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Ernest and Bertram --short film, formerly one of the best films you can't see after debuting at Sundance in 2002, with Sesame's lawyers then cracking down and forcing it to be pulled--now on youtube.
posted by amberglow (27 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
another news story from back then from ABC: ...Even before this incident, Ernie and Bert have been under constant attack. ...
posted by amberglow at 6:54 AM on August 15, 2006


Buncha hypocrites at CTW. They just brought in a new Muppet who's an unabashed fairy.

Things just haven't been the same since Jim died.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:09 AM on August 15, 2006


Can I just say that the "Ernie and Bert are gay" meme is so worn out that nothing, NOTHING, makes it worth wasting your time on it?

Thank you.
posted by briank at 7:18 AM on August 15, 2006


youtube link no worky for me.
posted by dobbs at 7:22 AM on August 15, 2006


NOTHING, makes it worth wasting your time

Perhaps, but the mere mention of Bert recalls his contribution to that famous Bin Laden Poster, and how it reinvented irony for the 21st century. That alone makes it worthwhile to me.
posted by CynicalKnight at 7:30 AM on August 15, 2006


Friends, YouTube has left the building.
posted by CynicalKnight at 7:31 AM on August 15, 2006


youtube link no worky for me.

Same here - youtube appears to be broken in some way.
posted by jack_mo at 7:33 AM on August 15, 2006


amberglow and his magic gay puppets broke youtube!1!!
posted by dobbs at 7:35 AM on August 15, 2006


For what it's worth, the link worked for me. I liked the production values, but the premise seemed a little too facile.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:37 AM on August 15, 2006


I don't find it too unreasonable for CTW to object to someone else's hands up Bert and Ernie's butts...so to speak.
posted by klarck at 7:37 AM on August 15, 2006


see if you can see it thru here (it's embedded there)
posted by amberglow at 7:48 AM on August 15, 2006


nope, youtube is teh broke everywhere.
posted by empath at 7:57 AM on August 15, 2006


I have seen this video before and I actually think it's quite well done. The premise may be "Burt and Ernie are gay" but the punchline is a lot better than "Burt and Ernie are gay!"
posted by shownomercy at 8:02 AM on August 15, 2006


Same here - youtube appears to be broken in some way.

wait ... what'll we do for links?
posted by pyramid termite at 8:02 AM on August 15, 2006


We can always go back to linking to interesting blogs. ;-P
posted by Turtles all the way down at 8:31 AM on August 15, 2006


It looks like metafilter's collective hate of youtube links has finally become palpable, lashing out in the physical and striking its victim with lethal force. Well done, mefites.
posted by boo_radley at 8:41 AM on August 15, 2006


Hm. Eight minute movie, first minute and a half is interior shots of a car driving.

Not very economical filmmaking.
posted by Sailor Martin at 8:46 AM on August 15, 2006


One thing I actually wanted to see on youtube and the whole godforsaken site goes down. Go figure.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:51 AM on August 15, 2006


From the YouTube Comments:


Sadly I think most people who watch this video have no clue it's almost word for word from Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" and THAT's why it's funny, not because "bert and ernie r gay lol."


It was previously (poorly?) adapted as These Three
posted by sandking at 1:24 PM on August 15, 2006


It's an interesting idea, but I didn't really like The Children's Hour that much in its original form. Okay, that's a lie, I hated The Children's Hour. And I hated this once I realized it was the same story.
posted by needs more cowbell at 1:33 PM on August 15, 2006


An alternate link if Youtube.com does not work:
http://www1.youtube.com/watch?v=8TeNdsoCIgc
posted by urlnotfound at 3:22 PM on August 15, 2006


The ABC article revealed that Cookie Monster's name is Sid! How will this affect the fuzzy speed metal scene?!
posted by JDC8 at 4:31 PM on August 15, 2006




I thought it was mostly good, though stretching five minutes into eight was a bit much.
posted by kyleg at 5:10 PM on August 15, 2006


That was great, and despite the (sort of crummy looking) muppets it still managed to be moving. Thanks amberglow!
posted by maryh at 10:22 PM on August 16, 2006


Call me a curmudgeonly old bastard, but I couldn't get past the crappy voices and really wretched costuming: I stopped watching a couple of minutes in with no sense of regret.
posted by scrump at 2:40 PM on August 17, 2006


ok., you're a curmudgeonly old bastard. ; >

I think it's what you see as he's driving in the beginning that sorta gets missed by people--the whole cruising/gayporn theaters thing.
posted by amberglow at 5:59 PM on August 17, 2006


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