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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:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Barretta ... Self - Puppeteer
Tau Bennett Tau Bennett ... Self
Fran Brill ... Self - Puppeteer
Carson Carr Carson Carr ... Guy Eating Cake #2
George Clash George Clash ... Self
Gladys Clash Gladys Clash ... Self - Mother
Kevin Clash ... Self
Joan Ganz Cooney ... Self - Co-Founder - Sesame Workshop
Arsenio Hall ... Self (archive footage)
Cheryl Henson Cheryl Henson ... Self - President - Jim Henson Foundation
Jim Henson ... Self (archive footage)
Hugh Jackman ... Self (archive footage)
Kermit Love Kermit Love ... Self (archive footage)
Rove McManus ... Self (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

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

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Connections

References The Dark Crystal (1982) See more »

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Les Z'animaux
written by Mado Marchant & Alexandra Pic
arranged by Paul Crabbe
courtesy of Panorama SAS/Society Expand Drama
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Heart warming and laugh out loud funny
18 July 2011 | by sara-mouserSee all my reviews

I was privileged to see the film at Sundance and was not disappointed. The heartfelt story made me love Elmo even more, who thought that was possible?

I will admit that there seemed to be a bit of a downfall missing. The guy is very likable but I could sense a missing piece. The film touches upon Clash's relationship with his daughter and the strains they endured due to Clash's work-a-holic lifestyle. Yet, the resolution quite wasn't there for me. All things were patched up with a Sweet 16 birthday bash for her. With that said, it doesn't ruin the film and merely left me curious.

The history of Elmo and Clash's relationship with Jim Henson was pure magic. The behind the scenes look at the world of muppeteers truly fascinated me.

I encourage you to check out the film for yourself.


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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

Gross USA:

$304,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$310,812
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Mono

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1.78 : 1
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