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It's Official: Caroll Spinney retires from Sesame Street after nearly 50 years

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Convincing John, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Any Del

    Any Del Well-Known Member

    I'm just sitting in my bedroom in quiet while I'm just reminiscing the legendary Caroll Spinney.
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  2. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Sesame's Instagram has videos of Caroll's retirement party, including a performance of Sing with Loretta Long and Alison Bartlett! But what's really surreal is Fran Brill is there alongside her characters played by her current performers!

  3. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    The pictures I saw are both heart warming and heart breaking. It's wonderful to see that so many people truly love this man, but it's so sad to see that he's in a wheel chair now. He had a fantastic life and I hope he has many years to come, but it's a reminder that sooner or later age will take it's toll on all of us (if we are lucky).

    Edit: Also, it's so jarring to see the human cast members aged. I still remember them all as the young residents of Sesame Street. Getting older scares to heck out of me. I'm glad all of these wonderful people have a legacy they will be leaving behind.
  4. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Nice to see Susan, Gina, and Fran!
  5. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Again, I reiterate my previous question. When will we see/hear this final performance? Sorry I don't mean to be a pest by repeating myself, but the suspense is killing me.
  6. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I spotted The Amazing Mumford there.
  7. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Season 50. So that'll be fall 2019/spring 2020 or summer 2020 for those watching on PBS.
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm not even kidding this time - I am in tears right now.
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  9. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Okay. That's what I was thinking. It will be well worth the wait. You'll have to all keep me updated as we get closer to the time.

    That must be neat that even people who have left the show were able to make it. I'll have to check that out when I get a chance.
  10. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    Seriously...if anything on this forum deserves a "LOVE" react, it's this video of Caroll's retirement party.

    Since Caroll Spinney has given so much love to the world over the years, he has truly earned the outpouring of love that he's getting now. I'm sure that other SS legends who have left us (Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Jon Stone, Northern Calloway, Will Lee, and Jim Henson himself) would be proud of Caroll and everything that he's achieved. Again, bravo Caroll and thanks for making our days sunny and sweet.
  11. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    And sweeping those clouds away as well.
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  12. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    As I was going through Facebook, I learned that Desiree Casado was at that party too!
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  13. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah! I saw on one of the Instagram videos. They got Gabi out of hiding!
  14. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I’m just so happy that they did all this! It makes my happy that Caroll celebrated his retirement with most of not all the people he spent a lot of time with on Sesame Street.

    I’m sure it’s a moment he’ll never forget.
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It's really going to be sad to listen to Caroll's final performance as Big Bird and Oscar next year: people have been complaining enough about how "depressed" Big Bird has been sounding in recent years, but the strength in even Caroll's regular speaking voice has weakened significantly as of late - I have to admit, it was difficult to hear him clearly when I met him last year, which I believe was one of the reasons why Debbie answered or finished a lot of questions for him, which is very sweet and loving of her to do. Even during the Q&A panel, he trailed off a bit, and likewise, Debbie finished his story for him.

    But either way, we can all say, again, Caroll more than deserves his retirement, and while we may be sad to see him leave, we should be grateful and appreciative of his dedication and hanging in there as long as he possibly could. There will never be another like him, though his characters are in good hands.
  16. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Debbie answered most of my comments, too. She even sang along to me singing "I Just Adore Four (The number for me!)" :p
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I remember them uploading/creating a playlist of performances by Jerry Nelson. Not really the same as creating a documentary-style video about his work. Then again, they likely had more time to put together a video honoring Caroll Spinney than they would have for Jerry Nelson.
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  18. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they got Miles as well, but they probably didn’t.
  19. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    Forgive me for being a bit rude, but it while it was a truly touching moment, and I am getting emotional just seeing it.

    I don't know if it was possible, but it would have been more epic if they brought in the old Adult cast to say good-bye to Caroll. It would have been touching to see the Original Sesame Street Adult cast and Caroll together one last time before he retired given the memories between the original Adult cast and Caroll. Right ? ?
  20. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    Strike my last post because this was what I wanted to see. I mean final good retirement party with some old cast members making an appearance or two. Now THAT is the Sesame Street Family that I remember via "Follow that Bird." :wisdom:

    I even spotted Grungetta in this. :grouchy:

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