‘Elmo’s Holiday Spectacular’ Triple-Feature DVD Arriving Oct. 10

Shout! Kids, the kidvid imprint of Shout! Studios, in collaboration with Sesame Workshop will release Sesame Street: Elmo’s Holiday Spectacular — The Nutcracker and Other Tales on DVD and digitally Oct. 10.

The release consists of three holiday specials: Sesame Street: The Nutcracker, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown and Elmo Saves Christmas. Join Elmo, his puppy Tango, and all their friends on adventures filled with music, magic and more. Little ones will meet a reindeer-in-training named Lightning, explore magical lands with Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster, and try and save Christmas with Elmo.

Celebrity guests include Maya Angelou, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Brad Paisley and Charles Blitzen.

Updated ‘Elmo’s Potty Time’ on the Way from Sesame Workshop, Shout! Kids

Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have announced the June 7 release of Sesame Street’s Potty Time Plus: Getting Ready with Elmo.

It will be available on DVD and for digital download, and fans can pre-order copies now from Shout! Kids and Amazon.

The best-selling 2005 film Elmo’s Potty Time has been updated in the new Potty Time Plus: Getting Ready With Elmo, and now consists of even more important daily routines, collecting two hours of fun and learning for children to enjoy. The new version includes appearances from special guests Stephen and Ayesha Curry.

DVD copies will also include a “My Potty Time Chart” to guide kids and families in the steps of their potty-training journey.

New Sesame Workshop Programs to Debut on HBO Max

WarnerMedia Kids & Family and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” announced the next phase of their content partnership with new series to premiere on HBO Max.

“Sesame Street Mecha Builders,” the first of many new Sesame Workshop originals for WarnerMedia’s Cartoonito preschool programming block, is set to debut on HBO Max and Cartoon Network in early May. More animated series and specials, including newly greenlighted family miniseries “Charlotte’s Web,” upcoming preschool shows “Bea’s Block” and a “Sesame Street”-themed reimagining of The Nutcracker, also are set to debut this year.
 
“Sesame Street Mecha Builders” reimagines Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby as robot heroes in training who use their STEM superpowers to solve wacky larger-than-life problems. Animated in a 3D style, the series is designed to help older preschoolers practice foundational critical thinking skills. The first five episodes will air on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network on May 9, hitting HBO Max the following day. Launching later in the year also on Cartoonito, “Bea’s Block” will introduce viewers to a world where vibrant and diverse wooden block characters — Bea and her friends — tumble, stack and roll their way through kindness-filled adventures. Both series will include fully integrated educational curricula and music.
 
“Our relationship with Sesame Workshop is critical in ensuring that we have an ongoing lineup of content that parents find unquestionably safe, educational and entertaining for their kids to enjoy,” Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. global kids, young adults and classics, said in a statement. “The new and classic properties we’re developing together have just the right multigenerational appeal to resonate with parents and children alike, with fresh music and characters offering some surprises along the way.” 

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“Building on Sesame Workshop’s legacy of innovation in the children’s entertainment space, we’re thrilled to continue partnering with WarnerMedia Kids & Family as they build an industry-leading library of both preschool and family-focused content,” Steve Youngwood, CEO of Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “From brand new adventures to reimagined classics, everything we create at Sesame Workshop is bursting with the kinds of compelling characters and storylines that today’s kids love, built on a solid educational framework that parents can trust — perfect for creating new family traditions.”
 
The upcoming Sesame Street: The Nutcracker, premiering during the 2022 holiday season, is an animated special that follows Elmo and his new puppy, Tango, on a fantastical holiday adventure. The special will populate the holiday story with “Sesame Street” characters, blending new and classic music.

Production on “Charlotte’s Web,” an animated family miniseries based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White, will begin in the coming weeks. 
 
Available now on Cartoonito on HBO Max and Cartoon Network are the “Sesame Street” spinoff “The Not Too Late Show With Elmo” and the animated “Esme & Roy.” HBO Max is also the home of “Sesame Street”; new episodes of the iconic series’ 52nd season premiere on the platform every Thursday, with decades of classic episodes available on demand. 

