Judge Paul Pritchard got busted for jaywalking on Sesame Street.
Look! Up in the air on Sesame Street…it's a bird…it's a plane…it's Iron Monster??!!
It has been a great many years since I last visited Sesame Street. In fact, bar catching the occasional episode of Elmo's World with my two young boys, I probably haven't been to where "the air is sweet" since I was a little one myself. Judging by Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes a great many things have changed on the street since my last visit, with new characters and a slight reshuffle in the pecking order. Reassuringly, the show still feels as accessible and fun as ever.
Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes delivers 57 minutes of high-quality edutainment, which, though geared at young kids, is charming enough to entertain parents with its superhero-themed segments.
Kicking off with a light Iron Man pastiche, in which Grover becomes the eponymous Iron Monster while his Super Grover cape is cleaned at the local launderette, this four episode set walks the fine line of mixing goofy characters with simple math and problem solving skills to ensure the kids are learning something useful when they're not chuckling at the sight of Horatio (the Elephant) getting his oversized posterior stuck in a doorway for the umpteenth time.
The simple, but no less effective way Sesame Street gets it lessons across is emphasized perfectly by the episode "The Furry Four!" Led by Telly, Elmo, and Abby form their own version of the comic book quartet The Fantastic Four. Unfortunately, the threesome realizes they are a person short, and so search the neighborhood for a fourth member. The repetitive nature of the episode, which sees Telly and Co. counting the members of their group as they interact with different characters is well suited to teaching young children basic math, and invites a little viewer participation.
Depending on the age of the episode, the DVD transfer will either be in a full frame or 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Regardless, the picture is clean, colorful, and reasonably sharp. The stereo soundtrack is crisp. The sole bonus feature is a superhero-themed episode of Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.
Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes is a good way for parents to supplement their youngsters math lessons. As always with Sesame Street, there's a nice focus on the importance of good manners. If that's not quite enough to persuade you, Super Grover's sidekick is a cape-wearing Elephant. Nuff said!
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