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Sesame Street: Elmo's Travel Songs And Games

Warner Bros. // 2011 // 47 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 8th, 2011

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson sings all of his travel songs with synthesizer accompaniment.

Editor's Note

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: 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.

The Charge

What's a little monster to do?

The Case

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.

elmo car trip

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.

The Verdict

Not Guilty. So, what is it—are we there yet?

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 47 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• All Ages
• Animation
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

Accomplices

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