Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sunny Days, Sweeping the Clouds Away
Now that Baby M is of the age where she is actually paying attention to things on the television, we have started watching Sesame Street occasionally with our morning meal or for a distraction on my iPhone. And damn has it changed...not for better or worse, it is just different (except for Maria - how old is that woman???). It still appeals to people of all ages, and has that subtle adult humor here and there - have you see True Mud or the Mad Man sketches - but it is not your Mama's Sesame Street.
Thanks to advances in technology there are a lot of different things happening than just puppets from the waist up! I am assuming that the old timers have retired to Florida, as you don't see much of the stars of the 70s/80s/90s. Bert & Ernie are still kicking around, but are now claymation detectives? Much of the show is done with computer animation now, and resembles most other kids shows on TV. There is a whole new cast of characters as you probably know...Abby, Rosalita, Zoe, Murray...and the king of them all is Sir Elmo.
After doing a Google search, I discovered that Elmo was actually created in 1979, but didn't really become a main character until the mid-80s, which is probably why I don't remember him from when I was young. And now you can't go ten feet without bumping into some product with Elmo's face on it.
Why do kids love him so much? Don't get me wrong, I love him very much. What is not to love? He is cute and furry, and has an adult sense of humor, but why is he loved so much more than all of the other main characters now on Sesame Street? Is it because he is so adored that he is all over everything everywhere, or is it because he is all over everything that we have come to love him so?
I can tell you this that ever since she was 5 months old, Baby M has gotten a huge grin on her face every time Elmo is in front of her. Whether it is on the cover of the book (we have 3), in teether form (we have him on a key ring, as well as a stuffed version with plastic teething hands), on my iPhone (post to come about our favorite apps next) or on her clothing. I got her this long-sleeved Elmo tee from Old Navy and when she wears it she looks down at her shirt and starts to smile and giggle and then tries to give him kisses. Cutest thing ever.
When Sir Elmo comes on the television she starts to giggle and clap...just for him, not anyone else. We even have a Zoe puppet that she loves, but she doesn't recognize her on the television or in books for some reason. Elmo is her first crush.
Do your kids love the red, furry, ticklish Muppet too??