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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey -- Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet, Kevin Clash, the heart and soul of Elmo.

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Writers:
Philip Shane (written by) &
Justin Weinstein (written by)
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Release Date:
27 April 2012 (UK) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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(74 articles)
Sesame Street's Kevin Clash Resigns as Elmo
 (From PEOPLE.com. 20 November 2012, 8:55 AM, PST)

DVD Review - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
 (From Flickeringmyth. 27 July 2012, 7:36 AM, PDT)

Raggedy Ann and Andy are Puppets of the Muppets
 (From kidspickflicks. 25 July 2012, 9:16 AM, PDT)

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475th Review. A Wonderful, Joyous Documentary See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Barretta ... Himself - Puppeteer
Fran Brill ... Herself - Puppeteer
Gladys Clash ... Herself - Mother

Kevin Clash ... Himself

Joan Ganz Cooney ... Herself - Co-Founder - Sesame Workshop

Arsenio Hall ... Himself (archive footage)
Cheryl Henson ... Herself - President - Jim Henson Foundation

Jim Henson ... Himself (archive footage)

Hugh Jackman ... Himself (archive footage)
Kermit Love ... Himself (archive footage)

Rove McManus ... Himself (archive footage)

Rosie O'Donnell ... Herself (archive footage)

Frank Oz ... Himself (archive footage)

Regis Philbin ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin P. Robinson ... Himself - Puppeteer

Caroll Spinney ... Himself (archive footage)
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Directed by
Constance Marks 
 
Writing credits
Philip Shane (written by) &
Justin Weinstein (written by)

Produced by
Corinne LaPook .... producer
Constance Marks .... producer
James J. Miller .... producer (as James Miller)
 
Original Music by
Joel Goodman 
 
Cinematography by
James J. Miller  (as James Miller)
 
Film Editing by
Philip Shane 
Justin Weinstein 
 
Sound Department
Jay Fisher .... sound editor
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Hahn .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tyler Kakac .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Anne Alvergue .... additional editor
Mirabelle Ang .... post production supervisor
Evan Anthony .... colorist
Evan Anthony .... on-line editor
Todd Holmes .... additional editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Constantine Limperis .... additional editor
Constantine Limperis .... producer for post production
Roger Matthews .... assistant editor
Kristen Nutile .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Kevin Bluhm .... music editor
Michael Croiter .... musician
 
Other crew
Adam Chazen .... post production assistant
Chris Cliadakis .... archival researcher
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Steve Kullback .... post production consultant
David Magdael .... publicist
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel
Robert Stein .... legal services
Anne Stulz .... publicist
Steven Wallace .... publicist
 
Thanks
Ria Borzak .... thanks
Rickey Boyd .... thanks
Mike Halsey .... thanks
Mark M. Magner .... thanks (as Mark Magner)
 

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Rated PG for some mild language including a brief drug reference
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
475th Review. A Wonderful, Joyous Documentary, 8 January 2012
Author: intelearts from the big screen

It is sad that of the 15 documentaries currently nominated for the 2012 Oscars this wasn't one of them - it clearly deserves to be - it may not be about great injustices or uncovering the new, but it does something that the very best documentaries can do - it makes the world a a better place and the viewer a better person for watching it.

This is simply one my favorite films of the year. Kevin Clash is the man behind Elmo, but he is also a man who never ever wanted to do anything from his earliest memories than to make puppets and be a puppeteer. We live in an age where, thank goodness, video records childhood and meetings and TV archives have the records - so we get not only the interviews but also some wonderful footage - and the full story of how Kevin went from making puppets in his bedroom to being a world-class puppeteer.

I do like documentaries - and the best transcend their category and simply take you on the journey - that journey that the greatest drama and comedies can - where you can't wait to see the next frame - where as the story unfolds so does the magic.

Being Elmo does have movie magic. What lifts this is the joy it brings and shares, not just the Muppets and Jim Henson, but just the wonderful spirit that doing what you really love can bring.

It may not be a pure documentary in the truest sense of the word, but is immensely charming and it leaves you laughing, crying, and wishing everyone got to do what they hoped to do as a child.

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