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  • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Clash, Elmo
  • Directors: Constance Marks
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080DIIJO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Beloved by millions of children around the world, Elmo is an international icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash.

Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo follows Clash s remarkable career, while also offering a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Clash had very different aspirations from his classmates he wanted to be a part of 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.

Featuring interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and Clash himself, filmmaker Constance Marks insightful and personal documentary tells the story of one of the world s most adored and recognizable characters and the visionary behind the icon.

Awards and Accreditations:

Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize - Documentary, 2011.

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The visionary partnership of Jim Henson and Joan Ganz Cooney haunts this affecting look at the artistry behind Sesame Street’s beloved Elmo muppet. Kevin Clash--an awkward Baltimorean teenager who found his voice through puppetry--came to Jim Henson’s attention as a performer on Captain Kangaroo before claiming national attention as the sing-song voice of Elmo. Almost overnight, the show had a central character, America her first preschool superstar and Henson a natural successor to his role as master-puppeteer.  In telling Clash’s story, director Constance Marks outlines the fascinating collaboration between Henson and the Children’s Television Workshop, the state-funded educational body founded by Cooney to improve the nation’s preparatory skills via a Saturday morning children’s TV format.  It took Henson’s ludic genius to hold pre-school America’s attention, filtering arithmetic and literacy--and affective issues of the day, like AIDS and terrorism--through the fluffy world of Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, Kermit, Elmo et al. The result was Sesame Street--a landmark in children’s programming, founded on a concrete pre-school curriculum and lofty ideals of multicultural opportunity. Clash is himself a product of these ideals: a shy black kid from a low-income suburb of Maryland, he was among the ten million-or-so children who grew up counting along with Bert and Ernie on the living room carpets of 1970s inner-city America. Clash credits Sesame Street as the defining inspiration for his career, and Being Elmo reflects on the show’s status as a media breakthrough for multi-racial children’s characters--its brownstone setting a more inclusive reflection of the American pre-school experience. The show has a fitting mascot in Elmo--those plastic features alive with curiosity and love--and the story of Clash neatly underlines Sesame Street as a democratic force for good. --Leo Batchelor

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dignitas on 10 May 2012
Format: DVD
Over the last month I have seen both Kevin MacDonald's documentary 'Marley' and 'Being Elmo.' Being Elmo is the far superior film.

Charting puppeteer Kevin Clash's rise from poverty in Baltimore, to protege to the great Jim Henson, and ultimately the man behind Elmo. It's a story of self-belief, having to confidence to follow dreams, and ultimately the hardwork required to achieving those dreams.

Suitable for viewing by young children [although they might be bored by the non-Elmo sections of the film.] I also advise viewing with tissues at the ready. There's a scene with a dying child who's last wish is to meet Elmo. I had tears streaming down my cheeks.

Best film of 2012.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR BRADLEY WHITFIELD on 15 May 2012
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I have seen some good and bad examples of documentaries. Seeing this at the cinema, I can say that this is darn near perfect. I was like putty in the hands of this movie, completely engrossed and enchanted. I think some people think all you need is an angle or an unusual subject matter to make a documentary, but what you really need is heart and worthwhile subject matter. This film has both by the bucket loads. My favourite film of the film so far.
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This documentary is just as heart-warming & irrepressibly positive as Elmo himself. Growing up in a poor Baltimore neighbourhood, it's no surprise that from a young age, Kevin Clash sought escapism via television. What IS a surprise is that he took it to such an astonishing extent, inspired by Sesame Street to start making his own puppets. And so began a lifelong obsession which took him to being the hands & voice behind Elmo, one of Sesame Street's most popular characters - which seeing as all the other popular puppets were there from the start & Elmo was quite a latecomer, is quite an achievement.

Kevin comes across as an introverted & genuinely humble person. It's great to see someone become successful without it going to his head, no doubt because he genuinely loves what he does. Having himself been encouraged by those who were at the top of the muppet ladder, it's nice to see him now doing the same thing for others & having an impact on the future. It comes across as one big happy, fleecey family!

A charming film about a likable guy behind a warm-hearted creation. Wonderful.
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Being more of an Ernie fan myself, I was curious to see how I would like a story about Elmo and his creator. Long story short: I loved it. The documentary is well made, tells the whole story of Elmo, and though I don't get emotional very easily, this certainly gave me a lump in my throat a couple of times. Kevin Clash is an inspirational man, not just the operator of a puppet.
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