Sesame Street: Old School 3
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Sesame Street: Old School V3 (DVD)
Back by popular demand, it's our third installment in the Old School series, covering 1979 – 1984. In this set you'll see your Sesame Street friends on and off the Street! Remember when everyone surprised Maria in Puerto Rico for her birthday? Or when Snuffy and Gordon ran the New York City marathon? Bonus DVD extras like never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage will prove that we're still kicking it old school!]]>
The memories continue with this third volume of Sesame Street programming--this time encompassing the years 1979 through 1984. A kind of "greatest hits" format, this two-disc set features one full-length episode from each of seasons 11 through 15 as well as a selection of some of the most striking segments from each year. Season 11 opens with Maria traveling to Puerto Rico to visit her family and celebrate her 21st birthday and the rest of the Sesame Street gang planning a huge surprise. Season highlights feature pop-culture moments like a Beatles-inspired song about the letter b, Kermit in the thick of the disco craze, and a song in which Big Bird and Star Wars' R2-D2 discover that even those who are very different can still be friends. In later seasons, Big Bird heads off to his first day of school, bird watchers try to have Big Bird declared an endangered species and move him to a special sanctuary, Big Bird heads to camp, and Gordon and Snuffleupagus run the New York City Marathon. Favorite characters such as Kermit the Frog, Ernie and Bert, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, and Grover are joined by quirky characters like the Honkers, Telly Monster, and Dr. Nobel Price, as well as guest stars Itzhak Perlman, Madeline Kahn, and Harry Belafonte, for a treasury of memories that will delight both young and old. Other favorite segments include pinball animation, ladybug picnic, Monsterpiece Theater, Henson ball power, dollhouse, and Twiddlebugs. The great thing about Sesame Street is its timeless appeal and the fact that its educational messages, which span from learning letters and numbers to life skills such as how to make friends and cooperate, are just as relevant to today's kids as they were to previous generations of viewers. That said, today's parents and grandparents will be especially interested in the bonus interview with Caroll Spinney and the backstage footage of the puppeteers hard at work filming some classic Sesame Street episodes. (Ages 2 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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Don't let that keep you from buying SSOS Vol.3, cuz if you grew up with it, there is always great vintage material to look back on. More than one time, i ran across the PINBALL NUMBER COUNT about the number 2. That's ok with me, cuz I like the song. The song with the TWO GIRLS AND A LITTLE DOLL HOUSE is in this set. I know that one was in an earlier set. Segments repeated over the years, so we wouldn't forget. I saw at least a couple KERMIT THE FROG NEWS FLASH segments, like about the OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE. The old woman quickly put Kermit in charge and told the kids, "Go to bed when the frog tells you". I laughed good at that one. There was also GUY SMILEY and those game show segments.
It would have been nice to have more BONUS material segments is this set. Each season premiere episode had about 5 or 6 bonus segments, which was good but not enough stuff. Included was the clip where Big Bird was told that Mr. Hooper died and couldn't ever come back. I remember that when I was about 7 or 8. Also included inside the set is a very nice thick booklet with plenty of good stuff to read about the show. It it very fascinating and enjoyable!
All in all, plenty of great material. Worth getting for sure, but a word of warning that the theme song is edited out of all episodes.