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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Posted by jesskroll on November 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, 2011

3.5 / 5

It’s impossible to watch Being Elmo without remembering the false accusations against Kevin Clash and the true admission which resulted. Of course, none of that is addressed here, and it’s not necessary, yet the documentary feels superficial. We learn of Clash’s journey to stardom, how he turned a childhood passion into deserved success, but we still don’t know the person behind the profession. Clash’s story is an inspiring one, from idolizing Jim Henson, to working with him, to singing for his memorial (a truly moving scene), yet he is barely defined beyond his work. Clash the puppeteer is highlighted, Clash the man is not. But maybe that’s how he is. While inspiring in his journey, there is sadness in its completion. The job he loves keeps him from the daughter he also loves. For all his success, he’s still merely the man working the puppet. The puppet gets the attention, the man is forgotten.

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