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5.0 out of 5 stars Over two hours (and 40+) parodies that Adults will love even more than their kids!, September 12, 2011
This review is from: Sesame Street: The Best of Sesame Spoofs Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (DVD)
Over two hours (and 40+) parodies that Adults will love even more than their kids!

For over 40 years Sesame Street has tried to work on two levels. While teaching kids things like numbers, letters, science and geography (not to mention health and manners as well) they want parents - who watch the show with their kids - to be entertained as well. Hence, the celebrity appearances and the parodies of pop culture. This two-DVD set gathers some of the best of these parodies into one neat package. Each Disc runs just over an hour and there are a couple of short bonus clips added to each. (I'm not sure why these are listed as "bonuses" as these compilations were never aired on TV in this format. But, what the heck, they are fun.

Volume 1 contains a lot from the earlier years - and has song parodies too - while Volume two parodies mostly shows from the last seven years. Those who grew up with Sesame street will find memories in Volume 1, while discovering new "spoofs" that they have never seen (they were probably at work when the shows aired) on Volume 2.

My favorites of the 20+ spoofs on Volume 1 (nicely indexed so you can go to these directly on repeat viewing) are "Twin Beaks" (a spot-on parody of the cult favorite "Twin Peaks" right down to a character named "the log bird") and the Springsteen take-off by The Count (who else?) titled "Born to Count". There are many more here but I'll let you discover them.

Volume 2 (the newer material) brings back The Count - this time with parodies of "Six Fee Under" (counting number of feet under the bed), "24" (the whole plot takes place in 24 seconds), and the outrageous "Desperate Houseplants" that has some real adult innuendos that will fly way above kid's heads but be readily apparent to the adults watching. A few here poke fun at 70s tv shows - "The Braidy Bunch" (about how girls got their hair braided) and "Spaceship Surprise" (Star Trek). The only non-Muppet to appear here is Dr. Phil (yes the real one) in a segment where he comes face-to-face with a Muppet version of himself. Again, I won't list more as you can discover them for yourself - and I'm sure you'll have favorites.

While Volume 2 is - overall - not as strong as Volume 1 (I'd give Volume 1 five stars and Volume 2 only four stars), this set is too much fun to not raise it up to a five. Young and Old will enjoy this set. And don't forget to check out the recently released "Elmo's Music Magic" DVD which I reviewed last week. That full of musical parodies as well.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2012, 7:02:05 AM PST
SpukiKat3000 says:
Good review. However the "Springsteen" one was called "Born To Add" and featured a Bruce Springsteen muppet & a muppet girlfriend called "Clarice" who played the sax. They're dancing around the inner-city streets adding garbage cans & whatnot.
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