Generations of children have grown up with the wonderful educational TV show “Sesame Street”. I was one of the kids who would tune in daily to learn the fun facts of life from Burt, Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar, Elmo, Cookie Monster and gang. I loved “Sesame Street”, and to this day I have a soft spot in my heart for it.
Which is why it makes me quite happy to learn that Hollywood has plans to adapt the property for the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Twentieth Century Fox has secured the rights for a “Sesame Street” movie. There have actually been two previous big screen outings, in 1985 with “Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird” and in 1999 with “Elmo in Grouchland”. But those never made it to our shores.
Director Shawn Levy (“Real Steel”) is attached as a producer, through production company 21 Laps, while Joey Mazzarino, a writer on the series since 1998, will provide the film’s screenplay. No word on whether The Jim Henson Company will be involved, since it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the characters will be puppeteered. Just please don’t make them CGI. Last year’s “The Muppets” managed to rekindle the magic of puppets with just minimal digital enhancements here and there, and the movie was a critical and commercial hit.