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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited Review: A Marvelous Remembrance of the Man and his Work

"As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood." — Jim Henson
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Running June 1-September 2, 2018 at The Skirball Cultural Center, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited pays tribute to Jim Henson (1936-1990), a major creative force in the latter half of the 20th Century. With the help of his collaborators, Henson's Muppets (a combination of marionette and puppet) remain one the most popular groups of imaginary characters, rivaling the cartoon characters from Looney Tunes and Walt Disney and Charles Schulz's Peanuts. Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), New York, this traveling exhibition is a version of MoMI’s ongoing The Jim Henson Exhibition. It is divided into sections:

Sesame Street: Count On Elmo DVD Review: That's One Ah-Ah-Ah Great Family DVD

Don't be a grump, a grouch or a Trump, and fall in love with Sesame Street again.
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I grew up watching Sesame Street. My now four-year-old daughter continues to grow up watching Sesame Street. My mother swears that my brother learned to read watching Sesame Street. Some 77 million other Americans grew up watching Sesame Street. Millions more found Sesame Street (or International versions of Sesame Street) in their home countries all over the world. I love Sesame Street. My family loves Sesame Street. Everybody loves Sesame Street. Well, that’s not true. Some people don’t like Sesame Street. But those people are grumps, grouches, and Donald Trumps. Luckily for everybody but the grouches, we can watch Sesame

Sesame Street: Count on Elmo DVD Giveaway

There's one, one prize. Ah ah ah.
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Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to award one lucky reader Sesame Street: Count on Elmo on DVD, set for release on Jul 7. For those wanting to learn more, the press release reads: For more than 45 years, families across America have looked towards Sesame Street's beloved Muppets to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder by learning their ABCs, building their inner strength and developing their moral compass - along with a lasting love of learning. These important lessons continue in the latest Sesame Street DVD, as Elmo and friends teach children to

Interview: Caroll Spinney and Dave LaMattina Talk Big Bird and 'Wow' Moments

Documentarian Dave LaMattina and puppeteer Caroll Spinney talk about their collaboration.
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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story sits comfortably at number one on my Best Movies of 2014 list. Whether it stays at number one depends on the rest of the year, but it'll be hard for another movie to play on my emotions, and better yet, my nostalgia, than this. I was fortunate to spend a few minutes talking to I Am Big Bird's co-director Dave LaMattina, and Big Bird himself, Caroll Spinney, about the documentary, the moments that made them go "wow," and Disney dunking their characters. In the end, these two left me laughing and almost

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Movie Review: Big Bird Brings Joy!

A darling story about a beloved television icon
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Sesame Street’s Big Bird is one of the most beloved icons of children’s programming, if not the icon of childhood itself. But do you know the man living inside the suit? The man whom, without him, Big Bird or Oscar the Grouch wouldn’t exist? A life without these two characters is a horrific thought, which makes telling puppeteer Caroll Spinney’s story all the more necessary. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story seeks to go inside the character of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to learn about the man who gives them life. Directors Dave LaMattina and Chad

Elmo's World: All About Animals DVD Review: Great For Toddlers, Obnoxious For Everybody Else

Pretty much any toddler will no doubt love it.
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It may surprise some, but Elmo the muppet has existed since the early 1970s. In those days he was nothing more than a background character on Sesame Street. Various puppeteers picked him up and tried to create a character, but nothing materialized. It wasn’t until 1984 that Kevin Clash raised him up and created the beloved character we know today. Since then, Elmo has become one of the most popular puppets in the world. In 1996 a plush toy, Tickle Me Elmo, was introduced and quickly became the Toy of the Christmas season causing near riots in malls when supplies

Sesame Street: Be a Good Sport DVD Review: Fun and Education for Babies (and Adults Too)

Over two hours worth of sketches that are sure to keep any ankle biter enthralled.
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I do not have cable or satellite, but I do have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. This combination means there is a lot of PBS Kids programming going on in my house. One of my favorites and hers is Sesame Street. I have very fond memories of watching it as a child and now as a dad it's a really wonderful thing to watch her get excited over the adventures of all those furry little monsters. Of course, the show has changed a great deal since I was a kid. They hardly show any of my favorite characters anymore. Big Bird, Snuffaluffagus,

