Releases on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 22, 2014.
When famous rocker Virgil Von Vivaldi (Michael McKean, playing a spoof of his This Is Spinal Tap character) shows up on Sesame Street, it is up to Elmo, Abby, Zoe and friends to use their creativity to make a new rock band for Virgil. The catch? Virgil’s wants his “rock” band to be made entirely out of rocks! Elmo and friends take on this fun challenge and set out on a quest to find the perfect rocks for Virgil. They identify each rock they come across and study its characteristics to decide how it can be best used in the band. First, they find a tiny pebble that they realize is too light to be the lead singer, but can be the tambourine player instead. Elmo then spots a heavy rock that he determines will play the gong. Zoe then meets Rocco, whom she identifies as a basalt rock, a type of igneous rock that was formed by a volcano. Because basalt rocks have many holes, he too cannot be the lead singer, but can be the bass player. Next, Elmo finds a limestone with fossils in it that will be the flute player. Zoe finds a shiny rock called obsidian that can play the oboe. Then, Abby finds marble that is sparkly and colorful and can play the mandolin. Still in search of a lead singer, Abby changes Vergil into a smooth, sparkly rock called a gem. With all the pieces in place, it is finally time to rock on!
The DVD includes another full episode that features Donald Glover, who plays the rock star LMNOP (a spoof of the musical duo LFMAO), who is set to perform on Sesame Street, only to discover that he has lost all of his music equipment. Telly and friends must work fast to create replacements in time for his big show. And, if it couldn’t get any better, in addition to two full episodes, Sesame Street: Learning Rocks includes a bonus story where Elmo discovers a grasshopper and rapper Rev Run (from Run DMC) show it how to “hop this way.” Other special features include appearances from actress Anna Faris actor Dax Shepard, as well as bonus segments “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” and “Elmo The Musical.”
“Sesame Street recognizes the importance of music in children’s lives, so Sesame Street: Learning Rocks is filled with over two hours of entertaining stories and songs that is sure to help every preschooler hone their problem solving skills,” said Jeff Brown, WBHE Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “As children learn to think creatively and critically while they listen and sing along to catchy tunes with their favorite Sesame Street characters, this release is sure to be a favorite amongst parents and preschoolers alike.”
Sesame Street is now in its 44th season! It is the longest-running program in children’s television. Did you know that Sesame Street has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history? That’s right…they have received 153 Emmy awards, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award honoring the 40th year. I watched Sesame Street, and so do my kids. It’s generations of learning fun!
Check out this fun color sheet: Learning Rocks Coloring Sheet