The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland

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The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland
Genre: Adventure
Starring: Kevin Clash
Mandy Patinkin
Vanessa Williams
Caroll Spinney
Fran Brill
Frank Oz
Steve Whitmire
Release Date: October 1, 1999
Country: United States
Prequel: Follow That Bird

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

  1. The premise of having Elmo go into the world of Grouchland to get his blanket back is pretty interesting.
  2. Elmo is a likable and funny character.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Great story that stays true to the spirit of Sesame Street.
  7. Pretty solid acting, especially for Kevin Clash.
  8. The songs are pretty decent, especially with Huxley's number making for a really fun and catchy villain song.
  9. Great score from John Debney.
  10. Some of the movie characters can be likable, especially the Grouchland characters.
  11. Good special effects for the film though some can be cheap.
  12. The idea of going to another world from the Sesame Street world is pretty interesting.
  13. Despite the film mostly focusing on Elmo, there are other Sesame Street characters who have big roles.

Bad Qualities

  1. The film can be paused by Ernie and Bert, which can be annoying at times.
  2. 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.
  3. Some Grouchland characters can be a bit creepy for kids.
  4. The green-screen effect for Elmo's dancing is pretty bad.
  5. 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.




3 months ago
Score 2
I remember watching this movie as a kid.


3 months ago
Score 0
Me too.


2 months ago
Score 0
I will say The Adventures of Elmo & Friends.


3 months ago
Score 0
where's Follow That Bird?

Dexter's Mom

27 days ago
Score 0
The only good Sesame Street movie is Follow That Bird. Follow That Bird came out during Sesame Street's golden age (1969-1990) and Elmo barely even appears in it.

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