The first time I saw “Ernie and Bert’s Great Adventures” I was amused. Ernie and Bert as claymation? Cute. Little did I realize, the claymation Bert and Ernie is a regular thing, and in fact, it seems to have replaced many of the puppet Bert and Ernie skits.
(Don’t even get me started on the possible meaning of Ernie and Bert riding in bed together. Or with the fact that when Bert says “That’s kicky” it sounds like “That’s kinky”.)
An occasional claymation Bert and Ernie would be fun, but I have a real problem with it being a regular thing. It seems to be a built-in segment to the show these days and that time could have been spent on funny muppet skits or the live-action plot line. I love claymation, but I don’t love Bert and Ernie in claymation. While they technically still have their odd couple banter, it just doesn’t have the same effect in claymation as it does in muppet form.
See? Now that’s perfection. Why mess with perfection?
I’d rather see more of these old school skits than claymation any day. If “Sesame Street” wants to have a claymation segment, I say they use characters unique to the claymation skit itself– not bastardizations of muppets we usually see in live-action skits.
And really? Ernie and Bert start their great adventures in bed together? Really? Of all the muppets to start a voyage in a bed together, “Sesame Street” chose Ernie and Bert? Interesting choice. That’s all I’m saying.