Everyone’s favorite fuzzy family friendly TV figure (say that five times fast), Elmo has another new DVD on the way early next month, thanks to a new partnership between Sesame Workshop and Shout! Factory. The DVD, Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores is only the beginning of the new Elmo’s World collections set for release through that partnership. It is also a very good start for what is hopefully a long-running partnership. This is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content. This will be discussed shortly. The bonus material included in the DVD is just as important to proving the DVD is a good first effort from the companies. It will be discussed a little bit later. The DVD’s average price point also serves to show what makes this DVD a good start for Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop. Each element is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores. All things considered, they make the DVD a welcome addition to any family’s DVD library.
Sesame Workshop and Shout! Factory’s new Sesame Street DVD Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores is a good first release for the companies in what is hopefully going to be a long series of DVDs from the series. That is thanks in part to the DVD’s primary content, which teaches a wide variety of lessons and does so in a fashion that makes them accessible to target audiences. The lessons featured in the DVD’s primary content range from music to the different kinds of families out there to population diversity to the different kinds of homes in which people live, the seasons, colors and more. What’s interesting here is that while the lessons themselves are basic, Sesame Street’s writers managed to do more than just present the basic lessons. Case in point that lesson on skin. It teaches young viewers about skin on the surface (no pun intended). That lesson in turn, leads to the aforementioned lesson on diversity in populations. The lesson on the seasons includes a discussion on things that are associated with each of the four seasons, adding even more enjoyment for young viewers. One could go on from there. Considering that we live today in an all digital world, each lesson is taught through Elmo looking up information on his friend Smarty the Smart Phone, so that helps the show connect even more with young viewers. The writers are to be commended for paying attention even to that detail. Keeping all of this in mind, the primary content presented in this DVD forms a solid foundation for its presentation. The bonus material included in the DVD strengthens that foundation even more.
The bonus material included in the DVD strengthens its presentation in that it features additional content associated with the primary content as well as two episodes of Sesame Street’s British spin-off, The Furchester Hotel. The extra lesson content encourages creativity through art as it shows kids coloring with crayons and their fingers in association with colors and painting. There is also additional content in relation to the lesson on music that encourages children to try music in different ways. There is even a bonus lesson promoting literacy among children included as an extra that audiences will enjoy. As if all of that is not enough, the DVD’s bonus material also includes two bonus episodes of Sesame Street’s British spin-off series The Furchester Hotel. The episodes – ‘Space Alien Party’ and ‘The Count’s Vacation’ – are both taken from the series’ second season. ‘Space Alien Party’ finds the “famed” Furchester Hotel hosting an “Alien Party” that receives a pair of interstellar guests who older fans of Sesame Street will find very familiar. When the two aliens join the party, Cookie Monster’s cookies suddenly and mysteriously disappear. Of course, Cookie Monster finally finds out what happened. In “The Count’s Vacation,” the seemingly ageless Count and his wife the Countess go on vacation at the hotel, but the Countess does not want him to count anything. Of course that doesn’t exactly happen, leading to plenty of laughs and even learning. Both episodes are surprisingly entertaining and engaging, and considering that the late great Jim Henson started his career in Great Britain, it’s fitting that the latest bunch of Muppets come from there. It leads one to wonder if perhaps American audiences will ever see more episodes of that series get a domestic release. That aside, the bonus episodes add their own education and entertainment value to the overall presentation of this DVD. When this is considered along with the DVD’s primary content, the overall content gives audiences of all ages more than enough to appreciate. Keeping this in mind, that invaluable content makes the collection’s average price point, the last of the DVD’s most important elements, worth the money.
The DVD’s average price point, using prices from Target, WalMart, Best Buy, Amazon and Shout! Factory, is $11.99. Tax added in, that average price pushes to just over $12. That is not bad considering the amount of content provided to audiences with this DVD. Looking at the different retailers, the most common price is $11.99 and the least expensive is $9.99. Keeping this in mind, it makes that average price that much more affordable and welcoming. When this is considered, again, with the DVD’s overall content, the whole package proves well worth the money, even if one has to order it online. It is a DVD that every family will find itself welcoming into their DVD library.
Sesame Workshop and Shout! Factory’s new Elmo’s World DVD Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores is a presentation that every family will welcome into their home library. That is proven in large part through its content. This includes its primary and secondary (bonus) content. Between the primary and secondary content, audiences are given a total of roughly two hours of educational and entertaining content. The relatively affordable average price point of $11.99 is well worth the money considering all of that content. Keeping all of this in mind, Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores proves to be a DVD that every family will appreciate owning. It will be available Oct. 2 and can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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