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The New Sesame Street DVD's Are Not for Kids



The Bryant Park Project, November 15, 2007 · Early episodes of Sesame Street are being released on DVD — with a warning that they are intended for grown-ups and may not suit the needs of today's preschoolers.

Virginia Heffernan of the New York Times blog The Medium went looking for Big Bird, and found that his neighborhood has essentially been gentrified for a new generation of viewers. "I definitely had dimly remembered that something in the palette of the show was really unnerving — both unnerving and thrilling," she says. "I watched it from a small town, and it made me think of, you know, 'New York's mean streets!' "

The vintage Sesame Street characters couldn't make on T.V. today, she argues. Just look at Oscar the Grouch, a fellow who lives in a garbage, gets no help with his obvious emotional problems and shows no ambition to better his station in life. Gone, also, are the parodies of PBS programing and scenes of puppets smoking pipes.

And then there's the question of pacing. Heffernan points to what now feels like an interminable bit about the origins of milk. "Was life just as such a slower pace that this made sense to preschoolers and adults?" she says. Maybe so.

On our blog, the Sesame Street we all remember, starting with a lovely clip about cows.

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Bryant Park Project, November 15, 2007. Episode pertama Sesame Street telah diluncurkan dalam format DVD, dengan suatu peringatan bahwa video tersebut dimaksudkan untuk orang dewasa dan mungkin tidak cocok untuk anak-anak usia pra sekolah sekarang ini.

Virginia Heffernan dari New York Times pergi mencari Big Bird, dan menemukan lingkungannya itu telah dimodernisasikan untuk suatu penonton generasi baru. "Aku dengan pasti telah secara samar-samar ingat bahwa sesuatu yang terlukis di dalam pertunjukan itu sebenarnya melemahkan —menggetarkan dan melemahkan," dia berkata. "Aku mengamatinya dari suatu kota yang kecil, dan itu membuat aku berpikir tentang, 'Jalan-Jalan di New York!' "

Lalu ada pertanyaan. Heffernan menunjukkan kepada apa sekarang dirasakan seperti satu bit yang tak berkesudahan tentang asal-muasal dari susu. "Apakah hidup sama seperti langkah yang lambat bahwa ini hal yang masuk akal bagi anak pra-sekolah dan orang dewasa?" dia berkata. Mungkin juga.

Di blog kami, Sesame Street, kita semua ingat, mulai dengan suatu klip yang menyenangkan tentang sapi-sapi.

Pics.


The 1970s Ernie wonders who took a bite out of the apple. Children's TelevisionWorkshop/Courtesy of Getty Images.

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