The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

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Elmo, the cute little monster from TV's Sesame Street, gets a movie of his own, and charming it is too, for the first reel or so. We discover him snuggling up in the morning with his very favourite blanket, soft and fleecy, and quite a little groover in the first musical number. Clearly, this is one covetable 'blankie', since Elmo's soon tussling over it with pal Chloe, landing it inside the trashcan Oscar the Grouch calls home. Venturing within to retrieve it, Elmo is sucked into another dimension - Grouchland! All good messy fun, but then this Jim Henson production spoils it by introducing a fatally dull villain - Patinkin's acquisitive megalomaniac Huxley - and a fifth-rate Wizard Of Oz narrative. Bert and Ernie are on hand to explain the plot, but it's disappointing to see Grover and The Cookie Monster so offhandedly sidelined.

Release details

Duration: 73 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gary Halvorson
Screenwriter: Mitchell Kriegman, Joseph Mazzarino
Cast: Mandy Patinkin
Vanessa Williams
Sonia Manzano
Fran Brill
Joseph Mazzarino
Frank Oz
Carroll Spinney
Steve Whitmire