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Sesame Street - Bert & Ernie's Word Play (2010)

Carlo Alban , Alan Arkin , Jim Henson , Jim Martin  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carlo Alban, Alan Arkin, Paul Benedict, Larry Block, Lexine Bondoc
  • Directors: Jim Henson, Jim Martin, Randall Balsmeyer, Victor DiNapoli, Ken Diego
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sesame Street
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065U1L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Bert & Ernie's Word Play (DVD)

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sesame Street video I own July 4, 2002
This is my seventh Sesame Street video purchase and by far my favorite (and the favorite of my 18 month old daughter who loves "Erniebert"). Not only does it feature many endearing old and new Sesame Street songs and skits, it has all the chaotic backstage zaniness of the old Muppet Show as Prarie Dawn tries to orchestrate the acts in Bert and Ernie's play. For SS old timers there are a couple of gems--one of kermit in a t-shirt shop where they've spelled his name wrong (Kermit the GORF, FORG, etc), and the classic "fat cat sat on the hat" muppet bit. Plus, all of your favorite Sesame Street muppets are here: Grover delivers a singing telegram, Elmo does the closing number, Rosita and Zoe sing about sticky tape, and Cookie Monster sings a very funny song about letters. I also like that this DVD is focused on words and not just letters and numbers. Plus, Ernie and Bert are just great.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to words, not just letters March 13, 2003
This DVD is set up under the premise that Bert & Ernie, under the direction of Prarie Dawn, put on a play about words. You see both on-stage antics, and the chaos that's backstage. The backstage stuff is reminiscent of the Muppet Show: Grover delivering a singing telegram, people rushing around to get props ready, slipping on banana peels. It's really cute, and my son thinks it's hilarious. During the on-stage scenes, Ernie and Bert introduce different words (cookie, sticky, go, fun, etc.), and then show how new words can be created by switching the letters around. And there's a cool machine that throws pies whenever anyone says the word "Go" (of course, Bert gets hit with more than his share of pies). There are some great old-school clips, but mostly new stuff. Lots of songs, and not too much Elmo. I really liked that the focus is on words, not just the letters used. It's a fun, educational video.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit by Sesame Street! December 30, 2003
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My two-year old son is a huge fan of Sesame Street, and we own several VHS/DVD Sesame Street videos. This is our latest addition to our library of videos, and was an instant hit! My son loves to watch this video - over and over! It grabbed his attention right from the very start. I was a bit worried that he wasn't old enough to deal with seeing words, but Bert and Ernie do it in a very entertaining way, which keeps my son's attention. He is enjoying himself and learning while watching this video. All Sesame Street shows/videos are educational, in my humble opinion, but this one is by far VERY educational. Buy it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Hold My Twin's Interest, For Some Reason March 13, 2005
We've owned this DVD for about a year now and for some reason, my 2 year old twins have never been and still are not interested in it. They LOVE Ernie & Bert, but it just doesn't hold their interest. Still, we keep trying to reintroduce it. Perhaps it is specific to them, but they do absolutely love "Learning About Letters" and "The Best of Elmo". I would check those out if you are looking for excellent Sesame Street videos. Both of them have a lot of songs, which holds the interest of most toddlers. Perhaps my girls will love the Word Play video in 6 months or a year. We'll keep trying, but it just isn't a hit, for some reason. It is the only video we own that they have no interest in. That being said, Sesame Street is one of the best programs for little ones, so you might want to still give it a try. Looks like it is a hit with a lot of others out there.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Baby and Toddler DVD June 15, 2004
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My daughter has watched this video almost every day since she was two months old (she's now 21 months old). It quickly became her favorite video last year, and I think it's because of the catchy, high-energy songs.

She prefers this video to many other ones because there are several good musical numbers, and there is only a limited amount of between-song talking. I even memorized several of the songs to sing to her in the car when we ride around town, and that used to stop her from crying when she was 6-12 months old (actually, it still works pretty well in the car sometimes).

Now that she's 21 months old, she jumps up and down and dances around when the songs come on, and she applauds at the end of each song. I'm amazed that this video has kept her attention for 19 months. Also, she really loves the "preview other sesame street DVDs" section. It shows you 30-second snippets of 15-20 other DVDs, focusing on the catchy songs. I choose the "play all previews" selection to give her a 10-minute block of previews. That gives us about 55 minutes of total entertainment - twice the length of many other toddler DVDs.

I almost forgot the most redeeming quality of this DVD - it teaches words. My daughter can now say the words "go", "sticky", and "elmo". She even tries to sing along with the syllables that she knows.

I can't recommend this DVD enough! It's a great baby and toddler DVD!

***Update 5/6/2010: It's been about 6 years since my review, and now, my 2-year-old son also loves this video. We play it in the car, and my 5 and 7-year-old daughters still like watching it. My 7-year-old is kind of old for it, but it still holds her interest and she doesn't complain when we put it on for our son. It even has the nostalgic side benefit of bringing me back to 2004 when my 7-year-old was a toddler and she used to watch this DVD almost every day. I still enthusiastically recommend this DVD!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Semi-entertaining but not very educational July 23, 2004
As a lifelong Sesame Street fan, I was disappointed with this DVD. There are some good clips - even some with Jim Henson's Kermit and Ernie. But as an educational video, the choice of words they characters played with was pretty random and not at all systematic. (One muppet held a sign "Coo" and Elmo had "kie" to spell "cookie," but the first muppet kept saying "Cah," not "Coo.") Don't think your child's reading skills will improve much by watching this video. A much better DVD is Ernie's 123 Count with Me/Learning About Letters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great choice !
Published 2 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really cute and educational
Published 1 month ago by Dusty Roads
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Nice video and book seller did a great job getting it to us. I use it in my daycare. Great resource
Published 4 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Did exactly what it was supposed too for a brand new movie. My son loved it. It was a cute little movie.
Published 5 months ago by kels761
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning
I bought this for my grandsons, ages 3 and 4. They love it. It keeps their attention and that is saying a lot! Read more
Published 8 months ago by elenor
5.0 out of 5 stars good DVD
daughter loved it when she was 2-3 yrs old Its a childs DVD not sure what else to say its cute? helped learn a little?
Published 12 months ago by Shocker88
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe for older kids...
My toddler loves Ernie and letters, so I thought this would be a hit, but it couldn't hold her interest for even five minutes, so I still haven't seen the full thing.
Published 12 months ago by Gizmo's Wife
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my 2 year old son
my son loves bert and ernie, he got a bed set and blanket set for holidays and I got this for his collection he loves it
Published 18 months ago by JoeyWife
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
This very interactive dvd had my two year old dancing and my 6yr old laughing and shouting out words. Very happy to add this to our movie collection.
Published 20 months ago by cannoneer
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sesame Street Video
Unlike some of the older Sesame Street videos, I don't mind my son watching this one. He likes Sesame Street. It keeps him entertained.
Published 23 months ago by Hillary Walsh
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