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Letters About Movies

Dear Martin,

I watched the “Daddy's Nightmare” video and couldn't help but laugh at your girls playing with the box. Typical! I have the same climbing frame for my 3-year-old, Arran. The last packing box we received was for car headlights, which had a pile of shredded paper in it. It only took moments for the front room to be covered in "snow.” Also, he can follow Pinky Dinky Doo very well. Well done.

P.S. Just wait until they start asking "why" about everything. You've definitely got your hands full with the twins. Happy New Year.


Dear Robinson Family,

 Hey there! Thank you so much for your blogging. I enjoy visiting your site. It brings a smile to my face every time I read it. This morning, getting back into the swing of things at work, I dropped in to see how ya'll and your girls are doing. The last time I read your blog, I think your twins were one year old. (I haven't dropped in to see ya'll in a while since I delivered Gracie, our little girl, in May 2010. I’ve been so busy!) I laughed and laughed at the “Daddy's Worst Nightmare” video. Oh my goodness. Too funny and so true—give a child a box and watch their imagination grow! It was our Gracie's first Christmas, and I bought her only four gifts. Then I went to the dollar store and got her little bowls and spoons, etc. She loves them more than the expensive stuff! When I get home from work every day, we play and play with those simple bowls and spoons in the kitchen while I cook dinner. LOL! Her daddy plays like he is eating from them, too! She has such an imagination. Take care and blessings to your family. :) Please keep bloggin’. Your family is such a blessing to others. Cheers!


Hey Drew and Susan...

 When I first began making the little films for the website, I often planned them all out with shot lists and storyboards. But as the girls are getting older (they’ll be 2 in February), basically I see what they are up to, point the camera at them, and edit down the results. "Daddy's Nightmare" was a challenge because the camera was pointed at my actions mostly, and I'm not particularly comfortable with that. (I am a puppeteer for good reasons!) Usually, I put myself through all kinds of torturous nonsense when I am assembling complicated things with instructions in Swedish, but having everyone there as I put together the playset was great fun, and kept me focused and sane. It's an old joke, playing with the box the toy came in. But these old jokes stick around because they tend to be true. Ultimately, kids’ imaginations are always more wondrous than any toy.

Thanks for your feedback!

- Martin R.
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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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