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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Posted by admin on September 5, 2012


Without the desire to help children, they are trapped in their own box of insecurity. I love anyone who wants to make the world a better place for kids. Especially the younger kids. The first couple of years are important to giving them the guidance they need in order to spread their imaginations. No imagination is too far to see, as long as we have the power to think. Some of my earliest memories are from the adults like my family and babysitters who have taught me to play and make the games as big as possible. You could say I’ve made reviewing movies a game.

Another memory I have is watching Sesame Street at a very young age. I’ve always found those Muppets so comforting, talking to me like a person, and not a child. They have created many timeless characters like Big Bird, The Count, and Grover. These days, it’s all about Elmo. I don’t remember watching much of him. He was probably ahead of my time before I moved on with other shows. For a while I found him kind of annoying. I kind of thought that his persona was too sporadic and joyful. After watching Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, I can say I was dead wrong.

This movie is my glimpse into the behind the scenes world of how Sesame Street is imagined and created for kids. Expecting a room of overly happy kindergarten teachers, I now see that the people on the show are great actors and friendly educators that are driven to create educational-entertainment. I liked seeing how Muppets are created and what goes into the actors making the personality of the Muppet. They are not only focused on giving life to these things, but they also do their best to see that kids will be able to identify with them and learn from them. The focus is all about the man behind Elmo, Kevin Clash.

I learned a lot how a puppeteer is made. His interest in puppeteering has been building since childhood. He took his talent to many television stations, finally landing in Jim Henson’s company in 1984. His talent ended him in Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Hour, and even feature films like Labyrinth and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His character of Elmo has touched more lives then I could have realized. This character stands for all the little boys and girls that need a friend and he wants to be that little buddy.

The more you watch this movie, the more that Kevin Clash grows onto you. This documentary shows that creatures like Elmo can bring a lot of creativity into the world. We are never too old to learn, and this movie teaches us that not only can we do something that we love, but how we can use it to benefit others. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is definitely not for haters of Muppets and Sesame Street, but if that inner child inside of you call out for this, then you won’t regret it.


I’ll give this five eye’s of Elmo out of five. You could say that this is Elmo’s backstory, and it’s richer then you might think. 


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