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What sketches scared you as a kid?

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

  1. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    The counting-elephant cartoon was actually made for a Swedish children's show in the 70s; the title of that show translates as "Five Ants Is More Than Four Elephants". The original Swedish soundtrack of the counting cartoon had the numbers set to music (barely audible in the English version); the angry frustration over "14--14--14" was part of the song, too.

    The pink elephant was a recurring character on "Five Ants" (sometimes part of a father/son duo); he usually taught letters and numbers. (He's probably best known for a very catchy alphabet-song cartoon, in which he corrects the younger elephant's mistakes from time to time.)

    Incidentally, the elephant cartoons came from the same artist as the "Swedish Number Animations" that some of you might have seen on Sesame Street in the 80s; CTW borrowed those from the "Five Ants" program to use in their Swedish co-production of Sesame Street, and later dubbed them for use in America.
  2. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    That one appears in one of the episodes where the cast flew to Hawaii, though I forget the exact episode number. (Search YouTube for "Sesame Street" plus "elephants have four legs"; it'll turn up!) I agree, those crashing trees and the elephant landing flat on its back scared me a little when I was younger--another "character falls and gets hurt" moment, which always used to bother me.
  3. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the proverbial club. I always felt sad when Willie Wimple did his damage to the world, and sadder when I saw the "if every kid did it" extremes. At least, the intended lesson hit home; seeing trash out of place brings back those awful memories!
  4. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    I remember that poor toad--proclaiming that she** was "bigger than a mountain...[puffs up for the last time]...BIGGER THAN THE WORLD!" before she exploded. And like you, I inferred that the explosion killed her ("pride goeth before destruction", anyone?). Very disturbing; they'd never air anything like that on Sesame Street now!

    **The toad had a female-sounding voice, so I'm assuming it was a "she".
  5. Hi there! There was one other clip that also made run and scream, it was an apple tree on a hill with creepy bagpipe music, it almost sounded like Irish music! Well it finally showed up on YouTube! I froze in my chair came and got my husband and kids so they could see it and understand why I'm terrified of bagpipes! They thought the clip was funny!
    What my hubby did was grab the from YouTube and place it in photoshop and chopped it all in pieces so I looked at all the pieces separately then I got up the courage to watch it from beginning to end and it was ok but it looked different from what remembered, I guess things do look more intense through a four year old eyes.
    I was proud of my self that I was able to watch it sort of but I definaitly won't go out of my was to see again though!
    That was my third most scary clips from ss, but the two others that I mentioned in the previous post by far was the severe trauma I encountered! I dont think that any amount of clipping in photoshop would help me face my fear with those clips!
  6. jgidley

    jgidley Well-Known Member

    Anything with the Count(even though he's one of my favorites now) and Oscar
  7. crackmaster

    crackmaster Member

    How does that one go? Also, is Rumia the "world's greatest counter"?

    If you don't know about her, search "Rumia" on Google.
  8. crackmaster

    crackmaster Member

    Woah - cool!
  9. crackmaster

    crackmaster Member

    :dreamy: Just sayin'. I am scared of that Oscar "prince" sketch. Thanks. :scary:
  10. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

    I was'nt scared of any of the sketches just my giant big bird toy...
  11. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    The one that scared me as a kid was the animated segment from the 90s or late 80s of computer animated fish counting down, suddenly this Sand Tiger Shark comes on screen looking sort of realistic with demon eyes with a deep voice "ONE!", I would always hide or shut my eyes if I see that and can't wait until it's all over, sometimes I would forget it's the same segment and my heart would start racing in fear. Then of course feel a heck of a lot better when Ernie and Bert would come up next lol :) They were always my favorites on Sesame, that and the Honkers, Dingers and the Yip Yip Martians.​
  12. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    (watches the sketch)
    Yow, that animation is pretty freaky! And that mutant rabbit wasn't even running after them, he was just WALKING!
    The fast rock/drum music is actually pretty cool, though! Except when it went silent when the mutant rabbit went by the trees.
  13. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    Heh, I always thought that would often be cut because they were worried kids would imitate Bert there, because of how he banged his head on the table several times (ala Don Music!) before running into the camera and out the apartment!
  14. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    YIKES! That Raggy Rabbit is scary looking. Almost as bad as the first Snuffy back in the day. The rabbit is like in the combination of Yellow Suberine, Underground Comics and a Wet Saggy Dog with Rabbies. WOW, Shocked that this was on Sesame. WOW. lol This was 70s Sesame right? Thank God I grew up with 80s and 90s Sesame so I didn't witness this. lol Again, WOW!
  15. crackmaster

