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.

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.”