WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SESAME STREET: ELMO’S MUSICAL MONSTERPIECE

Music by Three-Time GRAMMY® Award-Winning Band Ozomatli

Gets Preschoolers Up and Moving!

BURBANK, Calif. –  May 9, 2012 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece , an action-filled console and handheld video game encouraging preschoolers to sing, dance, and learn through a series of fun musical games. Based on “Sesame Street,” the award-winning children’s television series, the learning game will be available for Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ in June 2012.

“In Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece , parents can inspire an understanding of music and dance in a kid-friendly environment with their favorite Sesame Street characters,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We worked closely with the early childhood development experts at Sesame Workshop to create fun interactive activities that help kids foster a love for music.”

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece gets children up and dancing and encourages music creation,” said Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D., Vice President of Education & Research, Sesame Workshop. “The game also explores emotional expression through music and dance, introduces instrument names and sounds, and helps children to practice early math skills through music.”

All of the music in the game is performed by Ozomatli, and includes some original songs by the popular Los Angeles-based band, whose music is a combination of hip-hop, salsa, dancehall, cumbia, samba, funk, merengue, Jamaican ragga, and Indian raga influences.  The upbeat score will appeal to kids and parents alike.

Developed by Griptonite Games, Inc., the games are entertaining and intuitive, enabling preschoolers to play by themselves with minimal involvement while offering ways for parents to help.  The game features a “Parent’s Page” where parents can review games their child has played, and review curriculum goals.  Parents can also customize up to three profiles, set limits for number of games played and more.

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece is the latest in a series of Sesame Street video games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that includes Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! for Wii and Nintendo DS which promotes healthy habits for life, and Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival which encourage early literacy and math skills, respectively on Wii, Nintendo DS and PC.

Families can continue the Sesame Street experience with Sesame Street: Elmo’s Magic Numbers available on DVD on July 10, 2012.  Kids can join Elmo, Big Bird, Zoe and Rosita as they learn the importance behind counting, numbers and early math skills.

For more information on Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece , please visit www.SesameStreetVideogames.com.   

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About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street .  The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company.  Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.  Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

About Griptonite Games

Griptonite Games is the leading developer of high quality, fun games for handheld platforms. Located in Kirkland, WA, the studio employs over 100 people who are passionate about making handheld games. The studio has shipped over 50 titles across most of the major handheld platforms including GBC, GBA and DS, and is currently developing games for DS, PSP, iPhone and iPod Touch. Griptonite is a Foundation 9 Entertainment Studio. For more information, please visit: www.griptonite.com

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece software © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  “Sesame Street" and all associated characters and elements © 2012 Sesame Workshop.  All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved.  


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