The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
Elmo's Great Adventure
Loveable Elmo adores his blanket and is very possessive over it. But Elmo's love of his blanket leads to a bit of a tug of war with Zoe and before he knows it his beloved blanket has fallen into a trash can and gone off to Grouchland with Elmo following after it in hot pursuit. Elmo's journey to get his blanket back is an adventure of a life time as he learns some important lessons about sharing whilst coming up against the villainous Huxley (Mandy Patinkin).
I have never watched a whole episode of Sesame Street, go on say aah, but when I was a kid I don't remember Sesame Street being shown in the UK just Henson's other creations such as "The Muppets" and "Fraggle Rock". Anyway despite never having watched an entire episode it is hard not to go through life without knowing the characters from "Sesame Street" be it the iconic Big Bird or the cute as a button Elmo. And it is because of these characters legendary status that you can watch "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" without having watched "Sesame Street".
You may ask why anyone other than little children would want to watch "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" and the simple truth is that once in a while everyone longs for something simple and innocent to watch and that is certainly what this is. It has a magical story which sees Elmo going on an adventure, it has lessons to learn about how we should be to each other, it also has some math lessons thrown in there as well and of course some musical elements. In truth it has everything you expect from a movie made for children and it is that which is so appealing, the complete inoffensive innocence of it all rather than the amusing characters and comical songs.
What this all boils down to is that "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" is exactly what it sets out to be and that is inoffensive fun for young children featuring Elmo and having the same sort of values when it comes to teaching young children that you would find in an episode of Sesame Street. But it is also entertaining for grown ups as well with not only the innocence which is appealing but some simple jokes which young children will miss such as a cinema advertising Sharon Sloan in "Basically it Stinks".
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