Oscar's Letter Party

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 & 3 colorful buttons. As the video plays, the characters address the player directly, & ask the player to make a choice by pressing 1 button. The video has a number of different soundtracks recorded, & the player's choices toggle back & forth between the soundtracks, giving the impression that the player has changed the course of the story.

Picture Segment Description
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.
Grover & Christopher play a game where he gets tickled, then holds up a sign saying "STOP" when he wants the tickling to end.
The player can hit the blue button to tickle Grover, & 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 1st. 1st, Fluffy displays the letters O, V, C & K & wants the player to choose 1.
Scene 2 cont'd
Once the player has picked 1, 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.
Psychedelic alphabet.
The player can hit a button when their letter appears on screen for a message from Oscar.
The beginning & endings are cut.
Scene 3
To make sure the player is worthy enough of attending his Grouch party, Oscar 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.
Oscar Letter Party



Scene 3 cont'd
‎ For the 1st part of the test, Oscar has the player make a Grouch word.
Scene 3 cont'd
After the 1st test, Bob comes by the trash can to make sure the player is coming to his party.
"Octopus Blues"
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 2 ways...
Big Bird sings "May I Be Your Friend?" to an eel in his nest.
The player can press the blue button to hear Oscar's grouchy lyrics, & 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.
A Rube Goldberg device is used to display the letters of the alphabet.
The play can hit their green button when their letter appears.
Only the 1st part of this cartoon is shown.
Kermit sings "The Frogs in the Glen."
When the player hears the word "frog", their green button will make an animated frog appear.
Scene 6
‎ As Bob blows balloons up for his party, Oscar runs the "Grouch 2-Plex" at his trash can. 2 films appear above him (1 about a butterfly & 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)
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Grover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow keeps changing direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.
The player can hit their white button to make an arrow that matches the 1 on screen.




Scene 7
Now it's time for the "Party Quiz". Oscar gives choices for party games, decor & presents. He plays a film while he tallies the score.
Kermit sings "Caribbean Amphibian."
The green button will make animated frog lead to a lilypad
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 gets to attend a party with Oscar, his elephants & The Grouchketeers.
Scene 8 cont'd (alternate 2)
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