I still remember the first time I saw Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, on a TV show--and I couldn't believe my ears. Who knew a big guy like Kevin was the voice of the lovable--and, yes, sometimes annoying--little red guy on Sesame Street
Now with the release of a heralded new documentary about this odd couple, it's fascinating to learn more about one of the most famous and intriguing pairs in puppeteering.
A true follow-your-dreams-no-matter-what story, I get choked up just watching the trailer for Being Elmo -- A Puppeteer's Journey
which won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, among many others.
Beginning with Kevin Clash as a nine year-old, dreaming of being on Sesame Street
, the movie depicts his climb to the puppeteering top, despite, doubters, bullies, and high school peers who teased him for "playing with dolls."
The rest, as you know, is tickle-me history.
This movie isn't for little kids who might be distressed to learn that Elmo isn't really alive. But, I would love my ten-year-old to see this just as she is entering those intense peer-pressure conformist years of tween- and teen-dom. Just as long as she brings me along to see it too. -Christina
Find out where Being Elmo is playing near you by visiting their website.
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