Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Documentary about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Seasame Street's Elmo. Winner of the Special Jury Prize (Documentary) at Sundance 2011.

"Kevin is a big, tough-looking dude who is the heart, soul, and high-pitched voice behind the world’s most beloved baby monster. The 50-year-old puppeteer’s sense of humor and gentleness is immediately obvious (Elmo just helps channel it), and documentarian Constance Marks goes deep in her film on his inspiring story from childhood Sesame Street fan to one of its biggest talents… ‘Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?’ Through hard work, talent, and imagination, the little boy who dreamed of making people smile with his puppets found his way there, making a little-known character into a global phenomenon." (NZ International Film Festival 2011)

Winner of the Special Jury Prize (Documentary) at Sundance 2011.
2011Rating: G75 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Constance Marks ('Green Chimneys')
Cast:
Kevin ClashFrank OzWhoopi Goldberg
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A really entertaining look at what it's like to be the person behind Elmo

I really enjoyed this documentary, which I saw at this year's NZ Film Festival. It was fascinating seeing how this kid who loved making puppets for himself, got to meet Frank Oz and Jim Henson and the rest was history. It was wonderful seeing all of the ways that Elmo is used to support kids who are disadvantaged. It was also lovely seeing how humble the...

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Fun and entertaining

There's so much joy crammed into the film that there's no time to notice the lack of depth.

3.0
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Variety

Variety

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A gentle giant of a man, whose precocious interest in puppets and puppetry was inspired by the same show that made Elmo a cultural fixture, Sesame Street.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Profile of exceptional performer charms with unexpected delights.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A winning tale of the persistence and creativity.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Backstage at the Muppet works, we see countless drawers filled with eyeballs, eyebrows, whiskers and wigs. It's the only world Kevin wanted to live in, and he made it.

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Variety

Variety

press

A gentle giant of a man, whose precocious interest in puppets and puppetry was inspired by the same show that made Elmo a cultural fixture, Sesame Street.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Profile of exceptional performer charms with unexpected delights.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A winning tale of the persistence and creativity.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Backstage at the Muppet works, we see countless drawers filled with eyeballs, eyebrows, whiskers and wigs. It's the only world Kevin wanted to live in, and he made it.

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A really entertaining look at what it's like to be the person behind Elmo

I really enjoyed this documentary, which I saw at this year's NZ Film Festival. It was fascinating seeing how this kid who loved making puppets for himself, got to meet Frank Oz and Jim Henson and the rest was history. It was wonderful seeing all of the ways that Elmo is used to support kids who are disadvantaged. It was also lovely seeing how humble...

4.0
0

Fun and entertaining

There's so much joy crammed into the film that there's no time to notice the lack of depth.

3.0
0