Classic Sesame Street Cartoons and Films

For those who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, PBS’s classic televison program Sesame Street was—and still is—counted as an early-childhood TV favorite. Many recall watching Big Bird recite his ABC’s, Count von Count…um…count, and Bert and Ernie’s comedy antics. But something else made Sesame Street a hit with kids: its cartoons and short films.

Many of Sesame Street cartoons and short films were repeated on-air for years after they first ran on the program. While most have not been seen on the air for many years, these Sesame Street cartoons and short films remain popular and loved among the many fans who today are in their 20s and 30s. Thanks to YouTube and the people who upload videos to the wildly popular site, Sesame Street cartoons and short films of yesteryear live on.

You must watch some of the memorable Sesame Street cartoons and short films that helped make the show a hit during the 1970s and 1980s:

Big Bird’s “Abcdefghijklmnopqurstuvwxyz”

Who can forget this classic segment—Big Bird sings the alphabet…as one long word! Sound it out now! Ab-ka-def-ghee….A piece that many who grew up on the show years ago simply cannot forget. Don’t forget to watch the 1984 remake!

Fat Cat Sat Hat

Tap your feet and get ready to rhyme away to this jazzy 1970s Muppet number.

Do The Pigeon

Bert loves his pigeons. Here is his memorable 1973 ode to the bird.

Teeny Little Super Guy

“Can’t judge a hero by his size” The guy on the glass cup who brought us on some interesting adventures during the 1980s.

Here Kitty

A classic cartoon from the 1970s about a young girl and her cat.

The Flea Circus

Freddy, Fannie, and their fellow flea friends’ flea circus follies.

1-2-3 Ball Roller Coaster

Watching the ball wind its way along this steel roller coaster track is as easy as “1-2-3”!

Mah Na Mah Na

Getting this classic Muppet tune out of your head will be hard!

The Parts of Your Body

A classic cartoon in which a boy illustrates the parts of his body.

Reparing a Car and Learning your “Rrr’s”

This short mid-1970s cartoon shows a woman fix her car…and teaches us how to sound out the letter “R.”

Recycling Glass Bottles

From the day when we used to buy glass bottles….and then recycle them.

Rubber Duckie

The iconic Sesame Street song from 1970 sung by Ernie…and his rubber duckie.

Follow The Arrows

….They tell you where to go in this classic song.

I Wanna Know “Y”!

Hilarious 1978 piece featuring Sinister Sam in an old Wild West saloon. All he wants is a box of crayons because he wants to know “Y”….

Building a House

Watch this neat Sesame Street short film of a house being built—right before your eyes!

Making a Crayon

Take a trip through the Crayola crayon company and watch an orange crayon go from hot melted wax to the stuff that helps a child’s imagination run free on paper.

Yo Yo Man and the Kid Who is Lost

A classic, psychedelic Sesame Street cartoon about the kid who gets lost while riding his bicycle.

To read more about PBS’s classic television programming, be sure to check out this 3-part article series about the memorable, hit PBS shows which aired during the 1960s, 1970s,1980s, and 1990s.


Hugh Jackman Does it Again: New X-Men Movie Well Worth It

I’ve never been a huge fan of Marvel comics. Let me start with that. As a kid growing up in Breese, Illinois I would take my meager earnings to the local soda shop (at least it was an old soda shop turned into a sort of convenience store without the gasoline in my mind) and buy the latest issue of Superboy and the Legion of Super-heroes or The New Teen Titans, Batman, anything that had to do with that universe. Marvel Comics never did it for me. Being the obsessive, compulsive I’ve always been, though, I studied the history of the Marvel heroes as much as I did the DC heroes. By age 10 I could tell you the secret identify of all the major heroes in both universes. Tony Stark, Peter Parker, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner were all names as familiar to me as Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Diana Prince, Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and Hal Jordan.

Then the Hollywood brain trusts started learning that Summer Blockbuster movies could be made, earning millions if not billions of dollars, from old comic heroes. Richard Donner’s Superman was the first example of this. Batman was the next franchise to be cashed in on. Marvel Comics eventually entered the cinemania and brought audiences Spiderman, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and Iron Man. The Spiderman franchise has produced three blockbuster movies with more to follow, even if the lead actor doesn’t. You don’t stop the train for actors to get on or get off, you slow down and then full steam ahead with the new guy or gal. The X-Men franchise has given us three movies. Fantastic Four gave us two, The Hulk gave us two, and Iron Man is on it’s way to finishing its second. Rumors have an Avengers movie to be made along with a handful or others, but do the movies start just getting the comic book geek or can they produce true Hollywood gold?



VFX Techniques In Film Making

Making an animated movie requires dedication and commitment. Animators go through the rigorous process of visualization, storyboarding, sound effects, light effects, character modeling etc to create the final film. Each of these areas is critically important. But the one area that has taken the film and animation industry by storm over the last 10 years is visual effects, commonly known as VFX.

Visual effects in its most elementary structure are digitally controlled live action footage. Simply a visual effect is the ideal utilization of computers to insert and remove special effects or enhancements that weren’t initially inside the shot. A visual effect is that the assimilation of live-action footage and generated imagery to make realistic environments.

VFX is being widely used in many Hollywood movies, be it animated or live-action films. It has slowly become a part of the production process. Following this trend, VFX has also made a successful entry in the Indian filmmaking industry. The future is bright and shining for animators and visual effects artists everywhere in the world.

Compositing is the process of combining multiple visual elements from various sources into a single image or sequence. It can be as simple as overlaying two photos or as complex as combining elements, images, and footage.

Rotoscoping began as an animation technique, in which animators traced over film footage to create realistic character movement. Later Walt Disney would adapt the technique to use film footage of real actors as reference material for his animated films.

Matte paintings are one of the oldest VFX techniques, This is one the most common VFX shots in filmmaking. You shoot your actors in front of the green or blue screen, then apply a single painting to the background. With this technique, you can make your film look like it was filmed anywhere around the world, even if the world doesn’t exist.