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Sesame Street: Old School - Volume One (1969-1974) (2010)

Fran Brill , Jim Henson , Jim Henson  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Fran Brill, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Caroll Spinney
  • Directors: Jim Henson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sesame Street
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,879 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sesame Street: Old School - Volume One (1969-1974)" on IMDb

Special Features

Celebrity appearances by Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, Jackie Robinson, James Earl Jones, Lena Horne, Johnny Cash, and more
The premiere episode from each of the first 5 seasons, completely restored
45 bonus segments
Original sales pitch film from 1969

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Sesame Street: Old School, Volume One: 1969-1974 DVD

When the Children's Theater Workshop's Sesame Street first aired on television in 1969, it was a revolutionary new show aimed specifically at preschool children--an audience previously untargeted by television programming. Exhaustively-researched and tested on real audiences of preschoolers, this "experiment in kid programming" aimed to teach preschoolers the alphabet, numbers, body parts, rhyming, and basic reasoning skills while thoroughly entertaining them. Through the use of humor, the amazing puppetry of Frank Oz and Jim Henson, animation, the incredibly catchy music of Joe Raposo and Jeffrey Moss, and a fast-action pace borrowed from the television commercial format, Sesame Street was, and still is, more successful at educating and entertaining children than anyone initially imagined. What's more, the lessons learned by generations of preschoolers went far beyond simple school-readiness skills to include values like acceptance, cooperation, and inclusiveness because the urban Sesame Street was a place populated by people and monsters young viewers could identify with, where anything could happen, and where every ethnicity, generation, and species co-existed and interacted harmoniously.

Sesame Street: Old School Volume 1 1969-1974 offers a sampling of the first five seasons of Sesame Street and includes the first episode of each season in its entirety as well as a large selection of classic segments from each season highlighting some of the most memorable sketches ("Bein' Green," "Rubber Duckie," "Whistle a Happy Tune," and Super-Grover in "Telephone Booth"), favorite human characters like Bob and Mr. Hooper, and guest appearances by celebrities like Bill Cosby, Lena Horne, Jackie Robinson, Carol Burnett, and Jesse Jackson. Adult viewers will be transported back in time as they witness Bert's frustration with his ever-noisy roommate Ernie, chuckle at the antics of Grover and his demanding customer in Grover's Restaurant, and wonder if Snuffleupagus will ever show himself to someone besides Big Bird. Other well-remembered moments include pinball number count, the baker who inevitably tumbles down the stairway with a handful of cream pies, the ever-munching Cookie Monster, "Here is Your Life" segments, Bert "Doin' the Pigeon," and the inevitably grumpy Oscar the Grouch. Post-Elmo preschoolers and their parents will laugh, learn, grow, and connect with one another as they share this classic compilation of Sesame Street moments. Bonus features include the original sales pitch reel (introduced by Joan Ganz Cooney and hosted by Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog) and a thick booklet rich with history, trivia, and a pullout activity section for children. (Ages 2 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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172 of 174 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad October 26, 2006
By Brian
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They've done a good job at balancing full episodes with minimal (if any) repetition with shorts of the popular skits and segments. I find the announcer cartoon (called Bob) annoying and an unnecessary delaying tactic to get to the episodes. If you skip to the next chapter you miss the beginning. If you don't you're stuck listening to him. He may provide some useful info, but nothing I wouldn't want to be able to easily skip. Some of the sound and video quality is poor. Fuzzy film, blown out or faded colors. I'm guessing that the masters have degraded some, it is kind of interesting to hear record pops and static on "Being green" (Pretty minor distraction just at the beginning). Anyhow all these are minor quibbles. It was great to see the episodes and sketches as well as see the early incarnation of these characters. (It looks like Big bird is missing half his head and Oscar is Yellow!)

So the info I was looking for before I bought the disc and still haven't seen anyonepost it is what is on the DVD's. If you'd rather be surprised, stop reading now. If you would like to know what is listed as being on the DVD's, read on true believer...

Taken from the liner notes. Please excuse typos or ommisions.
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273 of 280 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Finally!!! September 16, 2006
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After many years of fans begging the Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children's Television Workshop) to do a major release of "classic" material from the archives, it appears that they finally relented! I think the success of the Electric Company Set from several months back paved the way...

Let me start out by saying that I'm 29 years old and have been collecting this material for years. The bulk of what I've obtained came from the Noggin channel which was playing old episodes of Street from 1969 to 1989 until they stopped airing them a few years back.

