Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Adventure [Import]
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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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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on April 22 2004 by K. McDermott
...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 morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Kindle 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. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 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. Read morePublished on July 23 2003
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 morePublished on May 23 2003 by Ei
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 morePublished on March 12 2003
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2003 by Balam A. Willemsen
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
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 morePublished on March 23 2002 by Llewellyn
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