Sesame Street: P Is for Princess

 
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These princesses don't need a prince! Perfect fun for pre-K.
  • Review Date: August 3, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

From basic lessons about "high, higher, and highest" to counting in Spanish to cooperation, there are lots of good lessons for young viewers. Plus, there are a plethora of P words for young people to peruse at their pleasure!

Positive messages

Plenty of positive take-aways for kids -- including lessons in cooperation, imagination, and rhyming; plus, girls figure out how to solve problems without the help of a "prince" who's come to save them. The DVD also reinforces the notion that friends come in all colors, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes.

Positive role models

Adults are always friendly on Sesame Street. Alan is willing to help think of a game to play, and Gordon is ready to sing a song. Even guest stars like Paul Rudd and Natalie Portman like to help out or play with their Muppet friends.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Abby Caddaby is a magical character whose characteristic enthusiasm is contagious -- and sometimes a little raucous. There's virtually no iffy content here and plenty of good stuff -- including lessons on cooperation, imagination, counting in Spanish, and the wonderful letter "P."

What's the story?

When Abby, Rosita, and Penguin play princess, there are moments when a friend gets stuck on a balcony or loses a roller skate. Who comes to help but a befuddled Paul Rudd as the handsome -- if intellectually limited -- prince. When his methods don't work, the girls tell him, "That's all right, we don't need a prince. We can figure it out ourselves." And then Abby and her friends have even more good times playing games with the letter "P," making believe with Elmo, and boogieing with Natalie Portman.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Educational and entertaining, with a few jokes thrown in for parents, this latest addition to the Sesame Street collection is best suited for the pre-K set -- though adult fans of Rudd's more grown-up roles will enjoy watching him ham it up in his cheesy prince costume.

Abby and Elmo fans will enjoy watching their Muppet pals solve problems, make up games to play, and enjoy life on their special neighborhood. Though they can be a little high-pitched for adult ears, the interactive games that Abby and Elmo play are wholesome, educational, colorful, and fun. You couldn't ask for a better combo for wee viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about magic. Is magic real? In what ways is Abby magic?

  • Are Abby and Rosita and Elmo doing the same things that real kids are doing? In what ways do they seem like kids you know? How are they different?

  • Elmo teaches Abby how to make believe. Kids: Do you know how to make believe? Are videos and TV real or make believe? How do you know?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 3, 2010
DVD release date:August 3, 2010
Cast:Leslie Carrara, Natalie Portman, Paul Rudd
Director:Kevin Clash
Studio:Sesame Workshop
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies
Run time:45 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of an infant, 8, and 10 year old Written byBensyMom September 28, 2010
 
Teen, 16 years old Written bySodaDog February 8, 2014
 

P isn't for Princess...

It's for Producer! As in...Vocaloid Music! Call me Edit-P!
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Too much consumerism
Parent Written byArtolsav May 31, 2011
 

Good, but a little pretend violence

There are some really great things about this movie and a few not so great ones. There are some really good role models, especially for girls. Princesses that are spunky and outgoing, Natalie Portman who wants to play the elephant instead of the princess in pretend play. But, there is one "chapter" that my daughter won't watch -- the one where Paul Rudd plays a prince.  At one point he bangs his head against a wall, literally, trying to think of what else he can do. My daughter, who is not particularly scared of things, finds it very disturbing. Overall, I think it's good, but it could be better without the strange placement of pretend violence. At age 3 or 4, they don't really understand the nuances of the phrase "banging your head against the wall."
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