Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
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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 Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is the story of a young man who knew what he wanted to do and did it, who made his dreams real. This may be the most truly American movie in memory."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Cory Everett, The Playlist
"I'll go to my grave believing that Elmo is a punk. Kevin Clash, however, is definitely not a punk, not one bit."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"He seems like a genuinely nice celebrity, possibly because he is never recognised in the street."
‑ , This is London
"[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."
‑ Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
"Watching Clash realize his dream is gratifying, and the behind-the-scenes Muppets stuff is fun."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Young or old, Elmo fan or not, anyone can find something of real value in Clash's story."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Constance Marks's delightful, unpretentious documentary both captures the man in all his complex simplicity and throws light on his craft."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Despite an exhaustive series of interviews with famous puppeteers and a few celebs (among them Whoopi Goldberg, who also narrates), it's a documentary that feels a bit tedious by journey's end."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Backstage at the Muppet works, we see countless drawers filled with eyeballs, eyebrows, whiskers and wigs. It's the only world Kevin wanted to live in, and he made it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , Film4
"More than 100 million Elmo owners can't be wrong, can they?"
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"He simply seems to be a good guy who created something that little children love. Fair enough."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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