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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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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Inside Elmo  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.78 : 1
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Excellent story of a man's voice we've all heard
11 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great documentary about the lovable man behind the voice of Elmo. It's really inspiring to see someone not only come into success from such a humble beginning, but also to be so focused from childhood at one goal.

I personally enjoyed how intertwined his career was with other puppeteers Frank Oz and Jim Henson. The way Kevin tells his stories about working with his childhood idols was so down to Earth and without pretension that I felt like I was hearing it first hand from a friend. By the end of the doc you'll feel like you've known Kevin for years, not just 90 minutes.

10 stars, I hope this gem gets the attention it deserves

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