Yes, yes, I know, there is no reason a grown man should be getting excited for a Sesame Street movie, until you remember that every Sesame Street DVD movie in the past has featured a collection of awesome celebrities (Elmopalooza had Jon Stewart in it. JON STEWART!!!) so yes, I’m excited about this. YAY! From The Hollywood Reporter:
20th Century Fox wants to tell you how to get to Sesame Street. The studio has picked up the movie rights to the long-running and iconic children’s television show and has tapped longtime Street writer Joey Mazzarino to pen the script. Producers are Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps banner, Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360’s Guymon Casady. The educational series, which premiered in 1969, airs mostly on PBS stations and features a combination of live-action and puppetry, as well as animation. It is best known as the home of the Jim Henson creations Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo. It’s estimated that about one in three Americans has watched the show, and the format is broadcast in dozens of countries. Sesame Street also has won 138 Emmys during its run.
I’m just going to say this now, as plainly and clearly as I can: GROVER. I NEED MORE GROVER. Please don’t let me down, 20th Century Fox.
This just in! In an official statement released on Facebook, Sesame Workshop has officially addressed what everyone has always talked about with hushed whispers and under the cover of darkness. Bert and Ernie are not gay! Or straight! They are asexual puppets. That’s a let down! Sesame Street has always been a progressive and forward thinking show, especially for children. The show has dealt with a multitude of social issues, including (but not limited to) breaking stereotypes, modelling positive behaviour, respecting different ethnicities and backgrounds, and showing people who are differently abled as positive and competent role-models. The statement reads:
Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation. SOURCE
What a bummer! I guess we’ll just have to settle for male puppet action via Avenue Q. Although, personally, I always thought it was silly to call Bert and Ernie gay. Despite Sesame Street having an awesome track record for delivering messages of tolerance to children, I guess we’ll have to wait for a depiction of an actual LGBT character. Although, Neil Patrick Harris' Shoe Fairy comes really close.