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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)

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A tug-of-war between Elmo and his friend sends his blanket to faraway Grouchland, a place full of grouchy creatures and the villainous Huxley. Elmo embarks on a rescue mission, learning important lessons about sharing and responsibility.


Gary Halvorson


Mitchell Kriegman (story), Mitchell Kriegman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Clash ... Elmo / Pestie / Grouch Jailer / Grouch Cab Driver (voice)
Mandy Patinkin ... Huxley
Vanessa Williams ... Queen of Trash
Sonia Manzano ... Maria
Roscoe Orman ... Gordon
Fran Brill ... Zoe / Pestie / Prairie Dawn (voice)
Stephanie D'Abruzzo ... Grizzy / Pestie (voice)
Dave Goelz ... Humongous Chicken (voice)
Joey Mazzarino Joey Mazzarino ... Bug (voice) (as Joseph Mazzarino)
Jerry Nelson ... Count / Pestie / Grouch Mayor / Grouch Cop (voice)
Carmen Osbahr ... Rosita (voice)
Martin P. Robinson ... Telly / Pestie / Laundromat Guy (voice)
David Rudman ... Baby Bear / Fat Blue / Caterpillar / Pestie / Collander Stenchman / Ice Cream Customer (voice)
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Ernie / Stuckweed / Football Stenchman / Ice Cream Vendor / Parrot (voice)


Elmo loves his fuzzy, blue blanket, and would never let anything happen to it. However, a tug-of-war with his friend Zoe sends his blanket to a faraway land, and Elmo in hot pursuit. Facing life without his cherished blanket, Elmo musters all of his determination and courage and heads off on an action-packed rescue mission that plunges him into Grouchland, a place full of grouchy creatures, stinky garbage and the villainous Huxley. Along the way, Elmo learns an important lesson about sharing, realizing that he was selfish with his friend and responsible for what happened. Written by Anonymous

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The Good, The Bad and The Stinky.


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Did You Know?


In a scene near the beginning, there is a hotel called 'the furry arms' in which, Cookie Monster is serving food, and there is a blue puppet patron attending. These are all featured in Jim Hensons 'Furchester hotel' See more »


Directly after Huxley activates his giant stamper to label Elmo "MINE", the stamper is in motion. However, moments later, when the Sesame Street residents barge in, the stamper is no longer in motion, despite still being active (Huxley didn't press the button to deactivate it). However, when Elmo is dangling from the claw, when Huxley laughs maniacally, you can see in the background, that the stamper is in motion again. It becomes motionless permanently when Elmo launches the basket on to Huxley. See more »


[first lines]
Ernie: [walks by humming, then turns and notices the audience] Hi there, everybody! Welcome to the movie. Hey, we're so glad you came. Now...
Bert: [Bert appears, wearing a bath towel and showering cap] Ernie, Ernie.
Ernie: Hm?
Bert: Listen, I'm going to take a shower. Have you seen my antibacterial soap?
Ernie: No, Bert, I haven't.
Bert: Oh, now where did I...?
Ernie: Now, this movie you're about to see is all about Elmo.
Bert: Who are you talking to?
Ernie: The audience, Bert. They're right there.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, Bert and Ernie are on the screen. The credits start and Bert says "Ooh, credits! I want to see who did the catering." See more »


References Love Story (1970) See more »


Welcome To Grouchland
Written by Martin Erskine and Seth Friedman
Produced by Martin Erskine
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User Reviews

A musical story about sharing
19 September 1999 | by ataraxiaSee all my reviews

This was a happy film concerning the red furball from Sesame St, Elmo and how he learns about unselfishness from the negative example of a "greedy selfish villain" called Huxley, played by Mandy Patinkin.

Elmo loves his blanket but won't allow Zoe to hold it, and through a series of misfortunes ends up in Grouchland ("Positively NO Smiling!") where everyone is very unfriendly and Huxley (singing "I Make It Mine") is the most selfish of all. Elmo needs to retrieve his blanket from Huxley's castle and encounters a series of difficulties along the way, including a meeting with the "Queen of Trash", played by Vanessa Williams, who teaches him about giving.

I am 22 and I enjoyed it, particularly the musical parts, especially the signs in Grouchland, e.g. a movie theatre "Sharon Groan in Basically It Stinks", and the self-deprecating comments about the show - Huxley, "I bet you have a grand old time together just saying the alphabet and counting *all day long*." Grouchland saying - "you look like a million yuks." In jail, some people are told, "you have the right to scream you head off, and if you don't exercise that right, you can have someone scream their head off for you."

Grouchland is like a ghetto, so the producers had to be careful to avoid any racist suggestions at that point (witness outcry over Phantom Menace). The background music is a Latin/ South American rhythm. Also the Queen of Trash's dump has an African/Andean rhythm with the pipes in the background.

More disturbing was the incipient bourgeois mentality displayed; apparently we are supposed to not like the ghetto dwellers or the people who have everything (i.e. the socialist, Huxley). If this film was made in any country except the US, recycling would have been mentioned...

Postmodernist views are also blatantly promulgated in the Queen of Trash's song concerning her dump (or creation?) "It's all about your point of view".

Bert and Ernie often break in and get the audience to "participate". They are very fond of using each others names in their conversation, e.g. in just about every sentence. Another strange thing is that Elmo refers to himself in the third person all the time. But overall this is funny & a good commentary on commandments 8 & 10

for all ages.

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Release Date:

1 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,255,033, 3 October 1999

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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