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Sesame Workshop/Shout! Factory Deal

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by hemlock, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. hemlock

    hemlock Well-Known Member

  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    We had kinda known already, both the Amazon and Barnes and Noble pages for the next video, Elmo's World: Elmo Explores, list Shout! as the video distributor. It's odd that there wasn't an official article announcement until after.

    I'm curious about the "150 Sesame Street-related titles". At first I thought it meant 150 productions made by Sesame Workshop (but then again I don't think SW has produced that many domestic shows), but it probably refers to all the international co-productions, though I thought it said that the rights were limited to North America (what would be the chances of international co-productions, particularly ones that dubbed the languages, getting released? Though I believe Plaza Sesamo DVDs have been released here).

    I wonder if that would count Sesame Street specials and existing video releases. I wonder if they're counting short-form series that air as part of the show here (like Elmo's World, Abby's Flying Fairy School, and Cookie's Crumby Pictures) as separate "Sesame Street-related titles". I could see The Furchester Hotel being among those, and Play With Me Sesame, maybe Sesame English, maybe Shalom Sesame, maybe Sesame Park.

    Each of the three Old School volumes were released when a different company handled the video rights. If Shout! put out volume four (or if Shout! never does but the next video company to get the rights does, or whatever), then we'd be getting one Old School volume per video distributor.

    Shout! is better known for releasing stuff for collectors, which makes it odd that the first Sesame release is an Elmo's World one (though we didn't know of Shout!'s involvement until that was announced). But the last part of the article, saying that they'll be putting out stuff for both today's audience and the generations that grew up with the show, makes it sound like there are collector sets planned (it also mentioned video on demand and Blu-ray, which seem like something more for the collectors).
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  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It's been announced that The Magical Wand Chase will be released on November 4,with Elmo's Alphabet Challenge as a bonus video.

    Contents for Elmo Explores is now listed on Muppet Wiki, including episodes of The Furchester Hotel and classic Elmo's World segments (I wonder if they will be their original length/edits or be the shortened edits from recent seasons).
  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The 150 Sesame-related titles most likely refers to all the home videos they've already made.
  5. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Makes me wonder if the 20 home videos that haven't been released on DVD finally will be.
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I did look at the Sesame Street Videography page and counted all the video releases (both direct-to-video, releases of full episodes, and releases of specials) that have been released on DVD (not counting things that wouldn't be included, like the two movies) and only counted 144 releases. And the main Sesame Street Videography page doesn't list Elmo's World or Play With Me Sesame releases (those have a separate videography page).

    Though I wonder if I should have counted "Elmo and Friends" and "Cookie Monster and Friends". Or all the DVD releases of full episodes (ones that aren't specially-assembled compilations.... and on that note I wonder if Elmo's World and Play With Me Sesame should only count as one as opposed to each individual home video release). Or if I should have only counted video releases with significant new footage. And maybe some old home videos and specials not available on DVD would count.

    Something I thought about: Wouldn't it be great if Shout! put out a special edition release of Christmas Eve on Sesame Street this year, to celebrate the specials 40th anniversary? So maybe the anniversary won't get any official acknowledgement or merchandise, but would make for a cool release. I wonder if Warner Home Video would have done such a release (WHV seems to be very fond of rereleasing Christmas productions it has the rights to on multiple releases in various ways).

    I also thought about last years Thanksgiving episode, it would be great if that could get a DVD release this year. I've been thinking it could be themed around food and other things related to Thanksgiving (trying to determine if there's any episodes or segments about being thankful, maybe the cartoon where an Indian boy tells two boys that Indians don't talk the way they do on television would be a good segment to include). Could be a great way to release some waiter Grover segments as well as some Cookie Monster segments about food (C is for Cooking and Let's Eat! would be obvious choices for bonus videos).

