’50 Years And Counting’ Is An Enjoyable Celebration Of One Of TV’s Greatest, Most Important Series

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop are celebrating Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary with a new collection of content from the long-running series.  Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting is scheduled for release Oct. 1 on DVD.  The two-disc set is a presentation that will entertain audiences of all ages as they celebrate the landmark show reaching its half-century mark.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of the collection.  It will be discussed shortly.  The actual presentation of said content plays into the set in its own right and will be discussed a little later.  The set’s average price point is important to note, too considering the set’s content.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting.  All things considered, they make the collection an enjoyable new celebration of one of television’s greatest and most important series.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s forthcoming Sesame Street presentation 50 Years and Counting is a celebration of the long-running series that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of the two-disc set.  Audiences get in this collection half a century of fan favorite skits and live action story lines that were interwoven into the series’ episodes.  The content pulls from many of the series’ eras, giving audiences of all ages something to appreciate, in turn ensuring viewers’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end of each disc.  From the timeless animated pinball segment that teaches children to count to 12, to the silly classic spoof of Indiana Jones (which features a guest appearance by a then young Jeff Goldblum), to the spoof of Singin’ In The Rain to the rockabilly lesson about cooperation to the introduction of Sesame Street’s first-ever autistic Muppet, this collection offers audiences more than enough to appreciate.  The segments run the gamut from teaching important life lessons, such as the importance of teamwork and embracing everyone’s differences to simply entertaining audiences, such as in the Indiana Jones spoof and the Downton Abbey spoof along the way.  In other words, the content presented throughout the set is just as diverse in itself as the eras from which it was pulled.  This is, in itself, more than enough reason for audiences to add the set to their home libraries.  It is just one part of what makes the collection noteworthy.  The fact that the collection’s content is distinctly separated into two discs is just as important to discuss as the set’s content.

The content that fills each of the set’s discs is distinct within itself because of its focus.  Disc one is an extensive look back through the show’s annals in terms of the general segments.  Disc two focuses more distinctly on the series’ live action segments.  What’s more, it takes viewers – while not in precise chronological order – through the history of Sesame Street, starting way back in the series’ infancy and all the way to its most recent era.  The early segments featured in the second disc are moments, such as Luis and Maria’s wedding, Mr. Hooper’s passing and Snuffy’s introduction to Sesame Street’s residents.  As the disc’s content progresses, audiences are eventually treated to the noted appearance of Goldblum as Bob’s brother, and the eventual introductions of Abby Cadabby and Julia.  The change is subtle in the cast and backdrop, but a close watch shows that a certain amount of time and thought was put into the sequencing of this disc’s content.  The set’s first disc, by comparison, presents a more random selection of content, such as the beloved waiter segments with Grover, the aforementioned animated pinball short, Kermit performing with a Muppet version of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and even a classic bit featuring the one and only Mumford the Magacian, just to note a handful of the set’s segments.  Each disc features a lot of content, meaning trying to binge on it all is difficult.  Audiences are encouraged to take everything in at their own pace as they make their way through each disc.  Doing so will add to enjoyment, again, for audiences young and old alike. It will also help increase appreciation for the work done by those behind the scenes to assemble everything presented.  That appreciation will leave viewers agreeing that the separation of the set’s content is just as important as its content.  While the content featured in this collection and the fashion in which it is presented is important to the set’s presentation they are not the set’s only important elements.  They make the set’s average price point important in its own right.

