The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
is a Sesame Street
movie starring Elmo.
Elmo loves his furry blue blanket more than almost anything in the world. When Zoe wants to play with it, he refuses, as it's his. They argue, and Elmo's blanket is ripped—and a gust of wind blows it into Oscar's trash can and through a portal to Grouchland.
Elmo enters Grouchland to retrieve his blanket, but finds it just in time to have it stolen by Huxley, who considers everything
to be his. Elmo embarks on an epic quest across the land to reach Huxley's home and rescue his blanket—and meanwhile, his friends are searching for him.
This movie provides examples of:
- Another Dimension: Grouchland.
- Audience Participation: The audience is encouraged to help Elmo at certain points.
- Award Bait Song: "Precious Wings."
- Bad Boss: Huxley to Bug, naturally.
- Bad is Good and Good is Bad: It's against the law to ask for help in Grouchland, and their likes and dislikes are backwards to ours.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Elmo's simple act of saying Bug is "very nice" for giving him (false) directions, and giving the latter a hug before continuing on his way, is what initiates Bug's Heel-Face Turn in the end.
- Big Damn Movie
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Huxley has these. Appropriate enough, given that he lives among grouches.
- Bigger on the Inside: Oscar's trash can.
- Blowing a Raspberry: The Queen of Trash demands one hundred of these "raspberries" in a set time.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Huxley.
- Celebrity Cameo: Vanessa Williams as the Queen of Trash.
- Companion Cube: Elmo's blanket.
- Continuity Porn: The contents of Oscar's trash can, while briefly seen, are full of items and objects mentioned on the show.
- Darkest Hour: After narrowly escaping being eaten by a giant chicken, Elmo starts to give up on getting his blanket back.
- Grumpy Bear: The Grouches, particularly Grizzy.
- Heel-Face Turn: Bug does this.
- The Hero's Journey
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Bug.
- Jerk Realization: Elmo has one when the Queen of Trash compares him to Huxley.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Elmo and Bug.
- Large Ham: Huxley.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Bug.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Combined with Because You Were Nice to Me above. After being a Butt Monkey for most of the film, Bug is the one to return Elmo's blanket, after telling off an incapacitated Huxley, and then forces Huxley to promise to give back everything he stole or claimed as his own.
- Naked People Are Funny: Bert first appears in his shower cap.
- No Fourth Wall: Ernie and Bert pause the movie at certain points to commentate on it.
- Not So Different: Elmo has this realization thanks to the Queen of Trash.
- Parental Bonus:
- Psychopathic Man Child: Huxley.
- Rousing Speech: Oscar gives one to the Grouches while in prison.
- A plant gives one in song form to Elmo to help him start his journey.
- Toilet Humor: Grizzy's Soggy-Pants Sandy doll.