), Far From Seven
and Sons of Poetry
in the category of "Things I Never Thought I'd See On Sesame Street," I give you The Hungry Games: Catching Fur
. Note: free of children killing other children.
Previously. Full list
of Sesame Street spoofs and parodies. [more inside]
Still Life with Animated Dogs
is a witty and candid cartoon by Paul Fierlinger, animator of Sesame Street's Teeny Little Super Guy
, recounting his life from being a dissident artist in 1960s Czechoslovakia to being a successful animator in the US. He tells his lifestory by talking about the dogs he's owned over the years, Roosevelt, Ike, Johnson and Spinnaker. Warning: Something may get stuck in your eye.
had been exploring time and space in his panoramic paintings when a friend suggested he try animation. From experimental films (Cubits
) he went on to create shorts for Children's Television Workshop that were seen by millions on Sesame Street (Yak
, Floor Tiles
, Block City
, Put Your Litter in the Can
, Real Cats Drink Milk
) and 3-2-1 Contact (Facial Recognition
). One standout is Cosmic Clock
, which speeds us through time much the way the Eames' Powers of Ten
speeds us through space. Along with his collected works on DVD
, Numero Group
has released the half-hour documentary Asymmetric Cycles: The Work Of Al Jarnow
. [more inside]
As you may have noticed
from Google this morning, today is the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street
! New seasons
are in production including the newest muppet, Abby Cadaby, but today is a day for our old friends. Videos a plenty
to fuel your nostalgia.
Saturday morning cartoons
were once a staple of American television, but by the year 2000 they had all but disappeared
. Of course, the Internet never
forgets. Case in point: Cartoon Network Video
-- a free, searchable, ad-supported service that provides hundreds of full-length episodes of classic shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
, and The Powerpuff Girls
, as well as current offerings and scads of shorter material. Too recent for you? Then give Kids WB Video
a whirl -- it does the same thing with the same interface, but for older programs like Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Thundercats
, and the original Space Ghost
. If you're in the mood to learn (and don't mind some live-action), PBS Kids Video
has educational fare such as Arthur, Wishbone, and Zoom. And don't forget about Sesame Street
, The Electric Company
, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
, The Magic Schoolbus
and Schoolhouse Rock
! Now if only we had some Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs
How well do you know your friends from Sesame Street?
Scroll over this illustration of 101 Muppets to find out their names, a brief bio, and the season in which they appeared. Slimey is still my favorite.
Sesame Street video archive
from Sesame Workshop itself, searchable and keyword-tagged. It's not quite comprehensive (yet), but includes many Monsterpiece Theatre, Kermit's News Flashes, and Ernie & Bert sketches. [more inside]
A new TV series described as "Sesame Street for adults"
gets a wide release next month on PBS stations nationwide. Its producers hope it will reach a few of the estimated 90 million "low-functioning" grown-ups. In 1992, when researchers last rated the skills of adults 16 or older, they found that nearly half weren't proficient in applying basic skills to accomplish daily tasks. Is this a bold step toward improving the lives of less fortunate adults, or a disturbing sign of the increasing ignorance of the American public?