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Release Date 1994
Produced by Random House Home Video
Format VHS

The Best of Elmo is a 1994 Sesame Street video originally released on VHS as part of the "My Sesame Street Home Video" series.

In this video, Elmo prepares for the "Monster Art Show", but he must choose only one of his drawings. He shows the drawings to his friends, who all like his drawings so much that he gives them the drawings. Will he have any left to enter?

Three follow-ups have been produced, including The Best of Elmo 2 (2010), The Best of Elmo 3 (2015), and The Best of Elmo 4 (2018).


Image Segment Description
FRAME 1 As Maria leaves the Fix-It Shop carrying a large board of wood, Elmo walks by and accidentally bumps into her, dropping a bunch of pictures from his hands. After Maria helps pick them up, Elmo reveals that he's bringing them to the Monster Art Show, and wants his friends to help decide what picture is best. Maria notices a drawing with Ernie...
Muppets Ernie and Elmo sing about the parts that make up "One Fine Face."
(First: Episode 2220)
FRAME 2 Maria tells Elmo that she likes the previous drawing the most, which Elmo, to her surprise, says she can keep (as there's plenty more pictures to choose for the show). Maria spots another picture and asks where he got all his ideas; Elmo says it's because of using his imagination.
Muppets Elmo sings "In Your Imagination."
(First: Episode 3119)

FRAME 3 At Finders Keepers, Ruthie startles Elmo while fiddling with a chandelle boa. After Elmo regains posture, Ruthie looks at his pictures and learns they're for the Monster Art Show, which incidentally she also bought pictures from. She notices two of his – one of Elmo scaring Julia Roberts, and one of Elmo sitting on the ledge with tap shoes...
Muppets "Happy Tappin' with Elmo"
(First: Episode 2832)
Muppets / Celebrity Julia Roberts and Elmo show afraid.
(First: Episode 2790)
FRAME 4 Elmo assures Ruthie there's lots of drawings left for the show, as the two look at a couple of more pictures. She finds one of the number 3 (from Elmo's number collection), and one with two backup singers. Elmo explains the latter is about the number 5, despite having no numbers on the picture.
Muppets "Elmo's Jive Five"
(First: Episode 2939)
Muppets Elmo, Herry Monster and Prairie Dawn sing about the number "Three."
(First: Episode 3123)
FRAME 5 Now at the Park, Elmo has laid his drawings on the ledge, commenting about how he's already just given out a few of them. Zoe suddenly appears and sees his pictures, asking one by one if she can keep them as they go down the line. Two pictures in particular stand out – one with Elmo and Telly, and one with Elmo and Whoopi.
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo thinks that Whoopi Goldberg's skin is a very pretty brown. Whoopi likes Elmo's soft red fur. Elmo admires Whoopi's bouncy hair, too. Elmo suggests that they trade, but Whoopi says that they can't – it doesn't come off. But even if she could trade, she wouldn't want to. She likes her skin and her hair, and she wants to keep it. Elmo says that he wants to keep his fur, too.
(First: Episode 2746)
Muppets Telly and Elmo sing about the difference between "Heavy and Light."
(First: Episode 2809)
FRAME 6 Grasping the previous two pictures, Zoe notices two more – one with a face and one with trees. Elmo, meanwhile, starts to feel bummed as the number of pictures gets smaller ("It's not easy being the best.").
Muppets Elmo sings about "The Sound That's in the Air."
(First: Episode 2948)
FRAME 7 Zoe bids farewell to Elmo, clinging onto the pictures she likes. Now alone, Elmo shows his last picture to the viewer – a drawing of Elmo playing the piano...
Muppets Elmo writes his own song and sings it for Big Bird and Snuffy, who then wish that they had their own songs. Elmo lets them insert their own names into the lyrics, resulting in "Big Bird's Song" and "Snuffy's Song." (ending cut)
(First: Episode 2710)
FRAME 8 Elmo decides it's time to pick the best drawing for the Monster Art Show, but finds he just has the last picture remaining in his hand. He decides to hang it up at the show, but a sad blue Honker comes by, explaining that he's never gotten one of Elmo's pictures and feels left out. This leaves Elmo with a conundrum, asking the viewer what they would do. He realizes that friends' feelings are more important than a contest, and generously gives his last drawing to the Honker. However, now Elmo feels sad that there's no pictures left to enter, and walks away.

Elmo finds everyone gathered in front of 123 Sesame Street looking at his pictures, and explains his problem. They all decide to give their pictures back, with Maria telling Elmo that he can return the pictures to them after the show. Elmo gleefully thanks them for their good deed, but now faces another problem: what picture should he pick for the show? Everyone laughs together as Elmo asks the viewer what they liked best.


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