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Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Adventure


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • VHS Release Date: March 6 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VCP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,283 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Potter on Dec 23 2003
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
It's an amazing video for kids! Without being formal, SS places the instruments into the musical and video story line. They engage kids with a charming story and add a few jokes adults will enjoy too. In addition, they have included extras such as games, listening to the music while viewing the instruments instead of the story, and just listening to the music with the SS voices removed. It includes important messages about group cooperation, responsibility, and recognition of others. From this video, my daughter has learned the look and sound of the violin, flute, french horn, and drums. She knows the melody of each voice and identifies it within a few notes of being played. Now, still at two, she wants to see an orchestra perform, practices conducting, interprets music she has never heard, and acts out plays. Kids are amazing.
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By A Customer on March 2 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD is a wonderful work of art -- the story of Peter and the Wolf, the orchestral music, the experience of going to a concert, and the notion of "music telling a story" are seamlessly woven together with humor. My 2-1/2 year old daughter adores this DVD now, and she has learned all the instruments. She can even discriminate between a clarinet, oboe, and bassoon -- a sign that the educational content was extremely effective! The DVD also includes some great games for identifying different instruments or viewing only the orchestra playing the music -- these bonus materials actually complement the movie instead of just being some added junk. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops deserve a special pat on the back, and I hope they plan on collaborating on more projects like this.
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By A Customer on July 10 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is by far one of the best children's videos ever produced. It was so masterfully "orchestrated" . The way the concept of an orchestra was presented along with the instruments, the translation of sounds of each note by instrument to each character, the magical storytelling of Peter and the Wolf, and how the learning process presented by Baby Bear related to the unison of a music band, especially the "teamwork" concept. My son is only 17 months and is already LOVING every minute of it. He even gets into the suspense of the story when Peter (ELMO) is trapped and tries to find a way to get to the wolf. This musical production deserves an OSCAR!!!! By the way, my HUSBAND even looks forward to this video now everytime my son pops it in.
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