In the segment, Elmo teaches math skills while imagining himself in different musical situations. Segments include "Sea Captain the Musical," "Mountain Climber the Musical," "Prince Elmo the Musical" and "President the Musical." Joining Elmo in his adventures is Velvet, a talking set of curtains, and a series of animal and Anything Muppet friends.
|Guacamole the Musical (First: Episode 4301)
Chef Explorer Elmo travels to Nacho Picchu and meets the Queen. The Queen is looking for a big dip for her big tortilla chip and Elmo must deliver or else! The Rhombus of Recipes appears and tells Elmo that he has to sing, “We want guac!” and he will receive a recipe. Elmo sings and is led to Nose McDonald's Whistling Nose Garden to find 14 avocados, then to the Temple of Spoons to get three tablespoons of onion. The bowl of avocadoes and onions transforms into guacamole. Measuring worked! Elmo gives the Queen of Nacho Picchu the guacamole to taste and she loves it.
|Athlete the Musical (First: Episode 4302)
Elmo imagines himself as an athlete competing against a large monster, Enormous Athlete, to win a pair of golden shoes. Enormous Athlete wins the first two games, but he falls down during the hurdle race. Elmo ultimately decides to help him get back up to finish the race, realizing that good sportsmanship matters more than winning.
|Sea Captain the Musical (First: Episode 4303)
Sea Captain Elmo is on a ship that sets sail to find Moby Pink, a giant pink whale. With the help of eight chicken sailors, Elmo is off! As Elmo and the chickens begin to look for Moby Pink, a bottle flies into the boat and informs them that if they want to find Moby Pink, they must sail to the Bermuda Octagon, a shape with eight sides and eight angles. They come upon a shape, but count only three sides and three angles. It’s the Bermuda Triangle and not the Bermuda Octagon, so they keep looking. They come upon another shape and this time Elmo counts eight sides and eight angles and determines that it is the Bermuda Octagon. Elmo and the crew continue to sail and they finally find Moby Pink! She keeps rocking their boat and explains that she can’t stop because she has eight barnacles on her back that are making her itchy. Elmo suggests that they try to solve the problem by doing subtraction.
|Pizza the Musical (First: Episode 4305)
Pizza Astronaut Elmo has to deliver a pizza to the Martians. So he takes off in his rocket, but makes a sharp turn and the pizza slices start flying out of the box. Velvet tells Elmo it’s because there is no gravity in space. When a star shoots straight into Elmo’s rocket and forms a hole, Elmo decides to use one slice of pizza to cover the hole and it works! He now only has three slices left! Elmo keeps going, but Darth Chicken blocks his way with his spaceship and he traps Elmo in his laser beams. Elmo uses three pizza slices to cover the holes again. He stops the lasers and the spaceship flies away! Elmo realizes that he has zero slices left! The Martians don’t mind because they are thrilled to do the "Pizza Box Dance" instead.
|Airplane the Musical (First: Episode 4307)
A penguin bride-to-be needs airplane-pilot Elmo to take her to the South Pole by 11 o'clock for her wedding, constantly making pit stops for things she needs for the wedding.
|Circus the Musical (First: Episode 4308)
Elmo tries to find the perfect act he can do for the circus, replacing the various performers who fall out. Elmo becomes discouraged and nearly gives up his dream of joining the circus until a chicken urges him to "Keep on Clucking."
Audra McDonald provides the singing voice of the chicken.
|President the Musical (First: Episode 4311)
Elected President of the United States, Elmo become the first monster to command the White House. He must solve a problem facing the country - all the "firsts" (the First Lady, the First President photo, first base, etc.) are going missing!
- Cowboy the Musical
- Mountain Climber the Musical
- Prince Elmo the Musical
- Detective the Musical
Behind the Scenes
Replacing Elmo's World
Production on the "Elmo's World" segments had ceased in the late 2000's, the last segment airing as part of the 2009 season. The segment was meant to appeal to kids younger than the target age of the show (two years and younger). Executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente was not too pleased with the success it received, as it was targeting an age the show's curriculum was not designed for. The "block format" experiment of season 40 proved to be a ratings hit, attracting more children between the ages of 3-4, leaving the "Elmo's World" segment as the youngest-skewing portion of the program, something Parente wished to change even before production halted.
In June 2011, Joey Mazzarino and the other writers began developing new ideas for the new segment. One idea was to have Elmo go on road trips using his tricycle. Mazzarino stated Elmo's character was all about his excited view of the world and large imagination and they decided to go with an idea based on those characteristics. The idea of a musical segment came around and with the success of musical programs like High School Musical and Glee, the writers decided it was a good idea to move forward with.
Each episode took a day to film. All the material was filmed in front of a greenscreen, with the performers dressed in green to allow characters like Elmo to appear full-bodied. Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio, known for producing other animated segments for the show, provides the CGI elements of the segment, including the backgrounds and new character Velvet. Each episode costs approximately $275,000 to produce.
Sesame Street musical director Bill Sherman helms music production for the segment.