Dad of Divas' Reviews: DVD Review - Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Saturday, August 7, 2021

DVD Review - Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

About the Movie
STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET takes audiences inside the minds and hearts of the “Sesame Street” creators, artists, writers, and educators who together established one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history.

Inspired by the activism of the late 1960s, socially conscious television executive Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop co-founder Lloyd Morrisett conducted a revolutionary experiment: to harness the burgeoning power of television and create an educational, impactful, uplifting and entertaining show that could reach children nationwide, especially those living in urban areas. Cooney recruited trailblazing Muppets creator Jim Henson and acclaimed children’s television writer and director Jon Stone to craft the iconic and beloved world of “Sesame Street.”

STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET reintroduces this visionary “gang” of mission-driven artists, writers, and educators that audaciously interpreted radical changes in society and created one of most impactful television programs in history.

With more than 20 interviews with original writers, cast, and crew, and never-before-seen behind the scenes footage, STREET GANG is told from the inside with humor and emotion, weaving together personal narratives and eyewitness accounts. The film explores the original mission of the “gang” that created this cultural phenomenon, now spanning 50-plus years and reaching more than 150 countries.

My Take on the Movie
I grew up on sesame street and I continued to share this series with my own kids. This movie really allows you to get a behind-the-scenes view of the origins of Sesame Street. The documentary really gives you an appreciation for the work done by the creators to make this amazing show happen and to become a success. I loved that not only did you get to know about the people that you have heard of but also the lesser-known people behind the scenes that really made the show what it is today. If you are as much of a fan as I am of Sesame Street you will love this documentary!

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