Judge David Johnson's adventures with Bert and Ernie weren't great. And that's all he's going to say about it.
Our reviews of Sesame Street: 20 Years And Still Counting (published September 4th, 2010), Sesame Street: Abby In Wonderland (published March 3rd, 2010), Sesame Street: Being Green (published April 6th, 2009), Sesame Street: Bert And Ernie's Word Play (published April 9th, 2010), Sesame Street: Bye-Bye, Pacifier! (published January 1st, 2012), Sesame Street: C Is For Cookie Monster (published November 3rd, 2010), Sesame Street: Dinosaurs! (published May 26th, 2008), Sesame Street: Elmo And Abby's Birthday Fun (published June 10th, 2009), Sesame Street: Elmo's Shape Adventure (published October 16th, 2011), Sesame Street: Elmo's Travel Songs And Games (published May 8th, 2011), Sesame Street: Firefly Fun And Buggy Buddies (published June 1st, 2010), Sesame Street: Learning Letters With Elmo (published September 4th, 2011), Sesame Street: Love The Earth! (published June 4th, 2008), Sesame Street: P Is For Princess (published August 11th, 2010), Sesame Street: Preschool Is Cool! ABCs with Elmo (published July 6th, 2010), Sesame Street Spoofs! Volumes 1 and 2 (published July 10th, 2011), Sesame Street: The Best Of Elmo 2 (published May 19th, 2010), and Sesame Street: Wild Words And Outdoor Adventures (published April 17th, 2011) are also available.
Busting out of The Street. Seeing the world. Nobody brings it like B&E.
Bert and Ernie continue their domination of the preschool market with this Sesame Street spin-off, an achingly sweet, tot-friendly stop-motion adventure show. The premise: apparently bored with the day-to-day goings-on of Sesame Street, our heroes break free of their urban bonds and embark on a series of globe-trotting and time-bending outings, which take them to prehistoric times, the Arctic, an Arabian market, the rainforest, and a wizarding school.
If it sounds exciting, it's because it is! The disc features 13 episodes, with each installment running around five minutes. The show is geared towards little guys, but it's not riddled with educational bits and interactive segments. It's just straight-up entertainment; bite-sized chews of attractive animation, set against imaginative surroundings, starring an iconic pair from the family-centric solar system.
It's also weird. The Harry Potter-inspired wizard show? Definitely out there. But Elmo shows up, so even if Thulsa Doom made an appearance the tikes will still be down with it. 'Tis the power of Elmo.
And then there's my favorite episode, where Bert and Ernie are kung fu experts and repel their foes using sliced up fruit, leading to the greatest line ever uttered by anyone ever:
"Quick, Guardian Bert! Banana Catch Stance!"
As for the animation, the clay animation approach is pure eye candy and may be—just may be—the cutest friggin' thing I've ever seen.
The DVD: full frame, 2.0 stereo
Not Guilty. Party on Bert. Party on Ernie.
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