Sesame Workshop and Genius Products have a slue of exciting new DVD titles planned for release later this year. I've got some exclusive scoops on several of these upcoming DVD titles - including a first look at some of the cover art. These DVDs have it all - dinosaurs, saving the planet, summer vacations, Christmas celebrations, and a magical trip to Wonderland!
As reported earlier, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Telly Monster will explore the subject of dinosaurs in an all new direct-to-DVD production, appropriately titled. "Sesame Street: Dinosaurs!". This DVD will show the adventures of the Elmo, Abby and Telly as the power of imagination allows the trio to see what it would be like to be dinosaurs. The 40-minute DVD will feature all new content, including the animated song "If Elmo Had a Dinosaur" plus a dinosaur-themed installement of "Journey to Ernie" as a bonus feature. "Sesame Street: Dinosaurs" is planned for released on May 13, 2008 and will be available wherever Sesame Street DVDs are sold.
Sesame Workshop is partnering with Wal-Mart to release a new DVD this spring. Elmo, Zoe, Baby Bear, Papa Bear and others will explore environmentalism in a new direct-to-DVD production which is also set for release on May 13, 2008. This new DVD, entitled "Sesame Street: Love the Earth!", will focus on ways to make a difference and become environmentally conscientious. This particular DVD will be exclusive to Wal-Mart and Sam's Club (if you don't have a Wal-Mart nearby, can always order a copy through Walmart.com).
As reported earlier, a trio of "Elmo's World" episodes will become available on June 24, 2008 with the release of "Elmo's World: Summer Vacation". This 51-minute DVD will feature three previously unreleased episodes of "Elmo's World" - the beach, skin, and cameras.
The Sesame Street characters are set to appear in a retelling of a classic story in the all-new film "Abby in Wonderland". Giving Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" a Muppety twist, the new DVD will star everyone's favorite Fairy-in-training, Abby Cadabby in her very own film. The musical film is currently in post-production and aimed to reach audiences in just a few months. While Abby takes on the role of Alice, the rest of the Sesame gang joins in (such as Elmo in the role of the Rabbit, Grover as the Mad Hatter, Cookie Monster as the Cheshire Cat, and Bert and Ernie as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum). While the exact release date of this title has not been confirmed yet, I've been told that fans should expect to see Abby's first direct-to-DVD feature hitting stores in September 2008.
Lastly, the wonderful Christmas special "Elmo's Christmas Countdown" is planned to have its DVD debut in October 2008. The special, which had its television premiere during the 2007 holiday season, is planned to reach stores in time to help welcome in Christmas 2008. This special is loaded with songs, skits, celebrities, Muppets and plenty of heartwarming Holiday spirit.
I will be sure to keep you updated with more information on these, and other, Sesame Street DVDs as soon as more information becomes available.