Monday, May 7, 2012

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey the DVD Is A Must-See

When you think of Sesame Street, what do you think of?  For me it is first and foremost always Elmo.  Now the story of the amazing puppeteer behind the furry red muppet comes to DVD and will take you on an uplifting and inspiring story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy....much like Elmo himself.

I was a little hesitant to watch Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey for one simple reason-I was worried it would ruin the mystery of Elmo for me.  Yes I am a grown woman, wife, and mother of 3, yet I still love the innocent image that Elmo portrays; however, I was also curious.  Boy am I glad I was, because this DVD is not to be missed.

Being Elmo is a great documentary on the life of Kevin Clash and his journey from growing up in a small poor community known as "Chocolate Town" in Baltimore, to puppeteer in many hit television series and movies, to the fame of Elmo.  I was shocked and inspired by the sheer work ethic and perseverance that Kevin displayed while he was still in High School, hand stitching his own puppets and traveling to New York City to meet famed puppet creator Kermit Love.  That one meeting his senior year helped to pave the path for Kevin to go on to creating puppets for Captain Kangaroo, and working on movies such as Labyrinth (love that one).

I was very pleasantly surprised by the flow and depth of this movie that had me cheering for a young (and often shy) Kevin, and holding my breath that he would pursue his life-long dream of working with Jim Henson on Sesame Street.

This movie is a great heart-warming documentary geared towards adults and not for super-young fans.  It would also appeal to pre-teens and teenagers who have an interest in the world of puppeteering, and is appropriate due to the mild nature and lack of adult-language.

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