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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey documentary in development

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by zns, Dec 3, 2010.

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  1. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Looks like the Kevin Clash documentary could be the next big thing from Sesame Workshop since "The World According to Sesame Street".

    It looks like it should be a great piece of history. There could be some unexpected surprises us Henson fans have always wanted to see. I must say that Kevin Clash is a brilliant puppeteer with the Muppets and has done a wonderful job with Elmo (yes I understand how others feel about the little red guy, but please realize that Sesame Street has to appeal to today's audience).

    So anyway, hopefully those of us who don't get to see it will have the chance to one day find it on DVD, if Sesame Workshop ever releases it. But don't miss out on an opportunity like this.

    They should also do a documentary about Caroll Spinney, since he is considered Sesame Street's living legend. He would be agreat subject to talk about, based on the show's long-running history.
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This is good news. I am excited. I hope it comes out on DVD.

    It would be awesome if it had clips from the 1979 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, where Kevin Clash performed Cookie Monster (I wonder if it'd be a clearance nightmare to release clips from Macy's parades commercially). It'd also be great if clips from some rare early Elmo sketches (where Elmo is performed by Brian Meehl and Richard Hunt) get included.

    I wonder if most of it will focus on his Sesame Street career or if non-SST Henson productions will be included. It'd be neat for some clips from The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight were included, not to mention Dinosaurs and Dog City. But I have a feeling this will be more like a film version of his autobiography, with most of the career focus being on Elmo.

    Still, if this gets a DVD release, it'd be great if it had some bonus clips from Kevin Clash's performances (though these kinds of DVD releases don't seem to have bonus Sesame Street clips). If the DVD does have bonus full Sesame Street clips I'd like it to have some of Kevin Clash's early Elmo performances (including one team-up with Kermit), some Hoots the Owl, Rappin' Alphabet, one of Clash's performances as Dr. Nobel Price, Just Happy to Be Me, and Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold". Hopefully we'll get clips from most of that in the film itself (and maybe it'll include some of his more rare characters, like Dexter and Professor D. Rabbit).

    Anybody have any idea if this is being produced/distributed by Sesame Workshop or another company (did Sesame Workshop distribute "The World According to Sesame Street"?). Maybe if this is successful enough we might get documentaries on Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, and Caroll Spinney (a Richard Hunt documentary would be good as well).
  3. Realoldtom

    Realoldtom New Member

    The film was actually produced by Constance Marks Productions, not Sesame Street Workshop, although they gave access to Marks and her team.
  4. doctort13

    doctort13 Member

    I would love to see this on DVD too.

    How about a few clips from Kevin's performances on "Captain Kangaroo" or his very early Baltimore TV appearances, if they are available of course.
  5. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    If they end up using the footage, I will briefly be seen in this film. About 3 years back or so when Kevin Clash was doing a book tour for his biography, one of the in-store book signings I went to, they had a camera crew and were filming for this documentary. I was seated right up front, so if they got any of the crowd on camera, I might be in this. Looking forward to seeing it either way, it sounds like it'll be an interesting film.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm sure PBS will run this sometime, possibly as part of Independent Lens like The World According to Sesame Street was.

    You cannot call yourself a Henson fan if you don't hungrily want to see a documentary about any of the puppeteers, no matter who he plays. If they made one about the guy who was Ernie's right arm for one sketch when his regular was sick, I'd see it.
  7. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I agree one hundred percent.
  8. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    We'll keep our eyes peered for you Melissa. Thanks for letting us know.
  9. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    Being Elmo- A Puppeteer's Journey

    I might be posting this in the wrong section so I apologize before hand...

    Has anyone heard of this documentary? Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey? It is premiering at Cannes this year!

    Here is the only video I could find about it:
  10. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I think it's actually premiering in the documentary competition at Sundance, although it may be screening at Cannes later this year too.
  11. Puppetainer

    Puppetainer Member

    Thanks for posting this! I did find an article with a bit more from the director. Looking forward to the eventual DVD release. I'm sure it will get one but it will likely be a year or three. I know that my wait for The Boys was nearly interminable.
  12. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I saw the world premiere of World According to Sesame Street at the Museum of Television and Radio (now the Paley Center) in NYC. Marty Robinson was there on the post screening panel with Telly and it was such a brilliant film. I also agree with you, I LOVE behind the scenes Muppet footage and information, so a film on anybody would definitely grab my attention as well.
  13. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I just read about this documentary on Muppet Wiki. Sounds like a "MUST SEE" to me!

    I hope it gets released on DVD in the future!
  14. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Well the film had its premiere. How was it? Were there juicy clips? Will it ever be released on DVD?
  15. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    It would be something but maybe in the future.
  16. Maggie

    Maggie New Member

    I watched it. It was amazing.
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    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

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