It is impossible to hate Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. I don’t care how black you think your heart is, this is a documentary everyone will love and not just because it has Elmo. You’ll love it because it you’ll see how Elmo’s puppeteer, Kevin Clash, not only followed his life-long dream of becoming a puppeteer, but how he created a character that has brought joy to the lives of millions of children. The film’s trailer has gone online and it does a good job of representing of showing why Clash is a worthy documentary subject and what makes this movie a celebration of a person, and not just his ridiculously popular and lovable puppet (although Elmo gets plenty of screen-time).
Trailer via Indiewire.
Here’s the official synopsis for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey:
BEING ELMO chronicles the life story of puppeteer Kevin Clash – the multiple award-winning persona behind the furry red monster Elmo of television’s Sesame Street. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin had very different aspirations from his classmates—he wanted to be a puppeteer. More specifically, he wanted to be part of Jim Henson’s team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street on a daily basis. With a supportive family behind him, Kevin made his dreams come true.
Combining amazing archival footage with material from the present day, filmmaker Constance Marks explores Kevin’s story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and including interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others, this insightful and personal documentary offers up a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson legacy.