The average price point of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting is $13.46.  That price is reached by obtaining price listings at Shout! Factory’ store, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  At the time of this review’s posting, the collection was not posted at Best Buy’s website.  The least expensive of the noted listings is at Barnes & Noble Booksellers — $12.07 – while the set’s most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million — $16.97.  Shout! Factory’s listing is $13.97, just above the average, while Target and Amazon’s listing of $12.39 is relatively inexpensive, too.  Walmart lists the set at $12.96, again, below that average, and a relatively affordable price in its own right.  Regardless of whether audiences purchase the set through Walmart, Shout! Factory, Target, Amazon or Barnes & Noble Booksellers, the fact of the matter is that an average price listing of less than $20 for this expansive collection, and separate listings of below $20, too is affordable, period.  It is money that audiences will agree is well-spent.  It is especially well-spent because it is a collection that will bring the whole family together time and again, regardless of which retailer one chooses.  When this is considered along with the content featured in this set and its presentation, the whole of the set proves to be a wonderful presentation that stands out as one of this year’s top new family DVD and BD box sets.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s new Sesame Street collection 50 Years and Counting is an outstanding new presentation from the companies.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of the collection.  It reaches back into the show’s early days, its middle age and its most recent era, giving audiences of all ages more than enough to enjoy.  The way in which the content is presented in this set adds to the enjoyment of the collection because it allows viewers to choose for themselves whether they want to watch the live action segments or the Muppet and animated segments.  The wide breadth of content featured in the set makes its average price point (and separate listings) of less than $20 money well spent, considering that it is content that will educate, inform and entertain audiences for another 50 years.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting.  All things considered, they make this two-disc set one of the best of the year’s best new family DVD and BD box sets.  It will be available Oct. 1.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:

 

 

 

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‘Sesame Street: Dance Party’ Will Have Audiences Dancing For Joy

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The countdown is officially on to one of the most important anniversaries in the modern history of television.  On November 10, Sesame Workshop will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Sesame Street (take that Simpsons).  As the beloved, long-running series’ anniversary nears, Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop are continuing their celebration of the series and its historic run with yet another new DVD.  Sesame Street: Dance Party was released Tuesday.  The DVD is a presentation that Sesame Street’s fans both young and old alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content, which features lots and lots of dancing mixed in with some important educational content to boot.  This will be addressed shortly.  The DVD’s bonus content is just as certain as its primary content to keep audiences entertained, and will be addressed a little later.  The primary and secondary content taken into consideration together, they make the DVD’s average price point just as appealing to audiences as that content.  All things considered, this DVD in whole will have audiences of all ages dancing together for lots of reasons.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s latest Sesame Street DVD, Dance Party is a presentation that will have viewers of all ages doing their own happy dances.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content.  Clocking in just under 90 minutes, the DVD’s primary content creates a starting point on discussions about the varied forms of dance that exist throughout America and the world through each of its separate segments.  The whole thing starts with an entertaining segment that finds the Sesame Street “gang” doing their own ballet performance.  The catch is that Big Bird’s best friend Snuffalupagus joins in, leading Allan to have to figure out how to lift everyone’s favorite furry, friendly mammoth.  This leads to an important secondary aspect of the DVD’s primary content that will be addressed shortly.  Getting back on track, everything ends up working out in the end, but not without plenty of laughs for the whole family.  It’s just one of the segments that makes up the DVD’s primary content.  Bert and Ernie make their own music video in another segment.  This segment teaches its own important lesson that will also be addressed shortly.  The varied dance styles (and the fact that it uses an episode from the height of the “Angry Birds” craze adds even more to its appeal.  It’s one more way in which the segments serve to create such appeal.  They don’t just come from one specific era of Sesame Street’s history.  Most of the segments are from  the series’ more recent years, given, but it is still nice to see the segments come from more than just one period of the show.  Bert and Ernie’s music video is not the only one that gets some screen time in this new DVD.  Prairie Dawn and her friends make their own music video that will appeal to country music fans as it presents its own take on “The Farmer in the Dell.”  That segment alone creates plenty of smiles among audiences, too.  The same can be said of the brief segment featuring Jason Derullo, who puts on a short hip-hop dance exhibition.  Between that moment, the others noted here and more, the whole of the DVD’s primary content will keep viewers just as entertained as they are engaged from beginning to end, learning about the various types of dances that exist.  Those introductions serve as their own starting point for larger discussions on the cultures from which the dance styles were spawned.  That also serves as its own important part of the DVD’s primary content.

