Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Streaming Video - 2011
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Beloved by millions of children around the world, Elmo is an international icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey' follows Clash's remarkable career, while also offering a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.
Publisher: [United States] : New Video : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 80 min.)) : sd., col.

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RolandDekker
Oct 18, 2019

(*Important note*) - This "Being Elmo" bio-documentary was first made available for viewing the year before Kevin Clash came out of the closet after several allegations of sexual misconduct with under-age males was brought to the public's attention. (This exposure, of course, changed the path of Clash's career quite significantly)

Anyway - This seventy-six-minute presentation covers the early life and promising career of notable puppeteer, Kevin Clash who had learned to project his inner-child through the beloved Sesame Street character known, far and wide, as "Elmo".

This presentation has both its fair share of good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

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VRMurphy
Nov 24, 2014

Fascinating, and without being preachy it trumpets the value of following what you love.

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PatEe
Jun 11, 2012

This is an excellent documentary. It is inspiring. Kind of sad that Kevins life became all about Elmo with no room for anyone else, something he laments. Very insightful about not only Kevin, but the entire industry of puppeteering. Highly recommend for any age.
The only annoying thing about this documentary - as is so prevalent these days - is the background music. Somebody please make a decent documentary without this noise!

eve373 May 18, 2012

I became very curious to find out about the person behind Elmo. He really came out of nowhere --and all because of his parent's support for his love of puppetering.
EXTRAS side note: a director (or someone) explains how Kevin was asked in a Q&A how he got through the bullying in school? Kevin's answer-What did I care? I knew my Mom loved me. I knew my Dad loved me. I knew my brothers and sisters loved me too. *so true, so true*

McIndoo Apr 07, 2012

This is a very sweet story worth knowing about even if you are not a fan of Elmo, just as I am not. It's a touching story about the people behind the puppets and their passion for the work. Warning: contains heartwarming moments and may cause a little tear or two. :-)

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