Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
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Average Rating: 7.2/10
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Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame
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Constance Marks's film is a simple cut-and-paste job, drawing on new interviews and archive, but what it lacks in refinement it makes up for in infectious warmth.
[Clash is] portrayed as a mild-mannered, kind, giving, supremely talented soul, with a deep love for the puppet he animates and the children who love him.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is the story of a young man who knew what he wanted to do and did it, who made his dreams real. This may be the most truly American movie in memory.
Watching Clash realize his dream is gratifying, and the behind-the-scenes Muppets stuff is fun.
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.
Even if Elmo was a little after your time, the doc is sure to wring a few tears out of nostalgia prone adults with its behind-the-scenes look at a show everybody grew up with.
Young or old, Elmo fan or not, anyone can find something of real value in Clash's story.
Gentle, sincere, and filled with moments of genuine joy and wonderment, this story of a boy who came to realise his dreams is as good-natured and uncontroversial as Elmo himself.
I'll go to my grave believing that Elmo is a punk. Kevin Clash, however, is definitely not a punk, not one bit.
Constance Marks's delightful, unpretentious documentary both captures the man in all his complex simplicity and throws light on his craft.
He seems like a genuinely nice celebrity, possibly because he is never recognised in the street.
A sweet, engaging documentary, Being Elmo largely steers clear of Clash's personal life to offer a wholesome portrait of a man who has dedicated himself to the thing he loved.
He simply seems to be a good guy who created something that little children love. Fair enough.
What a terrific bunch of guys the Muppets/Sesame Street creators are, not just spiritually, but technically.
Slight, but an uplifting, universal rallying call for creative people to follow their dreams.
It's not what you'd call a hard-hitting portrait but, like Elmo, it is ridiculously sweet, sprightly and warm.
A charming, if occasionally surface-deep look at the man behind the fur. Elmo like!
A revealing insight into the Henson universe, and a winning study of the hard work that goes into turning fake fur and plastic eyeballs into an international craze.
Underdogs, dreams, imagination, artistry, unashamed emotion... it's the cinematic equivalent of a big red hug.
Audience Reviews for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
- Kevin Clash: To this day, when a Make a Wish child or a sick child is there, the majority of the time, they'll ask for Elmo.
- Kevin Clash: They would say, 'Well, there's a child that has a wish of spending time with Elmo... Well, the wish is because she's a sick child - and this is her dying wish.'
- Whoopi Goldberg: The thing that people love about Elmo, is he needs them.
- Kevin Clash: I knew that Elmo should represent love.
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