Case Number 19226: Small Claims Court


Warner Bros. // 2010 // 50 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 6th, 2010

The Charge

Preschool is cool!

The Case

Billionaire magnate Elmo teams up with his pal Grover for 50 minutes worth of alphabet-centric edu-tainment, aimed squarely at the three-to-four-year-old in your family who's just getting on board the reading train (Reading Railroad?). And yes, if you're one of those parents with a smartass two-year-old who reads air conditioner instructions, then congratulations; your kid is a genius and I'm sorry I left him off the target audience list.

Professor Grover will be your main guide, with Elmo playing his faithful sidekick. The Prof guides the action, dishing on the ins and outs of the alphabet. Along the way, guest stars like Seth Green and Gilbert Gottfried lend their aid to the literacy fight.

Standard-issue Sesame Street tomfoolery accompanies, packed with the wit and playfulness the show has built an empire upon. There's the gripping alphabet medical drama A's Anatomy, the high-octane challenge facing Telly as he attempts to sing the entire alphabet song while Gilbert Gottfried distracts him and...well, other stuff that involves a bunch of letters.

It's all good; funny, charming, and informative. If you want to get your rug-rat chomping on the ABCs, there aren't many better options available to you. Just be warned: Elmo fronts the release, no doubt because the kid's a star, but he's not omnipresent here. Plenty of other Streeties get screen time.

The DVD: full frame, 2.0 stereo, the classic clip "African Alphabet Song" and an enclosed growth chart. To measure your child's height, you pervert.

The Verdict

Not Guilty. X. Y. And Z.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 85

Perp Profile
Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* None

Running Time: 50 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Bonus Clip
* Growth Chart

* Sesame Workshop