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Not as good as I thought...,
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This review is from: Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (DVD)I bought Old School Sesame Street Volumes 1 and 2 many years ago and have been waiting for a 3rd volume release because our family just LOOOOOVES these two. In fact, the box is falling apart because of overuse. When I saw the 40 Years of Summer Days, I actually thought this was the 3rd, so I got it right away. I didn't realize that 40 years means up to today (because that's about my age). I am disappointed to see a lot of Elmo and the other new muppets in there. I'm sorry but I never grew up with them so I find them annoying. Ok I admit it. I bought this as a gift to my 4 year old but it was mostly for me. But even my son grew up watching the Old School Sesame Street so even he is not crazy about the new guys. So now we just gave it a run-through and it's back in the box. Why? Because most of the clips are already in the 2 volumes we have. They just added the new episodes circa late 80s and 90s. Ok to be fair, there are nice clips that I totally don't remember, like Maria and Luis getting married and having a baby, and the death of Mr. Hooper. But you don't really want to keep watching those over and over, especially when you grew up thinking it was Maria and David! I was hoping to see more of the animated clips, more of "The Number Painter", more of the clumsy baker that falls down the steps, and more of Joe Raposo's genius compositions, Ernie's old pranks on Bert, and the phonics (You take the P with the "ph" and the AN "an"... put them all together and they spell PAN, thats PAN... P-A-N, PAN....). That would've been great for my preschooler. Oh well... I still rate it with 3 stars because after all, it is Sesame Street and I have great respect for the people behind this production.
If you're a 40 yr old Sesame Street fan and you don't have Old School yet, get those, absolutely. Hold off on this one unless you want to collect. Hope this review has helped you.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2010 5:20:35 PM PST
Molly J. Patton says:
Thank you so much for this review. I grew up watching Sesame Street in the early 80's and can't stand the newer characters or Elmo. I really wanted to buy this set because I already own Old School 1&2 and was hoping this was more of the same. I will hold off on purchasing this now.
Posted on Dec 20, 2010 11:16:41 AM PST
M. Wages says:
HAHA! Maria and David! I thought I was the only one who thought they were an item!
Posted on Oct 3, 2011 7:24:51 PM PDT
Alexandra Manias says:
Thanks for this great review. I want my baby boy to watch the Sesame Street of my youth because, like most Gen-Xers, I think the stuff I grew up with is the best :) I'll be 40 in a couple months, and I was glad to hear a review from someone my age - you also helped me decide whether I should get this one or the 'Old School' DVDs, and I'll definitely be getting those now. Thank you very much!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011 7:18:49 AM PDT
You're welcome! Glad I could help. Enjoy!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011 7:22:19 AM PDT
You're welcome. I wish they would put together a 3rd volume. All those wonderful clips couldn't possibly fit in just two. Anyway, glad to be of help. : )
Posted on Nov 25, 2011 3:27:28 AM PST
Thanks for helping me dodge a bullet. It seems this mostly has nostalgic value for adults that grew up on Sesame street and not fun/education value for the kids.
Posted on Jan 12, 2013 8:52:56 AM PST
Cat Geoffrey says:
Thanks for this - the way I look at it, when they brought in Kevin Klash they kinda sold out :-(. Just brought it down a notch in my book.
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