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Elmo in Grouchland: Any fans?

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by dwayne1115, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    My 2 year old daughter has a copy of Elmo In Grouchland, she watches it every single morning with her mom and then sh has to watch it when I come home from work. Now I know that some people have said how much they hate the movie but after watching the movie for almost everyday for a month the movie is really starting to grow on me.
    So I'm asking dose anyone one in here like Elmo in grouchland?
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It's not terrible (it has some very good moments and funny lines), but it's nowhere near as good as Follow That Bird was.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I quite enjoyed it... but there's no call for the movie to have been so similar to the show and have Elmo constantly ask the audience for help. There's a difference between fun Muppety breaking the fourth wall and just trying to be a preschool show.

    But Ernie and Bert stopping and starting the action and commenting on it? Priceless.
  4. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I plan on doing a review of it as part of my Rewind Reviews series at some point, but I will say, despite it's flaws, it's at least the best of the three Jim Henson Pictures movies. Truth be told, Elmo is a lot easier to put up with in this than he is in episodes from this point in Sesame history, but it's at it's best when we are with the other characters, even if they spend a good 65% of the movie in the Grouchland jail. Mandy Patatkin is awesome in this, though. Tim Curry in IT caliber awesome. "Make It Mine" is honestly one of my favorite villain songs for that reason.
  5. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed it. And I loved the part where Ernie and Bert come in and comment. :)
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I tend to feel the frustration of the show being Elmo-centric is that we rarely get to see him as a character. Emoting and reacting to stuff. They usually just have him play alphabet guessing games or Elmo's World where the character basically just hosts stuff . We got to see Elmo do some real good character acting here... his fight with Zoe, his epiphany about sharing... same reason why I love Elmo saves Christmas. He does something.
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  7. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I definitely was a huge fan when I was a kid. I watched it many a time. Sadly haven't seen it since... but maybe I should!
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I liked it a lot better when I first saw it (I've been thinking about a lot of Henson stuff I like less than I first did... I wonder if my opinions of "The Muppets" will lower ina few years.... Nahhh...). Of course, around the time it was announced, I was sort of on a Follow That Bird kick. Rented it for the first time in years when EIG was announced, was hoping for a lot of similarities between the two (heck, after The Lion King was released I was hoping for a Lion King 2 to be just as similar, so that the sequel video game would be near identical to the game adaptation). I was hoping for Kermit to report on the search for Elmo, for Elmo's Sesame Street friends to travel by car in search of Elmo, for many supporting and minor characters to be seen (yeah, I don't think FTB had anybody who was no longer on the show at the time, and there were a lot more characters on the show in 1985 compared to 1999, but it's still puzzling they didn't include Slimey, Grundgetta, Kermit, Herry, Snuffy, Barkley, Mumford, Natasha, Humphrey, Ingrid, or Hoots), and was hoping the set would be more realistic-looking, with us being able to see all parts of the street. And to an extent the last thing I hoped for was the only of those included.

    Then a few years later I finally owned a copy of FTB and enjoyed watching that more.
  9. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    I've only watched the clip with the Queen of Trash on youtube, and that was for fanfic research (I paired her with Jareth eventually). I'm not big on Elmo, but I love her song. It's so beautiful. I sing it to myself every once in awhile. :D
  10. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    The boys ask to watch it occassionally. I'm not sure why they like it, but I really like the music in it... Together, forever, na, na, na.... And Take The First Step. They're catchy. I really like the laundromat scene when everybody starts making music to the machines, and Mandy Patinkin. But really Bug and Stuckweed stole the show for me when I first saw it. It's definitely not as good as Follow That Bird, but I guess I never had expectations that it would be so I thought it was pretty decent - for an Elmo movie. :laugh:
  11. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    It's not half bad - it offers quite a bit of character depth in a lot of ways, and I think the grouch humour is rather fantastic. I mean, eschewing the obvious (brilliant) puppetry element, of course.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Like I said before... this movie was too perfect an idea that it failed on the level that it would work much better as a DTV movie or telefilm. While Elmo was a popular character, and at the start of his rising popularity here, the film was pretty much geared towards kids too young to enjoy a theatrical experience. I'm guessing something like that foiled the brilliant new Winnie the Pooh movie, even though it shouldn't have.

    Still, this is Elmo at his best. I wish Elmo was treated with this much depth in the series.

    Still never got to see CinderElmo though. I was kinda on an I hate Elmo kick back when this all came out, so I ignored it. I wish I saw EIG on the Big screen. The DVD does the SAME thing the full screen version of Ghostbusters does that drives me nuts.
  13. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I remember really digging this movie. I wish we got more Sesame Street movies - I kinda wish Abby in Wonderland had been filmed for and released in theaters, and I know I can't be the only one yearning for a Super Grover movie.
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  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I'm also looking for a Super Grover movie!
    Now there are two things that I really did not like with the movie, Bert was dumb, and I really just can't stand how they worte for Bert Ernie was fine, but Bert seemd very off to me. Secondly Grover needed to be in the move a whole lot more, other then that I loved the movie!
  15. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Like many other fans, I'd hated Elmo for the longest time, for "taking over" Sesame Street. BUT, now that I'm a Dad, with that comes many changes on a guys perception. :) These days, I'm as big a fan of Elmo as I am of Cookie, Bird, and Grover!! Elmo's just another great an lovable Muppet on the Street.

    I first saw EIG only around two years ago, when my then 1 year-old Son absolutely LOVED Elmo upon seeing Elmo's World for the first time one morning during SS. I got drawn in after multiple viewings, and before I knew it, EIG was in my Muppets DVD Collection! Ha ha. The movie is quite cute for every reason it's supposed to be, hit all the right marks as far as I'm concerned.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I don't know if Abby in Wonderland would have worked as a full theatrical film. At least, it would have to have been completely different from the finished project. We'd most likely see human actors in some of the supporting roles.

    I really think its high time for a new Sesame Street film... just, I don't know what direction they should take. They would need to give it a more all ages appeal like FTB. That's something EIG tried to do, but really didn't. Some of it was a little too preschooly for its own good. I really want them to consider more outdorr filmed scenes. They tend to make the Muppets look even more realistic. FTB had a lot of exterior shots that looked marvelous... EIG's biggest problem for me is the entirely done in a sound stage, almost telefilm look to it.
  17. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I love Elmo in Grouchland, but I was 4 when it came out,so I was at the intended age. Huxley is still a pretty funny villian.
    "Now get in the cartoonishly evil vehicle and drive!"
    "I auditoned for West Side Story. They say I wasn't right for Maria. What do they know? I feel pretty"
    Bug also had some great lines.
    "Hey that bacon is for the boss! Besides Howard your cholestrol level is WAY too high!"
  18. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    For whatever reason, yesterday I just thought of some sort of "National Treasure for little kids" concept putting Grover at the helm. :super: No idea if that would work in reality though.
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    What if some how SS was taken over and everyone had to leave the street unwillingly I think there would be a story there.
  20. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Where can I read your fanfiction? I love the Queen Of Trash and I like playing as Jareth in my role play, because he can be nice one moment and then totally wicked the next.He's so much fun to play as!

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