January 30, 2014

WeLoveFine Loves Sesame Street, part 3

Filed under: Feature — Tags: , , — Joe Hennes @ 11:23 am

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We’re only halfway through our crazy project of reviewing every entry in WeLoveFine’s Sesame Street t-shirt design contest!  That means two more batches of complaints and praises and bad jokes for you to sift through.  Or two more pages of fan art for you to skim, looking for a new Twitter icon (I’m looking at you, @MuppetFanProbs).

No matter your reasons, we hope you enjoy our latest segment of t-shirt design reviews!

page0111The time will come when Cookie Monster has eaten every cookie in the world.  And then he’ll move on to the rest of the food, and then the plants and animals, and then all the non-food objects, and then the human race, and then he’ll be left with nothing else to eat but the earth itself.  And then he will become god-like, having absorbed the essence of all known life, thus becoming the embodiment of Gaia, pregnant with the earth itself.  I have clearly put too much thought into this.

My rating: 5

page0112Cookie Monster as Godzilla in a city filled with milk and cookies?  I think I had a dream like this.  Not a nightmare.  I was the monster.  And it was fantastic.

My rating: 5

page0114I’m really glad that someone out there thinks enough of obscure characters like Harvey Kneeslapper and Hoots the Owl to pay tribute to them like this.  Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of this artwork, which looks like it needs a few more drafts to clean it up and make it presentable.  But more importantly, I can hardly see the full version in that tiny thumbnail!  It makes me question WeLoveFine’s submission guidelines.  Rule #1: Make it visible.

My rating: 3

page0115Why??? Why would anybody want to celebrate the creepiest Sesame Street sketch ever made??  It doesn’t even matter that this design is awesome and beautiful, it’s going to give people nightmares!  Okay, I admit, I’d gladly buy this one.  The nightmare thing is just a bonus.

My rating: 5

page0116This design is unrealistic.  I just don’t buy that four cookies (or any cookies for that matter) could get so close to Cookie Monster’s mouth without immediately crumbling in preparation of being demolished.  It’s Muppet physics, people.

My rating: 2

page0117Close your legs, Elmo. You don’t have a license to sell hot dogs.

My rating: 2

page0118Wow, yes.  Everything I love in the world has been merged into one fantastic piece of fan art.  The “G” stands for hope.

My rating: 5

page0119This is why Cookie Crisp is still on the shelf in your grocery store’s cereal aisle.  There’s one guy keeping them in business, and he’s blue and adorable.

My rating: 4

page0120That’s one! One concussion The Count got after running headfirst into a wall!  Ah ah ow…

My rating: 2

page0122I love it when people include Telly in things.  I’m so proud of that square-headed worrywart.

My rating: 2

page0123If Cookie Monster was made out of bling, this is what he’d look like.  B is for bling, and that’s good enough for this shirt.

My rating: 3

page0124Aw, they’re all tuckered out!  They’re taking a cat nap!  They’re snoozin’ or they’re losin’!  They’ve gone to slumberland in a car that runs on exhaust.  They sleep now.

My rating: 3

page0125I can see that it’s supposed to be Cookie Monster’s arm, but the strange placement of the street sign makes it look like he has an enormous lower jaw.  And now you can’t unsee.

My rating: 2

page0126It’s too bad the artists in this contest can’t see each others’ pieces as they’re making them.  If they could, we’d probably have half the amount of “Cookie Monster with a cookie in his mouth” entries.

My rating: 2

page0127If you’re a Muppet fan, someone who knows you has sent you a picture of Muppet cupcakes at some point.  And then you’ve had to act polite and pretend to be amused by it, even though you’ve seen it a hundred times before.  This is the cartoon version of that.

My rating: 3

page0128This is the perfect shirt for a Super Grover cosplayer in this world of ours that no longer has phone booths.

My rating: 4

page0129You know, I wouldn’t think this design would be all that interesting, but seeing it here, the outlines really pop.  This could be a cool way to simplify the characters without losing any of the characteristics that make them unique.  Though they do look a little sad without their mouths.

My rating: 4

page0130Naked Ernie on a t-shirt!  It’s what every kid on the block wants for Christmas!

My rating: 4

page0131See, now I’m thinking about Cookie Monster being homeless, and that’s just bumming me out.  I mean, I probably still wouldn’t toss him a quarter if I saw him on the street.  That’s what my tax dollars are for!  (Cookies.)

My rating: 3

page0132I don’t think The Count’s cape has ever been depicted so swooshingly.  It really makes him look fancier and artsier.  And like the sort of oddball who would actually count forever.

My rating: 5

page0133Whoa whoa, slow down there, t-shirt.  You’ve got a lot of stuff going on at once.  Random words and numbers floating around, a scatter of cookie crumbs, and the giant Cookie Monster looming in the background.  My eyes literally cannot focus on any one part of this design.  This is not good enough for me.

My rating: 1

page0134Slimey fans unite!  Profess your love for your favorite worm with this shirt!  Tell the world how much Slimey means to you!  Shout it from the rooftops!  Slimey 4-ever!

My rating: 4

page0135That Rubber Duckie looks like the villain in a 1980s teen movie.  “Hey, loser! If you want my girl, you’ll have to beat me on the slopes! Squeak squeak.”

