Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Idiot's Parade

What's wrong with old Sesame Street?:

The old “Sesame Street” is not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for softies born since 1998, when the chipper “Elmo’s World” started. Anyone who considers bull markets normal, extracurricular activities sacrosanct and New York a tidy, governable place — well, the original “Sesame Street” might hurt your feelings.

I asked Carol-Lynn Parente, the executive producer of “Sesame Street,” how exactly the first episodes were unsuitable for toddlers in 2007. She told me about Alistair Cookie and the parody “Monsterpiece Theater.” Alistair Cookie, played by Cookie Monster, used to appear with a pipe, which he later gobbled. According to Parente, “That modeled the wrong behavior” — smoking, eating pipes — “so we reshot those scenes without the pipe, and then we dropped the parody altogether.”

1 comment:

Knucklehead said...

What a bunch of dopes.

When I met my Better Two-Thirds she was very involved with opera. I wajust a dumb GI far from home but I bedazzled her with my knowledge of Wagner and my sympathy for Brunhilda.

She was mine - lock, stock, and barrel - when I sang this and this.

While I fully admit I am NOT familiar with the modern Sesame Street and only very slightly familiar with modern children's entertainment, I think I'm on safe ground when I posit that no man will ever win a lady's favor by using any of it. What have they done?