Sesame Street: Old School - Volume 1
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Sesame Street: Old School, Volume One: 1969-1974 DVD
Were some of your first friends named Grover, Mr. Hooper, and Bob? Do you remember the Ladybug Picnic? How about Pinball Number Count? Sesame Street Old School is a time capsule of the early days of the ground-breaking series you grew up on. Take a trip back in time with Bert, Ernie, Big Bird and Snuffleupagus. Sing along with classics like “C is for Cookie,” “I Love Trash,” and “Rubber Duckie.” Bring back the music, memories, and mayhem from Sesame Street’s first five seasons which can be enjoyed again and again!]]>
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
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 is now an obvious product of the counter culture. Watching some of the shorts and cartoons in it ... well, I can see why teenage pot-smoking reprobates enjoyed watching Sesame Street as much as kids in those days did. Heck, there were many, many prominent members of the counter culture featured prominently in the program. For example, I had a crush on Buffy St. Marie, American Indian Movement activist from the 60s, from listening to her sing nice songs on Sesame Street. I also had quite a few Stevie Wonder records because of his numerous appearances on Sesame Street. Other figures of the time also made occasional appearances; Johnny Cash and Jesse Jackson among others.
It's funny watching the kids from Sesame Street (which, in case you don't remember, is in the Ghetto) gamboling around Farmer Bob's Farm, figuring out where food comes from and such. One of the great cultural artifacts preserved in Sesame Street, besides the psychedelic art and the hipster haircuts and moustaches, is the uniforms that this era of working class people wear. I mean, I remember people dressing like that, but if they weren't anthropologically preserved in the Bell Jar of Sesame Street ... that might have been lost to history. Nobody knows how Scythian bartenders dressed and comported themselves either. Watching the series really brings me back; it also reminded me of Mr. Hooper who was probably my favorite old dude on Television, and that the "old school" cookie monster is actually pretty scary.
Is it good for kids? I think it is. If you're the type who wants your kid to wear a bicycle helmet when he walks around the house, you'll probably be horrified by it. I find it entertaining, educational, and profoundly nice. Sesame Street Old School also lacks any of the shrill sanctimony or paranoid preachiness that you see in modern kids shows. Kids can watch it and hardly know they're being taught stuff at all. I occasionally wonder that they didn't implant secret mind control engrams into my mind with some of those wacky psychedelic scenes, a la Manchurian Candidate, but over all this is great nostalgic fun.