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I totally remember this, but somehow I think I had conflated it with Big Bird Goes to China. Is there weird metaphysical shit in Big Bird Goes to China?
posted by brennen at 10:35 PM on February 28, 2012


er, in China, I guess?
posted by brennen at 10:39 PM on February 28, 2012


Oh, man, I remember this too. To this day, "where does today meet yesterday?" is still the first riddle that comes to mind when someone says, 'Know any riddles?'

(It's also the only one I can remember the answer to.)
posted by TropicalWalrus at 10:46 PM on February 28, 2012


Awesome. Imagine, I have trod the very ground that Big Bird hath trod.
posted by mwhybark at 10:49 PM on February 28, 2012


Don't Eat The Pictures, part 1 of 8.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:50 PM on February 28, 2012 [7 favorites]


Against the might of Big Bird, the gods content in vain.

We never had such awesomeness in the Dutch version of Sesame Street, only boring things like that if you want to share hash brownies, makes sure you got enough for everyone.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:53 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mind = fucked.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:00 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Big Bird doesn't fear death. He doesn't even know what it is.
posted by benzenedream at 11:07 PM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Big bird is awesome.

That's kind of a curious riddle, though. Did they even have museums in 21 BC? I think demon James Mason was just screwing with that ghost kid by using a riddle that couldn't be answered for at least three thousand years.
posted by Kevin Street at 11:13 PM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


I totally remember this too! I was born in '81 though, so I guess I must have seen a rerun at some point. Old sesame street rocked!!
posted by Jesse Hughson at 11:32 PM on February 28, 2012


I've had a livejournal for nearly ten years and have seen a ton of stuff on it. This is basically the greatest thing ever written on a Livejournal.

Twitter, if you last ten years maybe you can achieve something this awesome.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:37 AM on February 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


HOLY SHITSNACKS I was just reading American Gods the other day and wondering why I had a fragmented memory of a live-action rendition of the Egyptian afterlife. This just made my day.
posted by LMGM at 12:49 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


In the 1983 special Don't Eat the Pictures, assorted humans and Muppets are stuck overnight in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


When I first started reading this, I thought I have work nightmares like this.

You cannot even begin to fathom the paperwork I would have to fill out.



Now I wish my work dreams were this great and weird. Or that my actual work were this great and weird.

But I just checked the whole museum and there were no demons or Muppets or anything.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:49 AM on February 29, 2012 [7 favorites]


This is amazing. I'm going to steal it and use.
posted by Snyder at 12:54 AM on February 29, 2012


Wikipedia says that museums (in the form of private collections) are known to have existed as least as far back as 530 BC.
posted by fragmede at 12:57 AM on February 29, 2012


I love this! Never heard of this special but we had Sesame street on for years. Thanks, I always knew Big Bird was a hero. Nice that the kitty made it to heaven too.
posted by mermayd at 3:13 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Big Bird kicks ass. Night at the Museum would have been improved immeasurably if BB had taken the lead instead of Ben Stiller.
posted by arcticseal at 3:56 AM on February 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also in Don't Eat the Pictures, Cookie Monster would have eaten a mummy if he hadn't been persuaded otherwise. A mummy. Cookie Monster has no qualms against eating human remains!

As many times as I watched this as a kid, I never realized quite the magnitude of what Big Bird accomplished here. Big Bird dared defy the gods themselves in defense of the defenseless, and emerged the victor. What an epic.

Don't eat the pictures, no no no
Don't eat the pictures, no no no
Don't eat the pictures, no!
When you go to museum!

posted by Faint of Butt at 4:05 AM on February 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


I remember this. I remember the house we lived in when I saw it, and I remember the enormous Marvel superheroes and villains puzzle that we worked on while we watched it. Oh my god.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:33 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cookie Monster has no qualms against eating human remains!

Not just... remains. Bob changes the subject whenever someone asks what happened to David.
posted by delfin at 4:41 AM on February 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


Watch.
posted by swift at 5:24 AM on February 29, 2012


(the first bit, anyway)
posted by swift at 5:27 AM on February 29, 2012


Wow, I haven't seen this since I was a child. I think I'll watch it when I get home from work.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:46 AM on February 29, 2012


According to a Humanities 101 professor that I had, the Goddess Isis was supposed to have a role similar to what Big Bird does here in speaking up for the dead and getting her husband/brother to cut the person being judged some slack and I always thought that was nice. I will now forever conflate Big Bird with the Goddess Isis.
posted by VTX at 5:58 AM on February 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


punch his ticket for the motherfucking pain train

Indeed.
posted by fuq at 6:05 AM on February 29, 2012


This was my favorite thing when I was a kid. My favorite thing. My parents had recorded this special and also "Big Bird Goes to China" on betamax, and I would have to watch one or the other of them before bed every night.
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 6:06 AM on February 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Elmo loves you, but when's the last time Elmo held anyone's hand on the threshold of eternal night?

