Katy Perry's Sesame Street duet with Elmo is being pulled from its upcoming episode, so Katy and her fiance, Russell Brand, spoke out on Twitter. Even Elmo himself got in on the action this morning on The Today Show. Check it out on PopSugar Rush!
It looks like Will.i.am isn't the only singer sharing the stage with Elmo and friends this Fall. As Sesame Street gears up for its 41st season, the gang will continue its tradition of welcoming a roster of familiar faces, including Jennifer Garner, Amy Poehler, Sherri Shepherd, Julie Bowen, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. Oprah will be lending her voice to a character while Katy Perry joins Usher and Will.i.am in parodying one of her hit songs. Families tuning in to the new season, which begins on September 27th, will notice a focus on science and technology (like the new Cat in the Hat series) with tots exploring the world around them.
Elmo, Dora, Mickey and Pooh – the characters that appear on our boob tubes are often found running around the playground too. Try as we might to shield our innocent children from the images available on cable television, network TV commercials and online media, just take a walk outside and you are sure to be bombarded by characters and logos that look like they jumped right off the screen.
According to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, marketing directly to children has increased from $100 million in 1983 to more than $17 billion today. By the age of six months, a baby can form a mental image of a corporate logo or mascot, making them able to request those brands by the time they can speak. While wooden toys have increased in popularity due to their safer manufacturing processes, they have not outweighed the popularity of character-driven choices that flood the market. Do you try to shield your lil ones from commercial characters and logos?
Even the businesses lining Sesame Street aren't immune from the effects of a sinking economy. To help kids better understand the recession, Sesame Street will air a one hour special next week called Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times. The show stars Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, as well as personal finance and parenting experts to discuss strategies for maintaining children's well-being during hardships. When his mother loses her job, Elmo is forced to work through his family's issues. Targeting two to eight-year-olds, the show also features real life families and their tips to surviving the obstacles they have overcome.
Parents of tiny tots may not dare go on a long adventure without bringing along their trusty DVD player. A lengthy airplane ride or a prolonged road trip can go from disastrous to delightful with a simple push of a button. Families flying the friendly skies or cruising the roads should stock up on this Summer's newest releases for wee ones. Some of them may even have mom looking for an extra headset outlet!
Fans of the original The Office series know the British comedic genius of Ricky Gervais. Creator of the hit series, Ricky has taken his act to other shows including Sesame Street. We love to see familiar faces hanging with Elmo and Big Bird, but this clip is outtakes from the popular kid's show. Instead of discussing the alphabet or Mr. Noodle, these two are giving high fours and cracking up with the camera crew. Known to self deprecate for a laugh, Ricky says to the interviewer, "You can't even control a Muppet and a fat guy." Get a good start to the day with a hearty laugh.
Yesterday we showed you the top five trends from Toy Fair, but amid the great Eco-conscience toys and educational games, there were a number of items that kept us laughing throughout the day. From edible play dough to people posing with Lego men, there was a fair share of funny items. Check out our slideshow to see our favorites.
Ready. Set. Go! Just try to stop a curious 18-month-old. Finding toys that capture their attention is quite a task so look for items that help develop their fine motor skills.
The 39th season of Sesame Street is set to debut on August 11, so the Children's Television Workshop has provided us with a sneak peek at one of the celebrity acts to join Elmo and friends on set. Popular Canadian singer Feist will kick off the season with a special rendition of her “1 2 3 4” song.
The new season will feature a host of guest celebrity appearances, including Will Arnett, Jessica Alba, David Beckham, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris, Sandra Oh, Jenny McCarthy, Jason Taylor, and Jack Black. The show will also introduce parodies of several popular shows, such as 30 Rock, High School Musical, and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?. With a lineup like this, I may be setting up the Tivo more for myself than my daughter!