Judge David Johnson likes his red puppet monster sautéed with banana peppers.
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 Great Adventures (published May 8th, 2010), 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), and Sesame Street: Wild Words And Outdoor Adventures (published April 17th, 2011) are also available.
(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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