What magic machine put cherries on ice cream?
December 7, 2007 12:08 PM   Subscribe

Inspired by this answered question, I'm trying to remember another clip. It involved a Rube Goldberg type machine that eventually put cherries on ice cream sundaes.

Here's what I remember: a little red ball on a track. Most of the clip was about the ball going through the track, setting off other things as it went. I don't think the ball itself was the cherry. There were little flags that would go up, one! two! three!, and I think there was powder involved at some point. I remember all the shots of the machine track had a black background, like it existed in some kind of void. It ended with a cherry being plopped onto an ice cream sundae, and a little girl picking it up and starting to eat the ice cream.

I know it was from my PBS-watching days, so it was either Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

I've tried and TRIED to find video of this, and I've never been successful. At this point I'd be happy if someone else remembers it too -- I'm starting to think I made it up.
posted by cmyk to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Cartoon or live action? My memory is thinking live action...
posted by ALongDecember at 12:16 PM on December 7, 2007

I swear to god this was asked before, but I can't find it. It was on Sesame Street, though, if that helps the search.
posted by tristeza at 12:17 PM on December 7, 2007

Live-action. I also remember the track was sort of a shiny chrome-steel color.
posted by cmyk at 12:17 PM on December 7, 2007

Holy crap I found it!
posted by tristeza at 12:18 PM on December 7, 2007

This one ends in the ball becoming powder.
posted by ALongDecember at 12:19 PM on December 7, 2007 [1 favorite]

tristeza and ALongDecember, I love you both. I have no ice cream for the cherries, but I can offer you some homemade cannoli....
posted by cmyk at 12:21 PM on December 7, 2007

Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
posted by spork at 12:30 PM on December 7, 2007

Holy memory lane -- thanks cmyk! I even remember seeing the powder ending...
posted by Pantengliopoli at 1:28 PM on December 7, 2007

Wow, I was similarly freaking out trying to find this video a few months ago. Thanks for posting the one with the powder, Alongdecember--that was the one I could never find.
posted by zebra3 at 2:57 PM on December 7, 2007

whoolly crap! i remember seeing this on sesame street when i was like 4 years old! amazing! now check out the way things go.
posted by genmonster at 9:37 AM on December 8, 2007

Funny, I just saw this clip on Sesame Street Old School Volume 2. If you want to see it on the big screen, Netflix the first disc and check out the bonus clips.
posted by lampoil at 3:09 PM on December 8, 2007

Legend has it the contraption was built by none other than Frank Oz.
posted by evilcolonel at 7:48 PM on December 8, 2007

Oh my GOD I LOVED THAT. A thousand thanks to asker and answerer.
posted by AngerBoy at 12:35 PM on December 11, 2007

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