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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

  • English

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.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Kermit, Peggy or the Cookie Monster. Television puppets are part of our childhood and remind us that we were once kids. But, who is behind them? Being Elmo is a documentary that talks about the puppeteer behind this famous Sesame Street character, Elmo.

His name is Kevin Clash, and he joined the famous Jim Henson show in 1984. The documentary explores the best kept secrets of the people behind the show, the ones who give voice to the TV puppets and make us daydream.

Its release was at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was received positively by the critics. Beyond the difficulties and personal challenges of Clash and other puppeteers, the documentary explores their importance and influence among generations and generations of kids who, captivated, enjoy, laugh, identify themselves and want to be friends with Elmo and company.

Despite the fact that the topic may not seem exciting at first glance, it thrills any spectator with a bit of sensibility. It is an extraordinary piece that surely won’t leave you indifferent.


Constance Marks
Director, Producer
Philip Shane
Writer, Editor
Corinne LaPook
James J. Miller
Director of photography, Producer
Joel Goodman
Original Music Composer


Arsenio Hall
Kermit Love
Jim Henson
Frank Oz
Whoopi Goldberg
Narrator (voice)
Hugh Jackman
Kevin Clash
Fran Brill