Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

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Overview

Most American parents are very much aware of Elmo, the child-like fuzzy red Muppet on Sesame Street who has become a favorite among the show's youthful audience. But far fewer people know the name Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who brings Elmo to life, and filmmaker Constance Marks introduces viewers to the man behind the Muppet in this documentary. Clash, a big and burly-looking man with a large reserve of shyness, was born and raised in Baltimore and was something of a loner in his youth, but found a way to express...
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Overview

Most American parents are very much aware of Elmo, the child-like fuzzy red Muppet on Sesame Street who has become a favorite among the show's youthful audience. But far fewer people know the name Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who brings Elmo to life, and filmmaker Constance Marks introduces viewers to the man behind the Muppet in this documentary. Clash, a big and burly-looking man with a large reserve of shyness, was born and raised in Baltimore and was something of a loner in his youth, but found a way to express himself when he discovered puppetry. In his teens, Clash began building his own puppets once destroying one of his father's coats to use as material for his latest project, and showed a remarkable talent for the art. Clash worked on a variety of television shows and movies before being hired to work on Sesame Street, where he formulated his most famous character. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey offers a backstage look at Clash's life and times, a look into his working methods, and insight into how he informs Elmo's personality and uses the character to send a positive message to the world. Being Elmo received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Some thoughts from the Filmmakers; Sundance Premiere Q&A with Kevin and the Filmmakers; Tau performs in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; Interview with John Tartaglia; Trailer; Director's Bio
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • UPC: 767685264041
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,847

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Clash Participant
Whoopi Goldberg Voice Only
Frank Oz Participant
Cheryl Henson Participant
Rosie O'Donnell Participant
Joan Ganz Cooney Participant
Carroll Spinney Participant
Fran Brill Participant
Martin P. Robinson Participant
Bill Barretta Participant
Technical Credits
Constance Marks Director, Producer
Magnetic Dreams Animation Animator
Jay Fisher Sound Editor
Joel Goodman Score Composer
Maxine Kozler Koven Musical Direction/Supervision
Corinne LaPook Producer
James Miller Cinematographer, Producer
Philip Shane Editor, Screenwriter
Justin Weinstein Editor, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Being Elmo
1. Introducing Kevin [2:40]
2. Turner Station [3:48]
3. Jim Henson and Sesame Street [4:37]
4. Sibling Rivalry [4:14]
5. Most Likely to be a Millionaire [3:26]
6. Meeting Kermit Love [3:56]
7. The Jim Henson Stitch [11:03]
8. Captain Kangaroo Audition [11:44]
9. Getting Sesame Street [10:00]
10. Tickle Me Elmo is a Hit [5:08]
11. Henson Memorial [5:21]
12. Being Happy [9:44]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Being Elmo
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Bonus Footage
         Sundance Premiere Q&A with Kevin and the Filmmakers
         Some Thoughts from the Filmmakers
         Tau Performs in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
         Interview with John Tartaglia
      Theatrical Trailer
      Filmmaker Bio
      About Docurama
         Trailers
            The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
            Still Bill
            The Kids Grow Up
            Bob Dylan Don't Look Back
      Docurama Trailers
         Docurama Trailers
            The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
            Still Bill
            The Kids Grow Up
            Bob Dylan Don't Look Back
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