- Jun 5, 2014
- Reaction score
In fact - I happen to know who did the catchy BGM. His name was Caleb Sampson, and he died in 1998. Wikipedia claims a Youko Miyamoto did the music. I know that person too, and not to upset her or anything, but she stole the music from Caleb Sampson without knowing. Good thing it isn't copyrighted.Again, that's more scary than disturbing. As far as Jim Henson goes, that seems to be very much 60's, early 70's Jim stuff. He did some great abstracts from time to time, and he felt they'd work fine on Sesame Street. Now, it being scary is up for debate, and why something that abstract didn't cross his mind as scary to little kids eludes me, but I give all the credit in the world for Jim not dumbing down the concept by making it cutesy woowoo. It's probably scary as a kid, but as an adult fan of Jim Henson, I find it intriguing.
Now, this was already posted in the "What scared you as a Kid" thread, but I feel it belongs here...
Here's where I don't respect artistic integrity and not dumbing things down. See, there are artists and arteests. Artists make art, arteests make incomprehensible rubbish because they think it's daring and intelligent and in reality it's just so head up its butt that it's a turn off. While I won't say these segments are that exactly, they're pretty darn close. If this was handed to a wackier animator, the idea of morphing faces would actually be kinda fun. For example:
Now, I'm sure there are some that didn't like this skit and it bothered them when they were younger, but let's compare the two examples.
There's some nice atmospheric, catchy music and the faces switch from realistic to cartoonish. This segment has a nice, bouncy, upbeat quality that the other face morph one lacks. Now, the male face morph sketch is more disturbing than the female one, first off. The transformations are much more grotesque here. The guy clearly turns into Rocky Dennis at one point. Now, for comparison sake... no music, but hey! Creepy Moog synthesizer. Instead of faces morphing into other faces to say "hey! Faces can be different" it's out and out body horror. Why these aired on Sesame Street and the Wicked Witch episode was pulled I'll never know.
Anyways, great point about the difference between Ken Brown and Lisa Crafts' sketch, and Etienne Delessert's sketch. I agree on the guy, I looked up who Rocky Dennis was to understand your comment and the pictures unnerved me. The female one is a bit creepier in terms of sounds, how loud they get near the end might hurt someone's ears on full volume; not to mention I actually woke up in the middle of the night shortly after seeing it for the first time and kinda got scared when I thought of it.
Someone remembers a third face morph sketch where a guy's mouth changes at an angle and disappears with a pop at the end. As disturbing as they may be, I've figured out what they were supposed to teach us: no matter how different we are, we're still the same, which is represented by the face morphing back to normal. It could also be a kid playing a video game, evidenced by the noise before the morphing starts. But this was 1973...
Etienne Delessert's still alive, by the way.