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Tango puppy
PERFORMER Leslie Carrara-Rudolph
DEBUT 2021
DESIGN Louis Henry Mitchell designer
  Rollie Krewson 3D designer
Elmo and Tango

Tango is Elmo's puppy who made her debut in the 2021 animated Sesame Street special Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy. The puppy then transitioned into puppet form in promotion for the special and in Season 52. She also stars in the recurring animated segment "Elmo & Tango's Mysterious Mysteries." She is named Tango because she loves to dance.

In Tango's debut special, Elmo and Grover discover the stray animal in a cardboard box. On the way to a pet fair to find her a home, Elmo eventually decides to take her in instead. Tango typically communicates in a series of barks provided by her performer, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph. In the animated 2022 special The Nutcracker: Starring Elmo & Tango, Tango gains the ability to speak in a dream sequence with a voice provided by Royina Patel. In 2023, a Mecha version of the character was added to Mecha Builders.

Her birthday is August 5 (reflecting the premiere of her debut special). In a 2023 Wired autocomplete interview, Elmo fields a question regarding Tango's breed. Elmo does not have a definitive answer, but describes her as "brave like a beagle, smart like a terrier, and very fluffy like a poodle."[1]

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