Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Here's a film you wouldn't expect to see, a documentary about the man behind Elmo, the loveable Sesame Street character. How he came to love what he does and joins the master of television and film puppetry, Jim Henson, and also how the character of Elmo came to life.
Even from the trailer it looks like there's going to be a lot of love in the story, but I wonder how much drama there could be in the story to deliver us a deeper film than just the love.
That said, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey looks fantastic for being filled with the love and passion that one man has for the art of puppeteering (which I don't think is even a word!), and there are two interesting aspects to the story that could come out and grab us.
One is how someone can stand up against the norm for what they believe and make something wonderful, and the other is how someone can rise to the height of their hero, someone who they once only watched from the other side of the television.
There's a lot that could come through in this story, but is there any drama to be had? Is Kevin Clash's story going to excite and engage?
Here's the blurb for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey:
Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.
Then the trailer:
Looks like it might be a bit of a cracker doesn't it?