Sesame Street was created in the late 60’s and takes place in a zero-crime urban area where giant birds and talking monsters are normal. Even by those standards, some of the animated segments shown on Sesame Street in those early days are mind-bogglingly trippy.
Let’s explore, shall we?
Lost Boy Remembers His Way Home
How this kid managed to get lost after biking in a straight line for five minutes is beyond me, but the truly strange thing here is they’re teaching children that listening to shape-shifting pimps is a good idea.
The Geometry of Circles (must by Philip Glass)
As far as I can tell, there’s no educational content to this video. The animators got a box of paint, a compass, and a ruler and ate a bunch of shrooms. The music makes the whole thing inexplicably creepy.
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Maybe this would seem less crazy in Hindi?
My Martian Cutie
Just trying to wrap one’s head around this one has been known to induce a hallucinogenic state. Don’t think about it for too long.
I’ve always found this one strangely hypnotic. Watching this might help you sober up and take a nap.
That’s all for now, bye everyone! (This post was brought to you by the letter E and the number 9.)
This is Part 1 in my series on trippy Sesame Street animations. Part 2 is online here. Is there a video you think I should include in the next installment? Contact me (e-mail is in the right margin.)