Warner Bros. // 2011 // 57 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 4th, 2011
Brought to you by the letter A for awesome.
Because that's what Elmo thinks he is: awesome. And who can blame him? He's moved past even the mighty Big Bird as the most powerful resident on Sesame Street. What a testament to the Founders' vision of our country that a small red puppet with an adorable name can become a best-selling Christmas children's toy!
So while there may be plenty of characters on board the letter-learning campaign here, Elmo gets top billing and his segments are highlighted.
It's good to be the king.
Now, if you've ever seen one of these Sesame Street release, you can expect the same with Learning letters with Elmo. It's an anthology, with segments from different shows cut and pasted together to fit in the governing theme, which, this go-round, is "letters."
Which are the bread and butter of Sesame Street of course. And here are 57 minutes worth of letter-lauding tomfoolery, as brought to you by such luminaries as Oscar the Grouch, Telly, and Elmo. There's also the occasional guest star, like Ryan Reynolds who shows up as a giant "A" to introduce "The A-Team."
While the content is flush with the expected charm and education one would expect, these DVDs remain frustratingly mediocre. I know the diminutive target audience doesn't care, but the technical merits leave little to be excited about. You're looking at full frame (with a fake widescreen tossed in), stereo and no extras.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 57 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Sesame Street