February 15, 2013

From Sesame Street: The Ape Escape

When I was a little girl, I loved this vignette.  I would dance around the living room and my mother would admonish me, "Laura Beth, watch out for the candy dish!  Watch out for the stereo cabinet!"  Even then, I was a notorious klutz. 

My favorite bit is the noise the ape makes when he lands on a bale...a bale of hay.

Some say that the vocal was Northern Calloway, aka "David."  NantoVision1, a YouTuber who I like a great deal and whose opinion I trust, says emphatically that it was not Calloway.  (I have wondered if it was Ben Vereen.  I had this epiphany one night while watching Vereen in 1979's All That Jazz.)

p.s. Please take the time to watch the clip from All That Jazz.  It's fabulous.  Roy Scheider, you were robbed of the Oscar...but you were up against Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer.  Yeah.  Kind of tough to beat.

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