As noted, the fact that the brief introductions to the various dance styles that exist serve collectively as a good starting point for discussions about the cultures that spawned the dance styles.  They are just some of the extra discussions that will take place among audiences as a result of the DVD’s primary content.  The DVD’s opening segment finds Allan and other members of the Sesame Street gang working to figure out how to lift Snuffy as part of their ballet dance number.  This plot element is a subtle lesson about problem-solving skills.  How the group finally figures out how to lift Snuffy will be left for audiences to discover for themselves, but is still quite intriguing.  Of course, Allan’s attempts to lift Snuffy prior to that realization end with plenty of laughs.  It is just one of the lessons presented within the primary content of Dance Party.  As Ernie is making a video to put online, he has to learn to adapt and change the plan because things don’t always go as planned.  This is a vital life skill for not just children, but adults, too.  Just as many adults seem to forget this key life skill just as much as children.  To that end, it is a reminder that again, viewers of all ages will appreciate.  On another level, the lesson about just how much work goes into making a music video in the segment featuring Prairie Dawn and company shows audiences of all ages just how much time and work goes into making videos.  It isn’t the invaluable life lesson featured in the other noted segments, but is still interesting in its own right.  When it is considered along with the other lessons, the whole of the group does more than enough to show even more, the importance of the primary content to the whole of Dance Party.  While the breadth and depth of the primary content featured in this DVD forms a solid foundation for its presentation, it is only one of the DVD’s most important elements.  The disc’s secondary content plays its own important role in the whole of the DVD.

The secondary content featured in Dance Party is a full-length episode of Sesame Street.  The episode in question comes from the mid 2000s.  The whole thing opens with a musical story that finds Elmo causing everyone on Sesame Street to sing everything.  How and why this happens will be left for viewers to discover for themselves.  It’s hardly the first time that any program has gone this route.  It is a plot element that has been used through the years on so many programs, most recently on Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger. Even with that familiarity, there is something endearing about the segment, which takes up somewhere in the range of 15 minutes of the nearly hour-long program.  As the episode progresses, viewers are treated to a rather interesting episode of “Flying Fairy School” and even what looks like a vintage “live action” segment that finds a quartett of performers doing an a capella performance about the letter “M.”  The whole thing wraps up with a full segment of the now beloved “Elmo’s World.”  Each segment offers its own entertainment value.  All things considered here, they will keep viewers just as engaged and entertained as will the DVD’s primary content.  To that end, the bonus content that is featured with Dance Party proves just as enjoyable as the DVD’s main feature.  When the DVD’s main and secondary content are considered together, they make the DVD in whole well worth the money spent.

The money spent on Dance Party averages to approximately $12.33.  That price is reached by averaging prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, those of Walmart, Target, Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The DVD was not listed at Best Buy’s website at the time of this review’s posting.  While Shout! Factory’s listing of $13.98 was not the most inexpensive listing, it also was not the most expensive.  That title goes to the listing at Books-A-Million, at $14.98.  Shout! Factory’s listing is the second most expensive at $13.98 while the most common listing – at Walmart, Target and Amazon – is $10.99.  It is also the most inexpensive listing.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $12.04 is the mid-point listing.  Regardless of which retailer customers choose, Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop will benefit from a portion of the sales.  Keeping all of this in mind, customers who buy the DVD will get hours of entertainment, education and engagement, and in the process, will also benefit the continued broadcasting of one of the most important programs to ever hit the airwaves.

Sesame Street: Dance Party is a DVD that is certain to have audiences of all ages celebrating.  That celebration will come in the form of their own dances as well as dances with the segments featured throughout the DVD.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content, which features dances from a wide array of cultural backgrounds.  The bonus full-length episode of Sesame Street adds its own share of enjoyment to the DVD’s presentation for every viewer.  Considering the content that makes up the body of the disc, it makes the DVD’s average price point of less than $20 a wise investment for any family.  That is because families will find themselves enjoying the noted content together time and again.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD in whole will have audiences of all ages dancing for joy as they dance along with the DVD’s content.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop To Release New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD Next Month

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Sesame Workshop and Shout! factory are teaming up to bring families another new Sesame Street DVD next month.

Sesame StreetDance Party is scheduled for release Aug. 8 on DVD.  The new DVD features a handful of segments that teach young viewers the joy of dancing.  In one segment, the Feelingwells hold a family dance party in one episode.  Another segment features Nina teaches the Sesame Street gang dances from all around the world.  Yet another segment — “Snuffy’s Dance” — finds Zoe choreographing a ballet.

The dances are just part of the appeal of Sesame StreetDance Party.  The segments featured in the new DVD feature guest appearances from celebrities, such as Liev Schreiber, Nicole Kidman and Wendy Williams to add to the enjoyment for viewers.

