Who else remembers this? (Vol. 1)

After randomly breaking into my spot-on impression of Sesame Street‘s The Count ("I loooove to count! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!") during a very silly Thursday night, I spent a lot of time hunting for vintage Count videos on YouTube. Here’s a "wonderful" one about mail. And here’s one in Dutch. But the greatest clip I found — and have now watched well over 40 times — is the aptly titled "How Crayons Are Made." It was produced at some point in the ’70s but recurred on the show well through the mid-’80s. The entire two minutes have been playing, in blurry (but definitely orange) snippets, in my brain for 20 years. It’s soooo good to have you back, crayons video. And nice to know I’m not totally insane.

You can’t even pick a favorite part. Terrifying closeup of the little girl? Old-woman factory mules lifting hundreds of crayons at a time? I think I’m most impressed by the music, and how the resounding four-note riff comes at two distinct and pivotal moments: hardened wax rising from the grid and crayons getting boxed! And the question that had to be on every kid’s mind: Orange?

Who else remembers this?!


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  • Ben

    Heck yes I do! Even better, I remember the one about making a saxophone that started by showing large sheets of brass being stamped out, all accompanied by a hardcore funk saxophone solo. Awesome.

  • Matt

    I remember this video and the sax one too! I hadn’t seen this in about 15 years.

  • Stella

    Call me crazy, but this exact clip crossed my mind literally 2 or 3 days ago. I’m seriously weirded out right now.

  • marykate

    LOVE THIS VIDEO!!
    I would stop what I was doing when I saw that little girl hold up her orange crayon.

  • Pete

    I remember the sax and the crayons! Until I was 9, I seriously wanted to work at a crayon factory after I saw this.

  • mh

    I always thought the crayons were associated with Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The crayons have always been my favorite part and I’ve had a few nostalgia moments with my friends who have agreed. It’s funny how they are universally remembered after 15-20 years! So pretty!!

  • Dee

    I have never forgotten this video- amazing, the power of television. Most of my knowledge of how things are made comes from Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow & Polka Dot Door. Sigh. Good times.

  • step

    oh my god, this was one of my favorite sesame street moments of all time. so great. it’s like the time on reading rainbow where they went behind the scenes of the macy’s thanksgiving day parade. i’ll never forget it.

  • step

    oh my god, this was one of my favorite sesame street moments of all time. so great. it’s like the time on reading rainbow where they went behind the scenes of the macy’s thanksgiving day parade. i’ll never forget it.

  • furry_tom

    I bet you those old people have been replaced by machines.

  • carolinagirl5132

    As a parent of 3 year old twins Sesame Street is in heavy rotation at our house and they still play this clip on the show believe it or not. I just saw it again the other day. I also remember it very well from when I was a child and was amazed that they are still playing it.

  • Blair

    I can’t believe it. I haven’t seen that clip in years…I remember thinking how advanced it was…all the cool technology.

  • Jyoti

    I remember that. I loved that clip. My favorite Sesame Street vid though, is this Milk one.

    I was obsessed with it as a kid and every time I see it now it brings those great memories back and sometimes a tear.

  • Frances

    I can’t believe you found this!! I had thought about this a while back. It was one of my favorite clips (the other was the one about noodles). I wonder if they have that one on YouTube…

  • annie

    i watched sesame street after school until i was 11. i swear to god it’s why i love books so much and am so articulate ;)
    i had forgotten completely about this video…but of course, it’s a staple in some long lost memory of mine. thanks!!

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