Ginger G. (ggoetz) from TAYLOR MILL, KY Reviewed on 11/9/2011...
I hear what everyone is saying... but this is our favorite Elmo dvd... we watch it almost daily. For Elmo fans it's a must!
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Caution: Commercials Ahead
Joshua Etarbelak | Rochester, NY United States | 10/17/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is a repackaging of the TV special that ran on PBS in 2004 and still appears in reruns of Sesame Street. So if you can record it off TV, you'll basically have this DVD plus some really good clips at the end that didn't make it on the DVD.
We had this recorded on a VHS tape, but we bought this version for the ease and convenience of using a DVD. But it turned out to be much more of an annoyance. This DVD has a 2 minute Whoopi Goldberg advertisement for Sesame Workshop at the beginning. It cannot be skipped. It cannot be fast-forwarded. You cannot jump to the menu. If you press stop at any time, the whole thing starts over, making your child cry more. When you get to the menu, you have to press play again, effectivey forcing you to stand there watching this advertisement EVERY TIME you play this DVD for your child.
Most of us aren't too fond of ads at the beginning of VHS tapes, but they were easy to fast-forward past. Now that we have the incredible technology of DVDs, they have used this technology to lock out our fast-forward buttons. Well, if we're going to pay good money for something, I think we should be allowed to skip a commercial if we want to.
I like Sesame Street, and I think they do a lot of good things. Go buy the "Let's Make Music" DVD featuring Stomp - it's great. But mandatory commercials at the beginning of their DVDs is an annoying trend that needs to be stopped before it gets out of hand. Vote with your dollars.
In summary: skip this DVD like it was a Whoopi Goldberg commerical. "
Okay if you like Elmo.
Lisa Philpott | Roanoke, VA USA | 06/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was thinking when I saw it on the network, that they were going to be showing a lot of history from Sesame Street. Elmo's World pretty much takes over a lot of the show and you only see very very short clips with Elmo riding in a taxi cab.
They have some clips that some may remember growing up for representing the number of the day, which is 10.
They have very short clips at the ending that show the years of Sesame Street that some may remember. Like when Mr. Hooper died, when Snuffy became real, and the Hurricane on Sesame Street.
I have nothing against the little red monster, but I was expecting a little bit more history, and a little less Elmo. When I was growing up, Big Bird and Oscar and Mister Snuffleupagus were the stars.
May Sesame Street have many more years to come. 35 years and one to grow on. ^_^"
4 Stars for an "Elmo" Video 0 Stars as a Retrospective
A Central Illinoisian in Chicago | USA | 03/26/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Plain and Simple - when a show hits 35 years the people that made the show should be smart enough to realize that Parents who saw the show as Kids want their own Kids to watch what they had watched - to share memories with them.
In this case, its yet another Elmo video. Fine, OK, things change. But don't misrepresent what you're going to see - I really wanted to show my boy Mr. Hooper, and the guy with the pies that slips down the stairs, and when they thought Snuffy wasn't real, and all the old characters.
The stuff is on tape Sesame Street Execs - can you please put out "Sesame Street - Best of Season 1, 2, 3? I'd buy everything from Season 1 - Season 6. I bet I wouldn't be the only one either....
Please put out some older Sesame material.... Don't slip in a few seconds of Mr. Hooper in an Elmo tape.
My kids love it...thats all that matters
D. Pagliasotti | Texas | 10/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When this aired on PBS the whole family watched it and we taped it. However, the version you get on DVD is a bit different. On the original showing on PBS, at the end of the show you saw clips from the very first episode, to when Snuffy came to Sesame Street, to when Big Birds house was damaged by the hurricane. I truely thought that was a great segment to have all those little clips as a sort of time machine. However, the DVD does not have this scene in it. Don't get me wrong, there are still a good number of older skits and cartoons, but in all actuality it's pretty much an hour long Elmo's world. My kids happen to love Elmo, so they don't mind, however in my opinion, I thought the 25th anniversary video was better. All in all, this is still a great video and almost a must for any Sesame Street fan."
3 stars for the episode that aired on PBS, 1 for the DVD
Bible believing Christian | geneseo, New york | 01/04/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, do I miss the sesame street from when it was good!! The Dvd wasn't like the TV show that PBS aired. The TV show had a 5-10 minute segmant on scenes from sesame street from the beginning of the show until now, the DVD din't do that at all, and that was the reason I bought the DVD! They have a split second of Mr. Hooper, they briefly show Maria and Louis getting married, didn't bother to show them meeting for guacamole for the first time, they showed when miles was adopted, but don't bother to point out olivia. They don't talk about when Gina came to sesame street. This is not a reminisant look back at all. It's let's put out yet another elmo dvd, and dumb down the show even more. I think that the only thing you learn in this episode is the one song about counting to 10. Don't bother with this one, if you want to reminise, go pick up a copy of christmas eve on sesame street."