The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

1999 G 1h 17m DVD

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

1999 G 1h 17m DVD
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Elmo dives into Oscar the Grouch's trash can after a series of accidents sends the furry red monster's special blanket into Grouchland. To rescue his beloved blankie, Elmo must face the evil Huxley with help from the Queen of Trash.
Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, Frank Oz, Sonia Manzano, Roscoe Orman, Fran Brill, Jerry Nelson, Ruth Buzzi, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Caroll Spinney
Gary Halvorson
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 3+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 3+
age 3+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that everything is topsy turvy when Elmo ventures into Grouchland, so a certain understanding of what is (and isn't) acceptable behavior is needed to get the humor fully -- hearing the pleasure with which the Grouches tell each other to get lost is funny only if you know it's not really OK. There are a few mildly perilous/tense moments that could upset sensitive or very young viewers, and some kids may be concerned that Elmo doesn't seem to have any parents and could need some reassurance.

Sexual Content

The Queen of Trash is a curvaceous, sensual woman. Huxley is shown in his boxer shorts and an undershirt.


Some perilous moments -- like a rollerblading scene and falling down a tunnel -- that might put little ones on the edge of their seat. The villain, Huxley, is a selfish meanie who sends Elmo into a dark tunnel after stealing his blankie. But Elmo asks his friends in the audience for help and escapes the dark place.


Grouches aren't models of friendly language. Part of their "charm" is saying "scram," "yuck," and "go away!"

Social Behavior

As per usual, the friends on Sesame Street come in many colors, shapes, and sizes, and everyone pretty much gets along (except for the grouchy characters in Grouchland, of course).


Elmo has lots of toys in his room, including some Fisher Price classics and a poster of Tiger Woods. Huxley sings a song about things that he wants to take from other people in which he names brands like Atari and Ferrari. There's a reference to Starbucks, though it's called "Tarbucks."

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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