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Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of ‘Sesame Street’ With New Collection

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop are celebrating Sesame Street‘s 50th anniversary with a new collection of episodes.

Sesame Street50 Years and Counting is scheduled for release Oct. 1 on DVD.  The two-disc set features some of the series’ most beloved and memorable moments from its half-century of programming in its first disc.  Segments, such as “Ladybug Picnic,” “Pinball Number Count” and Kermit The Frog’s beloved performance of ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ are among those moments.

The set’s second disc features a variety of the series’ most beloved “live action” segments.  Among those multiple moments are the heartbreaking “Goodbye to Mr. Hooper,” the debut of Julia, the first member of the Sesame Street gang with autism and the introduction of the one and only Snuffleupagus.

As if all of that is not, viewers of all ages get to enjoy Super Grover’s many crash landings, Bert and Ernie’s best moments and more than five-and-a-half hours of other content from the series’ half-century run.

The collection’s release in stores will feature the inclusion of a 2X3 picture that features the series’ most notable figures.  The collection can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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“A” Is For “Awesome”: Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop’s New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD Lives Up To Its Title

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop will release the latest entry in their Sesame Street DVD series Tuesday in the form of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection.  This latest addition to the series is a fittingly titled offering, too.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content.  It will be addressed shortly.  The DVD’s bonus content adds even more appeal to its overall presentation, and will be addressed a little later.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection.  All things considered, they make this latest offering from Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop a truly awesome DVD.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s latest Sesame Street DVD Awesome Alphabet Challenge is truly an awesome new offering from the companies.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content.  The DVD’s primary content takes audiences through the alphabet from A to Z, giving ample time to each letter along the way.  There are at least three different segments as each letter is introduced.  On the surface, that might not seem like much, but on a deeper level, the repetition is standard teaching fare.  Early Childhood educators will appreciate that approach here, as it drives home the different sounds that each letter makes.  This is especially smart.

While the presentation of each letter in its various sounds forms a solid foundation for the primary content, the fact that this is done by taking viewers through the now 50-year history of Sesame Street adds even more appeal to the presentation.  From the series’ most recent years all the way back to the series’ golden era, which featured the likes of Guy Smiley, to the 90s, when Big Bird, Snuffy and company were still key parts of the show and when Grover was a lovable hapless restaurant waiter, to points in-between, the time span of the content will certainly appeal to plenty of grown-ups just as much as children, if not more so.  Simply put, this is nostalgia done right.  In an age when a company, such as Disney tries to reboot everything and play on the viewers’ sense of nostalgia to sell said reboots in place of any real content, Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop have done the exact opposite.  They have reintroduced the original content while also teaching key lessons, in turn bringing audiences of all ages successfully together.  Keeping all of this in mind, the primary content featured in Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection creates a solid, stable foundation for the DVD.  Resting on that well-grounded foundation is the disc’s bonus content.

The bonus content featured in Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is so notable because it does just as much to appeal to children and grown-ups alike as the DVD’s primary content.  One of the DVD’s bonus features is a spoof of CBS’ former hit series The Great Race in the 13-minute-plus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race.”  Even the font used for the title is meant to mirror the font used for the font in the noted award-winning CBS competition series.  The story finds Elmo having to make his way around Sesame Street in search of every one of the 26 letters that make up the alphabet.  It continues that process of repetition that is used in the DVD’s primary content, serving even more, to drive home the letters and their different sounds.  He finds letters on the awning for Hooper’s Store, on a book that Abby Cadabby is reading, a bus stop sign and a sign on a door among many other locations.  Along the way, the “host” of the “show” keeps track of things.  In the end, Elmo and Telly get to the alphabet’s end before the chicken strikes the gong, and get a special surprise, which won’t be given away here.  From start to finish, the “episode” does everything right in continuing what was started in the DVD’s primary content.

The repetition continues even more in the bonus printables that are also featured as extras in this DVD.  Seven pages of printables are available for download.  Six of the printables feature more repetition of the letters, including one page that features the original Sesame Street gang, complete with Snuffy, The Count and even Bert and Ernie, holding all 26 letters of the alphabet.  As an added plus, the very first printable is a connect-the-dots activity that lets young audiences connect the dots to make Elmo’s face and color it.  That, along with the repetition in the other printables and that in the bonus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race” makes the bonus content featured in this disc live up to its title of being bonus material.  When it is considered along with the repetition in the primary content and the content itself, the whole of the primary and secondary content makes the DVD overall more than worth the addition to any classroom and living room setting.  To that end, the DVD’s average price point is money well spent.