This is when I started to get irrationally excited. I'm still all about punching some wack-ass deity in the motherfucking face.
posted by zombieflanders at 6:27 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


And here's the appearance of that demon, played by James motherfucking Mason.

James Mason's being the Lord Thy God was already made clear to me through the oeuvre of Eddie Izzard, but I did not know of His Dual Nature. This is critical, imperative life information. Thanks, Big Bird!
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:34 AM on February 29, 2012


Somehow I missed this one.

Big Bird in Japan
though, we watched that until the tape practically wore out.

"Well, there certainly seem to be an unusual number of people here from Ohio."
posted by helicomatic at 6:50 AM on February 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


Annyong!
posted by maryr at 7:36 AM on February 29, 2012


Notably, this is Scott Lynch's livejournal, author of the Gentleman Bastard Series, my current favorite fantasy books. He's a mensch.
posted by pts at 7:49 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh god, this terrified me as a kid, the judging! The floating demon head! BEING TRAPPED FOR A THOUSAND YEARS AAAAAAHHHH!

I was not comfortable with Big Bird in these harrowing situations. Not. At. All.
posted by The Whelk at 8:18 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Elmo loves you

Are you sure about that? When I see the "Elmo's World" segment I see an entire world that Elmo has constructed with his mind crayon. You see drawings of his parents but never the parents themselves. Only very rarely do you ever see anyone that isn't an anthropomorphized version of some inanimate object in Elmo's world, except for members of the Noodle Family. Mr. Noodle, his brother Mr. Noodle, or his sister Ms. Noodle seem to be trapped in that window and are only allowed out to act like incompetent nincompoops for Elmo and the disembodies voices of his friends as they delight in their bumbling antics.

When you start to notice these things the fact that it's called "Elmo's World" starts to seem a lot more sinister.
posted by VTX at 8:56 AM on February 29, 2012


To this day, "where does today meet yesterday?" is still the first riddle that comes to mind

Hasta la vista, baby.
posted by straight at 10:11 AM on February 29, 2012


"You see drawings of his parents but never the parents themselves. Only very rarely do you ever see anyone that isn't an anthropomorphized version of some inanimate object in Elmo's world, except for members of the Noodle Family."

Oh my God, I can't believe I know this, but: Elmo's mom Mae. Elmo's dad Louie. Elmo's older sister Daisy (storybooks only). Also Elmo's parents in the brain of Elmo's goldfish Dorothy, which for some reason cracks me up, as Dorothy's brain is a trippy, trippy place.

Also there is a human baby in every single episode of Elmo's World.

I vaguely recall watching this Sesame movie and reading about it today was a) awesome and b) made the talking book made of human skin on Elmo's world seem less bizarre by comparison.

Also, for modern hilarious and weird Sesame Street, I super-love the episode with Paul Rudd as incompetent Prince Charming.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:47 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Another human who appears with Elmo is Ricky Gervais singing a celebrity lullaby to Elmo in Elmo's "real" house. It's pretty good. I like when Elmo's fur gets all spikey. Also how he's kinda mean to Ricky Gervais.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:51 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


OH SEKHMET H. CHRIST, PLEASE DON'T KILL ME

So, I get to do the "eponysterical" thing this far downthread? And I too faintly recall from my childhood the eternal tauntings of a disembodied blue face, but it may have just been Jambi.
posted by obscurator at 12:13 PM on February 29, 2012


Somewhat related.
posted by zombieflanders at 1:29 PM on February 29, 2012


This is one of those things where you're like "???" and then it all comes rushing back.

Wow.
posted by owtytrof at 1:41 PM on February 29, 2012


In case anyone was wondering, yes, it's available on DVD now. ^_^
posted by trackofalljades at 2:32 PM on February 29, 2012


This has always been my favorite Sesame Street movie -- I've worn out several copies of it on VHS over the last 30 years. I *still* feel happy when I visit and see objects in the Met that were featured in the movie! I think the songs were some of the best Seasame Street songs of all time, too.

...and now I *will* have to buy it on DVD, thank you trackofalljades! Yay!
posted by lysimache at 4:55 PM on February 29, 2012


I'm conflicted because as much as I loved Don't Eat the Pictures, I prefer to keep vulgar language separated from my earnest childhood memories.
posted by jwhite1979 at 6:31 PM on February 29, 2012


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