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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 43

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Just a reminder that Sesame Street's 43rd season officially begins Monday on PBS stations across the country. Check your local times in your area. Sesame Street begins a new era with the debut of "Elmo the Musical." Find out all about Sesame Street Season 43 and "Elmo the Musical" here.

    After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know your thoughts. When you're the first to post about a new episode please include a description of the street scene or an episode number so that we know which episode you are discussing.



    The season premiere episode for Monday September 24 is...

    4301: Get Lost, Mr. Chips
    Cookie Monster tries to control himself when the exclusive Cookie Connoisseurs Club makes a visit.



    If you've seen Sesame Street Season 43, please like this post and let us know your thoughts on the new episodes.
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  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Have fun you guys, I sadly have to sit this one out for the time being... :(
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  3. Muppet dude

    Muppet dude Active Member

    Is it just me, or was Murray Monster practically shouting his lines for the Word on the Street? (which was "Nibble")

    The opening sequence is the same one we've been seeing since Season 40. Nothing has been changed on it.
    Cookie Monster's voice sounds different for some reason. Even my ear detects David Rudman, it doesn't sound like how he usually voices Cookie...
    "Me pledge allegiance!"
    Alan: "That's just how he talks." :insatiable:
    (Watching right now as I type...)

    Man, this street scene is a bit longer than usual. It's already 10:15. I wonder if this is a somewhat new thing for the season; extending the new street scenes by a few minutes?

    So far it was an entertaining street story :)
  4. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I'm watching the show right now (it came on at 10 here), and I really liked the street scene. It had a bit of humor, lots of charm, I think that it's really good so far.

    I have to note that Halle Berry didn't do a very good acting job in her sketch with Elmo...

    I wasn't a big watcher of the past few seasons much, but to me it seemed like there was some new background music in the scene that they recently added? Just like at the beginning I thought I heard an underlying melody in there that I didn't remember.

    I agree that David's Cookie does sound a bit different. Nothing major, but it sounds a little rougher.

    It seems to have run on for 18 minutes, when I thought before they were usually 16. So an extra two minutes are good.
  5. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Keep in mind, Elmo the Musical is only 11 minutes (verses Elmo's World 15 minutes) so there will be some additional time to work with in each show. Hopefully this time will be used for more Muppet inserts, but if the street story justifies the extra time occasionally that works too.
  6. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Wow..."Five By" is on right now, and I am just loving this. The inclusion of Count...it's brilliant!
  7. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Forgive me for wondering, but is the Super Grover 2.0 sketch a new one? I really enjoyed it, and I loved the set and the puppets used. It was an all around great sketch, new or not.

    And is the Two-Headed Monster sketch on right now new? Or is it a repeat? Either way, I'm excited to see the 2-in-one monster be featured today.
  8. Muppet dude

    Muppet dude Active Member

    So far "Elmo the Musical" seems a bit more professionally-made...
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  9. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The Two-Headed Monster bit, which I saw online, is indeed. What was the Super Grover 2.0 bit? I'd know if it was new or not.
  10. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    It was about a mouse trying to bring cheese to a rat in a restaurant-type setting, yet not being able to get the door open to come out while holding the cheese.
  11. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's a repeat.
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I thought it might be, but I wouldn't know since I tend to slack on SST watching. Either way, it's a good sketch.

    Regarding Elmo: The Musical, I'm really liking it so far. Being the music lover I am, this beats Elmo's World any day.
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    After the ep, can someone post a full sketch listing please?
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This was a good episode. I think it's episode number 4334 (hey, a number palindrome! And the first two digits are 43, like the season number!)

    Here's a rundown. I might be forgetting something (in fact I forget what the letter of the day is, and of course I forget what letter segments were included), and I might be slightly off on the order, but here goes:
    • Street Story: Cookie Monster joins a cookie club
    • Word of the Day: Nibble with Hallie Berry and Elmo
    • Cartoon: A girl has to wait to do a number of different things
    • Abby's Flying Fairy School (wasn't really paying attention to the plot... There's some kind of talking tree involved)
    • By 5 with Train, Elmo, and The Count
    • Super Grover 2.0: Wedge of Cheese
    • Two-headed Monster: Glasses of Milk
    • Elmo the Musical!: Guacomole the Musical
    I also noticed Cookie Monster's voice sounding a little different (I think deeper-sounding), but characters often sound different over time regardless if the performer changes or not. In this episode I also noticed David Rudman's half of The Two-Headed Monster sounding more like Cookie Monster. Never really noticed this before.

    I missed the very beginning, but I didn't notice any dedications to Jerry Nelson (I assume it would come after the credits).
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    What a strong opener. Super Grover 2.0 repeat aside... this was a very good way to kick off the new season. A wonderfully hilarious Cookie Monster street story, a new Abby, and the new Elmo segment I'm going to gush about.

    I really liked how Allen was comedically nervous about Cookie Monster popping up. You don't see him do too much of that. Just out of character enough to work and be some great comedic tension. David added a wonderful, almost Monty Python-esque comedic presence... I love how straight faced his first reaction to Cookie Monster was. And we really got to see Cookie Monster stretch as a character again. Plus, it's always fun to make fun of wine snobs. Imagine if he had to spit the cookies out, like in a real wine tasting?

    Hallie Berry's segment was much more fun that I thought it would be, that segment about the girl waiting had some lovely animation, the Murray Tune ins were much less intrusive and cut to the point (except for the reused guessing game at the end)... Abby's segment was good as usual. And it's always great to see a new Two Headed Monster segment, especially one that holds up to the classic ones.

    I will say the only thing that inhibited my enjoyment of the Five song was just the depressing thought about it being one of the last things Jerry did, and his passing is really starting to sink in.

    But Elmo the Musical... where to begin? With Elmo's World, I feel that I could pull out a copy of War and Peace, read through the whole thing, and it would barely be through the insert film about children doing whatever the subject was. ETM? Sped by so fast, I almost couldn't believe it was over. Well, that's what happens when you have an engaging plot, fun music, and interacting with other characters. This was one of the best things to happen to Sesame Street for some time. Sure, Elmo's World had it's moments, but I don't think anyone's going to mourn the loss of that stale thing.
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  16. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I have to say that after watching the episode in whole, this is the absolute most I've enjoyed Sesame Street in years. I think the Elmo: The Musical thing really helped a lot with that, because the Elmo's World segments went so slow that it didn't give me a complete ending. This did, and I just thought everything was so well rounded in the episode. The street scene was awesome, the new Two-Headed Monster sketch, "Five By"...I just loved this episode so much...hopefully more goodness will be on its way this season.
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I didn't think today's Elmo the Musical was too great. It's just one episode so far, maybe it'll get better later on, but it feels more like a typical kids show (like Blues Clues or Dora the Explorer). I like Velvet the curtain, and actually most of the CGI was impressive here. But so far this segment doesn't really do it for me. Interestingly, I really liked Elmo's World a lot better when it premiered but within a year got tired of it. Will the opposite happen with Elmo the Musical?

    Why do I get the feeling that the first Sesame Street DVD of next year will be an Elmo the Musical release?
  18. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    I hope an Elmo the musical episode makes it to YouTube this week and maybe the cookie street scene
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    great way to start the season!
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  20. jgidley

    jgidley Active Member

    Does anyone know if full episodes are posted on the website, or pbskids.org?


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