Quinn Rollins (12-10-99) - Well, I just finished watching "CinderElmo", and I must say, I really liked it a lot. Despite the title, the one-hour special had nearly every major Sesame Street Muppet in it, and Elmo was a balanced player with the other characters. I kept a list of pros and cons, and ended up needing more paper for the pros.
number one "pro" was the surprising bounty of Frank Oz's classic
characters: Grover was a major player, playing the Royal Town Crier, the
Royal Footman, the Prime Monster, and the Royal Foot Finder. There may
have been a few others. There were a few great Grover/Fat Blue moments
as well, and Grover was just great being Grover. Cookie Monster and Bert
both popped up several times. There was probably more new Frank Oz material
here than in an entire season of Sesame Street, and it was all good stuff.
The sets and costumes were great--The Kingdom of Sesame translated well, with Sesame Square and Ye Olde Fix-It Shoppe. The costumes were wonderful--the ball was a smorgasbord of Sesame extravagance. My favorites were actually Mumford with a stylized wizard's cap and The Count's Transylvanian attire. Very nice--I'd buy a PVC set that had the cast at the Ball.
All in all, I'd say this special is 100 times better than Elmopalooza, and a very entertaining show for Muppet fans and non-fans alike. If you missed it, you can order the video and DVD from Muppet Central's Store.