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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teamwork and communication are key as everyone tries to find the street sign.
Positive Role Models
Gordon-Levitt is a warm host, and there's the usual kind humans and kooky puppets ready to learn lessons around every corner.
The human cast is diverse, as well as the puppet one, including a song featuring Julia, a puppet with autism who uses noise-canceling headphones as she enjoys the celebration. Characters are Black, White, and Asian, and there is a celebrant in a wheelchair.
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Products & Purchases
There's lots of merch with Sesame Street characters available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration is a star-studded party celebrating the long-running kids' TV show. Hosted by actor and musician Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), the special finds Gordon-Levitt visiting the hallowed street for the first time, and he wants to see it all. Joining him on the tour are many original cast members, puppet friends like Grover, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby, and musical guests including Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, and more. 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 lively special has lots of nods to the original viewers of Sesame Street, who are all grown up, but it's a fun adventure for the new generation, too. Kid viewers (though they may not know or care who Norah Jones or Nile Rodgers are) will love watching the gang's mishaps as they try to find the iconic sign. And grown-ups will enjoy the jokes, including one where Cookie Monster is teaching Sterling K. Brown his cookie-eating technique. After the crumbs fly, Brown regretfully says "I don't think I got any in my mouth." "That happens," says Cookie. A duet between Elvis Costello and Kermit the Frog may bring tears to fans' eyes, and there's an ultra-cool remix of the classic "Loaf of Bread" sketch. This isn't a clip show only featuring classic sketches and animations, but an all-new visit to the 50-year-old Street.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.