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Special Sesame Street Christmas

3.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Leslie Uggams is celebrating Christmas on Sesame Street, but since Oscar the Grouch is being a right old scrooge, she decides to teach him a lesson by imploring Anne Murray, Imogene Coca, and Dickie Smothers to pose as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Have a hot cocoa with Henry Fonda and enjoy a very special appearance by none other than Michael Jackson as he helps set Oscar on the right track to fully understanding the Spirit of Christmas.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legendary Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VR7UFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Let's get this straight: I did NOT buy this because it's a great family Christmas movie that should be ranked up there with the likes of Rudolph and Frosty. I bought this because I am a die-hard Muppet fan and merchandise like this is something I should be in possession of. This movie is actually notorious for being awful and Sesame Street at its lowest. Low-budget, poorly written, not staying true to the characters, and chock-full of pointless celebrity cameos and songs are the terms to accurately describe this movie. Anne Murray singing a random love song (not related in ANY way to Christmas) to Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch out-of-nowhere shredding the electric guitar to "Yakety Yak," and taking a big chunk of time devoted to Leslie Uggams singing "Accustomed to Your Face" from a distant window to Oscar are not vital or even relevant to the story, and yet there they are. Not all of the Sesame Street cast (Muppet or human) is used, and filling the rest of the slots is a slew of forced and boring cameos (Michael Jackson probably appears for a span of one minute... if that. I don't know why he is so large on the cover) adding nothing to the storyline (Ethel Merman stands and sings "Tomorrow" from Annie after declaring that Imogene Coca looks like an idiot). The writing does not stay true to the character's personalities, with Oscar lovingly adopting a wounded kitten off the street and Maria being nothing more than Leslie Uggam's butt-kisser (for lack of a better term).
It's not just the film itself that is low-budget. The actual DVD case design too, is like that of an illegal bootleg. With reviews like "MJ and Oscar... Priceless!" from myvidnow.com (I'm not kidding) and a bland, anything-but-pleasing-to-the-eye, handmade logo, the case itself is almost laughable. So, sure, if you are a Muppet fan and want to own this awfully awful Christmas special, go nuts. For everyone else looking for just a good family Christmas movie, keep searching.
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Only if you enjoy something so bad it's good could I ever recommend this. It is jaw-droppingly awful, and all the other reviews that criticize it are dead on. Two quick additions to these reviews to emphasize what a shoddy production this was: Couldn't a hairdresser at least have made an attempt to comb poor Ethel Merman's rat's nest of a hairdo? And Henry Fonda?? He comes out for a 16-second non sequitor. WTF???

Secondly, the DVD is a complete ripoff. The "Special Features" of a still picture of Michael Jackson rocking back and forth are downright insulting.

And to the people who gave this a positive review - no, on second thought, there is nothing I can say.
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Oh my gosh...this was such fun to see "old" friends from Sesame Street !
What I enjoyed the most (my kids and granddaughter as well) was that Oscar had a staring roll. When my son was little we found out that Oscar and I have the same birthday...June 1. So Oscar is a favorite in our house.
Thank-you Sesame Street for putting this production on dvd !
We tend to watch Christmas movies in the summer...keeps you cool in the "dog days" of a MI summer. (:-)
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Although I was a Sesame Street devotee when this was first on television, I had never seen it. Had I seen this as a child, I would have been disappointed. Even bored. My favorite Muppets were not there, the pacing and timing of Sesame Street was not there, and the storyline was rather drab. Even a child of 5 or 6 could have sensed that something other than creativity, community, and diversity were at stake in this "special." Perhaps a 5 year old would not have known enough about utility to grasp that people were simply making money with Sesame Street in this awful show, but a 5 year old would have felt the difference between this and, say, other Christmas specials on Sesame Street.

What I now find interesting in this DVD, though, is not so much a silent cameo of Michael Jackson (who apparently cannot even be *named* in the episode without violating contract agreements). And it is certainly not the singing of some forgotten diva.

Rather what I find interesting is the fact that this episode can serve as an object lesson for how the Sesame Street of Jim Henson and Joe Raposo is different from the Sesame Street of today. With Henson and Raposo, and with the writers and editors of the previous Sesame Street, creativity, intelligence, humor, and diversity leaped off the screen and into the thoughts and actions of children and adults. The rhythm, music, and laughter was infectious and contagious. Without them, this Christmas special was an object lesson for what we have now on PBS under the same name. Boredom, repetition, the teaching of very basic skills, the continuous churning out of sub-par music, the soulless embodiment of an ever more colorful (yet empty) cast of characters.

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Others have covered the main points, so I'll keep this short. As a DIE-HARD, life-long SS fan (we're even the same age, both debuting in '69), I didn't even REMEMBER this "special" special. After watching it, I know why; obviously, I BLOCKED it from my memory. Just like the dreaded "Star Wars Holiday Special", this undertaking is long, drawn-out, chok-ful of 70's stars (Leslie Ugghams; what WAS she famous for, anyway?), and INCREDIBLY, MIND-NUMBINGLY BORING. And the biggest offense? This IS Sesame Street, so, WHERE ARE THE MUPPETS?!? NO Grover, Cookie, Bert & Ernie, Kermit...just Big Bird and Oscar, Oscar, Oscar, and Oscar. Oh, and Oscar. Did I mention this focuses on Oscar? Stick with the EXCELLENT "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street", and AVOID this train-wreck like the PLAGUE.
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