Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
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 Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. -- (C) Official Site … More
- PG (for some mild language including a brief drug reference)
- Documentary , Television
- Directed By:
- Constance Marks , Philip Shane
- Written By:
- Philip Shane , Justin Weinstein
- In Theaters:
- Oct 21, 2011 Limited
- On DVD:
- Apr 3, 2012
- Box Office:
as Kevin Clash
as Frank Oz
as Rosie O'Donnell
as Joan Ganz Cooney
as Fran Brill
as Martin P. Robinson
as Bill Barretta
as Caroll Spinney
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Critic Reviews for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
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.
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.
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.
[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.
A feel-good documentary about a cheerful guy who's not made out of felt (but probably would be just as cheerful if he was).
Audience Reviews for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
With such a great story to tell, this documentary, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is definitely as heartwarming as it is enlightening and funny. Watching someone who started from nothing and becoming the icon that children always talk about is really something special. Kevin Clark definitely knows how to touch children's hearts with puppets, but it is his passion towards his talent that truly makes his life incredible. This film was very well-made, capturing every detail he was speaking about. There are no complaints I have with this documentary whatsoever, I just have a hard time giving a perfect score to a film that may be cheated behind the scenes. Overall, this is a beautiful film that should influence young minds alike.More
Great documentary about talented puppeteer Kevin Clash who performed the role of Elmo on Sesame Street. This is a great film that goes in depth into his career, even if it's a bit short, but it manages to give you a look at Clash's incredible rise into becoming the voice of the famed character. In terms of being a documentary, Being Elmo is a fine film that goes deep into its subject, and makes for terrific viewing. Featuring great interviews with Kevin Clash, his family and the people he works with. The film is short, but more than makes up for its length with a plateau of behind the scenes footage, great interviews and a terrific subject. This is a must watch documentary and one that is quite entertaining for what it tries to do. Going behind the scenes and chronicling the career of Elmo's puppeteer is terrific, and here we get a look at his talent, his career and above all his influence and legacy. This is what documentary films should be, and while going in depth into its subject, you are captivated at how one character has touched so many people. Entertaining and fun, Being Elmo is a well crafted documentary that is one of the finer recent documentaries in recent memory. The film may be short, but like I said, it more than makes up for it with great interviews and workings of how Elmo came t6o be, and how Kevin Clash became one of the best puppeteers in the business. Worth seeing if you grew up watching Sesame Street as a kid or if you're curious about the character itself and how Elmo became what he is today.More
It's interesting, but I didn't see why it got all the hyperbolic praise it did. It's far from the first public glimpse inside Henson's workshop, and though it gives a complete account of the origin and impact of Elmo - and the dedication of a prodigious second-generation puppeteer - it didn't move me at all.More
Its simply beautiful. Having Jim Henson looked as a true model, this gives us a perfect understanding of a hungry puppeteer.More
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Quotes
- 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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