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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Similar to Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, parents didn't find taking their kids to see Elmo in theaters worth the money when they could just show it to them on television for no charge. Also this was at the time when Elmo's popularity was being over-hyped to the point where he has been referred to as the "Little Red Menace" by Sesame Street traditionalists.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The scene in Grouchland Jail where Big Bird sings the alphabet to cheer his friends up, to which the grouches find as pure torture and beg the guards to release them. Prison torture shouldn’t be funny, but GROUCH prison torture is freakin’ hilarious!
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  • Ear Worm: Many of the songs, particularly Huxley's.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "ABCDEFG..." "Lemme outta here! It's torture!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Huxley trying to crush Elmo with a giant stamp.
    • And, before that, sending a giant chicken to eat him. The horror of that one is downplayed a great deal, thanks to the silliness factor, but this still makes Huxley the only major Sesame Street villain, to date, to actively attempt to kill a main character, and a toddler, at that.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • For some reason, the Queen of Trash (portrayed by Vanessa Williams) is one of the most remembered parts of the movie.
    • To a lesser extent, Super Grover. He is only in one scene, but he makes the most of his screen time.
  • Sequelitis: The film is fondly remembered by those born after 1993, but most fans prefer the 1985 film for being slightly Darker and Edgier than the series and having more appeal to adults; this film is Lighter and Softer than the series. Nevertheless, both films are viewed as So Okay, It's Average.
  • Tear Jerker: Elmo realizing he's not so different from Huxley.
    • The end credits song, "Precious Wings."
    • The final scene where everyone joins in to sing "Together Forever" again. While technically also a Heartwarming scene as well, just knowing that everyone is back to loving each other being kind after such hardship is enough to bring tears into someone's eye.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Game Boy Color game is extremely easy, even on Hard, except for Huxley's Chopper, and to accompany with the game's low difficulty, it's also extremely short, being only 8 levels long.


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