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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This Masterpiece is a "Must Have" March 2 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars ELMO lover July 10 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars cute dose of culture
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. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by K. McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only one of the better Elmo Sesame Street videos, but...
...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. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Diogenes
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational & Fun....
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Better for older toddlers
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. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by "skakes"
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston Pops goes Sesame Street
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... Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by Ei
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to introduce toddlers to the orchestra
I was very pleasantly surprised by this DVD. I had read the reviews on Amazon.com and was concerned about the review claiming that one of the characters was holding a pop gun. Read more
Published on March 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent multimedia DVD
Great fun for toddlers, older kids and adults! Even though I find Baby Bear 10 times more annoying than Elmo, I can sit through this one as much as my toddler wants. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by Balam A. Willemsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
My family throughly enjoyed this over the weekend. Much to my amazement and joy our 3 yr. old son exclaimed during the credits at the end, "I loved it!"
Published on Oct. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars In a class by itself
This was my son's favorite video for close to a year--he has recently turned three, and become enamored of Elmo's Wild Wild West. Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by Llewellyn
5.0 out of 5 stars NON-VIOLENT AND LOTS OF FUN
This is a really great video for kids. It exposes them to classical music in a fun way. I read the one review where the person said there was a pop-gun in the video. Read more
Published on March 13 2002
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