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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Spoofs DVD Set

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Jul 5, 2011.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    "Sesame Street Spoofs Volumes 1 and 2 DVD" will arrive on DVD this Tuesday July 5. Here's our review of this anticipated two disc DVD set. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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    Once you receive your "Sesame Street Spoofs" DVD, post here and let us know your thoughts on this anticipated release.
  2. zns

    zns Active Member

    Surprisingly enough, I found a copy the day before the release over at Suncoast and knew that I had to buy it. Everything on both discs is wonderful. The stuff with Oscar is pure Caroll Spinney gold. And the pieces with Grover are laugh out loud funny, along with the stuff with Cookie Monster. The greatest sketch out of everything else is most definitely the Jon and Kate Plus 8 piece. It's a shame it didn't make it into the show during the divorce, because it is just too hilarious for words. A great find for any adult Sesame Street fan. :insatiable::super::grouchy:
  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Great review! I ordered mine, but it's too bad I'll be away when it comes.

    I still can't figure out what bit the image in the lower right corner of the DVD cover is, even with the segment listing.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This is a great set (despite the lack of Miami Mice... and I searched but couldn't find any easter eggs).

    One thing I noticed is that both discs begin with the Sesame Street around the world promo and a preview for 40 Years of Sunny Days. Normally multi-disc sets only have previews on the first disc.

    The "Here is Your Life" segment is presented with the book title card as opposed to the original, and the very end of Beat the Time: Cookie Monster (when the title card shows up) is cut.

    As expected, the first two Monsterpiece Theater segments have the original title card, and Gone with the Wind has the original Alistair Cookie intro and outro. I noticed that the picture quality on the original Monsterpiece Theater opening (as well as the Sesame Street News title card) looks a bit faded (especially considering that on 40 Years of Sunny Days the Monsterpiece Theater title card looked so crisp).
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    A few things about the review that I noticed:
    • It says that Sesame Street has been doing spoofs since the first season, but I don't know of any parody segments that originated in season one (if there were parodies in the first season then it's a shame none were included, as I really like stuff from the first season and feel there's not enough first season content on DVD).
    • It's said that this would have been an ideal release to include early Beatles parodies. Did the reviewer mean covers from the first season (because a cover isn't a parody), or early appearances by The Beetles (but then what would constitute "early Beetles" appearnaces, considering there aren't many?).

    I noticed that this set has ending credits on disc 2 but not disc 1 (it just says "End of Volume 1"). I was surprised that there was even a closing credits sequence at all (considering 40 Years of Sunny Days and the Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures DVDs don't have ending credits, just a few trademark/copyright credits). I was especially surprised that disc 1 doesn't even have trademark credits at the end (not even for Kermit), but the neccessary trademark credits appear on disc 2. Until I saw the credits on disc 2, I thought Sesame Workshop somehow failed to even provide trademark credits for Kermit (the packaging doesn't even mention Kermit as a trademark of The Muppets Studio, but the 40th anniversary DVD packaging didn't either).

    On the top right of the cover there's some blurry images, which I at first thought were from Outrageous Makeover: Home Addition, then I thought it was from Air (which isn't on this set), but then I noticed those images weren't from either sketch (they're from True Mud).

    I don't really remember seeing Family Food or Rebel L before (though as I was watching Rebel L I thought something about it felt familiar). Both are really good.

    I noticed on the menus for the disc 1 bonus clips and the last chapter menus on both disc there's an empty space on the film strips. These would have been great places to put some easter eggs.

    A second volume (I'd rather not call it "Best of Sesame Street Spoofs Volumes 3 and 4") would be great, there are quite a few parodies I feel are essential that aren't included (I think more fans would remember Miami Mice, That Grouchy Face, Mysterious Theater, and Squeal of Fortune better than they would the Dragnet parody). Heck, you could fill an entire disc with Monsterpiece Theater segments. But it would be good to get a different kind of two-disc set next year.

    I must ask, is the Spaceship Surprise: The Next Generation segment included here the only Spaceship Surprise: Next Generation segment? It's the only one listed at Muppet Wiki.
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Do the segments cut to one another, transition in some way or just fade in and out?
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Most segments cut to one another, but in some cases (and it seems disc 1 does this more than disc 2) there's a transition where the end of a clip zooms back, being shown on a film strip (like how the clips on the cover are shown) and it moves past a few strips (showing parts of other clips in the process) before starting the next clip.

