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20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy Plan New ‘Sesame Street’ Film

Written by on June 19, 2012 

You’d figure that, with The Muppets being a massive hit, a Sesame Street movie would get the go-ahead before, say, Fraggle Rock, but it only the collective power of 20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy‘s 21 Laps could resurrect Big Bird. Now, however, THR has learned that the two will join forces to translate this beloved childhood staple into a bright, cheery cinematic experience, one which the series’ own Sesame Workshop is expected to also produce.

Nothing’s been revealed when it comes to plot or structure — we can all presume this won’t be dark and gritty… I’d hope — though it’s natural to expect something that veers away from their typical format and, rather, is in line with the previous Sesame Street films, Follow that Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. (The former of those, with appearances by Chevy Chase and John Candy, put the characters out into the real world and played with it all from there on out.) While that might be the only way I could tolerate this kind of film in the first place, if you’ll allow me to be a grouch for just one second, it definitely wouldn’t exclude some of the classic Sesame Street characters; you could still have as much of Oscar and the counting vampire as you want.

Do you want a Sesame Street film? Is there anything interesting that one could do with these characters and their world?

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