Play with Me Sesame: Imagine with Me



An imagination workout for Sesame Street fans.
  • Review Date: March 20, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 50 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gentle but worthwhile lessons about the importance of imagination for young kids. Plenty of displays of loving friendship and a nice father-daughter relationship depicted as well.

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Some families consider the Sesame Street characters as commercial products themselves, so this will reinforce brand awareness -- albeit of a gentle, positive set of characters.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD combines interactive segments with sketches that put the emphasis on using your imagination. Bright animation, cheery songs, and the familiar and beloved Sesame Street friends make this a fine choice for young kids. A CD-ROM packaged with the DVD offers interactive games, videos, and special activities that reinforce the imagination message.

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What's the story?

One in a series of DVDs from Sesame Workshop, PLAY WITH ME SESAME: IMAGINE WITH ME is envisioned as a "personal play date" for young kids that combines vintage Sesame Street clips with new, interactive segments all emphasizing the importance of using the imagination. Cookie Monster and Prairie Dawn imagine all the endings to Cookie Monster's ill-advised plans for getting Prairie Dawn's cookies, and later the duo bakes make-believe cookies together. Elmo sings about the virtues of imagination, and other characters underscore the message of the song with their own efforts at make-believe.

Is it any good?


Imagine with Me exhibits the high-quality, thoughtful programming that parents have come to expect from Sesame Street. And like a regular episode of Sesame Street, the segments are fast-paced and varied for short attention spans. The interactive segments, which invite the viewers to do call and response, make this more than a passive watching experience. A smattering of more sophisticated humor in the dialog is a nod to the parents who will likely be watching or listening to this DVD over and over again.

The DVD comes with a bonus CD-ROM featuring interactive games, videos, and special activities that reinforce the imagination message.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the Sesame Street characters use their imaginations. How does Cookie Monster's imagination help him? Is there something that you are afraid of, like Ernie and the monsters under the bed? How could you use your imagination to make those things less scary, just like Ernie does?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 10, 2008
DVD release date:March 11, 2008
Cast:Fran Brill, John Tartaglia, Steve Whitmire
Director:Jocelyn Hassenfeld
Studio:Sesame Workshop
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:50 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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