    All of the bonus clips fade in and out (though there's no "play all" feature when it comes to the bonuses).
  8. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I haven't bought it yet, but it looks like something worth getting. Too bad it doesn't have the Meal or No Meal sketch though, but I'm still gonna buy it when I get the chance.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Like with 40 Years of Sunny Days, if you like on one of the clips (as opposed to "play all"), it'll go back to the chapters menu after the clip ends. Unlike 40 Years of Sunny Days, the seasons aren't listed in the chapter menu (on that set you can click on the season number and the set will keep going), so if you want to start at a later point and continue you'll have to settle for hitting the chapter skip button until you're at your desired starting point.
  10. BIGMuppetFan

    BIGMuppetFan Member

    I bought this set at Target this morning and am currently watching Disc two,
    I Really enjoyed Disc one!! and Disc Two is fun as well,

    I know there are tons of Clips they could but these are great ones that they choose!!
    I say if you can find it in stores you should pick up a copy

    as to the Next volume thing, I would really like them to do sets based on each SS character

    You could double up each set Like "The Best of Sesame Street's Ernie and Bert" "The Best of Sesame Street's Big Bird and Snuffy" "The Best of Sesame Street's Cookie Monster and Grover" "The Best of Sesame Street's Telly, Zoe, and Rosita"

    Each set could have two disc highlighting disc one 1969-1989 then Disc 2 1990-2011, Those sets I think would sell,

    Having two characters a set would be easier then each individual set of each character, But what would be cool is having many clips of each character and then when the second character is introduced on the show you start having clips with them in it.

    Those would be great DVD sets to produce!!
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  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    That sounds like a good idea. Or maybe a two-disc "Best of Bert & Ernie & Other Sesame Street Duos" collection. Disc 1 could focus on Bert and Ernie, with a bonus selection of Ernie and Cookie Monster team-ups, and disc two could focus on other duos, including Big Bird and Snuffy, Oscar and Telly, Kermit and Grover, Elmo and Zoe, Biff and Sully, and early comedy duos Buddy and Jim, Larry and Phyllis, and Wally and Ralph.
  12. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I got the set today and I really like it. Some stray observations:
    • Wow, I didn't expect the box to be so thin for this.
    • There seems to be this odd jump from around season 25/26 to season 35. Hopefully if there's a second one of these coming next year, the stuff from then will get some screen time. I wanted to see "Telly's Aquarium" make an appearance.
    • I do like that they threw in some non-Muppet spoof segments, seeing as though they weren't as common, but the ones they chose weren't so great. How could they leave out "Hip to be a Square"?!
    • I noticed there's over 30 puppeteers credited for these sketches. Holy cow!
    • Although the film transitions looked nice (and add variety tot he way the segments flow to each other), they seem to cut off the endings a lot. They virtually cut off the punchline to Pre-School Musical.
    • "Dirtiest Jobs" has some added slime and music at the end.
    • While it's nice that all the Beat the Time sketches are one disc, I would rather they used one of them and replaced the other two with some other parodies (*cough*Hip to be a Square or Honk Around the Clock or Letter B*cough*)
    • Two of the bits involve the Count watching the parody on TV. I would've replaced one of them with something else for diversity (probably "Six Feet Under", since it's already on two DVDs).
    • Jon & Kate Plus 8 was rather odd, but a really nice inclusion and a pleasant surprise.
    • For some reason, I really like purple as a boxset color. However, the designs of the back of the box and DVD cases look pretty bland.
    • Out of curiosity, why did they chose Mr. John to be part of the box art? He's only in one skit.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member


    I pointed that out in the other thread when the contents were announced. Of course with a set like this every season doesn't need to be represented, and the chapter menus don't list seasons, but they could have put a few season 27-34 stuff, like Super Morphin' Mega Monsters and one or two of the later Monsterpiece Theater segments (or even Furry Happy Monsters, though that's already on DVD).

