Robert Hoehn, the brains behind the funny French Fried TV videos, did the first homage to Grover.
You do you remember Sesame Street's Grover? The lovable, furry old monster at the end of the book, the Yoda voice whom I can never take seriously when watching Star Wars, everyone's favorite blue monster.
Well, do you remember when he showed us (I was four years old in 1975, so yes, he showed me) the difference between near and far.
You do? Oh, good. That's great. You'll get this then.
You don't? Oh, no. You'll have to watch this then.
In his hommage, Robert shows us all the difference between 'here' and 'zhere' in French, running up and down a Parisian street, silly and out of breath. And my kids thought it was hilarious.
Really it was the Middlest that got the biggest kick out of it. Maybe it's a boy thing, but watching Robert run back and forth, exhausted but patient, explaining the difference between here and there really cracked him up. We had to watch the 2:13 video more than a few times.
This two minutes of brilliant film making so inspired my Middlest that he asked if he could make his own version of here and there.
Of course I agreed, not wanting to dampen the lively Grover and Le Frog Burger spirit sparking in the Middlest, and filmed him as he ran up and down, back and forth on our terrace illustrating the difference between near and far, here and there.
A hommage to a homage. I hope you enjoy it.
Forgive the wobbling and the giggling and the appearance of Clementine. She always has to be in the shot.