New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD, Digital Release Set for Sept. 1

Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have set a Sept. 1 release date for Sesame Street Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme With Elmo, available on DVD and for digital download.

Packed with over two hours of content, the release includes the full-length feature Elmo’s Music Magic as well as an exclusive Elmo poster.

On Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme with Elmo, classic nursery rhymes are paired with favorite Sesame Street clips. For example, “Do You Know the Muffin Man” is paired with a scene in which Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up cranberry muffins on their “foodie truck.”

Currently in its 50th season, Sesame Street is the country’s longest-running children’s television program and has received more Emmy Awards than any other show in television history.

Shout! Kids is the children’s imprint of independent home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory.

Elmo’s Music Magic was originally released on DVD in 2011.

Home Release Date Set for ‘Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration’

Sesame Workshop and Shout! Factory have set a Dec. 3 release date for Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration, which will be available on DVD and digital download.

The release will follow the program’s broadcast presentation on HBO Nov. 9 and PBS Nov. 17.

Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration reimagines classic segments and songs as the crew gets ready to celebrate the 50th birthday of the fictitious puppet “neighborhood.” Right before the party, the “Sesame Street” gang notices that the famous street sign has gone missing, and it is up to Elmo, Rosita, Grover, and Abby to track it down. Meanwhile, Big Bird and Snuffy plan a surprise of their own.

Hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the special also feature celebrity guests such as Patton Oswalt, John Legend, and Solange Knowles.

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Also included will be the fresh performances of classic “Sesame Street” songs like “People In Your Neighborhood” and “Bein’ Green,” plus retrospective flashbacks to fan-favorite moments.

Bonus features will include “Elmo’s World: Celebration” and “50 years in 50 Seconds,” a commemorative tribute recounting the residents’ adventures over the years.

Kanopy Streaming Service Gets ‘Sesame Street’ Episodes

Kanopy, the library-based video streaming platform for films and documentaries, Nov. 5 announced a two-year deal with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” to feature 24 episodes from the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning program on Kanopy Kids.

Accessible through partnered public and academic libraries, Kanopy Kids hosts a curated catalog parents can trust through embedded, age-based Common Sense Media ratings, according to the service.

The “Sesame Street” episodes join a host of educational videos for children of all ages on the platform, accessible through partnered public and academic libraries nationwide.

“For the last 50 years, ‘Sesame Street’ has influenced generations around the world by leading educational growth and social change,” Kanopy CEO Kevin Sayar said in a statement. “We are elated to work with Sesame Workshop and reach new audiences with the timeless series, while reinforcing Kanopy Kids’ mission to encourage social and emotional development, promote respect for community diversity and inspire creativity.”

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Through characters such as Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster, “Sesame Street” has cultivated a multi-generational following that has transformed the television industry and pop culture since its public television debut in 1969. It is the longest-running children’s series in American television history.

A major brand addition for Kanopy Kids, this agreement builds on the streaming service’s promise to provide best-in-class entertainment with true educational value, according to the service.

“As viewing habits change, free-to-the-user services like this one make it easier than ever for all families to access quality children’s content they can trust, which is essential to Sesame Workshop’s mission,” added Scott Chambers, Sesame Workshop’s SVP and GM, educational media and licensing, North America.

Kanopy Kids will showcase the following “Sesame Street” episodes starting Nov. 5:

Season 39
“Sock Chaos At the Laundromat” (Episode 4,163)
“Max the Magician “(Episode 4,166)
“Annual Triangle Toss” (Episode 4,167)
“Elmo and Zoe’s Hat Contest” (Episode 4,168)
“Big Bird and Snuffy Talent Show’ (Episode 4,171)
“Number 6 Games” (Episode 4,172)
“Big Bird’s Nest Sale” (Episode 4,174)
“Abby’s First Sleepover” (Episode 4,177)
“Three Cheers for Us” (Episode 4,178)
“Mineitis On Sesame Street” (Episode 4,181)
“Maria the Cowgirl” (Episode 4,183)
“The Help-O-Bots” (Episode 4,185)

Season 40
“Frankly, It’s Becoming a Habitat” (Episode 4,187)
“Wild Nature Survivor Guy” (Episode 4,190)
“Bears Try to Hibernate” (Episode 4,193)
“Stinky’s Annual Birthday Flower” (Episode 4,194)
“Elmo Finds a Baby Bird” (Episode 4,195)
“The Cookie Tree” (Episode 4,197)
“Squirmadera Car Race” (Episode 4,203)
“Jack’s Big Jump” (Episode 4,204)
“The Planet G”(Episode 4,207)
“The Counting Booth” (Episode 4,208)
“Abby’s Tricycle” (Episode 4,210)
“Jack Grows His Own Beanstalk” (Episode 4,211)

Shout! Factory Releasing ‘Sesame Street’ 50th Anniversary DVD

Shout! Factory will release Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting as a two-DVD set and digital download Oct. 1.

The first disc features some of the greatest “Sesame Street” moments from the show, including fan-favorite animations like “Ladybug Picnic” and “Pinball Number Count”; new and classic songs from Kermit the Frog’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” to will.i.am’s “What I Am”; and timeless interactions between children and the “Sesame Street” Muppets.

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The second disc is an exclusive collection of the most iconic “Street Story” segments from the show’s 50-year history. There are even a few never-before-seen outtakes with Jim Henson.

Shout! Factory Inks Extensive ‘Sesame Street’ Distribution Deal

Shout! Factory Aug. 1 announced a distribution partnership with Sesame Workshop for the “Sesame Street” home entertainment library.

The multiyear pact makes Shout! Factory the official distributor for “Sesame Street” in North America with extensive rights, including DVD and Blu-ray Disc, video-on-demand and select digital, to more than 150 titles and programs based on the venerable TV show; as well as a minimum of four new “Sesame Street”-themed titles per year for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

“For almost 50 years, the underlying goal behind every piece of ‘Sesame Street’ content has been to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder,” Scott Chambers, SVP of North America media and licensing at Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “Shout! Factory’s focus on family content makes them a perfect partner to help Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and all their friends reach young children with positive, fun and educational messages.”

Shout! Factory contends it can extend the “Sesame Street” brand via evolving home entertainment distribution channels — notably digital.

“There’s a lot of opportunity to distribute content through digital and on-demand; transactional outlets and on disc,” said Melissa Boag, SVP of family entertainment at Shout! Factory. “We look forward to presenting these immersive entertainment offerings to families and lifelong fans through Shout’s distribution channels.”