Now that we've learned our A-B-C's and 1-2-3's, it's time to face the dark side--Oscar the Grouch's underground world. When Elmo loses his beloved Blankie, our furry red friend ends up in a slime-filled world with--horrors--the evil Mandy Patinkin calling the shots. Mandy's biggest flaw, besides his enormous eyebrows, is that he won't share his toys.
When Elmo's quest looks bleak, his Sesame Street friends offer support, and everyone's happy at the end. It's all very innocent, but there's not much warmth to the story, just a couple of cute lines and visual effects. Less Mandy and more Big Bird and gang would've been more entertaining to the toddler set.