Sesame Street DVDs are NOT for kids!
This may come as a shock to some parents and kids, but the new Sesame Street: Old School DVDs that were released this week come with the following disclaimer at the beginning, read by a cartoon character:
"Welcome to Sesame Street Nostalgia. I am Bob, your host, and I want you to know that these early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups and may not meet the needs of today's pre-school child."
A spokesman for Sesame Workshop says that the reason for the disclaimer is that many of the things the kids do in the old show, like playing in a dump, wouldn't fly with today's oh-so-careful world. And she also said that kids might be confused by all of the changes that have happened in the show in the past 30-40 years, such as characters looking different.
I think this is taking things a bit too far. If you want to remind parents that things are different, maybe put something on the box instead of an animation on the screen? And kids are smarter than this. Parents can explain why there's a different actor playing someone or a different color to Oscar. I mean, it's not like there were episodes where Big Bird pulled a knife on Gordon or Mr. Hooper was found out to be running a protection racket out of his store. Though it is quite disturbing that several of the Muppets appear on screen completely nude.