I’m a 35 year old father of a ten year old daughter… and I STILL HATE the “Yip-Yips” or aliens from SESAME STREET.
As a kid in the 1970s I’d tear out of the room screaming when they came on, it was that bad. I never understood why they messed with me so badly until a few years ago: Their eyes, almost disembodied unlike just about every other Muppet creation, resemble those of predators as they attack: wide open, large pupils, focused directly on you.
I realized this while looking at a photo of an owl in a magazine and couldn’t figure out why the photo was making me uneasy… I like owls… and then it hit me.
Nowadays they’re a lot less spooky; they sing, hang out with other Muppets, even have a baby alien all their own. But I still find a reason to leave the room…