The average price point of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection, using prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers  and Amazon, is $11.47.  At the time of this posting, it was not listed at Best Buy and Books-A-Million’s websites.  The least expensive listing is at Amazon and Walmart — $9.96.  That is also the most commonly occurring price for the DVD.  The most expensive listing is at Shout! Factory’s store, at $13.98.  Target’s pricing of $9.99 is the middle ground for this title, comparing prices.  Regardless of which retailer consumers use, buyers will know that the money paid is well-spent because of the education that it will certainly provide young viewers and entertainment that it will provide children and grown-ups alike.  Keeping this in mind, the education, entertainment and cost collectively go a long way toward making Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection enjoyable for audiences of all ages, and a truly awesome presentation.

Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is a presentation that certainly lives up to its title.  It is an awesome collection that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  This is proven in part through the DVD’s collective primary and secondary content, which drives home each letter of the alphabet to young viewers and repeats each letter’s various sounds in each section.  The throwback to Sesame Street’s various eras that is used throughout the primary content adds even more interest to the DVD for grown-ups.  The bonus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race” continues the repetition of the primary content while also certainly bringing laughs to grown-up audiences with its spoof of the former CBS hit competition series.  The bonus printables continue that repetition even more.  Considering all of that content and nonstop education and entertainment, the DVD’s average price point of less than $20 proves quite affordable to say the very least.  Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of this DVD becomes a presentation that is…well…awesome.  Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is scheduled for release Tuesday.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop Set To Release Another New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop will release another new Sesame Street compilation DVD this spring.

Sesame StreetAwesome Alphabet Collection is set for release on May 7.  The new DVD will help teachers and parents alike teach their pre-schoolers their ABCs with performances by The Beetles (yes, The Beetles), Norah Jones, Tori Kelly and Pharrell Williams.

Famed author and activist Maya Angelou also makes an appearance in the new DVD.  She offers her thoughts on the importance of giving hugs, while Sheryl Crow helps the letter “I” soak up some sun and actor Ricky Gervais sings a lullaby for Elmo.

The trailer for the new DVD is streaming here.  The movie’s run time is two-hours.  Pre-orders are open now.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Every Family Will Celebrate Sesame Workshop’s New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD

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In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.  For those who might be unfamiliar with this famed adage, it was originally spoken by none other than Benjamin Franklin, one of this nation’s founding fathers and greatest inventors and philosophers.  While Franklin was right in his statement, he was also somewhat wrong.  There is actually a third constant in life – family.  Through thick and thin, in the good times and bad, family will always be there for one another.  There are many kinds of families today, and in its latest DVD, Celebrate Family, Sesame Workshop examines the different kinds of families that exist, and what makes each kind of family special.  It is a DVD that every family will enjoy.  This is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content, which addresses different kinds of families and what sets them apart.  The secondary content that is included within the primary content makes the DVD even more appealing to every family.  The bonus content featured with the DVD rounds out the DVD’s most important elements.  It is just as certain as the DVD’s primary and secondary content to keep audiences engaged and entertained.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Sesame Street: Celebrate Family.  Altogether, they make Sesame Street: Celebrate Family a presentation that the whole family will celebrate.

Sesame Workshop’s new Sesame Street DVD Celebrate Family is another new offering from the organization, that the whole family will celebrate.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content.  The primary content featured five segments that focus on different types of families and the things that families do differently from one another.  The opening segment Elmo and his dad together with Abby Cadabby, her stepbrother Rudy and stepfather as the two families have dinner together at Elmo’s house.  This segment in itself teaches young viewers that families do not always have to fit the traditional nuclear family mold.  Families can be a single parent and child and they can be extended, featuring two families brought together.  The segment is followed later with a segment in which Abby’s stepbrother and stepfather are introduced for the first time.  Abby, Elmo and Rosita are on a “secret mission” of sorts to find them because they are coming to Sesame Street for the first time ever in said segment.  Segments celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day focus specifically on the noted family members while the disc’s closing segment focuses on grandparents and their importance as part of families, too.  That segment is special in its own right as Elmo is so excited that his grandparents will are supposed to attend the event, only to find out that they won’t be able to attend.  Being a family friendly presentation, the story has a happy ending that finds Elmo still getting to spend time with his grandparents.

