Limited Theatrical Release – 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.
This must-see DVD features an inspirational story which boldly demonstrates that if you can believe it, you can achieve it. Kevin Clash as a young boy, growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, wanted to be a puppeteer. His idols included Jim Henson of “The Muppet Show” and children’s host Bob Keeshan, better known as “Captain Kangaroo”. Little did Kevin know that, because of his persistent dedication to his craft, he would not only one day meet his heroes, but work alongside them as well.
From the time Kevin used his dad’s trench coat to create a puppet, to his eventual famous creation of Elmo, as well as his position as an executive producer of the Muppets’ show, Kevin’s life story is revealed with old video clips and interviews with friends and celebrities. Whoopi Goldberg narrates this interesting documentary and there’s never a dull moment. Older viewers will recognize the opening sequence of “Sesame Street” which originally premiered on PBS. The viewer will be pleased when the documentary shows Kevin’s continual climb in the puppet world, and when Kevin gets a big break and works on Henson’s feature-length film, “Labyrinth”.
Re-live the “Tickle-me Elmo” doll craze when everyone wanted one for Christmas. See how Kevin called a very lucky young girl who longs to be a puppeteer as he used to, and how he invited her to meet with him. This is a “feel good” DVD if ever there was one, and will encourage the viewer to never give up on a dream. In a moving scene, we get to see a young, very sick girl get to meet Elmo as her wish. We gladly award this fantastic DVD five Doves, the highest we can go! Parents should consult our content listing below to determine how appropriate they believe the DVD will be for young children.