My rating: 2

page0136But cookie.. share it you got… so maybe!

My rating: 1

page0137Huh.  That’s really subtle, but really effective.  It’s like a heart made out of Sesame swatches.

My rating: 5

page0138WHAT???  Cookie Monster as Wilford Brimley??  The level of ridiculousness has been maxed out.

My rating: 5

page0139I didn’t even see the words in this at first.  I just thought that the characters were in mid-teleport to the Enterprise.

My rating: 3

page0140Why do you think those two cookies are so happy to be hanging out next to the clearly insane monster who is currently eating one of their own kind?  Do they not know that they’re next??  Someone get them outta there!!

My rating: 4

page0141Steampunk Snuffy.  It was only a matter of time before this geek fad caught up to Big Bird’s pal.  And it’s worth it, if only for the oversized top hat with the unnecessary lenses.

My rating: 5

page0142Now I’m picturing Cookie Monster with three eyes, like you see in his name up there.  And you know what? It might actually look pretty good on him.  The more eyes for spying cookies, I guess.

My rating: 3

page0143I never thought I’d see a Baby Count.  Nor would I expect him to be on a t-shirt meant for adults.  It helps that the artist didn’t try to give him a tiny little beard.

My rating: 3

page0145Why? Why would anyone want this on a t-shirt?  A lost Baby Big Bird on some street that has little-to-nothing to do with Sesame Street.  It’s a concept that hardly lands as fan art, let alone as something someone might want to wear on their body.  I think this whole concept is lost.

My rating: 1

page0148I’m totally in support of an Ernie In Bed shirt, although nobody’s going to sit staring at your back to read all of the lyrics.  I can see this working as a sleep shirt, so if it gets made, I encourage everyone to buy one in XXL.

My rating: 3

page0149If this was a contest for who could trace coloring book art the best, this artist would win all of the gold medals in the Olympics.

My rating: 1

page0150There’s a reason Cookie Monster doesn’t grow out his mutton chops.  And that reason is FASHION.

My rating: 4

page0151We’ve seen Cookie Monster as a cookie many, many times.  But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Cookie Monster as chocolate chips.  It’s a cute twist on the familiar although by itself it looks more like the cookie is infested with blue gnats rather than a tasty topping.

My rating: 2

page0152If there’s a reason why Oscar is wearing a bell on his head, I don’t want to know it.  But damn, do I want to ring it, just to see Oscar’s eyes pop out of his head.

My rating: 2

page0153Operator? Get me President Obama. He’ll be able to make this “Telephone Rock” shirt a reality for me.  Yes, I’ll hold.

My rating: 5

page0154Aha, that’s the one thing Sesame Street is missing!  As an inner city cul-de-sac, it is surprisingly lacking in vandalism.  Put a trash can like Oscar’s in the West Village overnight, and it’ll look just like this by 8:00 AM.

My rating: 4

page0155Nope. Those don’t look like rainbows. It looks like someone is squeezing their bodies so hard, their heads are popping off.  Nope nope.

My rating: 2

page0156Yeah, I get the reference, and you get the reference, and Grover’s mom gets the reference, but would a non-Muppet fanatic (aka “normal people”) make the connection that a brown furry “Imaginary Friend” is a Mr. Snuffleupagus reference?  If not, those fools need to be educated.

My rating: 3

page0157Things wrong with this picture: It is not for adults.  Zoe is much more prominent than the others, despite being the least popular character.  It has the word “SUX” on the lower right.

My rating: 2

page0158 This is a great example of an awesome Sesame Street design that’s so good, you don’t even need to have a Muppet in it.  It’s delightfully retro, it looks great on a t-shirt, and there’s a surprising amount to look at despite the minimalism.  Well done, artist!

My rating: 5

page0159Here’s one by our pal David Vordtriede, the artist responsible for the impressive “Muppabet” series.  I got really excited when I saw this, as I’d hoped that David was going to start a Sesame Street series.  Alas, he only drew this one image, but it’s amazing, and I want him to draw more and more and more.  And more.

My rating: Withheld, since the artist is a pal of ours.

page0160Do you think Cookie Monster’s eyes got that way because he keeps checking out the cookies that he’s juggling?  I mean, I can’t take my eyes away from them either, which is why thsi entry hsa so manny typos;

My rating: 3

page0161What a terrible, terrible pun.  Oscar would love it.

My rating: 3

page0162I love the idea of a Sesame Street crest.  But doesn’t it seem awfully Cookie Monster-heavy?  What about Big Bird?  Elmo?  Mr. Hooper?  All we really get is the aforementioned cookies and blue hand, plus a little about education.  Rubber Duckie does make a brief cameo, so that’s two characters to represent the franchise.  And one of them is a bath toy.

My rating: 4

page0163Aww, everyone is in love with The Count.  If I learned anything from the Twilight series, it’s that falling in love with a vampire is never a good idea.

My rating: 2

Just one more segment left to go! Tune in shortly for part 4 of our WeLoveFine Sesame Street t-shirt design contest reviews!

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by Joe Hennes – Joe@ToughPigs.com



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