new review Here's my review of "A New Baby in My House" (a 1994 "My Sesame Street Home Video" release-according to the VHS box, though actual end credits list copyright as 1993. Run time of 30 minutes.) After the good old CTW logo and Cookie Monster eating the Sesame Street video logo (Seems even through this release it was still under Random House. I guess Sony Wonder must have taken over sometime around 1995 or 1996 or so.) Then we see the video title and it sounds like it may be Alice reading the title, but I'm pretty sure it's actually Elmo. (I don't think Kevin Clash does Alice- who performs her?) Plot- Snuffy and Alice are playing in their cave and Alice breaks one of his toys. (Snuffy's mom actually addresses him as Aloysius! ) Song- Snuffy sings a song about the frustrations of having a sister and his mom joins in, singing about how good it is to have a sister. Snuffy's mom then reads the kids a book to explain why it's good to have siblings. (The book's called "Prince Firstly's Little Surprise") The scene jumps to a palace to show us the events of the book, with a few scenes jumping back to Snuffy's mom and kids every now and then. Elmo and 2 Anything Monsters are on hand as lords, serving as palace servants. Song- Elmo and 2 AMs and Prince Firstly sing a song about how there will soon be someone new in the castle. (Elmo is addressed as "lord Elmo") King and Queen tell Prince about new brother or sister coming and they go to the hospital to have the baby. Elmo suggests Prince talk to Katie and Stevie about having a baby. Live action clip- Young sister and brother (Katie and Stevie) make a card for their mom and go to visit new baby brother Michael in the hospital. (I remember this one running some in the '80s. That's probably when it was made too ;-)) Queen Quinella and King Goodheart bring new Princess Azalea baby home. Prince wants to teach her how to play "Dragon tamer" but the baby's too young. All the lords are too busy with the baby to play with the prince. The King and Queen find the prince in his old crib in the baby's room and they try to explain to him that he'll get used to a new baby (though he wants a pet!) They then tell him about Lillian. Cartoon- Lillian tells about the good and bad of having a little sister. (Animation looks similar to the "Hey Arnold" cartoon- perhaps this is another by the same company.) People come to see the baby including the Royal Fairy Godmother, Royal Count (played by Count von Count, of course! - who still manages to count up to 3 quickly before he leaves), Royal Cookie Taster (that'd be Cookie Monster of course!) and the Royal Grouch ( played by Oscar.they have a Royal Grouch? LOL- they could probably say he's a royal pain!) Prince Firstly starts being naughty to get attention, as he's jealous of the attention the baby's getting. He puts a bone on the throne, a wig on a pig (which is reminiscent of the wigged pigs from the "Staying Alive" number on The Muppet Show), and an ape under the king's cape. (ape played by Joey Monkey). (Note how all these things rhyme- I think another subtle lesson they managed to slip in, while focusing on dealing with new babies.) Elmo and lords get upset with Firstly because of his misbehavior, and so he runs away. Everyone looks for Firstly and the Queen finally finds him hiding in a room. She has to explain to him that she loves both her kids equally. Song- Queen sings about how she loves both kids in different ways. (This song has a kinda haunting melody- kinda reminds me of "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce- I was kinda freaked out by it at first, but after listening to it a few times, realized that it was a very beautiful song.) Firstly now knows he's loved and goes to see his sister and holds baby and gives her her bottle. Baby wets the prince and Snuffy's family has a good laugh about this. Parents tells Firstly that his sister will always look up to him just like Tony, Tasha and Carla! Song- I'm The Big One Now (live action kids take care of little baby brothers and sisters) Elmo announces the Royal Fairy Godmother is visiting and she offers Firstly a wish. He wishes that he and the baby will always be brother and sister and love each other lots (and since Godmother says that's already pretty much a given) she offers him another wish and so he wishes for a pet dragon. (Much like Pete's ;-)) But instead of Elliot, he names it Spot! (Dragon is the same one from Ernie's "Imagine That" song) End of story. In the cave, since Alice broke Snuffy's toy, she offers him her doll. Snuffy says they can both play with it and he realizes she is pretty cute and learns to get along. Song- Snuffy, Alice and their mom sing a song about being good big brothers and little sisters. (And they dance, which makes a crashing noise!) (This is the same song as the first one sung, but with different lyrics) Snuffy and Alice got play and Alice breaks another toy but this time Snuffy readily forgives her, since "these things happen". Credits roll with instrumental version of last song just sung over scenes from video. Concluding thoughts- This is a great video for its purpose- which is to acclimate kids to having a new baby brother or sister. Perhaps there are other songs that could have been used- might have been nice to see Kermit's "Get Along" song, since that also seemed to be a theme in the video. There's nothing terribly memorable in the way of classic clips, though I do remember the "Katie and Stevie" clip pretty well and the "I'm The Big One Now" song. There were a few nice original songs though- as I mentioned earlier, I particularly liked the Queen's song to her son.