Warner Bros. // 2010 // 49 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 19th, 2010
(high-pitched, nails-on-a-chalkboard squeal) Elmo!!!!
He's a little red monster who dared to dream. And now he's an international icon and rich beyond imagination. He's Elmo and, yes, for every toddler out there that loves him, I wager there's an adult who is moments away from leaping off a harbor pier if they have to hear his voice again.
For the former group, the fine folks at Sesame Street have assembled a second-round of Elmo highlights, which focuses heavily on the guest stars. No doubt desiring to soak up a few molecules of Elmo's star power, a cavalcade of celebrities show up to engage in some musical duets and alphabet learning.
On the guest list: Jason Mraz, Adam Sandler, Goo Goo Dolls, Ray Charles, David Beckham (who gives a lesson in bouncing a soccer ball off of one's head) and Destiny's Child. Granted, some of it's dated (Goo Goo Dolls riff on their song "Slide"), but the target audience isn't going to realize that.
Tying together these clips is the story of a robot named Memorybot, a confused synthetic organism wandering aimlessly on Sesame Street. Elmo finds him and discovers that Memorybot is in desperate need of a power recharge. To make that happen, he needs memories and Elmo is only too happy to oblige and reels off 50 minutes of his favorite archive footage.
The Best of Elmo 2 a solid collection, filled with some genuinely amusing Elmo-based material. The guest stars are universally good-natured and the song rewrites they belt out (typically about education or Elmo himself) are fun. Props especially to Mraz, Destiny's Child and Goo Goo Dolls who seem to be having a ball singing with a red puppet. The best segment? Adam Sandler. And mainly because of the dragon cameo.
No-frills DVD: full frame, 2.0 stereo, no extras.
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Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 49 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated