I have a love hate relationship with Sesame Street. I'm in love with the concept of Sesame Street. You ask me, 'Andie, what is the greatest preschool television series ever produced?' And I will usually say Blues Clues. That's just because I have a thing for Steve Burns. Call it a geek/male pattern baldness fetish.
My other choice, will undoubtedly be Sesame Street, especially any expisodes up until, say, I don't know... 1992. I stand by my arbitrary decision.
On the other hand, upon watching old clips of the show, there are sketches that just creeped the fuck out of me....
For instance, I remember having nightmares about this clip
Why? I don't know. I think it's the little mini-me bert thing. In my dream, it was a vampire, and killed Ernie before slipping down the drain.
It's the last two minutes of this clip I find bothersome... I mean... HE TAKES BERTS NOSE RIGHT OFF HIS FACE?? OFF his FACE!
There are others... the trip to egypt, where ernie sings the Rubber Ducky song with a preserved CORPSE...
Thanks to Xenedra for digging this clip up.
The clip on the letter h, with the weird Outer Limits TV glowing and moaning 'Ech.... Ech... (that's how I imagine you would spell the sound of a hard 'H')" And Ernie reaches right into the screen... *shudders*
In honesty, and maybe this is because I don't want to believe that I am the only freak who thinks this way, I think everyone who watched sesame street as a kid was a *little* scared of some aspect of that show... My sister once confessed to being petrified of the aliens who came down and spoke in that weird dialect
"yyyyyipyipyipyipyip uh huh uh huh yyyyyyiiiiiipyipyipyip''
So... this begs the question? Was it just Bert and Ernie? Am I really just a lone freak with too much time on her hands? Were the crew of Sesame street just a tad sadistic, much like the screenwriters who came up with the boat scene in the 1970's adaptation of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory?
Is it maybe childrens television programming as a whole, that requires one to be a little twisted, as a sure way to hold a child's attention is to scare em' even if just a tiny bit... make them question the world around them.