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Elmo's Christmas Countdown

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Star-studded holiday fun for the whole family.

Movie NR 2007 60 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Somewhere beyond the sea

age 2+

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 cooperation, teamwork and working together toward a common goal. Seeing Elmo and Abby Cadabby always stick together is very touching. (But again Abby steals every scene she's in. She's just so darn cute! And very nice too. Even sweet.) The whole show is so well-written, and its pacing is neither too fast nor too slow- it's just right. And very sentimental too. It's so nice to see all the characters helping Elmo and Abby find all the boxes for the Christmas Counter-Downer. The best, most touching part is the scene that Elmo has alone with Alicia Keys. Viewers will think that they're the ones sitting next to Alicia Keys. The song at the end that Santa Claus sings with all the characters is great too. The set, while having the same looks as the normal Sesame Street set, has some differences, but that adds to the special's greatness. The set there is just like the set that will be found in the live shows at the Sesame Street play park in Philadelphia- a great set! (I would imagine that similar sets are used for the Sesame Street shows at Sea World and Busch Gardens.) This special's plot is simple enough for preschoolers to understand but sophisticated enough for adults to appreciate. A must-watch! If broadcast rights to Elmo's Christmas Countdown have not expired, let's see if we can convince PBS to bring it back.

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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.

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