Elmo's Christmas Countdown

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Star-studded holiday fun for the whole family.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 60 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Kids learn lessons about working together, but it's more about entertainment than education.

Positive Messages

Promotes teamwork and a positive attitude.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elmo and his friends are positive and helpful, offering good role models to kids.

Violence & Scariness

A couple of character collisions that don't result in injury (SuperGrover crash lands into Stiller the Elf, for example).

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that young Sesame Street fans will no doubt love this holiday special's story and age-appropriate pacing, while parents will appreciate the collective talent of the musical guests. Though there are few overt learning opportunities here, it's a worry-free way to enjoy some family-friendly holiday TV time with your kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLowe's man November 17, 2013

fun for all

12/19/15 Now that I just bought the dvd and watched it very recently, I can update my review. It's even better than I remembered. It's all about co... Continue reading
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byjuliet7 November 24, 2009
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008

better for age 4 and up

i like it but some crashs can make litte kids sad
Teen, 16 years old Written byamandamay3711 November 9, 2018

SO amazing!

I don't even know if this is better than the old christmas DVD! Forget that one!

What's the story?

In ELMO'S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN, the loss of a traditional magical object could spell disaster for the upcoming holiday, so it's up to Elmo and his friends to recover the pieces and save Christmas for everyone. The trouble starts when the 10 numbered boxes that make up Stiller the Elf's (voiced by Ben Stiller) tree-shaped Christmas Counter-Downer -- which ticks off time before the holiday arrives -- are scattered, and he all but gives up hope of the holiday coming at all. But for Elmo (Kevin Clash), nothing is impossible. With the help of his fairy-in-training sidekick Abby Cadabby (Leslie Carrara), Elmo sets out to recover the boxes and reassemble the Counter-Downer so Christmas can come on schedule.

Is it any good?

While there's little outright educational quality to Elmo's Christmas Countdown, it's still a great choice to cuddle up in front of with your kids over the holidays. With fun original songs and memorable new spins on classic holiday tunes, it's sure to put kids in the Christmas spirit. And for grown-ups, cameos from personalities like newsman Charles Gibson and Sopranos stars Steve Schirippa and Tony Sirico -- who participate in a chuckle-worthy live-action scene starring roomies Ernie and Bert -- make it more fun than the average preschool DVD. Plus, special guests like Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, and Jamie Foxx stop by to help out with the festivities.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the holidays and the spirit of giving. Which characters help Stiller and Elmo recover the lost boxes? Did they ask for anything in return? Why not? Why does it make them feel so good to help out?

  • Kids: How do you help your friends and family? Do people make more of an effort to help others during the holidays? Why?

  • How does it feel to give someone a gift? How else can you show someone that you care?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love the holidays

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