I remember back in the ’70s, my Mum used to step out every other morning to go visit a friend down the road, or to the store for groceries, leaving me at home with the TV as company and surrogate ‘protector’ of sorts. It’s as though she assumed burglars wouldn’t enter the house where someone is watching television with the volume high.
Indeed, these were the days when a kid could be left at home without supervision, way before today’s overbearing helicopter style of parenting.
Anyway, I would be preoccupied with the surreal world of Sesame Street, the educational series which premiered in 1969 (a year before my birth) that cleverly combined live-action, puppetry and animation.
How I loved equally the goody-goody likes of Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, as well as the cheekier puppets like Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster, learning lots of things as these make-believe folk got up to all sorts of strife.
I even went to see ‘Sesame Street on Ice’ and, let me tell you, it was like seeing superstars in the flesh. Well, fur…
Now I’m happy to hear Sesame Street is being turned into a full feature film, with a release date set for January 15, 2021. The movie will be live-action, and is being directed by the guy behind Portlandia, Jonathan Krisel, and financed by Warner Bros. and MGM.
By the way, if you didn’t realise already (that date I gave you earlier), Sesame Street is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, with special events planned for the rest of 2019.
Bring back those muppets on ice and I’ll be there front row, centre.