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What sketches scared you as a kid?

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Jennifer, May 12, 2002.

  1. Zoot

    Zoot Active Member

    LOLOL! I remember Lefty...he was the same guy from 'the golden AN' skit!

    There was a live action scene of a bill board painter doing huge red letters on a white background. He starts doing a 'W', then an 'E'...and so on, as listed on a piece of paper he's reading from. He stands there after he's done trying to figure out what he'd just written - and he leans on the bill board and keeps staring confusedly at the piece of paper he's painting from and then it dawns on him... (this is the scary part) The camera zooms in on his face in front of which he's holding his hand, and his face twists into a horibble snarl and in a blood curttling scream he yells across the New York Skyline..."WET PAAAAAAIIINT!"

    That scared me to death when I was little. I thought he was yelling at me.
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  2. Blind Pew

    Blind Pew Well-Known Member

    That's garish.

    How many of us are in therapy now? We should send the bills to sesame street attn: harvey kneeslapper
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  3. CaptCrouton

    CaptCrouton Well-Known Member

    Do you remember the sketch with the guy painting some number onto everything? I just remember that he painted it on the back of a bald guy's head in a swimming pool or something. That bald guy scared me. I really thought the painter was going to get hurt.

    One muppet they probably got rid of for the Fear Factor was a fave of mine called Frazzle, I think. I was an orange hairy monster who made unintelligible noises. He did look mean until you understood him.

    But he participated in the Fuzzy and Blue song with Grover, Cookie Monster, and Herry Monster. Did you also notice a slow fading out of Herry Monster on SS? I noticed it even as a kid. Was it the "angry eyebrows" that the producers were gun-shy about?

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  4. Blind Pew

    Blind Pew Well-Known Member

    I think he was painting the number 2 on that guy's head.
  5. Zoot

    Zoot Active Member

    I think Harry was just boring. He walked around and sounded like an angry landlord...and he always was up in Mile's face (Miles is Gordons kid) about stupid things...besides...he had to compete with Super Grover and Cookie Monster.
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  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if this one counts, but I'm going to tell you a little story about me and a Big Bird doll.

    You see, I had this Big Bird doll, right? FIRST OF ALL, IT LOOKED LIKE Big Bird was slender and sickly, dying even (possibly the old version of Big Bird where he had no feathers on his head) and it was a talking doll. And like the early days of talking dolls, they'd break down and their voices would slow down and get all low pitched. This absolutly terrified me. I was afraid of talking toys for countless years after that ( see and Says especially) it took me years to get over it. In fact, I still have the doll, alright. But good ol' Ma cut the pull string off. Talking Big Bird's reign of terror is now over! Now I own a bunch of toys that talk.
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  7. Zoot

    Zoot Active Member


    My little brother had a big bird that played tapes, and when you bought the formatted tapes he would read you a story...and his mouth would move along with the words on the tape.
    If it was an unformatted tape, though, his mouth would move sporatically. That was in 89.
    We found that toy about 6 years later and it still worked... My baby sister was about a year old and my brother was nine...we got the biggest kick out of putting different tapes into big bird(most none to wholesome) and watching my baby sister regard big bird's new songs with a very confused and unappreciative look on her face. She did that big bird in eventually...she pushed it down the stairs in the walker. (this was a punishment dolled out to a lot of her stuffed animals)
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  8. LabyrinthFan

    LabyrinthFan Active Member

    I think Frank Oz once disclosed in an interview that
    Jim Henson loved 'violence'. If that's true, it's certainly
    evident in many of Sesame's younger years' skits.
    The ones that always seemed unsettling to me (though
    I still do love them!) were:

    Farley (green boy with red hair voiced by Jerry Nelson)
    is home alone at his aunt's house. A stranger is knocking
    at the door. As the knocking goes on, he imagines all
    the terrible scenarios that could some about if he opened
    the door. Finally Herry monster breaks through and
    Farley takes off screaming... only for Herry to reveal
    that he just wanted to play dolls, aw... But the first
    part of the skit was scary to me as a child!

    Also, Kermit meeting the Count for the first time while looking
    for the seven dwarves. The Count finds them, proceeds
    to gets unnecessarily rough, and destroys their house!
    LoL... what was this one teaching again? The same
    kind of raucus humor shows up in the 'Hickory Dickory
    Dock" sketch, a classic, as 'Beat the Time', 'Princess
    and the Cookie' and Kermit's 'Feet' lesson. I always
    wondered how they recreated those awful crashing
    sound effects. We could probably make a great big list
    of all the sketches that use that distinctive audio punchline!
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  9. little jerry

