Monster of the Day, #60

For many of us, our first monster.

  • Ericb

    Kind of looks like Godzilla.

  • No, my first monster was the one my dad said lived in the basement and ate little boys who weren’t quiet and went to sleep.

  • Ericb

    I feel really old. Way back when I remember flipping through channels with a friend and coming upon my first sight of Godzilla (it was Son of Godzilla) but my friend was dead set on Sesame Street (the first time I had ever head of the show, it was new at the time) and as it was his house I had no choice but to consent but so enamored was I with the monster that I just saw that I ran home and was able to watch final few moment of the movie. During the next week or so I would turn back to that channel at the same time of day hoping to get another view of the big guy but to no avail. Ever since then I’ve associated Sesame Street with Godzilla Interuptus

  • TongoRad

    Didn’t I recently read something about a revamping of the CM’s character? Like, he goes crazy for more ‘healthy’ snacks, instead of cookies, nowadays. Makes you wonder who the real monster is, doesn’t it?

  • Rock Baker

    Yeah, and the DVD release of the first season (from around 69 I think) was marketed for “adult collectors” and rated PG. (The same episodes still run on TV, reportedly without edits.) Among the reasoning for this was that CM smoked a pipe, Bert and Ernie lived in poverty (still can’t figure that one out), and my favorite, Oscar the Grouch has ‘undiagnosed depression.’ We’ve come so far, haven’t we?

    (These things need a spell check)

  • @Rock Baker
    Thats when Sesame Street was great. It definitely had an attitude you couldn’t get away with today. It started going downhill in the early 90s when Jim Henson died. Then, with the coming of the Red Menace (aka ELMO!), it completely turned into crap.

  • Gamera

    Ouch I remember the PC police getting a hold on the CM now. I mean if a kid has the CM as a role model I think they have more problems than obesity.

  • Rock Baker

    I’ve no doubt that the show was better in the beginning, since it reflected a world that wasn’t quite as insane as the one we have now. I grew up on all the classics, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Tex Avery, etc. I saw lots of cartoon characters drinking, kicking Nazis in the legs, smoking, shooting themselves, taking sleeping pills, beating up bullies, getting trapped in ovens, and being sliced to ribbons (literaly in most cases). I can report that none of the above had an adverse effect on me. As far as I’m aware anyway….

  • BeckoningChasm

    The cookie looks like it was PhotoShopped in.