A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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?
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. However, 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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