Think back as far as you can. Now, think back to your very first scare. I’m not talking about when you were startled, I’m talking about a real fear. Were you lost? Had you forgotten something? Or, did you see something terrifying?
For me, it was the last one. When I was baby, my Mom had the Muppet Show on. It was a first season Bunsen ( pre Beaker) sketch about a gorilla alarm. All of a sudden, a person in a gorilla costume popped up and started jumping around. I cried and cried. From that point on, I was scared of gorillas. Yes, gorillas. I couldn’t have a toy looking like one and I certainly couldn’t go into their exhibit at the zoo. It wasn’t until I was four my Dad gave my a pink stuffed gorilla for Valentine’s Day. At first, I said that I didn’t like it, but my Mom told me to try it out. From that point on, I wasn’t scared.
Isn’t that weird though, that not only was I afraid of gorillas but that something that the Muppets did scared me? Hey, I love and cherish the Muppets, but let me tell you, stuff that they’ve done have been so downright creepy, that I can’t go back and watch it to this day!
There’s one clip from Sesame Street (yes, you read that right) where Kermit is talking about more versus less. Cookie Monster keeps ruining the sketch and ends up getting a tongue lashing from Kermit. That’s when the creepy music starts playing and some even creepier looking monsters show up. I know, I know, this is the Muppets we’re talking about, but even the comments on YouTube seemed to steer towards the uncomfortable direction.
Isn’t it funny how something from our childhood can still scare into our adult years? Obviously, I wouldn’t put this on the level of Saw, (that’s a funny image, Muppets and Jigsaw!) but there are so many simplistic things out there that can scare us silly.
Are there any fears that you had when you were little that still give you the creeps? Are you the only one scared by this, or are you in good company? I know that I’m not alone with the Muppets, but not too many kids I know are scared of gorillas!