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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lessons taught include using your imagination, working together, and celebrating diversity.
Meeting people from different cultures and communities is fun and interesting. It's also a great way to make new friends.
Positive Role Models
The Sesame Street gang is supportive of one another. Bird-Lady is a little sneaky but apologizes in the end. The boys and girls they meet during the journey are all polite and helpful.
Products & Purchases
The program features very popular characters from the Sesame Street franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special features some of Sesame Street's favorite characters as they go on a citywide adventure. Elmo, Abby, and their friends discover the value of meeting new people and learning about new cultures both around the world and in their own neighborhood. Friendship, teamwork, and imagination are major themes. Very young kids may find it a little long, but overall, fans will enjoy this fun addition to the Sesame Street canon. 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 amusing and delightful special highlights how fun it is to learn about people and cultures from all over the world. It also celebrates the fact that, thanks to the diversity of many of our cities and towns, people can do so by learning more about the people who live in their surrounding communities. The power of using your imagination, and the importance of friendship and teamwork, are also major themes.
The Magical Wand Chase mixes learning with contemporary elements like hip-hop beats, snacks like fruit smoothies, and other details that continue to make the Sesame Street franchise popular. It's possible that smaller children may find it a little long, but the story is structured in such a way that it's easy to pause and continue another time. Nonetheless, Sesame Street fans of all ages will appreciate everything this special installment has to offer.
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.