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Elmo's Christmas Countdown is an hour-length Christmas special based on the children's television show Sesame Street. It premiered on Sunday, December 23, 2007, at 7:00 pm, on ABC. The special was filmed in July 2007 with the working title of Elmo's Christmas Spectacular.
The special was later re-edited as Sesame Street Episode 4427, broadcast on PBS on November 27, 2013. This version of the special was edited to remove the commercial fade-outs and a few lines of dialogue, and also included a shortened version of Elmo's World: Happy Holidays! as the episode's Elmo's World segment.
The story is told by Stiller the Elf to Stan the Snowball, recounting the year Christmas almost didn't happen. Stiller recalls that Oscar the Grouch had been researched as the one who had more Christmas joy than anyone else. As such, he plans to give him the official Christmas-Counter-Downer, without which Christmas can't happen. When Oscar throws it away, the windows on it vanish, and it's up to Elmo to once again save Christmas.
- "It's Almost Christmas"
- "I Hate Christmas"
- "Carol of the Bells"
- "I Want a Snuffleupagus for Christmas"
- "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
- "The Nutcracker Suite"
- "I Saw Three Ships"
- "Jingle Bells"
- "You Gotta Just Believe"
- Stan the Snowball, impressed by the fact that Stiller the Elf not only narrates but actually appears in the story, says that he is "a big star, like the Grinch, or Frosty, or that round-headed kid who picked out that crummy tree!"
A year after the special's original airing, Genius Entertainment released it on DVD.
|Actor / Muppeteer||Character|
|Carroll Spinney|| Big Bird|
Oscar the Grouch
|Leslie Carrara||Abby Cadabby|
|Eric Jacobson|| Grover|
|Jerry Nelson||Count Von Count|
|David Rudman||Cookie Monster|
|Martin P. Robinson||Mr. Snuffleupagus|
|Ben Stiller||Stiller the Elf|