The easily accessible lessons about the different types of families and their members is just one part of what makes this primary presentation so engaging for the whole family.  The opening segment reminds viewers that not every family does things the same way.  Elmo’s dad gives Elmo and his friends the choice of what to have for dinner while Abby and Ruby’s family does things a little bit differently.  At the same time, Elmo, Abby and Rudy have their own favorite taste while their dads have their favorite tastes.  It’s another reminder that not every family is the same, and that those differences should in fact be celebrated.

The primary content featured in Sesame Street: Celebrate Family’s segments goes a long way toward making this DVD appealing for the whole family.  It truly does celebrate families and their members in a variety of ways.  The secondary content that couples with that presentation adds even more to the DVD’s appeal.  It is subtle, but is there.  As Abby and her friends work to find Rudy and his dad, one of their human friends – a woman – comes by to talk to them.  As she leaves, she makes mention of her engineering homework.  This is a short, subtle comment, but in the bigger picture, is a much bigger statement.  It is clearly part of the push to encourage women to get into science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.)-related studies and careers.

On a completely separate note, the segment featuring Elmo and Abby’s families having dinner together presents a classroom type of lesson instead of a cultural one.  As Elmo’s dad prepares dinner – pizza — the kids learn about the differences between meats and vegetables and about the differences in shapes.

The DVD’s final segment, which focuses on grandparents, is certain to entertain grown-ups as the writers joke about the technology gap between generations.  Baby Bear’s grandfather has all kinds of technology but admits that it was Baby Bear’s grandmother who bought it all, not him.  He open admits that he doesn’t know how to use everything that she got.  Meanwhile, Baby Bear has no trouble helping his grandfather learn how to use his various tech gadgets.  On a bigger picture, the statement made by baby Bear’s grandfather about Baby bear’s grandmother trying to keep up with the times is telling in itself.  He states that technology was so much easier to handle in days gone by.  He is right on both statements.  It seems that there is far too much reliance today on technology.  To that end, there is an important statement there, albeit likely unintentional, but it is still there.  It is just one more way in which the secondary content featured in the DVD’s primary content makes the DVD in whole appealing for the whole family.  The DVD’s featured bonus content adds even more appeal to its presentation.

The bonus content featured in Sesame Street: Celebrate Family follows the same theme as that of the DVD’s primary content.  The full-length Sesame Street episode included as one of the bonuses focuses on siblings.  It finds Chris and his sister talking about siblings with Baby Bear and his sister.  Chris and his sister remind Baby Bear that no siblings ever get along completely, but that they still love each other and find similarities.  They just have to look for those things that can unite them.

The “Elmo’s World” segment that is featured in this episode also focuses on siblings.  This time Elmo spends a little time with Mr. Noodle and his brother, as well as two trios of pig siblings.  One trio is the three little pigs, while the other trio is a group of singing swine.  It does not add a lot to the central lesson in the overall episode, but is still a nice accent to the episode’s overall presentation.  When it is coupled with the episode’s central message of siblings and family love that conquers all, it makes the overall episode a welcome addition to the DVD.  When the bonus episode is joined with the DVD’s primary content and its companion secondary content, the end result is a presentation, that will appeal to the whole family.

Sesame Workshop’s new Sesame Street DVD, Celebrate Family is a presentation that will appeal to the whole family.  That is thanks in part to the DVD’s primary content, which presents the different kinds of families that exist and their members.  The segments’ companion content, which teaches its own invaluable lessons, adds even more appeal to the presentation.  The bonus content that comes with the DVD continues the DVD’s family theme while also reminding young viewers that while siblings might argue sometimes, they are still family and can always find common ground.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: Celebrate Family.  All things considered, they make the DVD another offering from Sesame Workshop that the whole family will celebrate.  More information on this and other titles from Sesame Workshop is available online now at:

 

 

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