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  • Adaptation Displacement: Some of the video adaptations come off as this, as several of them were adapted from books that have since gone out of print after The '80s.
  • Awesome Music: The "Mesozoic Mind" song from the 1987 Goldenvision title Dinosaurs: A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time, as performed by Charmer.
  • Funny Moments: The limited "Picturemation" animation effects often unintentionally fall into this territory. Other examples include...
    • In the Sesame Street story "Super Grover and the Speeding Sled", when Super Grover attempts to land so he can "save" Rhonda Sue Bissey on her "runaway" sled, he's shown heading straight down, followed by the screen shaking back and forth accompanied by the sound of him yelling and comical "hit" sound effects, and once he finally lands in the snow, the impact sounds suspiciously like a fart.
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    • The same tape has a bit in "Big Bird Brings Spring to Sesame Street", where The Count is supposed to count his bats, though his performer was unavailable, so they had the bats themselves do the counting instead. Also in the same story, the effect of Maria (renamed Dolores due to her being recast for the video) slipping and falling on the ice is pretty funny as well.
    • In the "Richard Scarry's Old MacDonald's Farm" story, there's a scene where Mama gets the pig triplets Mac, Matt and Mike to take a bath, which they hate (and includes the iconic illustration of the triplets hiding in a laundry basket), and once in the tub they splash so much and make a mess they are sent to bed, where they jump around and have pillow fights, prompting Old MacDonald to say they'll have to sleep together tonight.
    • "The Elves and the Shoemaker" adaptation featured a goofy cuckoo clock that served as a Running Gag in the story that the shoemaker and his wife find annoying.
      "Cuckoo! Cuckoo! It's twelve o'clock! Cuckoo! Cuckoo! It's midnight, everyone! Wake up and go to sleep! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!"
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    • The ending theme to the first Pound Puppies adaptation video, with dogs barking along to a stock music track.
  • Memetic Mutation: In recent years, the Golden Book Videos have become an ample source for several YouTube Poops, including most popularly, Big Bird Brings Death to Sesame Street.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the early videos take this to the extreme by making scenes more intense or dramatic...
    • The adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood from "Fairy Tale Classics" gives the wolf a deep sassy voice, and when he arrives at Grandma's house he does a fairly eerie imitation of Red's voice with a strange double effect. Then the effect of him eating Grandma in one gulp is represented with a shot of the Wolf giving a Nightmare Face (complete with Slasher Smile) and zooming into one of his eyes. After getting into Grandma's bed wearing Grandma's nightcap and practicing his Grandma imitation, he lets our a creepy Vincent Price -esque Evil Laugh (while animated as a Deranged Animation silhouette). Once Little Red Riding Hood arrives at Grandma's house, the background music starts to get pretty spooky. Then finally when he reveals himself to Little Red Riding Hood, he exclaims "Of course, my sweet child!" and the camera zooms into his Slasher Smile face as his normal deep voice booms with an eerie echo, "BETTER TO EAT YOU WITH, MY DEAR!"
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    • The Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Richard Scarry version) has some fairly creepy moments, with the Bears thinking a burglar had broken into their house, and Goldilocks's dramatic fleeing from the house among seeing the bears.
    • Despite the attempt at a reassuring message, What Was That! from "Scuffy the Tugboat and Other Tales" ends up being like this at times, often as Accidental Nightmare Fuel, such as the Deranged Animation attempts at By the Lights of Their Eyes effects, occasional ominous background music cues, and some other freakish instances of the limited partial animation.
    • According to the YouTube comments, Wanted: The Great Cookie Thief from "Three Sesame Street Stories" was this to several, largely the Sinister Silhouettes of the titular thief (Cookie Monster) sneaking out and in of the saloon to commit cookie robberies, complete with Mickey Mousing in the soundtrack.
    • Not to mention the ominous closing logo seen on some of the earlier videos, involving a comet collision in outer space!
    • The track in the underscore for some videos called "It Happened One Night" could qualify as this.
    • The scene of a T-rex eating a triceratops in Dinosaurs: A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time, along with what sounds like a woman shrieking.
  • Stylistic Suck: These adaptation videos are somewhat infamous for this.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Journey Through the Jungle of Words" has two songs based off existing rock/pop songs: "You're In a Rut," based off Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "The Monster Mash"; and "Word Makers," based off the "Ghostbusters" song.