Abby in Wonderland
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|Abby in Wonderland|
|Directed by||Kevin Clash|
|Written by||Christine Ferraro|
|Based on||Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carrol
Abby in Wonderland is a Sesame Street direct-to-DVD film that adapts Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland with the Muppets of Sesame Street. Abby Cadabby stars in the "Alice" role. The feature-length adventure was released on DVD by Genius Products on September 30, 2008. In addition to receiving a DVD release, the film received a limited theatrical run in September 2008 through the Kidtoons family matinee series, and was aired on PBS Kids during the week of Thanksgiving 2008. It was aired again on December 29, 2008 on local PBS stations.
Abby wants very much to be in her own fairy tale. Elmo takes an interest in Abby's wish and tells her the story of "Alice in Wonderland". For a second Abby falls asleep and she opens her eyes to see that she is wearing a blue dress and blouse and Elmo has turned into a rabbit and is in a great hurry.
Abby follows Elmo down a tunnel. At the bottom she loses her wand to Elmo, who disappears at the end of the tunnel. Abby notices there is a small door, but its locked. She finds the key to the door on a table that just appeared. She unlocks the door, but she's too big to fit through the little door. With that she closes, locks the door and puts the key back on the table. Then Abby notices there is a bottle that just appeared. Before Abby can drink it, the bottle tells her not to drink him, but say things that rhyme with 'drink'. Abby does and she shrinks to the right size to go through the door, but she recalls she locked it and left the key on the table, where it is out of her reach. Abby finds a cookie who tells her to say things that rhyme with 'eat'. Abby says so many rhymes, she grows pretty big, but she manages to balance her size, grab the key and shrink herself to a small size. Abby takes Bottle and Cookie with her as she unlocks the door and enters a flowerbed.
Further in the flowerbed, Abby meets Counterpillar and his partner Little Rose-Ita, but does not want to join in their counting game. With Cookie's help, Abby restores herself to her regular size. Just then Elmo rushes past and Abby runs after him, passing Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee, who mention, that they are actually not in this story. Abby bumps into a tree and hears some munching. She sees a pair of eyes and the Cheshire Cookie Cat appears. He points Abby in the direction of a tea party.
At the tea party are seated the Mad Hatter, Elmo and Mousie. To Abby's surprise, the Hatter doesn't serve tea, but letters 'T' in the cups. The Hatter shows Abby his collection of hats. After that Abby asks Elmo for her wand, but with the hole in his pocket, he dropped it somewhere. The Cheshire Cookie Cat appears, guzzles up all the scones and cookies and scares away Mousie.
Abby walks down a path in the search for her wand until she sees the path forks into four directions. As Elmo comes to talk with Abby, she sits down in despair of being lost in this wonderland. Soon Elmo rushes off to attend the King's Croquet Game. Abby follows him and finds a door in a tree. The door takes her to the messy castle of the king, "The Grouch of Cards". The king has Abby's wand thinking it's a new royal scepter. Abby tries to get her wand back, challenging the king to a game of croquet, but he cheats. Elmo protests at the king's decision to keep the wand. Before his grouchlings can throw out Abby and Elmo, they both use Cookie to grow large. They scare the grouchlings and the king away. Once Abby and Elmo restore themselves to their original size, Abby reclaims her wand. Abby is unable to magic herself back home, but Elmo reminds her she's still dreaming.
Back in Sesame Street Elmo shakes Abby awake. Although Abby sort of got her wish to be in a fairy tale, she thinks she's better off being in a fairy tale when she's a little older. With that Abby and Elmo go off to play.
- Leslie Carrara as Abby Cadabby as Alice
- Kevin Clash as Elmo as the Red Rabbit
- Jerry Nelson as Count von Count as the Counter-pillar
- Caroll Spinney as Oscar the Grouch as the Grouch of Hearts
- David Rudman as Cookie Monster as the Cheshire Cookie Cat
- Fran Brill as Zoe as Mousey the Hatter Helper
- Tyler Bunch as Bottle
- Eric Jacobson as Grover as the Mad Hatter / Bert as Tweedle Dum
- Carmen Osbahr as Rosita as Little Rose
- Steve Whitmire as Ernie as Tweedle Dee
DVD Verdict gave the film a positive review, noting that while the original Alice in Wonderland story "kooky and fanciful, but also a little creepy", the Sesame Street version was sanitized for its target audience by polishing the original's "rough edges" and "removing any real sense of danger." They further noted that there is a place for some scary children's tales, but not on Sesame Street. While the film is targeted to a very young audience, some of the jokes are for adults. An example given is on how Ernie explains to Bert "that, despite popular misconception," the characters of Tweedledum and Tweedledee are "not actually in this story". It was noted that while the songs written by Mark Radice are bright and fun, "they don't quite live up to the best tunes Sesame Street has to offer." It was concluded "There are a lot of bad remakes of Alice in Wonderland. This isn't one of them."