Shout! Factory Sets Feb. 1 DVD, Digital Release for Latest ‘Sesame Street’ Show

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop has set a Feb. 1 DVD and digital release date for Elmo’s World: All Around the Neighborhood.  

The film features two hours of “Elmo’s World” shorts, teaching preschoolers about doctors, newspapers, machines, factories, ramps, sports, getting dressed, bowling, veterinarians, nighttime, maps, blocks, transportation, measuring and photographers.

Included as an extra bonus on the DVD is “Grover’s Jobs Through the Years Mash-Up,” which revisits some of Grover’s best and silliest jobs over the years — from taxi driver to meteorologist.

Now in its 52nd 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.

 

New Elmo, Looney Tunes Specials Coming to HBO Max in August

The HBO Max streaming service in August will debut new “Sesame Street” and “Looney Tunes” animated specials.

Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy premieres Aug. 5. When “Sesame Street” stars Elmo and Grover discover a sweet stray puppy, they set out on an adventure to help find their new furry friend Tango a forever home. Bursting with heartfelt, original songs and vivid animation, the half-hour special follows Elmo as he learns how to feed Tango, give her a bath, and take her for walks — all with a little help from pals Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird. Promoting ways animal lovers of all ages can best care for their pets, Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy celebrates the arrival of 123 Sesame Street’s new “fur”-ever friend.

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Looney Tunes Cartoons Back to School Special arrives Aug. 19. Going back to school can be daunting, especially after a looney summer. Join everyone’s favorite toons as they buckle up and learn a thing or two. Daffy learns that cheaters never prosper, Foghorn Leghorn learns the pencil is mightier than the sword, and Beaky learns how to be a better buzzard.

Shout! Kids Sets February Home Release Date for ‘ Elmo’s World’ Compilation

Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have announced the Feb. 2 release of Sesame Street — Elmo’s World: Things Elmo Loves, consisting of episodes from the “Sesame Street” Elmo’s World segment, each exploring a different topic to spark kids’ curiosity.

The program will be available on DVD and for digital download from Shoutfactory.com or Sesameworkshop.org.

In addition to more than two hours of Elmo, the set also includes the full-length feature Elmo Loves You!, with celebrity appearances from Trisha Yearwood, John Legend, and R.E.M.

In Elmo’s World, the famed puppet discovers the world around him in segments covering such topics as emotions, grandparents, bus drivers, drawing, fruit, supermarkets, toys, hair, dog walkers and chickens.

‘The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special’ Addressing Racism to Stream on HBO Max, PBS Kids Oct. 15

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” will address racism — and model how children can stand up to it — in The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special to stream on HBO Max and PBS Kids starting Oct. 15.

Designed as a co-viewing experience for children and families, the special will also debut on PBS stations the same day and will re-air throughout October and November on PBS stations and the PBS Kids 24/7 channel.

“‘Sesame Street’ has the ability to entertain children while explaining complex issues like no other program and equips families and caregivers with the support they need to have empathetic conversations,” Kay Wilson Stallings, EVP of creative and production at Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “We believe that this moment calls for a direct discussion about racism to help children grasp the issues and teach them that they are never too young to be ‘upstanders’ for themselves, one another, and their communities.”

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The Power of We features Elmo and Abby Cadabby, who are joined by 6-year-old Muppet Gabrielle and her cousin, 8-year-old Tamir, as they learn how to become “upstanders” to unfair treatment based on skin — or fur — color. Current and former “Sesame Street” human cast members Alan, Charlie, Chris, and Gordon take part in the special alongside celebrity and musical guests Yara Shahidi, Christopher Jackson and Andra Day. The Power of We includes two new songs, “How Do You Know?” and “Listen, Act, Unite!,” the latter written and performed by Jackson and featuring Day.

Sesame Workshop has also created a companion guide for families and caregivers to use as they discuss the special with children, available at SesameStreet.org/PowerofWe.

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)