    One thing I noticed is that Steve Whitmire isn't credited, and the video releases tend to credit all performers (even ones who otherwise go uncredited). I thought he performed Dr. Feel, though I don't recognize any other Whitmire voices in that character. But the 40th anniversary book does include a photo of the character on the Steve Whitmire page (it's not a photo of Whitmire performing the character, and he's not listed among Whitmire's characters in the book).

    That is annoying, especially since we hear part of another clip, drowning it out further. It's especially distracting when I just click on one clip, since when you click on an individual clip it goes right back to the chapters menu when the clip ends.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I was just watching the credits again, and noticed that despite how very little Elmo this has, the credits still say "And Kevin Clash as Elmo".

    I was thinking that all of the Monsterpiece Theater segments were shown with whatever openings the segments originally had, but I read in the 40th anniversary book that Twin Beaks premiered in season 22 and on Muppet Wiki that the MT opening premiered in 1992 (season 23), and Twin Beaks is shown with the second opening. I guess it's not too big a deal (it's good that this set includes both Monsterpiece Theater openings that were parodies of actual Masterpiece Theater openings).

    After watching all the segments, I'm convinced that the image at the bottom left corner is from 30 Rocks, even though there are images elsewhere on the cover.

    I'm thinking that another good, similar two-disc set idea would be a "Best of Sesame Street Game Shows". That would obviously include a lot of Guy Smiley, and should include all the game shows with other hosts (even if it means double-dipping on Family Food), maybe even include some of the street stories invovling game shows (though most of them, at least the ones after the format change, have been released on DVD). Disc 1's bonus features could include both parts of The Mr. and Mrs. Game (makes most sense for a two-part sketch to be included as bonus features), and disc 2 could include The Alphabet Game as a bonus feature (though it'd be more appropriate as a disc 1 bonus).

    Except for Jon & Kate Plus 8, pretty much everything on here could have been viewed on YouTube. Before this came out I didn't think there were many rare parodies (unless they were so rare I hadn't heard of them), the rarest one I could think of being The Count's "Miami Mice" appearance (reminds me of how "Beat the Time: Grover" used to be so rare). But then I remembered that Sesame Street Unpaved has a listing of parodies, which includes a number of titles I know nothing about, aside from being on the list.
  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I don't know when it started, but "Kevin Clash as Elmo" was part of the C is for Cookie Monster DVD credits, so they've been doing it for almost a year.
  16. Chris Gawley

    Chris Gawley Member

    How can they make a Sesame Street Spoofs dvd with out the "Alphabet Chats"? I've been waiting for years for them to be resurrected from oblivion, & they're not even mentioned?
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't think Alphabet Chat is a spoof of anything.

    Besides, a number of recurring spoof segments (Mysterious Theater, Miami Mice, Trash Gordon, the original Spacehip Surprise) were left out as well.

    A number of Alphabet Chat segments (for the letters B, H, and O) can be viewed at sesamestreet.org.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I noticed that both discs have 19 segments each (not counting bonus clips). I would have expected the disc running time to be more important than the number of clips. And maybe it is a coincidence that the main program has the same amount of clips per disc, but it's still a little odd (as the length of many segments vary).
  19. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Pretty much agree with everyone on here with what's on this set. Though, I will say though that the Family Food bit is absolutely dreadful. Excruciating long for an insert with very little humor. Almost put me to sleep. Proof that not every Sesame spoof is gold.
  20. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    I picked up the DVD today and decided to watch it right when I got home from Target, my dad even sat down and watched it with me. He remembered the 'Beat The Time' segments more than I did, he said they were on before I was old enough to watch Sesame Street myself. With that said, I liked how there were older and more recent spoofs on the set.

    I thought that The Cobblestones 'I Can't Get No Cooperation' should have been included, I mean that Mick Jagger look a like Muppet is just priceless.

    Watching 'Cereal Girl' made me feel like a little kid again, after I saw that as a kid I ate nothing but cereal for a while!

    All in all, I really did enjoy the set, but I wanted a little more, maybe some more News Flash segments with Kermit and maybe some more song spoofs like 'How I Miss My Ex' (with the letter X of course) and I wished 'Hip To Be a Square' had made it as well.


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