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No sign of Don Music
Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands
27 November 2005
Central Park sure looks like a happy, colorful place in this Sesame
Street special celebrating 25 years of educational music. With people
performing music and dance all over the place, Telly Monster, Prairy
Dawn and Big Bird make like Mickey & Judy and decide to put on a show.
While the monster and the little girl are off to look for singers,
dancers and musicians, Double B is set to sort out the Lala-ers. After
getting special musical guests En Vogue and Ladysmith Black Mambazo out
of the way, we can settle down and enjoy a compilation of Muppet music.
This includes a medley of Ernies' odes to his Rubber duck, the best of
Grover's monster hits and even some puppet free songs set to animation
or footage of humans and other animals.
Back at BB's La-la line the Count is counting the various clips and his
American cousin Mumford the magician turns the la-la-ers into quakers.
While this paper thin storyline quickly begins to bore, there are more
than enough musical numbers to make you see past the minimal mainframe.
Naturaly 'It's not easy being green' is featured and in a clip so old
that Kermit almost resembles his old lizard form from "Sam and
Friends". Grovers' 'Monster in the Mirror' number is a bit less
engaging without every celebrity guest they had chipping in during the
early nineties alternate version, but still a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, barely used orange monster Frazzle's appearance is cut
from the 'Fuzzy and Blue' number, but at least Elmo only gets one song
of his own.
As the show progresses the songs get deeper and more meaningful,
culminating in the very profound 'We are all earthlings'. Luckily fan
favorites the Yib-Yib-Ahah Martians make a surprise appearance.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns and the entire cast shows up for a
group rendition of 'Sing a song' during the grand finale. The only
character missing was Don Music, that Guy Smiley lookalike who used to
bang his head on his piano when he failed to rhyme a lyric. Then I
realized Don got banned long ago for being a bad role model. Some guys
never have any luck.
8 out of 10
PS: According to Muppet Wiki, there are two versions of this special.
The first was released on home video in October of 1993 and features
all the classic Sesame Street songs mentioned above while the second
was broadcast on PBS in 1994 and focused more on music from the
celebratory season 25.
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