Film / Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey focuses on the Muppeteer behind Elmo, Kevin Clash, who performed and voiced Elmo, the adorable, red love monster from Sesame Street until late 2012. The movie follows his upbringing in Baltimore, his passion for creating and performing with puppets; how he began working for Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) and his career there, including rising to executive producer, and how his most popular creation came to be.

Compare I Am Big Bird, another independent documentary about a longtime Sesame puppeteer (Carroll Spinney).

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This film provides examples of:

  • Ascended Fanboy: invoked Clash himself.
  • Happier Home Movie: Shows up a few times in the film including one where his newborn baby just arrived at his home and had to talk in Elmo's voice much to the annoyance of his wife.