    crackmaster Member

    What happens in the sketch, Muppet dude?
  16. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    Ernie's great counting thing is slowly driving Bert crazy. At the end, Bert just finally snaps, he yells and runs to the table and bangs his head on it several times, then runs toward the camera screaming, then we can hear him run out and slam the door!
    I could see a reason why they'd cut that ending would be because they thought kids would imitate Bert's actions, like kids imitating Don Music's head-banging.
  17. Benji2

    Benji2 Member

    Bear with me, it's my first post. What a place to start!

    I think these all would have been mentioned at least once over the last decade, but here are my nominations anyway (in no particular order):

    1) The sound of B with the Beautiful Day Monster - especially the last few seconds where BDM makes that unearthly 'BBAAAHH' and the screen goes white.

    2) The Scanimate floating face counting to 10. Still looks and sounds disturbing now. But the Scanimate effects were brilliant for their time.

    3) Kermit reporting on the wicked witch and the Magic Mirror: the beardy face in the mirror scared the life out of me (can't remember who it was - Jerry Nelson?)

    4) The 'Danger' sketch with the word 'DANGER' getting into all sorts of bad situations (falling off a cliff, emerging from a darkened room), and the very creepy voices that went with it

    5) Another 'Danger' sketch - the armless walking baby coming up (creepy enough) to the 'Danger' sign and imagining all the dangerous situations the sign is alluding too (especially the tentacled alien)

    6) The number 1-20 drill parade, that '0' drill segeant was so horrible and shouty and scary.

    7) Seem to recall being frightened that the cartoon 'M' that ate everything on the dinner table, including the screen, would come after me next.

    8) +1 for the red hot 'I' beam and the menacing voice that came with it.
  18. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    Yes, the Magic Mirror was indeed Jerry Nelson. I do kinda remember the mirror weirding me out a bit with his live-action human face.

    The "I Beam" never had a menacing voice in it, but it's likely it was added at one time.
  19. Benji2

    Benji2 Member

    The eerie purple lighting on Jerry's face didn't help.

    I might have gotten the 'I Beam' mixed up with the 'Saxophone' clip - having seen the youtube clip of 'I Beam' it would have been the ominous music that did it.
  20. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Add that one to my "scary moment" list too; I was terrified of anything charging at the screen, especially with a huge noise like the yak made.

    Very ominous music indeed, the stuff nightmares are made of. Still, the vampire in that clip was enough to scare my pants off when I was a girl; so were the villain and the vigilantes chasing him.

    "Witches who wash their wigs on windy winter Wednesdays are wacky." [SFX: chorus of cackles from bald-headed witches dancing round a cauldron-washtub]


    NARRATOR in VOICE-OVER: Todo el mundo necessita agua (Everyone needs water)

    OMINOUS-FACED FLAME: Yo soy fuego, yo no necessito agua (I am fire, I don't need water...famous last words!)

    Speaking of terrifying Spanish cartoons on Sesame Street: does anyone else recall one with a tiger illustrating the letter T? The cartoon began innocently enough, with the tiger lecturing and pointing to an easel, on which pictures of various T-word objects appeared. After showing tigre (himself!), toro (charging at the screen with the T superimposed on his face :eek:), tomate, and televisión, the tiger draws a blank (no pun intended). "T es para...para..." Then a shark appears on the easel and says ominously: "¡T es para tiburón [shark] ... torrentia [a downpour begins to flood the screen, and the shark jumps out to chase the tiger]... y tormente [which can mean either "torment" or "storm" IIRC; bad news for the tiger either way]!"

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