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DINOSAURS and Kevin Clash

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by Monster, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    I just had to share what happened just a little while ago! I am really good friend's with Kevin Clash and I do storyboards for him when he is directing episodes of Sesame Street. Sometimes when we are at him home working he will be reading the script out loud and just break into Elmo's voice or whomever he would be performing for that episode...

    Anyway, I had a question about how he performed a scene in Dinosaurs as Baby Sinclair hanging from a stalagmite. He explained it but i still could not see the special effect- it was just SO great. Then he asked if the music video "I'm The Baby Gotta Love Me" was on that disc and we watched and laughed together. Then I told him his interview was great in the bonus features and he couldn't remember it so I played it for him and it was just a WONDERFUL time with him!

    Folks, I am just one of those people who never gave up on my dream and although I have been friends with Kevin and been working with Sesame for over 17 years it is a joy that I love to share! Never give up your dreams! I still can't believe the blessing of being part of the Muppet World!

    If I can help answer any questions or give info that I am allowed to give out please let me know. I love Muppet Central and hope to contribute more!
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Okay, do you happen to know whatever happened to his character Leon from The Jim Henson Hour? He was such a major character, I think more major (and better) than Clifford, who has stuck around in productions since then. Leon only made a handful of post-JHH appearances.
  3. Monster

    Monster Active Member


    As far as I know, unless a special deal was made for him, Leon belongs to Disney now- just like Clifford. Kevin just left my office so if he comes back today I will ask for sure what happened.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I figured Disey got the rights to him and all of the other original Jim Henson Hour "MuppeTelevision" characters. I wasn't asking about the character rights, but the reason he had basically been dropped after the show's cancellation (heck, I wonder this about most of the original JHH characters... Clifford's really the only one who had continued as a major character).
  5. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Hi Monster (not something I say everyday...usually just when checking in my closet or under the bed, actually...) I don't have a question as yet, but next time you do see Kevin please pass on my appreciation for him as a performer, puppeteer, voice-artist, and all-around good-guy.

    Small story. I used to find Elmo annoying. I'm not ashamed to admit it. Until, one day, I watched a youtube clip of Kevin at a convention (I forget where or how) and he had Elmo on, and was chatting to a young kid, and laughing and saying how much Elmo loved them...and...well, my heart melted and I realised just how much love Elmo had to give and that we just needed to receive it (which sounds incredibly odd, or rather like the first half of a sermon) but it really is so great to see the impact he (and Elmo) have on the kids of the world.

    Do pass on our thanks.

  6. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    I'm even looking for Kermit and Piggy and Fozzie and Gonzo... I am looking for ALL of them- I like Leon and even Clifford. The Classic Muppets aren't being given a fair shot in my opinion. I am hoping Disney really pushes them- but since they just acquired Marvel for 4 and a half billion dollars I'm sure that will be their priority.
  7. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    Bearegard, I will give Kevin your message! Thanks for sharing! He melts me too with how he genuinely LOVES children and goes above and beyond for them!

    We were shooting a scene on location that I was an extra in and the Super Grover prop Muppet would not fly properly after SO many takes! Kevin handed Elmo to the wrangler and slumped into a chair to rest after all those failed takes. Then a small parade of mommies and their babies in stollers was passing by across the street. Kevin JUMPED out of that chair and grabbed Elmo and RAN across the street so Elmo could play with the babies!

    It was a beautiful site... like SO many others I have seen him involved in.

    Thanks again!
  8. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    When the scene airs, let us know so we can keep eyes peeled for you.
  9. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Whoa! Hey Monster give my regards to Kevin!

    I'll admit, my relationship with the furry red monster is on and off. On the lighter side, one of my favorite childhood memories was seeing The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in theaters in 1999 and rushing home from a Cub Scout meeting to watch the original broadcast of CinderElmo. But at the same time, I always credited Elmo with soiling the Street to the show it has become today (well, the 33rd season at least). I stopped watching the SST episodes on PBS daily in 2002, but when I met Kevin Clash in 2006 at his first book signing I now have the upmost respect for him. It takes a lot to stay in-character the way he did, the fact that he was even sitting on the floor at B&N playing with the little kids really warms your heart. Since then, I have had a much larger appreciation for Elmo and how he essentially saved Sesame Street from cancellation when a certain purple dinosaur came around.
  10. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    Bob, the Pizza Boy- I probably saw you at that book signing! I illustrated the book and designed and art directed the book cover. So I was there for the signing and the next day Kevin asked me to join him to sign the books with him at Books Of Wonder. Do you have a copy with a little sketch of Elmo in red pencil? That weekend and Tuesday of that week i had to draw that little Elmo head 1,000 times- no exaggeration! And I loved EACH AND EVERY SECOND of it! In fact, that Sunday after you were there after Kevin packed up Elmo and left I had a LONG line of kids and their families waiting to meet me. I was doing big color drawings of Elmo and giving them away- SO many kids were little artists and really related to my part of the day. I even made really great friends with a little girl and her Mom- we have become really close and I even get to go to her birthday parties!

