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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

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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.

Director:

Constance Marks
8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Barretta ... Himself - Puppeteer
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Herself - Puppeteer
Carson Carr Carson Carr ... Guy Eating Cake #2
Gladys Clash Gladys Clash ... Herself - Mother
Kevin Clash ... Himself
Joan Ganz Cooney ... Herself - Co-Founder - Sesame Workshop
Arsenio Hall ... Himself (archive footage)
Cheryl Henson Cheryl Henson ... Herself - President - Jim Henson Foundation
Jim Henson ... Himself (archive footage)
Hugh Jackman ... Himself (archive footage)
Kermit Love Kermit Love ... Himself (archive footage)
Rove McManus ... Himself (archive footage)
Rosie O'Donnell ... Herself (archive footage)
Frank Oz ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Inside Elmo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,963, 23 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$302,652, 8 April 2012
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Features Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Sesame Street Theme
music by Joe Raposo
lyrics by Joe Raposo, Jon Stone, Bruce Hart
1970 Children's Television Network
Renewed 1998 Sesame Street Inc and Stage Harbor Publishing, Inc.
Used by permission of EMI April Music Inc.
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The heart behind the hand behind the puppet.
6 January 2012 | by Antonio_FranciscoSee all my reviews

There are many things in life that happens that we're not aware off. Just like magic; sometimes revealing the trick behind the show takes away some of the amazement we feel. I gotta tell you right now: this is not one of those times.

You'll see the common subjects documentaries are made off: the beginnings, the struggle, the breakthrough. But somehow, even if you're aware you're gonna see something special regarding the life of Mr. Clash, it'll take you by surprise. There's this vibe of amazement, seeing the world of the Muppets thru the eyes of Kevin Clash that makes us feel part of it. I have to confess, I'm kind of a cynical man and still found me shedding some tears at certain moments during the movie, not regarding his life, but seeing the kids and watching him being Elmo.

Do yourself a favor: watch this movie with your loved ones. I assure you you'll run to your drawers to make a sock puppet.


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