Posted Apr 3, 2004 @ 1:49 PM
When my nephew was two, and started watching "Sesame Street," I remembered why I loved the show so much when I was little. Part of it was the music: "C is for Cookie," "I Love Trash," "Rubber Duckie" and "The Aardvark Song" are terribly infectious and singable. And then I learned, through my nephew's watching, that catchy songs had come along in the days since I'd outgrown the show (i.e. since around 1975): "Fuzzy and Blue," "Monster in the Mirror," "Put Down the Duckie." (I adore "Fuzzy and Blue"! But then, Broadway show music, particularly classic Broadway show music, is my favorite musical genre.)
But then there is the Odious Red One. I agree that he should be regarded as the Introductory Drug; he was my nephew's favorite Muppet when he first started watching, and now he's my niece's favorite. Sooner or later, however, their wits kick in and they realize how much funnier and cooler such characters as Grover (my hero!), Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, and Oscar are. Oh, and Kermit. Can't forget Kermit. His "Sesame Street News" segments are, along with Cookie's "Monsterpiece Theatre," some of my favorite segments on the show.
Who else loves these segments?
Kermit trying to interview the Seven Dwarfs: "We've got the wrong dwarfs again!"
"The King and I" (really i) on "Monsterpiece Theatre": "I, your lovable and cute King, wishes to dance with you!"
Rapunzel of Brooklyn: "Git me oudda heah!"