Kevin Clash Lives His Life ‘Being Elmo’

Want to smile for an entire movie? Then go rent Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. Being Elmo is about the man behind the beloved Sesame Street character. Elmo is a character we all know and love and the story of the puppet (and the man behind the puppet) makes for a seriously feel-good movie. Here’s what I loved about it:

What a great journey. It’s the story of how a kid fell in love with muppets. The journey of how a kid who cut up his dad’s trench coat to make a puppet became a millionaire. It’s not every day that a puppeteer becomes a millionaire. Even more than that, it’s not every day that you find your passion. Kevin Clash found his passion and it just happens to be with puppets.

The puppeteer of Elmo is an unknown icon. Kevin Clash is a HUGE celebrity. He hangs with celebrities, attends the red carpets, makes the big bucks. The problem is, I’ve never heard of him! Think about it – you get all the perks of being a celebrity without all the fuss. Win/win/win!

One of my favorite parts of movie was watching Elmo really explode. They discussed the Tickle Me Elmo phenomenon. The Tickle Me Elmo doll came out in 1996 and was essentially a toy that giggled and vibrated. This doll was SO in demand that Aaron Spelling called Rosie O’Donnell to try and get his hands on one! Although it’s a fun story on its own, it’s also cool to see just how huge Elmo got and the impact the puppet had on the world.

Another favorite part (yes I have lots of favorite parts) was the focus on my man Jim Henson. WHAT AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING. I could watch a whole movie just about Jim! His death was tragic and it was really touching to see how many lives he affected. And he really sounds like Kermit, which is fun.

One thing that stuck with me was Kevin Clash’s relationship with his family. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t disappointed that Elmo – I mean Kevin – is divorced… With Elmo being such a huge icon and a busy puppet, it leaves little time for Kevin to spend with his real family. While the movie doesn’t dwell, you can tell that he wasn’t the best dad even though he was there for millions of other kids. One quote that stuck with me:

I’ve been creating puppets since I was 10 years old, but there is nothing like creating a human being.

My request is a sequel that talks more about the life of Kevin personally, not professionally.

Have you seen Being Elmo? What did you think? Share below!


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