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Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Adventure

 Unrated   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Tag along for Elmo's musical adventure with Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and prepare to strike an unlikely pose, with one foot planted in the friendliest, furriest neighborhood anybody knows and the other in a sophisticated, sonically souped-up concert arena--Boston's Symphony Hall. The video unites the two seemingly mismatched worlds seamlessly, pulling off its unstated but pretty obvious goal, which is to siphon off the classical genre's outermost layer of stuffiness to make it more accessible to little kids, with Sesame-style punch and simplicity. Baby Bear leads viewers into Peter's forest by way of his ticket to see the Boston Pops Orchestra. Backstage he meets conductor Keith Lockhart, who serves as tour guide for a thorough but breezy showcase of various instruments, allowing the lisping little bear to get a grip on which sound portrays which character. Happy-go-lucky Peter, played by a peasant-costumed Elmo, is center stage during violin solos; the scary-sounding French horn signals the approach of the wolf--normally a ferocious fellow, but in this case a harmless furry purple guy. These days, with the gospel about the benefits of music education spreading at fever pitch, this 45-minute gem could be promoted as a way to get preschoolers in on the action. Beyond that, it's a charming chucklefest that's as effective as any intro you'll find to the classic tale. Elmo tickles audiences of all ages as Peter, and Big Bird, with help from the bassoon, spreads his wings in the role of the brave but foolhardy boy's grandfather. --Tammy La Gorce

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in every sense... Dec 23 2003
I am completely in love with this DVD, as is my 2 year old daughter. I picked it up wanting not only to entertain her, but also educate. Happily, this does both, and it will still be watchable when my little ones are older.
Baby Bear is taken by Papa Bear to see the Boston Pops Orchestra perform Peter and the Wolf, and the story is set in motion as Baby Bear listens to the music and imagines his Sesame St friends as the characters. Each character is followed in the story by a Boston Pops member playing the instrument respective to them, which will give children a clearer understanding of how the instrument voices the character. Elmo is adorable as Peter, Big Bird plays Grandfather, Oscar and Zoe accompany Elmo on his hunt as the Cat and Bird, and the wolf is of course, the Wolf!
The Boston Pops are at their finest here, and everything about the instruments, musicians, and the musical work itself are explained in a fun, funny, and educational way. One of the most wonderful things about the story was a slight change made in the fates of the Duck and the Wolf - when Telly (Duck) discovers he is to be eaten in the story, he is a bit shocked and decides to sit out, (a particularly funny moment!). And rather than shooting the wolf, the creative team here decided to catch him with butterfly nets and ropes and capture him without violence. For this mom, that was a welcome surprise.
For anyone with kids 2 to 12, Elmo lovers, or an adult like me who just appreciates great music and loves to see their little ones smile at a great show, pick this one up today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cute dose of culture April 22 2004
It took my 2-year-old a couple of viewings to get interested in this one, but now he's hooked and asks for it every day. He seems especially amused by seeing familiar characters like Elmo, Telly, and Zoe "disguised" as Peter, the Duck, and the Bird. The Wolf is growly without being too scary for a little one. The actors who play the musicians are really appealing -- the only false note is Keith Lockhart's incredibly stiff performance. But he is a conductor, after all, not an actor, so that doesn't matter to my toddler, who sits enraptured through the whole thing, singing along with Elmo and his band, and then wants to see it again. I'd love to see Sesame Street do the "Carnival of the Animals" next.
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...also one of the best visual versions of Peter and the Wolf, itself. The humor is infectious. Sesame Street gets around the issue of the wolf eating the duck quite well. This is one of the videos that my son and I can sit down together and watch over and over with enjoyment. A wonderful way to introduce little ones to the world of classical music. I hightly recommend this tape. The Boston Pops are excellent, and the introductory and closing materials involving Sesame Street characters and their attempt to form a band is also well done.
Bravo to all concerned.
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My 19 month old loves this DVD. We only have 4 kid's movies, this one is the one that she requests constantly. I like it because I know she's learning something, and it's entertaining without being annoying. She likes it because it has music, 'animals', and, now 'ELMO!'.
She recognizes the music from Peter and the Wolf if it is played without accompanying video, even to the extent that she has learned the animals' accompanying music, and will 'act' like them sometimes when she hears it. (or, in one case, any time she hears a flute, she asks for Peter WOLF ELMO!)
The concepts of 'orchestra', 'conductor' and 'music telling a story' are introduced within the main plot of the Sesame Street Characters wanting to create a band, then Baby Bear's big treat for the day is that Papa Bear takes him to the Boston Pops to 'hear' Peter and the Wolf. Kids see enough orchestra and individual instruments to get the idea, but the Muppets then act out the story as the orchestra is playing, with, for example, the Violinist hamming it up and following 'Peter' (Elmo) around the story.
It's a great way to tell the story, introduce music and instruments, and be entertaining!
Definitely a keeper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational & Fun.... Oct. 29 2003
By A Customer
I can't tell you how many x/s I have watched this movie. After all the viewings I can still say I wish there were more like it. My daughter is learning about music and how music tells a story while being entertained by the antics of baby bear and elmo. Very well done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better for older toddlers July 23 2003
My 17-month-old daughter is crazy for Elmo, so I bought this one to add to her collection. The story is very cute and well-done, but my daughter doesn't seem to be interested. I noticed that most of the reviewers whose kids loved it were closer to 2 or 2 1/2, so I'm hoping she'll like it when she gets a little older. I just thought I'd let people with young kids know this might not be the best choice. Rent it first, anyway. My daughter LOVES the "Babies, Dogs and more" Elmo video and also "Seseme Street's 25th Anniversary Celebration."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boston Pops goes Sesame Street May 23 2003
By Ei
In this dvd you have, the Boston POPS orchestra with it's truly fantastic conductor, Keith Lockhart, Elmo and the Sesame Street gang, and the masterful piece of music "Peter and the Wolf"..What a combination! It's very educational and entertaining. How many kids' dvd's can you say that about?
To any and all Muppet fans of all ages, this is a instant classic. I loved it just as much as my 2 yr. old son did. He loves every single bit of the video, and I have no qualms about him watching it.
Two year olds don't know what popguns are. This is all just in good fun.
It's a great dvd for any young child's collection!
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