Was it really leaked in 2019? I know a few clips were screened publicly and somebody recorded the footage with a camera and put it online, but from what I heard, it was not even all of the street scenes.But at this point, with the fact that the episode was taken advantage of twice with leaks in 2019 and 2022 just for the sake of gaining popularity, I‘d say any chances of that one getting official releases have now been flushed down the toilet.
There had to be at least over 50 complaints in letters when I visited the CTW archives at UMD.I am thinking that the people who complained was just one or two angry mothers who complained about the scene's content (in which the witch's meanness and disrespect towards David could badly influence children. But then again the letter by one angry mother stated that her child was quite scared (supposedly at the witch's behavior, and/or maybe the Scanimate outline effects) and was so scared she may never have wanted to watch Sesame Street again. The Workshop responded, and banned the episode from being reran during the summer months. I wouldn't be shocked if the ban also applies to HBO Max too.
I can't say I agree with the clout-chasing thing given this was an anonymous reddit upload.Okay, so……. In spite of the fact that I’m not happy with the fact that this episode was leaked on the internet all for the sake of chasing clout, especially knowing very well where it came from….. I did give the episode a fair watch because I have been very curious to see it.
Yeah, it ends up being a sort of weird plot-hole that he could've prevented the whole episode by just giving the broom back.I must have overlooked it in the guides, but I had not realized that David was only refusing to give the broom back until she gave him some respect. All this time, I thought he was just afraid of what she would do with the broom (and he does seem that way when she finally gets it back), I thought him making her, in her old lady form, say "please" was more to see if that was actually her (thinking she would not say the word).
Yep, her aggressiveness immediately stuck out to me and I was like "yeah, I get this".I did download that rare and banned gem just now. I did skim through the episode, and it seemed as if the witch was being aggressive towards David and even decided to electrocute David (hence the white Scanimate effects and the accompanying electricity-crackling sound effects). No child in any era should be exposed to such aggression on a show that's designed to be educational for preschoolers. I seem to be unoffended by such scenes, but that's because I am a mature adult (have been for some time now).
I'm really glad the Count didn't use such effects on Grover in the counting hot dogs sketch.
The memorandum regarding the tests is somewhere in this thread and yeah, it didn't really scare them much then. Things like "kids who watched in color were fascinated by her green face", but the reason for them not being scared they suspected was cause they were surrounded by a bunch of adults.I can’t remember if I have brought this up before, but there must not have been any problems when they tested the episode to the kids.
Well that ended up being totally pointless...Well, news of the leak made its way to Fallon, despite not even mentioning the actual episode in question.