Elmo Saves Christmas

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Elmo Saves Christmas is a 60-minute television special and home video that was released and aired on PBS on December 2, 1996. In the story, Elmo learns that Christmas can't occur every day. It was shot at Sesame Street's usual home: the Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City. It was based on a short story, "Christmas Every Day" by William Dean Howells.

Synopsis[edit]

Elmo stays up till midnight on Christmas Eve, hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. He eventually falls asleep, but is awakened when Santa gets stuck halfway up his chimney. Santa tells Elmo that when he pulled him out of chimney, he saved Christmas for children all over the world. To thank him, he lets him choose a special Christmas present: either a pink teddy bear or a magical snow globe. Elmo chooses the snow globe and gets three wishes. His first wish was a glass of water, which was wasteful, but Santa warns him not to waste the other two wishes.

On Christmas morning, Elmo, excited by all the joy and cheer, wishes for it to be Christmas every day as his second one, which turns out to be a huge mistake. At first, everyone is excited, but Santa arrives, explaining to him that Christmas can't occur everyday because it wouldn't be special. To that, he has Lightning the reindeer take him on a sleigh ride to the future to see the effects of his wish and what Christmas is like in seasons such as spring and summer. Big Bird is upset because his friend, Snuffy went to celebrate Christmas with his grandmother in Cincinnati, Ohio and promised him that he'd return the day after Christmas, but since Elmo made the wish, Snuffy never came back. Maria, Luis, and Gabi were enjoying themselves on Christmas, but thanks to Elmo's wish, they won't be able to fix all the broken toasters that their customers leave behind since the Fix-It shop is closed for Christmas. Santa's elves haven't gotten a vacation in months and holidays such as Easter and the Fourth of July aren't the same in celebrating. But Oscar enjoys it since his trash can is surrounded by wrapping paper and worn-out Christmas trees, broken toasters piled up outside the Fix-It Shop, and nothing is playing on television but It's a Wonderful Life, declaring it a "bah humbug" kind of Christmas every day.

Elmo and Lightning then travel to next winter at Christmastime, only to find Sesame Street in ruins, the Count "all Christmassed out" from all the Christmases he's counted in these last few months, the carolers lose their voices from singing, Christmas trees are an endangered species, Big Bird is crying because Snuffy has been gone for a whole year, the Fix-It Shop, Hooper's Store and other stores go out of business, and Santa has decided to retire and move to Florida.

Guilty and realizing the wish was all his fault, Elmo realizes he can fix it all with his last wish from the snow globe, wishing that everything would go back to the way it was when Christmas was only once a year. However, the snow globe flies out of his hands and breaks. All hope is lost until he and Lightning decide to go back in time to the Christmas Eve when it all started when Elmo pulled Santa out of the chimney before he chose the snow globe and wished for Christmas everyday. This time, he chooses a new gift, a Moo Bunny, a plush toy which is a cross between a cow and a rabbit. The next morning, Big Bird is standing alone outside the Fix-It Shop when Snuffy arrives, saying that instead of spending Christmas with his grandmother in Cincinnati, she came to Sesame Street instead. Afterwards, Elmo learns that although Christmas can't be every day, it's always good to keep the spirit of Christmas every day and every year in your heart.

Cast[edit]

Muppet performers[edit]

Additional Muppets performed by Alice Dinnean, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Pam Arciero, Jim Martin, John Tartaglia, and Matt Vogel.

Songs and sketches[edit]

  1. Christmas Story Begins
  2. It's Christmas Again Number One
  3. Cookie Monster and Elmo Get Your Cookies, and Big Bird and Snuffy Go to Cincinnati
  4. It's Christmas Again Number Two, Christmas Story Continues, Christmas Story Continued, and Sesame Street News Flash
  5. It's Christmas Again Number Three
  6. Every Day Can't Be Christmas
  7. It's Christmas Again Number Four
  8. Give Your Friend an Easter Egg for Christmas
  9. It's Christmas Again Number Five
  10. All I Want for Christmas Is You
  11. It's Christmas Again Hoarsely
  12. Every Day Can't Be Christmas (Reprise)
  13. Keep Christmas with You (All Through the Year)

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by: Karin Young Shiel
  • The Muppet Performers: Kevin Clash, Carroll Spinney, Joey Mazzarino, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Fran Brill, David Rudman, Carmen Osbahr, Pam Arciero, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Alice Dinnean, Bryant Young, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, and Frank Oz
  • Cast: Sonia Manzano, Emilio Delgado, Bob McGrath, Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly, Roscoe Orman, David Smyrl, and Carlo Alban
  • Special Guest Star: 14 Karat Soul
  • Child Talent: Desiree Casado, Mara Feinstein, Noemi Hernandez, Andrew Mackasek, Theresa Sophia Rivera
  • Puppet Captain: Kevin Clash
  • Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop: Ed Christie, Mark Zeszotek, Lara MacLean, Stephen Rotondaro, Carlo Yannuzzi
  • Production Designer: Victor DiNapoli
  • Costume Designers: Bill Kellard and Terry Roberson
  • Lighting Designers: Dan Kelly and Mitchell Bogard
  • Associate Producer: Carol Colmenares
  • Associate Director: Ken Diego
  • Second Unit Director: Victor DiNapoli
  • Production Manager: Zoya Kachadurian
  • Stage Manager: Chris Kelly
  • Editor: Scott P. Doniger, Full Circle Post
  • Musical Director: Dick Lieb
  • Associate Music Director: Dave Conner
  • Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
  • Talent Coordinator: Danette De Sena
  • Animation: Paladino Design
  • Art Director: Bob Phillips
  • Set Decorator: Nat Mongioi
  • Graphic Designers: Mike Pantuso and Pete Ortiz
  • Children's Casting: Gabrielle Howard and Jason Schneider
  • Control Room P.A.: Carol-Lynn Parente
  • Production Assistants: Lori Sherman, Ann Levin, Katrin Vandam, John McDonald
  • Camera: Frank Biondo, Mark Whitman, Patrick Minietta
  • Audio: Blake Norton and Carla Bandini-Lory
  • Post Audio Mix: Richard Fairbanks and Peter Roos
  • Hair & Make-Up: Cidele Curo
  • Production Interns: Monisha Harrell, Alison Boesel, Alice Kennedy, Heidi Sohng, Rachel Fireman
  • Music & Lyrics by: David Axlerod, Tony Geiss, Sam Pottle
  • Executive In Charge Of Production For Sony Wonder: Becky Mancuso-Winding
  • Special Thanks to: Marjorie Kalins, Nan Halperin, Jodi Nussbaum, Dolores Morris, Ted Green, Wendy Moss, Renee Rachelle
  • Footage from "It's A Wonderful Life", Courtesy Of Republic Entertainment Inc.
  • Taped At Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York
  • Children's Television Workshop


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