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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: 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), 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.
Elmo Goes Green to Help the Earth!
Let's face facts: Sesame Street is Elmo's world these days. The little red guy has captivated the hearts of children everywhere with his high-pitched voiced and unshakable ability to laugh at absolutely everything. Elmo is now more or less the official spokesperson of Sesame Street (sorry, Big Bird), so he gets to play a major role in pretty much any new Sesame Street-related television special or DVD release.
That's the case once again in Sesame Street: Being Green, a 48-minute lesson about conservation for the kiddies. Elmo and Abby (she's a dizzy young fairie, for those of you not up to date on your Sesame Street characters) are playing hide and seek. Suddenly, without warning, they find themselves on the set of a spectacular telethon…specifically, "The Earthathon!" The Earthathon is hosted by none other than Mr. Earth (Paul Rudd, Role Models), a friendly man wearing a giant earth suit. Mr. Earth is troubled by the fact that people are doing a lot of harm to the world, and he wants viewers to call and make pledges. Not financial donations, but promises to make the world a better place. Telly, Rosita, and Cookie Monster are sitting at the phones waiting to take calls and write down the names of people who pledge to help the earth.
Sesame Street: Being Green is a pretty straightforward affair, with simple and pleasant lessons about various forms of conservation. Don't litter. Recycle bottles and cans. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. You get the idea. Mr. Earth cheerfully shares all of these lessons and tidbits with Elmo and Abby, and every once in a while we're treated to a video demonstration. We see a young man in South Africa recycling glass bottles, a group of children in the American midwest turning clothes into paper, and meet a young man in South America whose mother turns trash into useful things.
Along the way, we're also treated to a few cutesy subplots. Oscar the Grouch keeps calling Telly and promising to make the earth as dirty as possible. This irritates Telly to no end. Cookie Monster begins to suffer serious cookie withdrawals, and soon gets so desperate that he resorts to eating telephones. Abby accidentally turns Elmo green, which inspires Elmo to belt out a few bars of Kermit the Frog's signature tune, "It's Not Easy Being Green." Rudd responds to this by offering his own persuasive rebuttal song, an upbeat number called "It's Easy Being Green." Later on, Rudd performs another lightweight rock tune entitled, "Earth Rocks."
Do you know what Kofi Annan, Jack Black, Johnny Cash, Robert De Niro, Roger Ebert, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeremy Irons, Billy Joel, Larry King, Spike Lee, Steve Martin, Liam Neeson, Conan O'Brien, Richard Pryor, Dennis Quaid, Jackie Robinson, Paul Simon, Alex Trebek, Blair Underwood, and Barbara Walters have in common? They're all on the prestigious and lengthy list of celebrities that have appeared on Sesame Street. Paul Rudd now joins that remarkable group. He may seem an unusual choice to host a very G-rated kids' special like this, but he really does a fine job serving as master of ceremonies. He's energetic and engaging throughout, and kids are bound to find his goofy antics entertaining.
The full-frame transfer here gets the job done. This is a bright and colorful special, as you might imagine, and it looks solid. Colors are vibrant, blacks are fairly deep, and the level of detail is stellar. The 2.0 audio is effective and clean. The only extra on the disc: downloadable coloring sheets.
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