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Jun. 18th, 2007

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Two more pages in the Morphicon 2007 diary: 2-3 and 2-4.

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From:babsbunny
Date:June 19th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
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That was EPIC!
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 19th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
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OK, even *I* hadn't heard of "Today's Special"

FWIW, the *best* kids show, bar none (and knowing how hip you are, KT, I wouldn't be surprised if you've heard of it), is You Can't Do That On Television. Closest analogy I can think of is "Laugh In" for kids! (Although I still have yet to see a single episode of Laugh-In! Am I asking too much, o TV gods?)
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From:vakkotaur
Date:June 19th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
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It was indeed a sort of Laugh In for kids. The first season of YCDTOTV even had one of the Laugh In cast. Some of the music was if not the same, very similar. I only saw what turned out to be cut up episodes of Laugh In on Nick At Night in the late 1980s. There was also an attempt at a clone of YCDTOTV entitled Don't Look Now that aired on PBS and wasn't as good - it only lasted about 4 or 5 episodes. I saw that, and watched as I could get PBS and there was no cable.

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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 19th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
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It used the same music and a similar door-opening routine. But the one episode I saw of "Laugh-In" a few years ago was so corny I think I'd like YCTDOT better even now.

I wouldn't call it the best kids show. That would have to be something educational. Don't know what, tho. "Sesame Street" used to rule, but now it's nearly unwatchable to anyone over 6.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 19th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
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It occurs to me that the "Sesame Street" sketch you're showing there may have gotten objections back in the day. I mean, did kids go on to think that shady men who opened their coats to reveal something were okay?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 19th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Could be. Plus the music is just weird. :} I'm sure there was a lot of stuff on the show back then that would be considered "objectionable" today.

Remember Lefty? The shady black-market character who kept sneaking up on Ernie to clandestinely sell him O's and invisible ice cream cones, and one time he helped steal the Golden AN? He was dropped early, maybe after the first or second season. OMG shady criminal character!

And then remember the Mad Painter? The guy who went around painting numbers everywhere? OMG vandalism! The counting segments that always ended with a clumsy baker carrying an armload of pastries and falling down a flight of stairs? OMG potential injury, and wasting food! How about the stop-motion film with the orange who gets a face made of odds and ends, and sings opera? I bet some kids found that scary, and besides what does it teach? Certainly not anything out of the standardized compartmentalized book of basic pigeonholed preschool skills! Can't have that, hmph!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 19th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Remember Lefty? The shady black-market character who kept sneaking up on Ernie to clandestinely sell him O's and invisible ice cream cones, and one time he helped steal the Golden AN? He was dropped early, maybe after the first or second season.

Really? I watched the show in the mid-to-late '80s, and he was still around then, if only in recycled sketches.

And then remember the Mad Painter? The guy who went around painting numbers everywhere?

Nope.

The counting segments that always ended with a clumsy baker carrying an armload of pastries and falling down a flight of stairs? OMG potential injury, and wasting food!

Hadn't thought of that. So much for classic slapstick.

How about the stop-motion film with the orange who gets a face made of odds and ends, and sings opera?

Nope.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 19th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Well, I didn't know when they dropped Lefty, and I just read that somewhere. Maybe they just didn't make any new Lefty bits after season 1 or 2 or whatever.

You should look up the Mad Painter on YouTube. (Search for "Sesame Street Mad Painter".) Funny bits, especially #8. You can also find the opera-singing orange on YouTube, as well as lots of other classic old bits that I hadn't seen in years until I found them there.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 20th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
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Wait, those search terms won't work. But these will.

And here's the orange.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 20th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
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I found the orange video and realized that I did see it once. The Mad Painter, unfortunately, is no longer available.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 21st, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
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See my comment just above.
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