    Of course there's still plenty of time for either kind of release to be announced/come out in time for the appropriate holiday this year. Hmm, and speaking of a possible rerelease of Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, whether it's a collectors-based release or just a repackaged release on a new label, I wonder how long it'll be before we start seeing Shout! releases of existing releases.
  7. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking the same thing! Definitely more worthy of an anniversary release than that other 1978 SS Christmas special...
  8. Muzzarino

    Muzzarino Well-Known Member

    Speaking of, will they feature the Shout Factory logo on their releases? Warner should have used the open matte WHV logo on their releases before the deal ended.
  9. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    That's pretty much a "wait and see" at this point.
  10. MrMuppet93

    MrMuppet93 Well-Known Member

    If we do celebrate the special's 40th anniversary, how about include Cookie Monster's food allergy joke and most importantly the 1971 PBS logo.
  11. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    You mean 50th?
  12. MrMuppet93

    MrMuppet93 Well-Known Member

    I mean for the 40th anniversary Christmas eve on sesame street special (1978) since it will happen this year, not Sesame Street in general. If .Sesame Street as a whole's official 50th special happens, my wish is they use the 1969 NET logo as well as the '69-'71 placeholder PBS logo (dig it up from the vaults, even though it's on youtube).

    Speaking of logos, it would be nice if Christmas Eve on Sesame Street would also restore not only the '71 PBS logo, but the late 70s CTW logo as well as seen on the 1987 VHS. Fundings are no problem either as they were intact on every VHS and DVD release.
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  13. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Considering how a lot of the original cast members have stated that Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is one of their favorite moments from the show's almost 50 year history, I think it would be neat if they could not only release a 40th anniversary edition of the DVD, but also include interviews with Bob, Loretta, Roscoe, Sonia, Caroll, and basically anyone who was involved with the special that's still around (and are able to come into the studio) and have them talk about what it was like to film this special and whatnot.
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  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Today I got the Elmo Explores DVD.

    I don't know whether people were wondering or if it was just me, but the three classic Elmo's World episodes selected as bonus features are the original edits as opposed to five-minute cropped-to-widescreen edits (I don't really know off-hand if they made such edits to those particular episodes yet, for a while I've felt that Muppet Wiki should do something to indicate if there is an "HD edit").
  15. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I would love to see if Frank Oz does an interview about Christmas Eve On Sesame Street.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The next Sesame release, which will also be the first release for 2019, will be called Celebrating Family, which will include a number of fairly recent family-focused episodes, such as the introduction of Rudy (which I figured would be included once I saw the title, before I read the description), plus a full-hour episode, the Elmo's World: Families episode, and a Sesame Studios short.

    It would have been great if, as a bonus, they included the storyarc with Miles being adopted (or at least his first appearance), the episode where Gabbi is born, and the episodes where Gina adopts Marco. Not to mention the home video A New Baby in My House (though they haven't included any out-of-print VHS releases as bonus videos). But this does sound like an exciting release.
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  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The next release is Awesome Alphabet Collection on May 7.

    Muppet Wiki doesn't have any info on content yet, but the cover features Elmo and Abby Cadabby. I really hope this one has a wide range of alphabet-related segments from the shows 50-year-history, but the last several alphabet-themed videos haven't really had much early content (maybe if you consider the late-1990s "early"... and even then that might depend on the year of release). I feel like the title works well as either a release for the shows target audience or for collectors.

    It could primarily be street stories involving the alphabet/letters, or it could just be widescreen segments (and I can't think of many particularly good letter/alphabet segments produced in widescreen... I do hope Super K Cereal finally gets a DVD release with this).

    Another possibility I thought up: This could be a release of existing videos involving the alphabet, like Learning About Letters, The Alphabet Game (how likely at this point?), Do the Alphabet, and others. Probably not, though (aside from maybe an existing home video as a bonus).

    If the main program is exclusively widescreen segments, as has been the case with Sesame Street videos from the last few years, I hope they can at least give us 26 or so bonus full frame segments. Though in the last year or two it seems the only fullframe content released as bonus features have been classic Elmo's World (and maybe some of the bonus full-length videos).

    I kinda hope there'll be an "Awesome Numbers Collection" counterpart (regardless of what kind of release this is).
  18. Muzzarino

    Muzzarino Well-Known Member

    Although episodes are remastered, are they also cropped with vert- widescreen scaling?
  19. Muzzarino

    Muzzarino Well-Known Member

    They had to be cropped in a Vert- (vertical minus) scale behavior since the old Elmo's World episodes weren't taped in widescreen which could have been nice if all old media were taped that way so they can be un-cropped.
  20. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yeah, those were presented in fullframe instead of widescreen (it is interesting that they continue to release the fullframe versions). If they're hesitant about releasing things where some is presented in widescreen and some in fullframe, it'd be great if they could at least put more fullframe stuff as bonus features.

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