"100 Rasberries to any grouch who doesn't appreciate this gem..."
Finally, a movie for the five and unders that should please parents as well. There are enough clever in-jokes and inventive visuals to keep adults interested while their kids have a ball interacting with all their favorite Sesame Street characters.I saw this movie with my 4-year-old little girl and she definitely gives it two tiny thumbs up. The folks at The Children's Television Workshop and Henson Studios should be commended on creating a film for the toddler set that slyly pokes fun at Sesame Street, for the adults who grew up with it, and incorporates learning and child participation, for those just getting familiar with it.
What other kiddy flick in recent memory can you think of that includes a gorgeous babe (Vanessa Williams) to keep fathers entranced while the munchkins are encouraged to blow collective raspberries at the screen? This is the Rocky Horror Picture Show for tots. I highly recommend you take your kids to see this while the theaters are still packed, otherwise the audience participation elements will be sorely missed.
The story involves the pronoun impaired Elmo searching for his lost blanket in Oscar's home, Grouchland. Mandy Patinkin is perfect as the central villain Huxley who proclaims that everything in Grouchland is his, including poor Elmo's blanket. With eyebrows that would make Groucho Marx envious, he gives a performance that is entertaining to both young and old.
My only complaint is that some of the songs are less than memorable, but this is a small distraction.
Compared to the incredibly boring "Muppets in Space", in which my daughter announced to me that she was ready for the movie to be over after 15 mins (!), and "Doug's First Movie", which my daughter enjoyed but almost put me into a boredom induced coma. "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" is a flat-out masterpiece.The ideal children’s movie shouldn't just serve to keep the little ones occupied for an hour or so, it should encourage kids and adults to enjoy it together. "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" is that kind of movie.