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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sesame Street fans will love this sweet movie.

Movie G 1999 73 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 5+

All they do is scream

My almost four year old couldn’t handle it. Grouchland is mean and the bad guy is a thief. My son wondered why he wanted to take people’s things. What we love about Sesame Street is the educational value. This is absent in this movie.
age 6+

Don't bother, not a good first movie - at all

This movie was all wrong. The plot is way too thick for a 3 year old. They can't follow the chatter or the story. There is a really weird, bad guy. Someone ends up in jail. It didn't make sense to my child and was hard to explain. Maybe for someone 5 or 6, but I definitely do not recommend as a first movie. Not for the average 3 year old.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33 ):
Kids say (28 ):

Sesame Street fans will love THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND, which has all of the wonderful Sesame Street trademarks. There are subtle puns for parents, delightful silliness for kids, and gentle lessons about cooperation, loyalty, sharing, and believing in yourself for everyone, all told with their characteristic warmth, good humor, and kindness. Even Oscar the Grouch (Carroll Spinney) admits that Elmo is his friend. And during the few moments of mild tension, Ernie and Bert appear to reassure kids that everything is all right.

Patinkin and Vanessa Williams (as the Trash Queen) provide some star power, but the real stars are the Muppets and the audience -- who are invited to participate in the movie at crucial moments.

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