The Magical Wand Chase is a Sesame Street special. The 43-minute special premiered on HBO on Saturday, November 11, 2017, and was released on DVD on November 6, 2018. The special features guest star Elizabeth Banks.
Press kit description
“While taking her friends on a magical hot air balloon ride, Abby Cadabby loses her wand to a curious bird, voiced by [Elizabeth] Banks. Without Abby’s wand, they can’t get back to Sesame Street. A chase ensues!
Pursuing the bird in their hot air balloon, Abby and the gang visit new neighborhoods and discover new foods, music, and languages. Best of all, they make new friends who help them find the missing wand and show them the way back home. Who knew there was so much to discover just around the corner?
The Magical Wand Chase is deeply connected to this season’s respect and understanding curriculum, using the tapestry of the city to show kids that kindness is universal and new friends can be found anywhere. (It also marks the first time the show has shot a feature-length special on location since 1994!)”
- Nina: Suki Lopez
- Lucy: Lynn Cheng
- Carl: William Poon
- Sonia: Ana-Sofia Rodriquez-Garcia
- Zaki: Bluend Mulbah
- Onyi: Olivia Altidor
Special Guest Star
Sesame Street Muppet Performers
- Jennifer Barnhart, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Frankie Cordero, Ryan Dillon, Eric Jacobson, John Kennedy, Peter Linz, Carmen Osbahr, David Rudman, Matt Vogel
Other Human Roles
- Pedicab Driver: Lee Buckman
- Nigerian Jump-Roping Girl: Chiamaka Eke
Los Jarabe Tapatío Dancers
- Melyssa Cristino, Melvin Gonzalez, Diana Palomares, Emanuel Torres Ortega, Jesus Torres Ortega
- Dance Teacher: Juan Castano
- Christopher Brillantino, Annabelle Chow, Malachy Fong, Heaven McCoy, Shamillah Middleton-Ellis, Violet Tinnierello
Animated Credits Characters
- Bruno the Trashman, Roosevelt Franklin, Abelardo Montoya, Baby Bear, Little Bird, Penelope Penguin, Prairie Dawn, Zoe, Count von Count, Two-Headed Monster, Bats, Julia, Alan, Ovejita, Slimey, Telly Monster, Rudy, Ernie, Bert, Mr. Snuffleupagus
- The special was originally conceived with the working title "Get That Wand."
- In the special, Violet Tinnirello and Jennifer Barnhart play mother and daughter in the background of a scene. Barnhart has since played the mother to Tinnirello's character of Charlie.
- Executive Producers: Brown Johnson and Ken Scarborough
- Directed By Benjamin Lehmann
- Head Writer: Ken Scarborough
- Writers: Jessica Carleton and Raye Lankford
- Puppets, Costumes, And Props / The Jim Henson Company NY Creature Shop: Liz Hara, Michelle Hickey, Rollie Krewson, Lara MacLean, Anney Ozar, Constance Peterson, Sierra Schoening, Jason Weber
- Music Director: Bill Sherman
- Music Director (Arrangements and Orchestrations): Joe Fiedler
- Music Director (Vocals): Paul Rudolph
- Composers: Bill Sherman, Joe Fiedler, Tim Kubart, Shaina Taub, Dominic Fallacaro
- Music Copyist: Joe Fiedler
- Music Coordinator: Tyler Hartman
- Sesame Street Band: Randy Cohen, Michael Croiter, John Deley, Doug Derryberry, Joe Fiedler, Rob Jost, Gary Meyer, Kenny Rampton, Entcho Todorov, Matt Lehmann, Jonathan Dinklage, Anja Wood
- Associate Producers: Theresa Anderson and Andrew Moriarty
- Sound Effects Editor / Re-Recording Mixer: Dick Maitland, C.A.S.
- Music Editors: Jorge Muelle and Paul Rudolph
- Creative Director and Storyboard Artist: Rickey Boyd
- Associate Director: Frank Campagna
- Production Designer: David Gallo
- Cameras: Frank Biondo, Jerry Cancel, Shaun Harkins
- Taped At Kaufman Astoria Studios In New York
- Paws As Hands: SESAME STREET_The Magical Wand Chase, Michael Lapinski, November 15, 2017.
- "EP#4: Jennifer Barnhart/"Bold Characters"/...Not Puppets (Tyler Bunch)", Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, August 19, 2020.