of Elmo, go read it in the FanFic section.
    6 They used the song "Stick Out Your Hand" with Andrea Martin's Learning Lady character here, liked it better when it was done by Bert and Ric Moranis in the airplane.
    7 There was a segment about two kids getting a snack before going out to play... The way they did it was how I'd've kind of liked SS to have handled the whole "Healthy Habits" angle, not clubbing us over the head with it every single segment, but a nice sort of teaching manner and just let it be.
    8 Healthy Storytime... Glad to get Bob narrating stories again. Liked the way the had Sleeping/Leaping Beauty as a sort of dancing diva.

    Lowpoints.
    1 Didn't like the new rock version of One of These Things.
    2 Didn't really care for the dancing segment with the animals.
    3 Suzy Kabloozy's version of Everybody Sleeps... Why couldn't we have gotten the classic version sung by Joe Raposo?
    Heh, just some random thoughts.

    BTW: Missed out on Trash Gordon, will have to wait to see it repeated.
    And I'd also like to know what the Count's lines were when he first showed up: something about an Institute of Technology...
    And at the very end: something about the comedy standard "Is there a doctor in the house?"
    That's all for today, check back tomorrow.
  3. dietrich

    dietrich Member

    Count can you describe the Healthy Storytime? Could you tell who performed Sleeping Beauty and if there were other characters in it. I really want to see it. Thanks
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Sleeping Beauty sounded to me like she was being performed by Leslie Carara. The story also featured a character named Prince Cha-cha-charming. I think he was performed by Joey Mazzarino.

    The Trash Gordon segmnet took place on the planet Meatball, where Trash Gordon was surrounded by a large meatball, I think it was brown with eyebrows. It kind of looked like the orange Oscar to me.

    Anyway, I thought that this episode was good. It seems like every segment (with the possible exception of The Number of the Day) was new. Abby Cadabby is a good character, though at times she sounds a bit like Baby Bop from Barney (did Leslie Carrara perform Baby Bop's voice? Does anybody care?).

    I liked Suzie Kabloozie's song Every Kitty Sleeps. It looks like it was new. Is it?

    I liked the Friendship episode of Elmo's World, though I wish that some more of Elmo's Friends were there, such as Herry Monster and some Honkers. The running gag with Zoe and Rocco was great, and I liked seeing Rocco imagine Elmo as a rock.

    It was good seeing Hoots the Owl in a new sketch. Hoots looks like he was rebuilt. I like the old puppet better.

    Journey to Ernie and The Spanish Word of the Day weren't in this episode. I hope that they still appear this season. And Dinner Theater hasn't been seen yet. Dang. Regarding Journey to Ernie, that skit wasn't in every episode last year either, but at least last year there was always an Ernie sketch shown regardless, but this episode didn't havew an Ernie sketch (unless you count Ernie's background appearances in Elmo's World).
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Well... The Healthy Storytime started out with Bob's narration. Don't remember the exact rhyme, but he said that Sleeping Beauty liked to get her rest to stay healthy. And then there's the character dancing away, she says with this sort of softened diva voice I liked that she's dancing, and calls herself Leaping Beauty when she dances. She then sang a sort of up-tempo rhyme about her moves, finishing with how now she would get her rest because she was tired from all the exercise done before. She falls into a deep sleep, and then the prince character comes into the scene... He's dancing the cha-cha, which explains why he calls himself Prince Cha-Carming, not sure if that's the correct way it should be written.
    He comes to get Sleeping/Leaping Beauty for their dance, but she's sound asleep.
    Prince: Oh well, wonder if Cinderella's home.
    The guy just sort of steps out of frame, leaving Bob to finish the narration.
    End scene. Hope this helps.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I didn't notice that Bob narrarated it. Only his voice was heard.

    I think it's a bit odd that the Mail-It Shop was turned back into the fix-it shop, but there weren't any episodes regarding this change.
  7. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Haven't gotten to see the episode yet. It comes on at 2 different times here, 7 AM and noon, and I was not really able to get myself up earlier enough for the first showing. I normally watch at noon time with my lunch. I will be giving my thoughts then.
  8. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I liked the fact that some of the more structured sketches were missing, it felt more random that way. I'm so glad the toaster gag is back and I noticed the old green stair is back in the arbor area.

    Love the rebuilt Hoot's puppet. Also love the song him and John Legend did. I think it called Sing a Song, not Sing. David and Olivia sang that a long time ago.

    Loved it when Zoe kept bugging Elmo with Rocco throughout the whole segment. Also loved the story book Bob read!

    Yeah Bear,I had to set my alarm clock because I always get up to late, but I woke up on time for some reason today.
  9. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member


    I thought of setting my alarm to watch it at 7, but figured I might as well just watch it at noon when they show the exact same episode. That is when I normally watch anyway because I get up at 8:30/9.
  10. Dil

    Dil Guest

    C'mon, Sesame Workshop! Enough using 'Elmo's World' in every episode!!!!!
  11. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member


    Do you have anything good to say about the episode, or is that it?
  12. Muppet Matt

    Muppet Matt Active Member

    From what I saw, I thought it was great!

    I think that's how they make most of thier money.
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    *Aside to Bry: Just leave it be buddy.

