Here lately, spoofs have been all the rage. I mean, you guys remember me posting the Winnie the Pooh spoof on Harry Potter right? It’s funny! Call me crazy, but this kind of humor is hilarious to both kids and adults alike. Did you know that one of the first shows to perfect the “spoof” was Sesame Street? The classic we’ve come to love as children, have been creating spoofs since before I can remember, mixing education with entertainment.
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. Home Video and Sesame Workshop, thought it a great time to release the Best of Sesame Street Spoofs Volume 1 and 2 on a 2-disc set. Elmo, Big Bird and company put their spin on some of pop culture’s most recognizable figures, including True, Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Gone with the Wind, and even the Old Spice guy. This collection of classic segments and recent spoofs is entertainment for the entire family.
Sesame Street has always focused on ABCs and 123s, but what happens when the Muppets on the Street become “Mad, Mad Men” teaching emotions on Madison Avenue, or emergency room doctors helping letters in “A’s Anatomy?” Hilarity ensues! Education mixes with entertainment in this special 2-disc set that includes both recent favorites like “30 Rocks,” “Preschool Musical” and “True Mud,” as well as old school classics like “Hill Street Twos,” “Hey Food” and “Twin Beaks.” All of the best Sesame Street Spoofs have been gathered in this treasure trove that the entire family will enjoy! Includes the Internet sensation Grover “Smell Like a Monster” Spoof, a never-before-seen “Jon and Kate Count to 8” Spoof, and classic “Beat the Time” game show clips starring Guy Smiley!
We sat down, as a family, to watch the DVD and started off with Volume 1. Right away, I realized my kids probably wouldn’t catch on to the humor as much as we would, as their parents, simply because they’ve never heard of some of the shows they are “spoofing”. To my surprise, however, my boys were LAUGHING SO HARD. Even the next day, they were “quoting” some of the spoofs they watched. My favorite, I must say, was Gone With the Wind on the first DVD. It’s a must see!
Sesame Workshop has done an excellent job at mixing pop culture humor in a preschool way with it’s educational messages. Disc 2, brings you into today’s culture with parodies of hits shows such as Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and The Closer. The Closer was my husband’s favorite as the show tries to teach the concept of open and close. I will admit that my ALL time favorite, however, (there are so many great ones, so it’s hard to choose) is the parody of the Old Spice Guy.
All in all, this is a great way to get the family together to watch something different, yet family friendly. Adults feel nostalgic watching the older spoofs, while today’s kids can enjoy the latest pop culture parodies.
The Best of Sesame Street Spoofs Volume 1 & Volume 2 on DVD can be found where ever DVDS are sold near you, for the suggested retail price of of $19.98. DEAL ALERT: Find Sesame Street Spoofs on Amazon for $16.99!
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