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Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days

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Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (DVD)

Relive your favorite Sesame Street moments with this one of a kind Sesame Street Collection! Everyone remembers the familiar words to the Sesame Street theme song, and the even more familiar tune, but how much do you really know about the world's most famous street? When did Elmo first begin speaking in that world-famous falsetto? Can you name the musician that sang Slimey into space? Which Muppet was most distraught by Mr. Hooper's passing? Who is the voice behind Abby Cadabby? Can you guess which clip was voted the fan favorite in an online poll? Find the answers and much, much more packed into this special anniversary DVD set, which includes clips from all 40 seasons, interviews with cast and crew, including Jim Henson, as well as amazing behind-the-scenes peeks at how Muppet magic is created.



Sesame Street has been educating and entertaining kids for 40 years. But the kind of TV programming for children that we currently take for granted didn't exist until Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett dreamed up the concept of curriculum-based, educational children's television in the late 1960s. By 1969, lots of research, consultation with educators, and testing had culminated in Sesame Street--a show that was groundbreaking not only for its educational content, but also for its integrated cast and realistic setting. Amazingly, the show hasn't really changed all that much in 40 years--it still maintains its focus on educating kids and helping them understand and deal with things they're likely to encounter in their real lives. It accomplishes those goals with great characters, skilled puppetry, and the latest technological advances in animation. Summing up 40 years of Sesame Street programming in about five hours is no easy task, but this two-disc set is a great compilation of "best-of" memories, arranged by season. Classic scenes with Ernie singing "Rubber Ducky" and Kermit crooning the moving ballad "It's Not Easy Being Green" are obvious favorite choices, as are recurring segments such as the "Pinball Machine Count" (sung by the Pointer Sisters), "Ladybug Picnic," "Monsterpiece Theatre," and Cookie Monster attacking pile after pile of cookies. Scores of famous singers, actors, and sports stars have guest starred on Sesame Street over the years. This compilation includes performances by Lena Horne, Henry Winkler, Mr. (Fred) Rogers, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Pee-wee Herman, Marilyn Horne, Tony Bennett, Robert De Niro, Olamide Faison, Alicia Keys, Matt Lauer, David Beckham, and Neil Patrick Harris. In addition to an assortment of typical Sesame Street segments featuring everyone's favorite characters, both Muppet and human, there are also several hugely memorable episodes, including when Big Bird learns that Mr. Hooper has died and isn't ever coming back, Luis and Maria's wedding and the birth of their first child, Snuffy's first appearance before someone besides Big Bird, and the time a hurricane blew away Big Bird's nest. Other favorite segments like "Elmo's World," "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures," various alphabet and counting songs, and a star-filled rendition of "Sing, Sing a Song" are also included in the compilation. Among the bonus features are optional pop-up facts and "Behind the Street" scenes; interview footage with actors/puppeteers, producers, and puppet designers/builders; TV montages; a fan-favorite scene; and a preview of "Abby's Flying Fairy School," a segment that features Sesame Street's first-ever CGI animation. Whether reliving childhood days watching the show or sharing it with a whole new generation, everyone will be thoroughly entertained by this great collection of Sesame Street programming. --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

Over 4-1/2 hours of the best Sesame Street memories on two jam-packed DVDs
Over 50 minutes of ultra-rare, never-before-seen backstage footage, interviews, and surprises
Pop-up facts covering the entire history of the show
Segments from all 40 seasons
24-page commemorative booklet
Sneak peek at all-new CG animated segment "Abby's Flying Fair School"

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sesame Street
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0WBWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This DVD set was nostalgic and at times almost brought tears to my eyes. For those parts (The ladybug picnic, The pinball counting to 12, the cartoon typewriter, the cast iron "I", etc) I would give it ten stars. Sesame Street literally shaped my life as a young child. I watched it religously until age seven (I'm thirty-five now). The reason for my three star rating is because of the lengthy songs and dull skits, which unfortunately took most of the time. Leena Horne singing didn't do it for me at five and she especially doesn't do it for me now at thrity-five. Sorry, but same to you Diana Ross. I wanted to see more of the aliens ("yep, yep, yep...nope, nope, nope"), Bert and Ernie, Super Grover, and the Tiddly-winks (who were suspiciously absent).

Watching this DVD made me realize how they should now call Sesame Street, just plain Elmo's World. That's who it's really all about now anyway. I loved the good old days when ALL the characters received equal billing. Now it seems like the first forty minutes of Sesame Street is just filler until Elmo, the big star, shows up. Don't get me wrong, I like Elmo, and so do my three little ones, but all the other characters have their own personalities and ability to teach as well. This DVD is a reminder of that.

So CTW if you're reading this, I would buy every single episode of Sesame Street from 1974-79 if you put it out on DVD. Stop teasing us with these short DVD releases showing only clips. To those of you who are thinking of purchasing this DVD set, I would get it, it is worth it. You're sure to see something that will bring back a memory.
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Here is a complete listing of every segment in this collection. See if you can find your favorite:

Season 1:
1. Sesame Street Opening -Opening theme from the very first season.
2. Henson #1 Song -A song all about the Number 1, where Jim Henson falls down a flight of stairs carrying 1 wedding cake.
3. Rubber Duckie -Ernie sings his renowned tune to his rubber duckie in the bathtub.
4. I Love Trash -An early clip from the series where an orange(!) Oscar sings his favorite tune about trash.
5. Batman Up/Around/Through -Animated educational clip from "Batman" cartoon.
6. If I Knew You Were Coming -Ernie sings this old show tune while baking a cake for an impatient Cookie Monster.
7. Bein' Green -Kermit the Frog sings his melancholy theme alone in his swamp.

Season 2
1. Bert & Ernie Banana In Ear -Ernie has a banana in his ear, driving Bert nuts.
2. Henson Queen Of Six -Stop-motion animated segment about the Queen of 6.
3. MAD Song -Some hippie Muppets sing about feeling angry.
4. Sorting Song With Cookie Monster -Cookie Monster sings "One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other" song with plates of cookies.

Season 3
1. Mad Painter #5 -An absent-minded painter looks for the perfect place to paint a Number 5.
2. Bienvenido Song -Bob and Louis sing a song half in English and in Spanish about going to a party.
3. Lady Bug Picnic -Popular animated segment about twelve lady bugs who have a picnic.

Season 4
1. Harry & John-John Count -Harry Monster and a child count to 20.
2. Talking Loud/Talking Soft -Some Muppet kids in a classroom demonstrate talking in a loud voice and a soft voice.
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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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