Sesame Street: Learning Letters With Elmo DVD Review

The latest release from Warner Home Video and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, makes learning F-U-N as Elmo guides preschoolers through early literacy skills in the classic manner that fans of the long-running television program have become accustomed to - which means plenty of engaging stories, silly songs and funny characters.  I mean, how can you not have a blast learning when you’ve got a bunch of Muppets leading the class?

learning letters

In the 40+ years since Sesame Street first hit the airwaves, there has been a plethora of amazing children’s programming on television.  Some might be flashier or a bit more exciting and at times, the old classic might seem a bit dated. But the fact remains that Sesame Street is still the benchmark for educational children’s television.  Having viewed this DVD with my own child, as well as watching Sesame Street nearly every day for the past three years, I can attest to the fact that no other show and no other group of characters has captivated her mind and heart more than the ones found in this very familiar neighborhood.  Some of your old favorites might be gone, replaced by new characters, but the spirit of Sesame Street is alive and well and in very capable hands.

Learning Letters With Elmo is broken into three separate installments, each one focusing on a particular letter, with each installment broken into shorter skits.  It’s sort of like watching a highlight reel from three separate episodes of the actual show.  Short animated (and incredibly adorable) vignettes act as buffers between these installments as Elmo and Cookie Monster introduce the next letter that will be focused on.  Familiar faces, such as Big Bird’s Birdketeers are featured and guest stars like Ryan Reynolds and Sheryl Crow punctuate the segments, bringing the usual mix of pop culture to the program.  And I have to admit, seeing Ryan Reynolds assembling “The A-Team” dressed as a giant letter A is pretty funny, as is listening to Crow sing about how the letter i is “gonna soak up the sun.”

And that’s part of the beauty of the show – you can tell that the guest stars are having a great time.  It’s not hard to figure out that they, like so many of us, grew up watching and learning from Sesame Street and are thrilled to be a part of it.  And wouldn’t you be?  Simply put, you cannot deny the power of this show, and this DVD is no exception.

So I’ve gushed over Sesame Street, and this particular DVD for a while now; it’s time to get into the bad.  Like many of these releases, Learning Letters With Elmo is cobbled together from various episodes of Sesame Street.  I know this because I recognized a number of the segments.  It’s not a surprise and it’s not something that I’d normally hold against this type of feature, but unlike so many of the other Sesame Street DVDs I’ve watched, this one actually feels cobbled together.  Hearing Elmo welcome you to Sesame Street in the middle of the program, when you’ve already been there for 30 minutes, feels a little odd.  Will your child notice?  No, in all honesty they will not.  But I’m not a child; I’m a 34-year old parent and yes, I’m just being nitpicky here.  If my child were writing this review, she wouldn’t bring it up because she certainly did not notice it.  But there is an overall lack of continuity on this DVD that may have led to her getting somewhat bored by the end.  Then again, she’s 3 and it’s an hour long, so maybe I’m just reading too much into it?

If I had any real complaint though, it would be the fact that only three letters (A, I, and J) are featured.  While the educational material is top-notch, I couldn’t help but long for more.  What about all the other letters?  I know that 60 minutes isn’t really enough time to give each letter its due, but I just felt like we were missing out on something.  And who knows, maybe this is only the first chapter in a series of DVDs featuring letters?  At any rate, even this complaint is a pretty minor one.

All-in-all, it’s Sesame Street.  Unless you’ve been under a rock for – well, your entire life, you know what you’re getting into with a DVD like this one.  When comparing it to other recent releases such as Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures or C is For Cookie Monster, Learning Letters With Elmo is definitely lacking somewhat in the fun factor.  But honestly, you can’t go wrong with any Sesame Street DVD and I still have to give this one my seal of approval, despite its shortcomings.  You just can’t beat the Street!

By Chad_Derdowski

About the author

More From Chad_Derdowski

Corny, campy and courageous: the Brave and the Bold is vintage Batman!
Read More
The long awaited Japense continuation of the original Transformers animated series arrives on DVD!
Read More
0 Comments
Name:

Email (Will not be used):

Comment:

characters left
 

Featured Articles

Popular Today

 
 

Recent Comments

"Mysterion Rises" with The Cute Lord Cthulhu - South Park review
Actually, the birthing of Kenny in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" doesn't necessarily conflict with the circumstances of Kenny's reincarnation...
Alien Encounters, "The Message": a hard to find little show that's worth the search
Mind Reading Technologies and Tongues Governments from around the world have been using mind reading technologies that can read...
Dog The Bounty Hunter, "And Baby Makes Three": revisiting an old favorite
i do like your show i wish can be your fan club i want all of your show on dvd please
Boardwalk Empire, "Two Boats and a Lifeguard": daddy issues
Are you looking for a partner for the relationship or for fun? Then you came to the right place. We are providing you the best dating...
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
I can verify Bear Claw. Good man. I cant vouch for the other participants. It is to bad society does suck so bad that this type...
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
Lake Michigan is not an ocean. Has anyone seen my white dog? Lost him while hiking in Arkansas
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
I too also as well live on the island, I can attest that Dan lives in the ocean as he has for hundreds of decades. We locals call...
Parks and Recreation: why is everyone so mean to Jerry?
It's funny because its so not funny.
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
I too live on the island and ISLANDER does not know what they are talking about. Dan lives out in the middle of the island with...
The Boonies: National Geographic's off the grid reality exploit
this is not real i know that goat and it is not "doc's" its my neighbors goat. and by the way i live on the very top of that mountain...