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"Being Elmo" now in select theaters

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by beaker, Oct 12, 2011.

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  1. BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Bumping this thread to plug the town I live in! :laugh:

    On January 6, Being Elmo will be shown at the Irvington Town Hall Theater in Irvington, NY, which is easily accessible by train. Constance Marks and Corrine LaPook (who lives in Irvington - I was in a video project made by one of her sons in high school) will be in attendance, but no sign of Kevin - too bad, I'd want to take Elmo to Romeo's (local pizza place around here known for it's huge slices for really cheap prices). :p Hope I will see some you there!

    Info: http://www.irvingtontheater.com/node/218
  2. Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I saw Being Elmo last Friday! It was so great! I know Elmo gets a lot of grief because people find him annoying or whatever, but I definitely do not. I’m from the Elmo generation. I grew up learning from and loving Elmo, and not once have I ever disliked him. And after seeing Being Elmo I don’t think anyone can really hate the furry red guy. Or, at least, they can't deny that Kevin Clash is a spectacular Muppeteer.

    But the movie is so much more than just Elmo. It’s about Kevin’s childhood, his ascent into puppetrey, his work with Jim and Captain Kangaroo, his work on Labyrinth, his relationship with his daughter, his struggles/knowledge of building puppets, his work with Sesame Street, and so much more. It’s a lovely piece, with a lot of familiar Muppeteer faces. It’s truly an inspiring film.

    I hope it's still playing when I'm up in Portland for Xmas break, because I'd love to get one more chance to see it in theaters.
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  3. TikiColadas Active Member

    I am sooooooooooooo looking forward to seeing "Being Elmo"! We are going this weekend here in Dallas! I love the little fella and Kevin ROCKS!

    :laugh:
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  5. heralde Well-Known Member

    The rating says it has a "brief drug reference," doesn't like a big deal.
  6. KirbTreelo05 Active Member

    Just saw it earlier today. L-O-V-E loved it! And so did my mom! :D So inspiring...I am definitely getting it when it comes to DVD. C:

    My heart ached when it got to Jim Henson's passing... :sympathy: I'm sooooo glad they didn't show Big Bird's part of the funeral service; I would have friggin' cried!

    As for the drug reference, where was that? I don't remember any mentioning of drugs. Maybe it was during one of the parts I was whispering stuff to my mom. xD
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  7. Superstarseven New Member

    I just finished watching it.
    11:40am on New Year's Ever...how is that possible?
    It was really good and it's most definitely recommended to all the fans and amateur Puppeteers and Puppet builders that frequent this forum.
    Anywhere there's this part at the end when Kevin is meeting up with an admirer who's aiming to be a Puppeteer, he's asked by Kevin to identify the people in an old photo of a Sesame Street taping. So along with naming the Muppeteers he was able to point out Caroly Wilcox and Jon Stone. That blew my mind. Very impressive for a kid who's no older than 11.
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  8. shinycelebi225 Active Member

    i heard there was drugs in it.. can you tell me how?
  9. Superstarseven New Member

    Well there really aren't drugs in the film. Now if a reference to any sort of illicit substance was made, it must have happened very quick because I didn't notice it.
    There definitely isn't a moment in the movie where Kevin talks about being strung out and freebasing in a basement while he talks as Elmo with just his bare hand.
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  12. BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Corinne LaPook, one of the producers of Being Elmo.
  13. Superstarseven New Member

    I saw it again and the drug reference is made by Rosie O'Donnell.
    She said that she felt like a crack dealer when high powered Hollywood big shots were asking her personally for some Tickle Me Elmos.

    That's it.
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  14. Puckrox Well-Known Member

    Oh! That's where it is! I saw Being Elmo and then after that people on the forums were talking about there being a drug reference, which really confused me. But yeah, I guess that does happen. It's so minuscule though.
  15. KirbTreelo05 Active Member

    Ohmygosh! I completely forgot she said that. xD
  16. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And people wonder why no one likes her anymore. :laugh:

    Still... RRRR! I wish that film was in local theaters longer than 2 weeks. I probably could have seen it.
  17. mo Well-Known Member

    I am going to watch this...probably on dvd
  18. panmanthe2nd Active Member

    Me too.
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  19. BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I actually saw this movie last month at a screening hosted by one of the producers (I went to high school with one of her sons) at the local theater (I've been meaning to write a review for The Muppet Mindset but keep forgetting, maybe closer to the DVD release) and I've got to tell you: everyone should see this movie. I know there are naysayers who say "Why would I want to see such an Elmo-filled movie?" This is not a movie about the Elmo phenomenon at all, even if it is touched upon, this is completely Kevin Clash's movie. Elmo's popularity plays a part but it's not the main component of Kevin's story as a whole. Granted a lot from Kevin's career gets skipped over (Baby Sinclair is not mentioned at all, Clifford is only seen once) but that's because this is a documentary about a life, not a review of Kevin's resume. It could have been very easy for Constance Marks to let Kevin make this a rather self-congratulatory piece, but that is thankfully avoided. Not to give too much away, but the ending was overwhelmingly emotional for me, especially as a puppeteer (everybody who's seen it knows exactly what I'm talking about) and it didn't help that one of the people involved in that ending were actually at the screening. So needless to say, Being Elmo is a movie every puppeteer, Henson fan or just anybody who ever watched Sesame Street as a kid needs to see.
  20. Drtooth Well-Known Member


    No one can call themselves a Muppet fan if they aren't completely hungry to see a Behind the Scenes documentary. Only thing that stopped me from seeing it was that it was too close to the release of the other Muppet movie, and I didn't have the money to see both.
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