Warner Bros. // 2011 // 47 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 8th, 2011
What's a little monster to do?
Elmo and Abby are strapped into their car seats and off on a car trip with Elmo's father. Possessing the miniscule attention span he has, Elmo gets restless and demands entertainment from his father. Dad, being a pushover and obviously having a role in spoiling Elmo so much that the furry little red monster's ego is larger than Duquesne, obliges and for the next 47 minutes, we get a selection of games and sing-alongs and clips taken from the vast Sesame Street vault.
If you're familiar with these mini-anthologies that the good people over at the Sesame Workshop put together, then there's nothing you'll be surprised by on this release. New footage of the car ride, namely Elmo and Abby and Dad's interactions, is intermingled with bits that have aired before.
The light thread unifying it all is the theme of traveling. The irony? The games Elmo invents are designed without on-board DVD players in mind (e.g. looking at cloud shapes, playing an alphabet game) even though it's highly likely that parents would just plop this disc into the on-board DVD player they have installed in their Chrysler Town and Country.
A few segments stand out:
* "Driving with the Twiddlebugs"
I don't know what a Twiddlebug is, but they're cool and colorful and are rendered in some slick CGI. Also, I don't know if Orkin has an answer for them yet.
* "Are We There Yet?"
A song notable solely for how it will surely drive both parents insane.
* "Go Before You Go!"
It's a song about taking a leak before you get in the car. Catchy and with an important message.
The DVD: full frame, 2.0 stereo, no extras.
Not Guilty. So, what is it -- are we there yet?
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 47 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated