The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland
The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland is a 1999 musical-comedy adventure film directed by Gary Halvorson, based on the long-running kids' TV show Sesame Street. It was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.
This was the final Muppet-themed feature film to have the involvement of Frank Oz, who retired from being a full-time puppeteer the following year. This was also the final theatrical Muppet film to feature Caroll Spinney before his death in 2019.
Elmo has a blue blanket, which he is extremely fond of. However, his blanket is sent to a far-away land due to a tug-of-war with his friend Zoe.
Why It Rocks
- The premise of having Elmo go into the world of Grouchland to get his blanket back is pretty interesting.
- Elmo is a likable and funny character.
- It is extremely faithful to the kids' show Sesame Street, which is expected as it was made by the same people who worked on the show.
- Funny moments, such as a grouch denying Elmo's cry for help by saying "I'd love to, but I don't speak English", much to Elmo's confusion.
- Huxley is a decent and funny villain who plans to make everything in Grouchland his property and takes Elmo's blanket, plus Mandy Patinkin does provide a highly entertaining performance.
- Great story that stays true to the spirit of Sesame Street.
- Pretty solid acting, especially for Kevin Clash.
- The songs are pretty decent, especially with Huxley's number making for a really fun and catchy villain song.
- Great score from John Debney.
- Some of the movie characters can be likable, especially the Grouchland characters.
- Good special effects for the film though some can be cheap.
- The idea of going to another world from the Sesame Street world is pretty interesting.
- Despite the film mostly focusing on Elmo, there are other Sesame Street characters who have big roles.
- The film can be paused by Ernie and Bert, which can be annoying at times.
- Elmo, though likable and funny, was a jerk in the beginning. What's worse is that in the first act of the movie before Elmo finds himself in Grouchland, there's a mean-spirited scene where Elmo encounters his friend Zoe. Elmo refuses to share his blanket, resulting in a tug of war that rips it. Elmo declares that Zoe is no longer his friend, which can upset a lot of kids and fans.
- Some Grouchland characters can be a bit creepy for kids.
- The green-screen effect for Elmo's dancing is pretty bad.
- Even though the title says "Elmo in Grouchland", Grouchland itself doesn't get a lot of screentime.
The film received mixed-to-generally positive reviews from critics and fans alike. It holds a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and the film's consensus states, "This fun and moral tale entertains both first-time Sesame Street watchers and seasoned veterans." Metacritic scores a film a 59/100 "mixed or average reviews". IMDb holds a film a 5.8/10 rating.