Saturday, May 10, 2014

Roosevelt Franklin Counts

Man, I love Roosevelt Franklin. This clip is interesting. It's from 1970, only the 68th episode (second season) of Sesame Street. This is before Matt Robinson softened and stylized Roosevelt's voice, so here he sounds smooth and baritone. Man, they never should have dumped this character (which prompted Robinson's departure from the show). This is the same tune (by Robinson & Joe Raposo) as "Roosevelt Franklin's Alphabet." The song also appears as the opening track to the fantastic album The Year of Roosevelt Franklin.

4 comments:

Kal said...

We all know what THE MAN does to any black youth trying to make it here in America, ESPECIALLY in the 1970s.

The Flying Dachshund said...

I could have sworn it had more to do with Robinson's health problems than Roosevelt's departure... Which may have been why they got rid of Roosevelt in the first place... We at least go to see that he was alive and well in the Sesame Street movie, "Follow that Bird"...

SamuraiFrog said...

I've never heard that it had anything to do with Robinson's health and everything to do with the "controversy" over the way Roosevelt spoke.

I do like seeing sudden Muppet cameos in the movies, and seeing Roosevelt (and the then-underused Prairie Dawn) waving out of windows in Follow That Bird. I'm the kind of Muppet fan who gets high just seeing the Beautiful Day Monster in the background of a shot...

The Flying Dachshund said...

LOL!! I too get excited in scenes where I can randomly see an underused or obscure Muppet!!