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Genre Documentary
Running Time 76 min
Release Date Oct 21, 2011
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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

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… Show more

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Nov. 16, 2011 - Boston.com - Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

Behind every great puppet is a great puppeteer. In the case of Elmo, on “Sesame Street,’’ that puppeteer is Kevin Clash.

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BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer”s Journey

Directed by: Constance Marks and Philip Shane

Written by: Shane and Justin Weinstein

Narrated by: Whoopi Goldberg

At: Brattle, Coolidge Corner

Running time: 76 min.

Unrated (very young Elmo fans might be disconcerted to find out he”s not quite as independent - how”s that for euphemism? - as he seems on “Sesame Street””)

Elmo, as you probably know, has red fur, a helium-tinged voice, and a chirpy, chipper laugh that’s so endearing it’s probably a capital offense in North Korea. While it’s true that Clash would never be confused with Kim Jong-il, neither would he ever be mistaken for Elmo. He’s tall, 51, and African-American. How this highly improbable marriage came to be made in Muppet heaven is the burden of “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

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