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Oscar's Letter Party

Oscar's Letter Party is a 1988 Sesame Street interactive home video released for the View-Master Interactive Vision video game system. The system came with a simple controller which included a joystick and three colorful buttons. As the video plays, the characters address the player directly, and ask the player to make a choice by pressing one of the buttons. The video has a number of different soundtracks recorded, and the player's choices toggle back and forth between the soundtracks, giving the impression that the player has changed the course of the story.


Picture Segment Description
Scene 1
The game opens up with Oscar the Grouch discovering that his trash can is surrounded by happy faces. Using the controller, the player erases them for him.
Muppets
Grover and Christopher play a game where he gets tickled, then holds up a sign saying "STOP" when he wants the tickling to end.
The player can hit the blue button to tickle Grover, and the red one to make him stop.


Scene 2
Oscar reveals that the player will be able to attend a grouch party, but must do some things first. First, Fluffy displays the letters O, V, C and K and wants the player to choose one.
Scene 2 cont'd
Once the player has picked one, Oscar hears a car, alerting him that the party decorations have arrived. As he leaves, he presents a film that may have the chosen letter in it.
Cartoon
Psychedelic alphabet.
The player can hit a button when their letter appears on screen for a message from Oscar.
The beginning and endings are cut.

Scene 3
To make sure the player is worthy enough of attending his grouch party, he conducts a grouch test. However, if the player proves they aren't grouchy they'll get an invitation to Bob's party instead.
Scene 3 cont'd
Before the test, Bob appears, hoping the player will attend his normal party.



Scene 3 cont'd
‎ For the first part of the test, Oscar has the player make a grouch word.
Scene 3 cont'd
After the first test, Bob comes by the can to make sure the player is coming to his party.
Muppets
"Octopus Blues"
(EKA: Episode 2293)
The player can hit their green button to make 8 fish appear when they hear the number 8.
Scene 4 cont'd
Next, Oscar presents a grouch music test. He plays a song that can be sung two ways...
Muppets
Big Bird signs "May I Be Your Friend?" to an eel in his nest.
The player can press the blue button to hear Oscar's grouchy lyrics, and the red button for Big Bird's nice lyrics.
Scene 5
‎ Oscar writes the results on his scorecard and asks the player to remember their letter for the next segment.

Cartoon
A Rube Goldberg device is used to display the letters of the alphabet.
(EKA: Episode 2274)
The play can hit their green button when their letter appears.
Only the first part of this cartoon is shown.
Muppets
Kermit sings "The Frogs in the Glen."
(EKA: Episode 2122)
When the player hears the word "frog", their green button will make an animated frog appear.

Scene 6
‎ While Bob blows up the balloons for his party, Oscar runs the "Grouch Two-Plex" at his can. Two films appear above him (one about a butterfly and the other about pigs), which will give more proof as two how grouchy the player is.
Scene 6 cont'd (alternate 1)
If the player picks the pig film, Oscar gives it a good review: 4 oinks.
Scene 6 cont'd (alternate 2)
Description currently unavailable.
Muppets
Grover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow keeps changing direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.
(EKA: Episode 2096)
The player can hit their white button to make an arrow that matches the one on screen.




Scene 7
Now it's time for the "Party Quiz". Oscar gives choices for party games, decor and presents. He plays a film while he tallies the score.
Muppets
Kermit sings "Caribbean Amphibian."
(EKA: Episode 2494)
The green button will make animated frog lead to a lillypad
Footage of island maps replaced
Scene 8
Oscar gives the final tally, which gets the player into either Bob or Oscar's party.
Scene 8 cont'd (alternate 1)
‎ If the player gets Oscar's, then they gets to attend a party with Oscar, his elephants and The Grouchketeers.
Scene 8 cont'd (alternate 2)
Description currently unavailable.

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