Oscar's Letter Party is a 1988 Sesame Street interactive home video released for the View-Master Interactive Vision video game system. The system came with a simple controller which included a joystick and three colorful buttons. As the video plays, the characters address the player directly, and ask the player to make a choice by pressing one of the buttons. The video has a number of different soundtracks recorded, and the player's choices toggle back and forth between the soundtracks, giving the impression that the player has changed the course of the story.
|Scene 1||The game opens up with Oscar the Grouch discovering that his trash can is surrounded by happy faces. Using the controller, the player erases them for him.|
|Muppets|| Grover and Christopher play a game where he gets tickled, then holds up a sign saying "STOP" when he wants the tickling to end.|
(First: Episode 1300)
The player can hit the blue button to tickle Grover, and the red one to make him stop.
| ||Scene 2||Oscar reveals that the player will be able to attend a grouch party, but must do some things first. First, Fluffy displays the letters O, V, C and K and wants the player to choose one.|
|Scene 2 cont'd||Once the player has picked one, Oscar hears a car, alerting him that the party decorations have arrived. As he leaves, he presents a film that may have the chosen letter in it.|
|Cartoon|| Psychedelic alphabet.|
The player can hit a button when their letter appears on screen for a message from Oscar.
The beginning and endings are cut.
| ||Scene 3||To make sure the player is worthy enough of attending his grouch party, he conducts a grouch test. However, if the player proves they aren't grouchy they'll get an invitation to Bob's party instead.|
|Scene 3 cont'd||Before the test, Bob appears, hoping the player will attend his normal party.|
| ||Scene 3 cont'd|| For the first part of the test, Oscar has the player make a grouch word.|
|Scene 3 cont'd||After the first test, Bob comes by the can to make sure the player is coming to his party.|
|Muppets|| "Octopus Blues"|
(EKA: Episode 2293)
The player can hit their green button to make 8 fish appear when they hear the number 8.
|Scene 4 cont'd||Next, Oscar presents a grouch music test. He plays a song that can be sung two ways...|
|Muppets|| Big Bird sings "May I Be Your Friend?" to Samantha the Eel in his nest.|
(First: Episode 1593)
The player can press the blue button to hear Oscar's grouchy lyrics, and the red button for Big Bird's nice lyrics.
|Scene 5|| Oscar writes the results on his scorecard and asks the player to remember their letter for the next segment.|
| ||Cartoon|| A Rube Goldberg device is used to display the letters of the alphabet.|
(EKA: Episode 2274)
The player can hit their green button when their letter appears.
Only the first part of this cartoon is shown.
|Muppets|| Kermit sings "The Frogs in the Glen."|
(EKA: Episode 1931)
When the player hears the word "frog", their green button will make an animated frog appear.
| ||Scene 6|| While Bob blows up the balloons for his party, Oscar runs the "Grouch Two-Plex" at his can. Two films appear above him (one about a butterfly and the other about pigs), which will give more proof as to how grouchy the player is.|
|Scene 6 cont'd (alternate 1)||If the player picks the pig film, Oscar gives it a good review: 4 oinks.|
|Scene 6 cont'd (alternate 2)||Description currently unavailable.|
|Muppets|| Grover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow keeps changing direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.|
(First: Episode 1641)
The player can hit their white button to make an arrow that matches the one on screen.
|Scene 7||Now it's time for the "Party Quiz". Oscar gives choices for party games, decor and presents. He plays a film while he tallies the score.|
|Muppets|| Kermit sings "Caribbean Amphibian."|
(EKA: Episode 2494)
The green button will make an animated frog leap to a lillypad
Footage of island maps replaced
|Scene 8||Oscar gives the final tally, which gets the player into either Bob or Oscar's party.|
|Scene 8 cont'd (alternate 1)|| If the player gets Oscar's, then they get to attend a party with Oscar, his elephants and The Grouchketeers.|
|Scene 8 cont'd (alternate 2)||Description currently unavailable.|
The Muppet Performers
- Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch
- Frank Oz as Grover
- Jerry Nelson
- Richard Hunt
- Martin P. Robinson
- Kevin Clash as Octopus and Frog
- Pam Arciero
- Noel MacNeal
- Brian Muehl as Eel
- David Rudman
- Mark Zeszotek
- Kathryn Mullen as Young Frog
- Ed Christie
- Cheryl Blaylock
- Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog
- Bob McGrath as Bob
- Director: Ted May
- Executive Producer: Jon Stone
- Producer: Sonia Rosario
- Writer: Mark Saltzman
- Segment Directors: Ozzie Alfonso, Emily Squires, Jon Stone
- Segment Writers: David Axlerod, Tony Geiss, Jeff Moss, Ray Sipherd, Norman Stiles, Peter Swet
- Songs by: Tony Geiss, Bruce Hart, Stephen Lawrence, Jeff Moss, Joe Raposo, Mark Saltzman, Jon Stone
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