The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland

on October 01, 1999 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   While the other Muppets venture into space, the denizens of "Sesame Street" have an urgent mission of their own tackle. When Elmo (voiced by Kevin Clash) loses his special blanket in Oscar the Grouch's trash can home, he blindly dives in to retrieve it, unaware that he is about to embark on a magical journey that will transport him straight to the dirty, smelly, refuse-ridden world of Grouchland. Upon his arrival, he is given an unwelcome greeting and told to go home. But Elmo isn't leaving without his blanket, which has been stolen by the greedy Huxley (Mandy Patinkin). Fearing Elmo to be alone, scared and lost in a hostile land, the Sesame Street gang jumps into the trash can and heads for Grouchland to save him.
   In his feature film debut, Elmo starts off as a selfish, tantrum-throwing monster who learns from his various experiences the meaning of respect, sharing and friendship. As he meets new friends and foes during his quest, so does the audience; after 30 years, "Sesame Street" is still able to modify and broaden its horizons without being redundant. The new land Elmo explores will interests both adults and children--an interest that will remain piqued as Elmo journeys farther into Grouchland to reach Huxley's castle.
   Although the film could have been a little more subtle in its moralizing, "Elmo in Grouchland" is certainly as entertaining as it is instructive in socialization skills. Starring Mandy Patinkin and Vanessa Williams. Directed by Gary Halvorson. Written by Mitchell Kriegman and Joseph Mazzarino. Produced by Alex Rockwell and Marjorie Kalins. A Columbia release. Family/Comedy. Rated G. Running time: 77 min
Tags: Starring Mandy Patinkin and Vanessa Williams. Directed by Gary Halvorson. Written by Mitchell Kriegman and Joseph Mazzarino. Produced by Alex Rockwell and Marjorie Kalins
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