Hello! Just wondering if you've ever heard of Rua Sesamo DVDs? I bought four at a junk store (literally, they're called WasteWise), and they don't seem official (rough texture to the image on the disc, low res covers, a very mechanical menu), but I'm wondering if they're completely fake, or just badly pirated copies.
They're mostly okay transfers of the episodes, a few wobbles, but given that they're from the first season, I doubt better copies exist. The covers have the three production company logos, including CTW, but the photos on the cover are 1980s American shots, not Portuguese production images.
Hi, Nick! I'm not really familiar with non-US video product. I think Andrew might know more about what's been officially released in Latin America (and other Spanish/Portuguese-speaking countries), since he works a lot with the various dubbed versions of Sesame Street. I'm sure he can find out if these are real, or he'll know who to ask. I hope that helps!
Hi, Ken! I'm moving the Sandbox pages, and Wikia's getting a software error for this one, so I'm copying the code here since you started the page. If you can find a way to work it into an existing article, please do. Or, you can move it to your user page for now. Or forget about it since it hasn't been edited in three years anyway and never left the sandbox.
Well, it looks like there were several attempts to make a Muppet "brand" of recordings similar to Sesame Street Records, but I haven't been able to find every title. I think some other members have started similar series for video. I think if I can put them into a gallery, we can make a page about the various Muppet records and tapes that came out under a unique logo.
I was at our co-production's offices the other day, saw a couple of new CDs laying around and figured you might be interested. Even if their Amazon listing tells me they're just audio books of new stories, read by Carsten Morar-Haffke and Martin Paas, and not any music CDs.
Another new product is this friendship book (popular here among pre-schoolers and elementary school kids to pass around and fill out for each other), but of course there's no songs on/in this either! ;)
Hey, audio books are always welcome, too! We haven't had US book and record sets since 1983, and I think the last book and tape set came out around 1999 when a bunch of stuff came out on Sony Wonder.
Now I need you to sneak into the vaults, because I still think there were other recordings in Germany between 1976 and 1994. As popular as the show was, I can't believe they didn't make any albums for 18 years!
Seriously, thanks for letting me know about these. I'll start the pages, but can you help me? Are these book and CD sets? I can't tell what's on them, but it looks like they're over an hour long! Figuring out who the voices are would be great, too! Also the label and catalog number.
They're merely CDs, no books are involved. Each is about an hour in length, with a good number (how many I don't know) of short stories read by (and only by) Morar-Haffke and Paas, respectively for each of the releases. (There are samples you can listen to under the small "Reinhören" button!)
What's absolutely odd is that they're resurrecting Tiffy for this, through new short stories. A classic character missed by many fans, sure... but they retired her eight years ago!
So wait, I'm confused. At least in the US, if a record says "read by", it's referring to a book that comes with it. Otherwise, it would say "told by", because you're listening to them tell a story. So what are they reading? Do the stories exist as separate books? We have some Dutch CD's that are collections of 6 book and tape sets that were previously released separately, and we also cross-reference those where they're translations of US books.
It's possible, but I don't think that these stories are based on old storybooks. Seems to me that "read by" simply suggests that there's a script that is read by these particular folks, but written by others. I'd let you know if I should find out more.
Hmmm. If there's no book, I'll put them in Sesamstrasse Albums, not International Book and Audio, since those have to include an actual book. I guess Amazon calls them "audiobooks" because they're spoken word, and not music.
Hey, one more question. Do the hyphens in the titles mean anything? They weren't on the older CD's. I'm making pages for them with hyphens, since we usually go by the exact title as it appears on the cover, but I was wondering what they mean.
The hyphens merely mean that the producers of this product chose to combine these words in that very way to form those title(s)! ;)
Seriously though, the way we usually form combination words in German is to just add on to words without a space or a hyphen, potentially allowing for insanely long words (Dampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftsraddampferkapitänskajütentürsicherheitsschlüssel). To make things easier for the reader, especially the young ones in this case I presume, we're given the option of hyphenation. So, instead of having a young reader struggle with Gutenachtgeschichten (goodnightstories), they provide the easier-to-dissect spelling Gute-Nacht-Geschichten (good-night-stories).
...which is funny, as they're actually, potentially indicating that their nighttime stories are in fact good. Which, I hope they are.
Wow, and we've always been taught that "Antidisestablishmentarianism" is one of the longest words in English, not counting things like chemical names. But I guess you have us beat. Plus, your word has 4 umlauts!
Yeah, that's a Japanese 12" single promo of the Sesame Street Fever song, backed with Trash. I can't make out some of the label, but I can clearly see there's one song per side, with composer information underneath. I'm surprised that they got this, because it seems like everybody else got C is for Cookie, unless there are more out there. The cool thing is that we now have the LP and cassette numbers! Does Chris read Japanese? I'd love to read all of the back cover!
Hey Ken! Do we have either this or this cassette pack noted anywhere? The first one is especially neat (to my way of thinking) and rather like one of the older LP multi-record repackagings that we do cover.
