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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”