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American Archive of Public Broadcasting to preserve nearly 4,500 Sesame Street episodes

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by BertFan, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Well, I guess maybe I'm luckier than most people. Because the only places they'll be available for viewing are the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and WGBH in Boston, and I live in the Boston area so it's like I got lucky. It's so amazing they chose Boston out of all places in the country.
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  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this was in the original article, but another article about this says that some 381 episodes will be viewable in about six weeks from now.
  3. LanaThurlow

    LanaThurlow Member

    I'm absolutely thrilled that they are going to remaster some of the episodes of Sesame Street. I had wondered if they will ever going to remaster the series. Due to the age of the video tapes I was surprised that they lasted that long. They may not be able to remaster all of them but its good to know that they can restore some of them.
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  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    They're not remastering them, I don't think. Just digitally converting them straight from whatever video source they had.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought Sesame Workshop already digitally converted every episode in the past and would really only need to make new digital copies or whatever to send to the museums.

    I thought it was odd that the article mentioned that the old tape and audio is wearing out and needs to be restored/preserved, when it's said they were getting digital copies, but then I realized that it could just be talking about their mission in general. Seems the article confusingly goes from talking about obtaining Sesame Street episodes to talking about what the archive is and has done in general to talking about Sesame Street again.

    That second article says that the place will eventually get every episode.

    I find it interesting how it mentions a few specific episodes, but the second article at least provides links to YouTube uploads of the clips listed. Maybe it'd be better to mention things not on YouTube (which could be a bit of work for them to determine, and very little of what's not on YouTube would have the same appeal to casual fans).
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  6. BertFan

    BertFan Well-Known Member

    They might be the first 381 episodes or they might just be 381 Random episodes who knows 0_o
  7. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I'd assume it's the latter; the last decade or so is already digital and easy to transfer somewhere.
  8. Any Del

    Any Del Well-Known Member

    I'd say they might do 7 episodes per season.
  9. Cookie3001

    Cookie3001 Well-Known Member

    Lately I have given up on Episode 847, I thought it would be an eternity before we would get to see the episode but we just might get to see it now.
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  10. Cookie3001

    Cookie3001 Well-Known Member

    We all hoped that more vintage episodes would be available for Sesame Street's 50th anniversary, I personally thought that there is no way we will get to see more of those but we do. :super:
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So wait, I'm confused, I thought they were digitizing all episodes, now they're only doing some?

    I guess it's a monetery issue or something. I know Jim Martin has been trying to digitally preserve THE GREAT SPACE COASTER, but it would be too expensive to do all 250 episodes, and the last I heard, he had raised enough funds to only preserve I think maybe 8-10 episodes.
  12. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Per the article I linked to:

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  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if the first 381 episodes digitized will be the first 381 episodes broadcast or if they'll be randomly selected. I feel sending in the episodes in order would make it easier to keep track of what has and hasn't been sent, but on the other hand, that article mentions some episodes like Mr. Hooper's death and Cookie Monster as Alistair Cookie, which are long after episode 381, I don't think the article specifically states that those are among the first batch to be included but I do feel under the impression that it does.
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I think it's pretty obvious it would be a random assortment of episodes and not the first 381.

    For one thing, again, every episode has been digital for years now and would naturally be the first and easiest materials to donate. Second, they'd also probably go with notable episodes first (the premiere, Hooper's death, the wedding, hurricane, etc.) over "random episode from the middle of season 2."
  15. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    I hope that these episodes do get remastered and/or restored to a reasonable level, so that viewers can clearly see and hear what's going on. Grainy audio and video would not be ideal.

    And to back what Oscarfan said earlier, the first batch of episodes would most likely have the ones that casual fans would want to see, like the Hawaii trip (1090-1095), Maria and Luis's wedding (2485), or Mr. Hooper's death (1839). In other words, the AAPB would start by preserving the episodes that were most important to children's programming in general and REALLY left a powerful impression on American viewers and families.
    Sometimes it's important to shift perspective a bit and think about what the public wants, and not just what hardcore fans want. So as much as we'd like to see episode 135, or 599, or (gasp) 847...it won't happen for a while, if at all.
  16. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    So pretty much the people who care most are gonna make the pilgrimage and get to see the most rare stuff... I'm fine with that I guess. inb4 Lost Media field trip.

    Really good point; I imagine someone will sneak a phone and record a bit of that episode if it's there. Someone will do it just for posterity.

    So I don't think it'll be "lost" anymore, but a similar thing happened with Cracks where Jon Armond acquired a copy but was only allowed to show it to people in person; it was still considered lost, however this is in an official, public context.
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Hmm, any idea if that wiki considers anything "lost" if the only way to see it is at Paley Center for Media or another museum that screens content to the public (maybe even content that this archive already has)?

    The Jim Henson Legacy sometimes includes clips from Out to Lunch at screenings, I wonder if that special has an entry at the Lost Media Wiki (though from what I've heard, even though Henson screens clips from the special, they haven't held a screening for the full special).
  18. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Out to Lunch has its own page and is considered lost since the screenings are done in private and not for the general public.

    Regarding your first question, I'll have to pose that to LMW founder dycaite; I'm assuming it won't be considered lost anymore, or will be a special "Partially found" case. Either way, this will speak volumes to SW's stance on the episode (hopefully the person donating has no clue this is an infamous "holy grail"); the divorce episode has no shot imo, but 847 has a decent chance. If it's not there, we will literally never see it if not for a leak... it will be a sad day if it's not one of the episodes.

    They should do the Mr. Rogers Twitch marathon thing with all the episodes; I know the length would be crazy, but there doesn't have to be any breaks/stories/edits. Just let the hardcore fans clip the best moments.
  19. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Yes, BUT...in case you didn't read the article in full detail, you have to make an appointment with them first. They're not going to let you in anytime you want to view the episodes. Just saying.
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    ssetta can just make a lot of appointments.

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