    little jerry Well-Known Member

    the number one sesame sketch that scared me

    Okay here it goes: when i was growing up with sesame street there was a sketch that scared me alot i'm not jsut talking a little but a lot. like okay thee is this blue screan or another colored screan and all of a sudden this creepy voice starts couting the dots thats rigt singing and couting the dots. As the guy is couting the dots they becme brighter and brghter. nw of couse we get up to the second to last dot 39 as the guy anoouces the 39 dot he keeps saying 39 over and over while the screan goes blury in and out. This is where you want to get your remote controll and mute! finally he says 39 almsot shouting 39 and then what do e hear next but a loud and i mean loud shout of 40 and all the dots crash and nock theselves as if they were dominos. This i vote as me least favorite thank you
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  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    ANother one that sent me screaming was this animation (if you could call it that!) of an elephant counting to twenty. I was frightened by the Spanish version. It was so long too! He counted twice and everytime he got to fourteen, he'd angrilly repeat it (Fourteen) over and over until it appeared on screen!
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  11. Zoot

    Zoot Active Member

    Dr Tooth always reminds me of more that freaked me out.

    There was one were a bird skeleton and a elephant skeleton are in a locker room after a basket ball game. It's animated "If you could call it that"...the background is black and white but the characters are color...I think...Any how...they both open their lockers at the same time and both their skins fall out into one pile and they don't know who's skin was whos (???!!!). SO - they just grab random articles of...skin. From off screen you can hear them both grunting and struggling...and then the girl gym teacher walks in and says..."Great game guys, OH NO!" and they show the elephant skeleton with various parts of bird's skin stretched over his frame and some of his own too...but in the wrong places...and the bird has the same thing going on. The gym teacher says something about cooperating...and quickly goes to work, going back and forth between the two, snatching various pieces of elephant's skin off of bird and various pieces of bird's skin off the elephant. (as she does this she's chanting like she's dealing cards "bird, elephant, bird, bird, elephant bird - There now you're all dressed."

    That was weird one. Please tell me SOME ONE remembers that so I know I'm not insane.:confused:
  12. gorry

    gorry Well-Known Member

    same here.they're just creepy.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    With all this talk of Lefty, Harvey Kneeslapper, and the Martians, I can't think of any ones with actual Muppets that scared me (confused me, yes, but never actually scared me. Except for one. It was probably a Sesame News Flash in which Kermit talks to the Spider from "Little Miss Muffet" or something like that (I'm not sure this was it, I have a very fuzzy memory) all I know is a Spider was in it. Spiders of all kinds haunted my nightmares. To this day the rubber ones give me the willies to no end. Sometimes I casually creep out of a store if I find one. Back to the nightmares, though. Remeber the episode of Ducktales in which they were stranded in the Bermuda Triangle? I dreamt I was in that, and at the end (when the arrived back in Duckberg, which turned into my home town for some reason) the Muppet Spider was singing a country and western song about how the Spiders are coming. I knew what the results would be, so I woke up, screaming.
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  14. LabyrinthFan

    LabyrinthFan Active Member

    bird and elephant skins

    I totally remember that one! It was rather
    bizarre. There were always lots of elephants
    on the Street, animated and otherwise. LoL
  15. gorry

    gorry Well-Known Member

    there is still a skit that makes me feel uneasy.since it's nighttime(4:30AM)i won't talk about it till dawn.
  16. gorry

    gorry Well-Known Member

    okay,anybody remember the sesame movie with the firefighters?well in the scene where the monster's trapped in the attic and when the firemen are bringing him down still haunt me.it just creeps me out.
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  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    HEH..heh.. heh! Sorry! But really, these guys must've been on something, or had no sleep in days to think up stuff like this. The show, though still great, is much too tame. They must worry about things scaring kids...(yeah..NOW!!) I tell you, in twenty years Sesame conversations will be a lot less interresting.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I was watching the Street (I call Sesame the Street, sometimes) today and I remembered something. A band of kids in my elementary school joined up and became the celery Bunch for some reason. They went around fighting or threatening kids (they weren't evil, just goofy and crazy, if any of you had classmates like that) and walked around singing, "we're the celery bunch and we like to crunch celery." over and over.

    This doesn't seem scary, to you, but they were in 7th grade at the time!
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  19. CaptCrouton

    CaptCrouton Well-Known Member

    (cold shivers)

    Seventh Graders still scare me...
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  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    But really. What are a bird and an elephant doing playing basketball, and why would they need to remove their skin to do so? Is this one of those illegal "underground animal skeleton basketball" matches I hear so much about? ANd this show is for kid audiences ??? Man, that and Lefty selling obviously stollen O's. ANd where does Harvey Kneeslapper get the letters form? Perhaps this is some sort of Lefty conspiracy.

    Anyway, I'm taking bets for the next game. 10 to 1 odds on the hippo skeleton, and 4 to 1 one the jack rabbit skeleton!
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