You're right, Ziffel. The sketch originally aired with Bert saying "some brother you are." On future airings it was changed to "oh, brother" (look at Bert's extra mouth movements and you'll see) apparently because they later decided that Ernie and Bert should be roommates, but not brothers.I know Ernie and Bert are friends and not brothers (eg. "My ol' buddy Bert"), but there's one skit from about 1971 or 1972 where Bert is in bed sick and Ernie comes in and tells him that he heard someone in the neighborhood is sick. ...
Well anyway, in this skit I could have sworn at one point Bert says, "Oh boy. Some brother!" Anyone recall Bert saying that? It was in the middle of the skit when Bert was trying to tell Ernie he was the one who was sick and when Ernie was still looking at that book and completely clueless.
I have this clip, and it's kinda weird to hear Cookie use the word "I" instead of "me" when referring to himself. I guess it was early in the character's development.
The neighbor's name was Harold 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10; he taught music (not arithmetic. as the guy chatting with the mailman assumed at first). When the sketch first aired, that remark was a segue into an abstract musical animation about counting to ten.check this out. http://www.angelfire.com/freak2/jog/Sesam15.html 1 is a picture from an 1st season skit where this mailman need to deliver a letter to Marian ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. and she had a neighbor Joe 12345678910 anyone know what the letter was for? can anyone give a brief discription of it i saw it but like so many it's been a long time since i've seen it. also anyone know what the bottom picture is supposed to be about? it's Bert with all theese monsters along with Oscar.
I'm guessing that Cookie Monster was evolving into a more childlike character--the equivalent of 2-3 years old, with speech patterns to match. (Kids that young do have trouble with pronouns!) His behavior is also more monster-like than that of the friendlier talking monsters on Sesame Street; that may have inspired Frank Oz to keep Cookie's grammar primitive.It's an arguable point. Sesame Street was meant to be an educational tool. Had the character been developed today, he probably never would have developed his bad grammar.
Now that I think about it, I wonder what prompted Frank to start using the improper grammar for Cookie. Did he just slip up one day and decided it seemed to work for the character and kept it? Or did someone else suggest it? It'd be an interesting question to ask him.