No, I'm fine. I had some other windows open when I saw your posts, so I wrote back a short note so I wouldn't forget. I've been looking through tape stuff, and that's how I ran into the Open Sesame stuff. And multiple posts don't bother me. You hadn't posted in the long time, and record stuff in general was quiet.
Oh yeah, take a look at this! A 12" single promo from Canada, and I'm thinking it matches the white label 45 we already have, so I guess they pressed this one in both formats!
Ok :) I'm glad to hear it. Everyone in my house keeps getting colds (hence the lack of free time for wikis on my part) so I rather assume the worst at this point when people are a bit quiet.
Where's the white label 45? I just see the yellow American one (79006). Actually... so that would belong on the international singles page, right? Pity it doesn't show the A-side. I would have thought it would be the Canadian counterpart of the 12-inch single (CTW-747) we already have for that album.
Hey I found this by searching google www.vinyl45's.com/product.asp?itemid=162318 i wasn't sure if you&merry had this in the collection here. I used to have the Lp as a kid but was surprised to find it after all these time.
I love it when unexpected stuff pops out of the vault, like Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring. It would be great if the other specials follow, but regardless, I'm excited. (Mom's doing better, by the way; I owe you a long e-mail but it's been a tad hectic again.)
According to the Paley Center entry by the way, we've currently omitted at least one Muppet bit: Julie sings two songs with the Muppet flowers. The other one is "Springtime Cometh," from the flop musical Flahooley with Baird puppets (puppeteers included Faz Fazakas!)
Yeah, that one really shocked me. Who would have thought that Bob Banner Associates would be this year's Lionsgate, as far as releasing obscure Muppet specials back to back? I didn't even know they owned that one! IMDb doesn't say, so I wonder what else they own that's Muppet-related? Did they do all of Julie's specials? I wish Disney would get Out to Lunch straightened out.
Great to hear about your mom! Write whenever you have time, or multiple short notes are always nice, too!
Of the relevant Muppet/Julie specials, Banner just did this one. But he produced other Julie specials, such as those with Carol Burnett.
Out to Lunch would be out of Disney's hands outside of Kermit permissions, I think it's just whether Sesame Workshop really thinks it would profit from a release, since The Electric Company stuff did only so so overall, and they haven't bothered with anything else they own for DVD (3-2-1 Contact, or my favorite outside of Sesame, the Mathnet portions of Square One TV). Maybe if Barbara Eden and Rita Moreno team up to hold executives hostage until negotiations are settled.
I thought maybe Disney had some of the rights, since the wiki page says it was a co-production between Henson, CTW, and ABC, and Disney now owns ABC stuff outright, like Schoolhouse Rock. And since they've had to work together for 20 Years and Still Counting and Henson's Place, I'd hope they'd do this one, too. Maybe somebody should remind them that they have this!
Hi Ken! I found this on ebay, and found it sort of fun to read. Perhaps you have seen it before. It is the letter they sent out with the promo copies of the "C is for Cookie" 12 inch single.... and includes a bit of real information on what the remix tracks are which we may want to see about including somewhere on the wiki (on the song page maybe?). I get a kick out of the suggested songs to play it with!
Interesting! I wish they had put a date on the letter, and I wish the person wouldn't have cut off the signature. I'm surprised the bidding is still so low, since I've seen this record sold for a lot more, plus this one has the letter. If you're interested, I think some of the remixes are on YouTube. I can't think of how to work any of that into the song page, though. What were you thinking of doing with it?
Hrm. I was just thinking of adding the fact that it was remixed by Larry Levan and Roy Thode at 122 bpm and maybe the picture of the letter. But in fact, we already have a statement on the album page about the remix.
Anyhow, I may add the image with the letter/scorecard onto the page there and let it go. It's interesting that the record label says it is by Larry Levan; did Roy Thode do the one on the other side?
Look! This is a 1994 re-issue of the golden bt-set for "The Little Red Hen". It is regrettably watermarked so I can't/won't grab the pictures. But I didn't even know they did that. And it shows the back with the number on it :)
Yeah, that's part of the fun of the Golden tapes. You might want to keep this page I made for reference. Sandbox:More book and audio sets Going by what I've been able to piece together, they made Golden book and tape sets between 1985 and 1995, or roughly between the time that Fisher-Price had them, and the time that Sony Wonder had them. As this was happening, the regular albums were going through Sight and Sound and Golden. So a lot of the book and tapes were not only reissued multiple times in that period, but they were also renumbered, and that's not including the pairing and re-pairing of the two-fer sets. Another bad thing is that the later versions of tapes and books don't always have the year they came out; just the original copyright year, but luckily the packaging does. I'd love to see if this tape is dated 1994. It helps that it's a different color than the '80's tapes.
Yes. I was struck by the very different packaging. I also figured you knew something about it. :) But nice to find it in packaging even if we can't use it, and that one wasn't on your list.
I found a few more of them in Golden covers and also used worldcat to fill in a few dates; I was frustrated that I managed to find a google cache image of some in the packaging for a few but it is the tiny ebay preview and I can't pull the auction itself any more. blah.