    The thing with both of my PBS stations, the national affiliate and the local affiliate, is that now they've synchronized it so that both channels air the episode at 9:00 AM.
    Used to be I'd get the airing on the national affiliate at 8, and then repeated on the local affiliate at 9.
    But at least I watched the first episode today, only missed out on Trash Gordon.
  14. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    That work's to, but it only comes on once time where I like so If I miss it that's it. Better luck next time.
  15. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Yeah, we get today's new episode on one channel at 2 different times, then later in the afternoon we get yesterday's episode on another channel. So if I ever miss a new episode, I know I have another chance to catch it tomorrow.
  16. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    I haven't seen the new episode yet, but I am curious to know how has Hoots' look changed?
  17. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Yeah. I thought of that too. I guess they went with the old saying:

    "Don't question. Just be thankful."


    I picked up that it was Bob. Though hopefully he'll do more than just voice-over work this season.

    I didn't really notice. That might be something to look up at Wikipedia or imdb.com.

    Yeah. Her version was pretty bad. Also, I wish they'd bring back the old baker films rather than using the new counting segments.

    Just a few other comments. I've noticed they still have a lot of stuff about health and exercise. That's real good as long as they don't change Cookie Monster to Diet Monster or anything. The opening credits are still the same. I've heard they might change those, but I guess they're not planning on doing that anytime soon. I also thought when Abby was shy about playing with friends, that would have been a good time to mention the fact that Snuffy had been shy at first to the point where he was thought to be imaginary. Just a little something that could have been included in the dialog. Maybe he could have said, "Yeah. I used to be shy too. In fact, it took me many years before I got to know the people on 'Sesame Street'" Just a thought. It was an interesting concept that Abby met Oscar first and that gave her a bad impression of the people on the street. It was good to see the Count in something new though. It sounds like Jerry is still performing him, but he may have been performed by someone else and have Jerry looping in the voice. I'm just assuming. I could be wrong. Yeah. I was a bit surprised that Bert and Ernie didn't show up. They can do without JTE, but hopefully we'll see some Ernie and Bert segments this season. The "Letter of the Day" was repeated though, so we didn't really see Cookie Monster in anything new. Hopefully he'll get more airtime as well. Anyway, I'll probably think of more to say later on. So I'll stop here for now.
  18. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Active Member

    Hmm, well this was a wonderful start of the season. I was expecting trash, and I found a little treasure.

    Here's what I loved...

    1. Woohoo, The Fix-It Shop is back, BUT they should have made an episode about the Fix-It-Shop coming, cause it would be confusing if one season, you saw the Mail-It Shop and switched to the Fix-It Shop.
    2. Okay, I for one would have loved Abby Cadabby when I was little. Great character, HOPEFULLY she will stay, I can see some neat things happenning story-wise etc.
    3. Wow, this was a Classic Sesame Fest. In one episode, there was Oscar, Zoe, Elmo, Big Bird, Snuffy, and the Count. Loved it. It was a great way to introduce the character as well.
    4. I am seriously loving the Law & Order spoof. It reminds me of the old spoofs they did back in the 70's of Dragnet. I am hoping they make this a re-accuring sketch. Its wonderful, and has alot of potential.
    5. I absolutely loved the come back of Hoots the Owl. I was shocked and was to me the highlight of the episode. I am surprised John Legend sang with him. It was just... awesome.
    6. Whew, im going on and on aren't I? Well anyways, I loved the Sleeping Beauty story, loved the fact Bob told the story. It was great.
    Flaws? No not in my opinion, they should keep goin on track. Good job SW, I will comment on tommorows episode, well, Tommorow!
  19. DTWolf

    DTWolf Member

    Goods and Bads

    This was the best experience I've had with a new Sesame episode for a long time. I tend to stay away from the show because so much of it has been weak the past few years.

    I hate not only Elmo's World, as lots of people do, but those inane "Journey to Ernie" segments too. I was overjoyed at the start of last season because I thought they'd done away with it--and deeply disappointed to find it showed up frequently in later episodes. I do so hope it's gone for good now, but I doubt it will be. Either way, they DO need to include a real Ernie segment in each episode.

    I like Abby. I'm going to expand on that in the Abby thread, so I'll leave it at that here.

    The Count was on the Street! Interacting with other characters! Yay!

    "Every Kitty Sleeps" had me laughing, though it could've been sung bettter. I think they were trying for "she sings so badly it's funny," but it didn't work. It was the parody element that was great.

    The Law and Order segment was great, though the "chun-chunnn" thing was funnier before they had the M point out how annoying it was. You don't have to spell everything out!

    For the record, the Cookie Monster/Prairie Dawn "M" segment was a repeat, but a good one. Cookie Monster has some good lines on Sesame Street.

    It's wonderful to see Hoots again, though the puppet has changed. He looks younger and less grizzled, and I like the original look better. The attempt to make him look like he was flying was poor, too. Still, I'm glad to see him.

    The Story Time with Sleeping Beauty was nice. I felt faint ripples of the old Henson irreverence that's been so glaringly absent from the show: Sleeping Beauty snores like a truck, the Prince is Cha-Cha-Charming, and he cocks his head and says, "I wonder if Cinderella's home" before dancing off the stage with an "oh well!" attitude.

    I watched it on tape, and MAN was it nice to fast forward through Elmo's World! (I also had to FF through the second half of that very very long "Count Me In" song.)

    My most nitpicky moment was being bothered that Oscar is reading so close to the front of the Trash Gordon book, despite the fact that he and Slimy have been going through it for so long. They've got to be further along than that! (Ahh--maybe grouches just don't read things in order.)
  20. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    How has Hoots' look changed, if anyone doesn't mind answering.


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