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Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, The
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by DarkHorse

"100 Rasberries to any grouch who doesn't appreciate this gem..."
5 stars

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.

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User Comments

11/06/11 Dr.Lao Surprisingly watchable for something involving Elmo 3 stars
6/27/04 Elise This movie is really good! Elise - age 12 5 stars
10/20/03 Ellie polasek it's pritty awesome 4 stars
11/25/02 Charles Tatum Putting your child in front of this is akin to abuse 1 stars
5/18/02 Moesha,Shaniqua, and Johnetta Brown This movie made us horny(jk) We loved this movie and we had three way sex afterward! 5 stars
11/28/01 Andrew Carden Boring, Tediously Unfunny, and Extremly Stupid and Mindless Screenplay. 1 stars
8/21/01 Daft Arse 3000AD sesemie street SUX- so does this movie AND THE OVERVIEW TALKS A LOT OF CRAP!!! 1 stars
12/28/00 Turtle Cute and charming. A great Sesame Street movie! 5 stars
9/17/00 Jed This is one of the times I agree 100% with Darkhorse. 5 stars
10/20/99 Lame-Oh Better than that stupid Barney movie 4 stars
10/09/99 Mary Elizabeth Riley I'm 22 years old, usually cynical, and I loved this movie! Too bad for anyone who didn't.. 5 stars
9/24/99 feeling good i was tepted 2 stick elmo up my pussy 5 stars
9/16/99 Meepos The kids will lap it up but parents should avoid unless sleepy. 2 stars
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