Elmo the Musical DVD Review: Not Recommended for Adult Consumption

President Elmo. Our long national nightmare is over.
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The perennially popular little red monster from Sesame Street is at it again. Warner Bros. has brought Elmo, arguably Sesame's most iconic character (yes, even more so than the giant yellow bird), back to DVD on the recent release Elmo the Musical. And let me just warn parents of young children who may be tempted to purchase this video for their children: yes, they will probably learn something by watching, or at the very least be entertained for an hour--but it may very well be at the expense of your sanity. Calling this Elmo the Musical is a little misleading,

Sesame Street: Old School Volume 3 DVD Review: Reliving the Sunny Days of Childhood

The newest batch of episodes, taken from 1979-1984, offers adult fans a selection of memorable episodes that are equally fun and bittersweet.
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Since 1969, the inarguable standard-bearer for educational entertainment for children has been Sesame Street. Winner of 143 Emmy Awards over the course of its four-decade-plus run, the show and its iconic characters have become invaluable denizens of the pop culture landscape, not just in the United States, but around the world. The show’s combination of humor and educational curriculum has long made it a valuable means of introducing young children to basic concepts like the alphabet and counting, while also teaching real-life lessons about the importance of sharing, compassion for others, and tolerance. In 2006, Sesame Workshop released some of

Contest: Sesame Street: Old School Volume 3 on DVD

One, two, three, four, five. Five prizes available. Ah...ah... ah!
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Cinema Sentries and Warner Brothers Home Entertainment have teamed up to give five lucky readers the opportunity to win Sesame Street: Old School Volume 3 on DVD. Volume 3 of the Old School series presents the five premiere episodes from the seasons airing from 1979 to 1984. As detailed in Sentry Brandie's review, the episodes include "the gang’s trip to Puerto Rico to celebrate Maria’s birthday; Big Bird’s “first day of school,” as he nervously accompanies Kathy for “Visitor’s Day;” and a visit from actress Madeline Kahn, who plays a birdwatcher determined to protect “endangered species” Big Bird...Big Bird’s trip

Elmo's Magic Numbers DVD Review: 1-2-3 with Elmo, Max, Zoe and Will Arnett

The Sesame Street gang adds their two cents on the subject of math.
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If you’re familiar with the Sesame Street franchise, you already know that the brand is fairly consistent in delivering content for the two- to five-year-old set that attempts to unite “different cultures, ethnicities, abilities, and colors” through such fundamental concepts as respect and learning. The televised program spends its hour-long weekday slots focusing on a couple predominate themes, using Muppets; human friends, young and old; animated shorts; and musical montages to drive the major points home in a lighthearted, accessible way. Sesame Street also offers a slew of “Best of” DVDs focusing on specific subjects—from toilet training, to dinosaurs, to

Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars DVD Review: Sure to Capture the Hearts of Both Parents and Children

A star-studded songfest. And if you're not careful, you might just learn something.
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If there’s two things I love, it’s a good parody song and a celebrity guest appearance. And if there are three things I love, the last one would have to be Muppets. On May 1, 2012, Warner Home Video and Sesame Workshop bring these loves together like chocolate and peanut butter and… well, I guess honey or something equally sweet like that. No, it isn’t a lost recording of Weird Al Yankovic on Fantasy Island; it’s Singing with the Stars, a celebrity-filled songfest featuring musical numbers from the past decade or so of Sesame Street. R.E.M., Feist, Alicia Keys, Jason

Elmo's World: Elmo's Favorite Things DVD Review: Fun, Colorful and Educational

A perfect mixture of live action, animation, and puppets.
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Though he has dabbled in films, starring in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland and having a peripheral role Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, any fan of the three-year-old, bright red puppet knows him best for his work on Sesame Street, where he stars in a segment known as "Elmo's World". New to DVD is Elmo's World: Elmo's Favorite Things! where Elmo takes eight subjects and does what he does best: makes them fun, colorful and educational. The eight episodes are "Birthdays," "Dinosaurs," "Pets," "Fun and Games," "Building Things," "the Beach," "Friends," and "School." Each one is educational on the

Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes DVD Review: A Crossover Recommended for Kids and Their Parents

Sesame Street and superheroes meet to educate and entertain.
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Sesame Street has a longstanding tradition of poking fun at popular culture, including television programs, game shows and film. And with superhero films being all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before the folks at Sesame Workshop got around to using these familiar archetypes to their advantage - and to the advantage of millions of children around the world. Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes, the latest DVD release from Sesame Workshop and Warner Home Video, features four tales of the spandex and cape variety and as usual, they find a way to educate while entertaining.
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