5/29/2012 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

After a lovely afternoon of laundry and How I Met Your Mother on Netflix, Maggie, Ben, and I watched Being Elmo, because I’d recently baby-sat for Baby J, a huge Elmo fan.

Being Elmo tells the story of how Kevin Clash became the beloved furry red monster. Clash started making puppets at a very young age and was already on a local (Baltimore, Md.) kids’ tv show before he graduated from high school. He meets Kermit, (an actual person, not the frog) a puppeteer, and the rest is history. It follows his career from Captain Kangaroo to Sesame Street. One of the first times Clash worked with Jim Henson was on the movie Labyrinth, which is the answer to the question at the end of The Princess and the Frog review.

This is an excellent telling of the life of Kevin Clash. You laugh, you cry, you wish Elmo could be your best friend. I baby-sit for Baby J on occasion and she loves Elmo. We sit and watch Elmo and Sesame Street clips together. Her parents watched this documentary and now her mom can’t disconnect the muppet from the man. My favorite part was the Make A Wish Foundation scene, I was tearing up. Being Elmo is a good tale about hard work and persevering and helping others, you know, Elmo stuff. I don’t want to ruin the magic of Elmo for my kids, so 13, A.

Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?

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