A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This Christmas special is primarily made to entertain, not to educate. Children are exposed to some features of the classic ballet The Nutcracker as well as a traditional Christmas celebration.
Anything can happen in your dreams or when you use your imagination! It's important to celebrate special holidays with friends and family. Christmas is a magical time!
Positive Role Models
Elmo is committed to helping his puppy Tango have "the best Christmas ever"; he enjoys using his imagination and making new friends. Elmo also displays compassion for others.
Well-known Sesame Street characters of different shapes, sizes, and colors are featured. The voice actors are not very diverse.
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Products & Purchases
Elmo's puppy, Tango, is featured in a lot of new Sesame Street toys and products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sesame Street: The Nutcracker is a whimsical 28-minute Christmas special featuring beloved characters from the timeless show Sesame Street. Elmo and Tango go on an adventure inspired by the holiday classic The Nutcracker that both friends will always remember. Viewers will find this more entertaining and spirited than educational. Themes of the special include the spirit of Christmas, imaginative adventures, and compassion.
Is It Any Good?
This is an exciting and musical holiday special that's sure to put a smile on any Elmo fan's face. Sesame Street: The Nutcracker 's bright animation and upbeat, original music will captivate young viewers. Sesame Street's twist on the holiday classic The Nutcracker makes the story more relatable for young viewers. Elmo embodies the spirit of Christmas by showing compassion for a stranger, who becomes his friend, and for wanting to make the holiday extra special for Tango.
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