If you grew up in the ’70s, you probably are still suffering PTSD from the “Crack Master” – an animated short that was featured on Sesame Street about a young woman who played with the various shapes and creatures formed by the cracks on her walls. These “crack creatures” – and the terrifying “Crack Master” (often misremembered as the “Crack Monster”) – gave an entire generation of Americans nightmares, and even though it’s been out of circulation for close to forty years, nobody who saw it as a child will ever forget.
For a while the clip circulated only as folklore, as grown internet users who were traumatized by the cartoon in their youth banded together to reminisce about the mysterious “crack creatures” and their frightening “Crack Master.” The short was rumored to be the work of animator Cosmo Anzilotti, though he reportedly has no memory of ever creating it.
In fact, the buzz around the elusive “Cracks” segment was so intense, a man named Jon Armond created an audio documentary recounting his experience searching for and eventually finding the clip. The piece has since been making the internet rounds, winding up on Laughing Squid where we stumbled upon it.
Watch the “Crack Master” clip from Sesame Street below, and Jon Armond’s audio documentary about it below that.