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Best of Elmo 2

Best of Elmo 2

Fall 2010 DVD
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Producer: Sesame Workshop
DVD Price: $14.99

Fans of Sesame Street and Elmo's World will take great delight in The Best of Elmo 2, a 50-minute DVD from Sesame Workshop.

While this program does contain a number of popular segments already seen on "the street," congrats to the pros at Sesame Workshop for not just slapping together a compilation reel of past vignettes. Instead, they've created a clever storyline with plenty of original material that provides a logical and entertaining framework for Elmo to recall special memories.

Elmo meets Memory-Bot, a robot who relies on memories for his power source. Memory-Bot is running low low low on energy and perennially pleasant Elmo offers to share some of his own favorite memories to help the robot refuel. That leads to songs and skits from past programs, all of which are so incredibly entertaining you'll be happy to see them again. There's a duet with singer Jason Mraz, singing a joyful take-off of the song "I'm Yours," with lyrics changed to celebrate how nice it is to play outdoors. Other performers include Ray Charles, Jack Black, The Goo Goo Dolls, Destiny's Child, and David Beckham. Adam Sandler delivers a genuinely hilarious musical skit about words that rhyme with "Elmo."

As you'd expect, most of the songs and skits have a focus on counting, letters, and self-esteem, so there's plenty of educational content baked into the storyline. The DVD also includes the option of playing the program with either English or Spanish subtitles.

With its thoroughly enjoyable performances and high-quality educational content, don't be surprised if The Best of Elmo 2 becomes your child's number one choice when it's time to watch a DVD!

Gina Catanzarite   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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