Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  27 April 2012 (UK)
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The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.


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Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Puppeteer
Fran Brill ...
Herself - Puppeteer
Carson Carr ...
Guy Eating Cake #2
Gladys Clash ...
Herself - Mother
Herself - Co-Founder - Sesame Workshop
Himself (archive footage)
Cheryl Henson ...
Herself - President - Jim Henson Foundation
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Kermit Love ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)


The film traces Kevin Clash's rise from his modest beginnings in Baltimore to his current success as the man behind Elmo, one of the world's most recognizable and adored characters. Millions of children tune in daily to watch Elmo, yet when Kevin walks down the street he is not recognized. Pivotal to the film is the exploration of Jim Henson's meteoric rise, and Kevin's ultimate achievement of his goal to become part of the Henson family of puppeteers. In addition to puppeteering Elmo, Mr. Clash is arguably the creative force behind today's Sesame Street, producing, directing and traveling around the globe training other puppeteers. Includes interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Carroll Spinney, Joan Ganz Cooney, Marty Robinson, Fran Brill, and Bill Barretta. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some mild language including a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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27 April 2012 (UK)  »

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Inside Elmo  »

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Opening Weekend:

$22,963 (USA) (21 October 2011)


$302,652 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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Made me want to be a puppeteer
5 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

If you've enjoyed watching the Muppets/Sesame Street/or the like you'll love this movie. The story of Kevin Clash is not so dramatic as much as it is fascinating and a thorough exploration of the unique world and craft of Muppets. I frequently found myself giggling or chuckling during several scenes, and I was always excited whenever someone put a puppet on to see how they would bring it to life with their voice and motions. The movie showed me where to find the deep hidden meaning in puppets and shows like Sesame Street. This movie made me feel happy, and I don't know that I can explain why except that this is part of the magic of puppeteers like Kevin Clash and their craft.

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