This is the Sesame Street short film from back in the day that was immediately called to my mind by Flavia’s recent post on book covers, more specifically, by the book cover she nominates as the freakiest of all time: “the original cover art for Stanley Fish’s Self-Consuming Artifacts: The Experience of Seventeenth-Century Literature (1972),” which she calls “hideous and compelling at the same time.” (Go over to her place to see it, and the full-size blowup when you click on it. It is impressively weird.) Incidentally, “Rolling Ball 1, 2, 3 (rare ending)” is the only one I remember–I never saw the version with the cherry sundae ending until last night.
When I was over at YouTube researching this short film, the film below came up as a related video. It’s shocking how much I recall about this–from the tiny tin plates and tiny spoons, to the totally envy-inducing little working lamp in the dolls’ bedroom. (Oddly, I have no recall whatsoever of the cat attack.) Now, just try to resist the urge to click and join me in my reverie!