• Welcome to the Muppet Central Forum!
    You are viewing our forum as a guest. Join our free community to post topics and start private conversations. Please contact us if you need help.
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Read fan reactions and let us know thoughts on Sesame Street's 50th anniversary special. The show debuts on PBS next Sunday at 7|6c and an official DVD is on the way.
  • 50 Years and Counting
    Read our review and discuss with fans the highly anticipated Sesame Street "50 Years and Counting" DVD set from Shout Factory featuring over five hours of beloved moments.
  • "Muppets Now" announced for Disney+
    It's finally official. A new, unscripted short-form series, “Muppets Now”, is coming to Disney+ in 2020. Let us know your thoughts on the Muppets big announcement.
  • The Dark Crystal: "Age of Resistance"
    After a 36 year wait, return to the great conjunction. The Dark Crystal "Age of Resistance" is a mesmerizing and beautiful prequel series now on Netflix. Renew your essence today.
  • Music is Everywhere
    Muppet Central Radio is now on TorontoCast, TuneIn and Apple Music. Listen to Muppet music 24/7 wherever you go with TuneIn and Apple apps and devices.

The Superball and the Number 3

bigbird

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2004
Messages
123
Reaction score
0
This was a pretty popular one. The superball that goes traveling thru different chutes, channels and other paths while an unseen boy counts to three each time the ball goes thru a certain trio of paths. Finally, the ball falls into (a meat grinder?) and we see a hand cupped under the spout while the crank of the grinder turns 3 times(1, 2, 3). And out pops the superball which has now turned into a fine powder! A real cool skit! Always made me want to play with my superball!
 

fuzzygobo

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 11, 2004
Messages
3,524
Reaction score
2,904
Actually, that's not too far off from reality. Way back in the early 70's, there was actually a ball called a Powerbouncer. It was red powder (just like in the film), that when you poured into a mold, and held underwater, it actually turned into a ball! Not just any ball, it was supposed to be the highest-bouncing super ball on the planet. Unfortunately it was only on the market for a VERY short time. But, still a very nice relic of a most groovy time.
Man, to be four years old again...:sleep:
 

maxdrive

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 4, 2004
Messages
241
Reaction score
1
you know not to long ago i seen in one of those quarter toy machine
 

Rosewood

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2005
Messages
464
Reaction score
1
bigbird said:
This was a pretty popular one. The superball that goes traveling thru different chutes, channels and other paths while an unseen boy counts to three each time the ball goes thru a certain trio of paths. Finally, the ball falls into (a meat grinder?) and we see a hand cupped under the spout while the crank of the grinder turns 3 times(1, 2, 3). And out pops the superball which has now turned into a fine powder! A real cool skit! Always made me want to play with my superball!
Another of my all-time favorites! I loved that skit! If I remember correctly, I believe someone said Frank Oz built that incredible contraption. I wonder just how big it realy was? Would be interesting to find out!
 

Xerus

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2004
Messages
3,279
Reaction score
212
I remember that skit had an alternate ending too. When the superball lands into the grinder, the crank starts turning all by itself. Then 3 ice cream sundaes move by on a conveyor belt and the grinder spits out a cherry on each sundae and a girl's voice goes, "1, 2, 3", every time a cherry pops out. Then a little girl appears and starts eating one of the sundaes going, "MMMM!"
 

BipBippadotta

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2004
Messages
78
Reaction score
2
I have the sketch where the cherries come out. However are you sure that the one with the powder was also a number 3 sketch? My memory is screaming that this was a number five sketch accompanied with that hokey Leave it to Beaver music.


Personally I was angry with the kid who turned the handle on the grinder. I think that kid should have been punched in the face. Poor ball.
 

superboober

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 21, 2005
Messages
499
Reaction score
23
I wonder how long it took to set the whole thing up and tape it? It probably, I'm guessing, took a couple of takes to get it right, with the ball probably jumping the track a couple of times and missing some of the gaps it went over. Getting it to fall just right into the metal dipper cups was probably tough. At any rate, if it's still out there somewhere, I'd love ot get my hands on it.
 

ISNorden

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2006
Messages
1,282
Reaction score
53
BipBippadotta said:
I have the sketch where the cherries come out. However are you sure that the one with the powder was also a number 3 sketch? My memory is screaming that this was a number five sketch accompanied with that hokey Leave it to Beaver music.


Personally I was angry with the kid who turned the handle on the grinder. I think that kid should have been punched in the face. Poor ball.
The "grinder" version was also a sketch about 3, with the same circus-like music (in triple time, of course!) as the "sundae" version used. You're not the only one who thought that grinding up the ball was weird and sad, though: I felt uneasy whenever that sketch aired. Maybe that's why the producers remade that sketch with a happier, more kid-friendly ending. (Of course, now that Sesame Workshop supports the War On Junk Food, they'd probably film a new version with three fruit smoothies appearing on the conveyor belt. *groan*)
 

ISNorden

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2006
Messages
1,282
Reaction score
53
fuzzygobo said:
Actually, that's not too far off from reality. Way back in the early 70's, there was actually a ball called a Powerbouncer. It was red powder (just like in the film), that when you poured into a mold, and held underwater, it actually turned into a ball! Not just any ball, it was supposed to be the highest-bouncing super ball on the planet. Unfortunately it was only on the market for a VERY short time. But, still a very nice relic of a most groovy time.
Wow, you learn something new every day; I bet the kid at the grinder wanted to know if he could dismantle and re-create his Powerbouncer a second time. Still, the grinder ending is a bit sad, especially to someone who never saw balls like that as a kid.
 
Top