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Produced by: Sony Wonder
Release Date: 1997 (VHS)
2003 (DVD)
Discs: 1
Region: 1

Telling The Truth is a 1997 Sesame Street direct-to-video special in the "Kids' Guide to Life" series.

The DVD version released in the United States includes a CD sampler of "In Your Imagination", "Afraid of the Dark" and "What Do I Do When I'm Alone?" from the album Dreamytime Songs.

Plot synopsis

Telly feels left out when all the other kids at Gina's day care are going to the circus and lies that his uncle is a ringmaster. After Gina reads the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," Elmo has a dream of the story where the boy, named Leo, learns his lesson. When Telly's uncle (Dennis Quaid) drops in for a surprise visit, Telly admits the truth.

DVD chapters

  1. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  2. Believe You Me
  3. Elmo's Dream
  4. Telly's Tall Tale
  5. Meeting the Wolf
  6. I Wanna Take It Back
  7. Telly Tells the Truth
  8. Off to the Moon
  9. A Special Message from Dennis Quaid



  • Prior to commercial release, the video was titled "Telly Tells the Truth." A promotional demo VHS was produced with a slightly different cover (with a circus poster in place of Elmo), though the contents of the video refer to it by its final title. The video also opens with a different title card read by a male voiceover, whereas Telly reads the title in the final version.