I imagine most of the people interested in this set are familiar with the early years of Sesame Street. It was a chaotic, brilliantly conceived show from day one... very much a product of its time (the late 60s), and although the show was devised to teach kids, it was in its own way as revolutionary in format as Monty Python's Flying Circus was... extremely fast paced and chock full of highly imaginative, trippy animated segments (such as, for example the Racecars Spies number series, best described as a psychedelic freak out with dreamlike, surreal animation regarding numbers one through ten and sung by Grace Slick, then of Jefferson Airplane, in her own inimitable way)... And that's just the tip of the iceberg. For those of you who grew up being hypnotized, and yes, often frightened by the many strange, often subversive animated segments of the show (many of which are permanently etched in your brain; you'd be amazed how vividly some of these clips come back to you even after not seeing them for 25 years or more), still recall with affection the brilliant jazzy orchestrations of show composer Joe Raposo (who wrote the most sophisticated music ever devised for children's TV), remember hanging out with Mr.
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Virginia, there was a Sesame Street before Elmo... October 26, 2006
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I have been an avid fan of Sesame Street since the age of six weeks, when my mom placed me in my baby swing in front of the TV on an autumn day in 1976.

I just received this set today and I watched it from beginning to end. The episodes are crystal clear, fully restored, and completely unedited, unlike the versions shown on Noggin. I saw many clips that brought back fond memories, including the classic sketch where Bert is disturbed by water dripping in the bathroom and asks Ernie to "do something about it". In response, Ernie turns on the radio to drown out the sound of the faucet, and then turns on the vacuum cleaner to drown out the sound of the radio! Absolutely hilarious! All of your other old school Muppet characters are here, including Grover, Cookie Monster, Oscar (shown in his original orange color and his telltale green fur), Herry, Little Bird, Kermit the Frog Prairie Dawn, and of course, Big Bird and Snuffy! All of the actors look so fresh and young and you gotta love them 70s outfits! In addition to the five season premieres, there are also "classic clips" from each season as well as the original sales reel hosted by Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog (who would later star in the Muppet Show) explaining what this new show called Sesame Street was all about.

I am glad that Sesame Workshop (formerly known to us old schoolers as the Children's Television Workshop) finally listened to the pleas of us thirty-somethings. I hope that there will be more episodes to come. This is a set that I will treasure for years to come and someday hope to share it with my own children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Grand kids love these. This was a great purchase.
Published 12 days ago by Keith A. Yelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anyone that grew up in the eighties needs this,,especially if you have kids
Published 12 days ago by Stephen Schneider
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for reminsicing
I like it, but it is does how how the series first started. I see why they made the changes that they did (for the better). Read more
Published 15 days ago by Gabby
1.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
I bought this so my son would have educational videos to watch but they do not keep my son's attention very well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Randi Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a gift
Published 1 month ago by Judith A. Falout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reminds me of my childhood. Our son loves it.
Published 3 months ago by bigred1080
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have it
I am almost 53 years old and I had to have this collection of my old childhood favorites. This is a nice little collection of past episodes of Sesame Street. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joyce
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it was
I thought it had more episodes than it does, but I still like having it. My son already is a huge fan & it is nice to have some of the episodes I grew up with. :)
Published 5 months ago by Dawn Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars As it should be!
I'm sorry, Sesame Street now is just now as fun as it used to be. Get the Old School for Oscar the Grouch being rude, Cookie Monster eating cookies, and Ernie and Bert as they... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robin Hobb
4.0 out of 5 stars Old skool
Great way to relive my early childhood! My son is nearly 8 months old and has very limited screen time but Sesame Street is a staple. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tania Makris
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Why is this set not considered suitable for kids anymore?
There are some odd bits that may raise the hackles on the back of some modern necks. Kids playing follow the leader through a construction site that clearly is not OSHA standard for instance.

Sesame Street characters, not the muppets, but the people are very contemporary to the 1970's. Those... Read More
Jan 10, 2008 by Dennis J. Shannon |  See all 28 posts
are any of the segments with the Mumenschanz dance troupe included?
If you're looking for the Mumenschanz dance troupe, check out Volume 1 of the Muppet Show. Those DVDs have that dance troupe in one of the episodes. They're fascinating, though they freaked out my 2-year-old a little bit.
Jul 31, 2007 by Mary M. Garner |  See all 6 posts
Does anyone remember this animated short?
Does anyone remember a cartoon with a saguaro cactus singing about being stuck in the desert?
Mar 26, 2009 by PJ Fred |  See all 2 posts
Does it have the guy smiley guy who fails and bangs his head?
Not sure if he's on the set or not, but the character you're thinking of is named Don Music (played by Richard Hunt). One of my favorites too. Keep your eyes open for him!
Jan 6, 2008 by TomH1138 |  See all 4 posts
"Women Can Be"
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