The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Title
Released October 1, 1999
Duration 73 minutes
Director Gary Halvorson
Written by Mitchell Kriegman (story), Kriegman & JOEY MAZZARINO (screenplay)
Music John Debney
Studio Columbia Pictures, JIM HENSON Pictures & Childrens Television Workshop
Rated G
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Poster
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Elmo in Grouchland Cast

The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland is the second SESAME STREET feature film, released in 1999.


In the 2nd SESAME STREET theatrical film, 14 years after Follow That BIRD, Elmo spends time with his favorite blanket. When Zoe wants to play with it, Elmo doesnt want to share it resulting in a tug-of-war leading to TELLY MONSTER accidentally taking it away while rollerskating uncontrollably. OSCAR THE GROUCH ends up catching it, sneezes on it & throws it into his TRASH CAN. Since OSCAR wasnt in his TRASH CAN when Elmo finds out, he goes into the TRASH CAN, where he finds his blanket, but Elmo & his blanket soon fall through a tunnel, which OSCAR ends up witnessing & only says, "Have a nice trip! Heh heh!".

Elmo winds up in GROUCHland USA, a world filed with GROUCHES. The evil, greedy Huxley then arrives to take the various belongings, & takes Elmos blanket as well. & since GROUCHES cant stand cooperation, they never do anything to at least try to stop Huxleys evil. Elmo then meets a GROUCH girl named GRIZZY, who then shows Elmo where Huxleys castle is, to thank Elmo for previously saving her from Huxley, & Elmo sets off to get his blanket back.

Meanwhile, OSCAR tells the gang that Elmo went into GROUCHland, & they all go in search of Elmo. Once in GROUCHland, however, they get arrested & thrown in jail since its against the law to ask for help in GROUCHland.

Huxley is aware that Elmo is in search of his blanket, & has his henchmen, Bug & the Pesties, stop Elmo from getting his blanket. They trick Elmo into going into a shortcut, which leads to the palace of the Queen of TRASH. There, when she learns that hes going to Huxleys castle & is believed to be 1 of Huxleys spies, she has Elmo take the ultimate challenge: blow her 100 raspberries in 30 seconds, which Elmo succeeds with help from the audience.

When Elmo gets closer, Huxley gets a giant chicken to stop Elmo. The chicken thinks that Elmo is a WORM, but Elmo convinces the chicken otherwise. However, once convinced, the chicken tosses Elmo away. Elmo is about to give up until a CATERPILLAR encourages him to keep trying.

Back at the jail, GRIZZY sneaks in to tell Elmos friends that Elmo is on his way to Huxleys castle. OSCAR, admitting Elmo is his friend, decides to yell out to the GROUCHES outside that, although GROUCHES HATE working together, they simply have to take a stand just this once. The other GROUCHES agree, & they get let out of jail to team up & go to stop Huxley from taking any more of their precious TRASH away. Elmo & the others soon show up & confront Huxley, but Huxley decides to take Elmos blanket. BUG soon gets a hold of the blanket, & tells Huxley that hes going to give it to Elmo, breaking off his friendship with Huxley. OSCAR leads the gang back to SESAME STREET via a shortcut that he knows. Back on SESAME STREET, Elmo decides to let Zoe hold his blanket.


  1. KEVIN CLASH: Elmo, Pestie, GROUCH Jailer,
  2. FRAN BRILL: Prairie Dawn, Zoe, Pestie
  4. MARTY ROBINSON: TELLY MONSTER, Pestie, Laundromat Manager
  5. DAVE GOELZ: Humongous Chicken
  6. STEVE WHITMIRE: Ernie, Football Stenchman, Stuckweed, Bad Humor Man, SHARON GRAON
  8. JERRY NELSON: Mr. Johnson, Count von Count, GROUCH Cop, GROUCH Mayor
  9. DAVID RUDMAN: Baby Bear, Colander Stenchman, Caterpillar, Alarm Clock Bird
  11. MATT VOGEL: BIG BIRD (Performed the puppetry only in some scenes to a vocal track by CAROLL SPINNEY, lettin the latter perform OSCAR THE GROUCH.)
  12. STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO: Grizzy, Pestie
  13. Leslie Carrara-Rudolph
  14. Bill Barretta GROUCH Cab Driver
  15. Rowell Gormon
  16. Ed May
  17. Andy Stone
  18. Jodi Eichelberger
  19. Lisa Sturz
  20. Annie Peterle
  21. Carmen Osbahr
  22. Bruce Lanoil
  23. Kirk Thatcher
  24. Matt Yates
  25. Drew Allison
  26. John Boone
  27. R. Lee Bryan
  28. Lisa Consolo
  29. Mary Harrison
  30. Rob Killen
  31. Tim Parati
  32. Bob Lynch
  1. Mandy Patinkin: Huxley
  2. Vanessa Williams as the Queen of TRASH
  3. Ruth Buzzi: Ruthie
  4. Bob McGrath: Bob
  5. Sonia Manzano: Maria
  6. Emilio Delgado: Luis
  7. Loretta Long: Susan
  8. Roscoe Orman: Gordon
  9. Alison Bartlett O'Reilly as Gina

Muppet CastEdit

Elmo, Zoe, Baby Bear, TELLY Monster, BIG BIRD, OSCAR THE GROUCH, GROUCH Cop, GROUCH Mayor, GROUCH Ice Cream Customer, GROUCH Jailer, GROUCH Cab Driver, Bad Humor Man, SHARON GROAN, GROUCHES, GRIZZY, GROUCH Parrot, Pesties, SUPER GROVER, GROVER, COOKIE MONSTER, BERT, ERNIE, Rosita, Mr. Johnson, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, BUG, Stuckweed, Humongous Chicken, Colander Stenchman, Football Stenchman, Caterpillar, Blanket
GROUCH Animals, GROUCH Dog, Old GROUCH, Laundromat Manager, Sock Quartet, Anything Muppets, Dinger, Mr. Honker, Alarm Clock Bird, Blanket, Woodchuck, Wolves, Gnu, Singing TRASHbags


Additional CreditsEdit


  1. MATT VOGELs Puppeteer Resume.
  2. YouTube clip
  3. Official website (archived)



See alsoEdit

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