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A word about Grover

Ah Grover, you where the cute one before that stupid red retard who always refers to himself in third person showed up. Not going to talk about that one though, not even going to say his name.

No, today I’m talking about Grover.

Grover, possibly the best muppet ever to grace Sesame Street. He’s not the smartest or the strongest muppet on the block… but he is the cutest. Also, Grover is just a guy. He doesn’t work as a news reporter like Kermit. He doesn’t have the big nest and (formerly) imaginary friend like Big Bird* live the ultra-anti-establishment dumpster diving lifestyle like Oscar. He doesn’t even have any kind of freaky eating disorder like Cookie Monster, or suffer from terminal shyness like Telly.

*When did Mr. Snuffleupagus stop being someone just Big Bird saw? How did I miss this? (Oh, 1985. Wait, he’s been visible for 22 years and I missed it?)

Grover is just a guy, he lives with his mom and works as a waiter most the time. Of course like anybody else, he's actually had a lot of jobs... all of them crappy. When he gets down thinking about his life, he goes out and engages in cosplay. Sure, he can imagine himself as Super Grover, but we all know that deep down he’s still just the same lovable goof that he was before. Not only that, but we know that when he’s done playing with his cape and helmet he’s going to have to put the apron back on and serve that same crappy customer that comes in day after day to complain about everything.

Grover sometimes gets confused about things, simple things sometimes. As this short example proves, he can get really tied up in knots over some of the littlest things. Hey, I know how he feels, sometimes even I get caught on something that should be obvious but just eludes me for whatever reason.

Also, let’s face it he’s the cornerstone of western literature. If not for The Monster at the End of This Book and Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum, there would simply be no art or beauty in the world. Seriously Lord of the Rings, The Canterbury Tales and the complete works of Shakespeare pale in the complexity, subtlety, and sheer humanity of those two slim tomes. No wonder Tolkien, Chaucer and Shakespeare are dead. They had a momentary glance of the wondrousness of those two books and the shock killed them. Also… you know… for some of those guys there are centuries between their birth and Jim Henson’s start in entertainment.

But when it comes down to it, Grover is someone you can look at and feel some connection with. He is Generation X and Gen X is Grover. He's just like most of us. He’s got a crappy job, mediocre talents, engages in escapism, and has totally been upstaged by a stupid red head who thinks it’s cute to talk like an idiot.

Grover… this one goes out to you! You’ll always be my cute, furry little monster.


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Jul. 27th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
You're right. Right about the time Grover became less important and that red thing took over was right about the time that I said that Sesame Street wasn't good anymore. Grover really is the Muppet who's most like us.
Jul. 27th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
I love Grover. He made the Sesame clips I remember best (although he is called "Grobi" here). Especially the one where he explains "Back" and "front" and runs so much that he collapses in the end.
Jul. 27th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
This is a very fantastic post. May I pimp it to my friends?
Jul. 27th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sure.
Jul. 27th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have done so.
Jul. 27th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Fantastic post. I was led here by the lovely jenny_evergreen. I didn't know others felt this way.

Ah Grover, you where the cute one before that stupid red retard who always refers to himself in third person showed up. Not going to talk about that one though, not even going to say his name. How apt. I've never been into the red one and always felt he was a cheap copy of loveable cute fuzzy adorable Grover! I felt cheated, like Grover had been replaced.

I have to dispute only one point in that post. (Not in a crazy lj drama kind of way... not at all.) Just pure and simple honesty. You have a huge generation (like the Baby Boomers do) and so there will probably be a zillion X'ers that disagree with this statement but I'm going to be bold and say it. I say it with respect.

The Gen Xers don't own Grover. They may own a part of Grover, but there is a tiny generation in-between the Boomers and the X'ers that is never recognized, but we are the generation that owns Grover.

Some of us were watching Grover before the Gen X'ers were even born. The boomers were too old for Sesame Street and Grover, but our little generation (born roughly between 1960 and 1966) loved Grover and Sesame Street. The Gen X'ers definitely own The Muppet Show. That came later.

It is tough to even explain our little "link" or "lost" generation. Most people think that the boomers end in 1963 and the X'ers start in 1964. Absolutely untrue. We relate to both boomers and X'ers but inherently are neither.

I hope I haven't opened a big can of worms. I'm a nice person, really. You may delete this comment if you wish, seeing as it may be rather obnoxious of me to jump into your journal and comment (with a strong opinion) when I never have before.

I love this post of yours and that's really the main point. I've never seen someone make such a perfect post about Grover.

Thank you!

Jul. 27th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Nah, it's cool. We don't open worm cans around here.

I wasn't so much trying to lay claim as attempting to draw connection in a somewhat whimisical way. I have a very hard time finding anyone that seems to even come close to being like me and the people I know that I rather leap on them when I do find them.
Jul. 28th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm not the worm kind of person either but I've learned here on lj that something I might think is funny ends up being hurtful to another. So... I try to step with care, especially when making a first comment in someone's journal. :-)

I have a little story I think you'll like. In 3rd or 4th grade (about 1973 for me) my best friend Claudia and I both LOVED Grover. We used to fight over who loved him more.

After the Winter Break (Christmas for me, Chanukkah for Claudia) she came to school with a Grover muppet she had been given for Chanukkah. I was *SO* jealous. I think I didn't speak to her for a week. I felt like since she had Grover, how could I ever prove that I was the one who liked him better?!

We are still friends to this day. I should ask her if she still has Grover. :-) Best.muppet.ever!
Jul. 28th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm a part of the "unnamed generation" too. We owned Grover AND the Electric Company. Morgan Freeman was Easy Reader long before he was God.
Jul. 28th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Indeed! I loved 'The Adventures of Letterman.'

We also owned Schoolhouse Rock and a lot of those old 70's Saturday Cartoons... oh, and Free to be You and Me...
Jul. 28th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
You are so right
Jul. 28th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
I saw one article about our generation and to this day I wish I could find it. It was in 1988 or '89 in Time or Newsweek.

It's so ridiculous when they try to lump us in with the baby boomers. I remember in my mid 20's, before I started having kids someone saying the baby boomers were starting to go through menopause. Ha!
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is bull. That little red prick not only looks like a sacrine bizarro version of Grover, he stole all his best bits! Tickle me Elmo? Grover was doing the tickle game decades before this bloody hairball came into being. Near... Far? Grover is the king of Near... Far! If that little bastard even thinks about becoming a superhero... suffice it to say this is an emotional subject for a lot of people (or at least just me.) and I hope I'm not alone when I say Elmo is one red headed stepchild that deserves a good beating.
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
Bravo. Grover always was my favorite, and I read those two books more times than I can count.
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