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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Abby and her friends model very nice examples of grace and courtesy. She says things like, "nice to meet you," when she meets someone and "excuse me," when she steps in front of someone. Her friends are helpful and kind, with the exception of The Grouch of Hearts, who we expect to be, well, grouchy.
Products & Purchases
Besides cookies and milk and fairy wands, nothing of note.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Nicely avoids the questionable elements of the original Alice in Wonderland, by using rhyme as a device to help Abby grow taller or smaller.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Sesame Street take on Alice in Wonderland includes some educational content and good manners. When Abby needs to grow small or tall, she does so by rhyming. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a good choice for young fans of the show. "Life's not always a fairy tale ... There's not always a happy end," sing Abby and Elmo, when Abby finds herself unable to get home to her real life. But the friends who appear on her journey help to teach Abby a lesson. She begins to understand that looking forward to the day when she's bigger keeps her from noticing the beautiful little things in life, like the dewdrops on leaves, the colors in the sky, and her friends around her. Moreover, she learns that she can wake herself from a dream, which introduces an interesting concept of self control for small viewers.
Other lessons that might benefit viewers are those typical in Sesame Street productions: counting, speaking a little Spanish, exhibiting grace and courtesy, sounding out words, talking about emotions, taking responsibility for one's actions, and promoting friendship. Sometimes Abby speaks in rather a shrill voice, which might be irritating to adults within earshot, but the music is catchy and there are several clever moments in this DVD.
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