    The stuff that really touches my heart most of all is when people come out and reach out to learn more about the people behind the scenes. It gives us a chance to show how real the love is that goes into Sesame Street and all the parts that support it. I'm glad you got to meet Kevin Clash. He is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and generous people I have ever met. Especially when he is away from the puppets- he is a regular guy who can make me laugh at the drop of a hat! Just talking and enjoying our friendship that started back in 1992.

    Thanks for replying to my thread. I look forward to more!
  11. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Much kudos to Kevin, its fantastic to see a Muppeteer getting out there amongst the people and especially kids and performing live. It's great to see a Muppet on TV, but its extra-special and magical to see one in the "flesh" ... well, fleece.

    ... and Yes, Barney the Dinosaur is the anti-christ .... i joke, i joke.
  12. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    What an incredible thread! Hearing your stories about Kevin makes me have more respect for a man I already have the utmost respect for. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    This question may be a little to personal for Kevin (or you), but I was just wondering if he ever plans to work with the classic Muppets (Kermit, Miss Piggy, etc.) again. I'm one of the many fans who absolutely love Clifford--he's one of my favorite Muppets--and would go crazy seeing him again.

    Thanks again for starting this incredible thread!
  13. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    Thanks for liking the thread! I really love Kevin and celebrate him anyway I can. He humbly sent a beautiful picture of himself accepting this year's Emmy for Best Performer in a Children's Series- just gorgeous! He already has so many and it really touches me to see him still get SO choked up and surprised when he wins! He couldn't even speak when he first went out to receive the award. I go into his office and they are all over his console- not all of them... he has so many... but still really touched when he gets another one.

    I don't know about Clifford now that Disney owns him. I will ask Kevin about this one. I miss him, too! Kevin told me one time Clifford got lost! He was carefully packed away but them when they went to look for him he was GONE! There have been Muppet thefts in the past and this one looked suspiciously like one. There is only one Clifford. Thankfully he was just carefully packed away with some other luggage and was retrieved in time for his next gig!

    Your encouragement was very well received, "theprawncracker". I often get surprised that more Muppet fans don't take advantage of my trying to give more of the inside scoop on things- not just Sesame Street but other Muppet things as well. I love what I get to do and love to share with other fans.
  14. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I'm so glad you think so! :D Also, this may seem out of the question, but I run a blog, The Muppet Mindset, and if you would like to give an interview or insight to the site, I'd be more than happy to accomodate you! :wisdom:
  15. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    Hi! I would love to do an interview! Thanks for the offer- I love doing them.

    Kevin just left my office. He always catches me watching The Muppet Show and because he is SO busy he sits down and takes a break with me and we just have a blast! Laughing at the James Coco episode- and drooling over the previous one with Raquel Welsh!

    I asked him about Clifford and he said that Disney indeed does own him but they have no plans to use him for anything. A shame.

    Let me know how to go about the interview with you and thanks again.
  16. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I'll send you a PM with the details! Thanks so much! I LOVE the James Coco episode and Raquel Welch is one of my all time favorites!
  17. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I do remember a guy giving Kevin's business cards to people? Was that you? But no, I don't have your artwork in my book. I brought my own copy for Kevin to sign.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Kevin Clash has told some stories about his experience working on The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, but could you ask him if he remembers performing any particular characters in that special?

    Also, during the closing song, many characters can be heard more clearly in their close-up shots. Maybe you can ask if he recalls whether all this was pre-recorded or if the performers actually sang live while the pre-recorded track was played (I don't expect him to have sung on the pre-recorded track).
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I know that Kevin Clash performed Buster the Horse at least once, long before he officially became a Muppet performer. Michael Earl (who originally performed Forgetful Jones) has confirmed this a few times, and there's only one clip known to fans where Clash performed Buster. Do you think Kevin would remember performing on Sesame Street before becomming an official performer, or if he remembers performing Buster?
  20. Monster

    Monster Active Member

    Hi! I will certainly ask! I didn't know he did Buster! Forgetful Jones was my favorite Sesame Street Muppet before Cookie Monster!

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