Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Kevin Clash
Whoopi Goldberg
Frank Oz.
Directors
Constance Marks.
Screenwriters
Running Time
80 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Erebus: Into The Unknown
3 Star Empire Rating
Walesa: Man of Hope
4 Star Empire Rating
Warn that Man
3 Star Empire Rating
West 11
2 Star Empire Rating
We Joined The Navy
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Les Miserables
5 Star Empire Rating
Duke of Burgundy, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Whiplash
5 Star Empire Rating
EMPIRE ESSAY: When Harry Met Sally
5 Star Empire Rating
Leviathan
5 Star Empire Rating

Being Elmo
Almost as much fun as being Dr. Teeth


submit to reddit


Plot
A documentary following puppeteer Kevin Clash from his childhood in Baltimore to a career in Jim Henson's troupe of Muppet masters as the man behind the phenomenon this is Elmo.


Review
Being Elmo
Yes, there's another Muppet movie out this year. This is a sweet, affecting film portrait of Kevin Clash, a puppeteer best known for making the red-furred Elmo a breakout character on Sesame Street. A kid from a modest Baltimore home, Clash began puppeteering as a child, inspired, of course, by Jim Henson. He recounts his beginnings performing for neighbourhood children and on local TV and is now seen paying it forward by mentoring a young, aspirant puppeteer as he was welcomed by a cherubic Muppetmaker in his early days. It shies away from digging too deep, though one shot of a disapproving ex-wife suggests a personal price which comes with living through a puppet character, but has a lot of charm and a great deal of fascinating behind-the-scenes footage.


Verdict
A charming, if occasionally surface-deep look at the man behind the fur. Elmo like!


Reviewed by Kim Newman

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Being Elmo
Empire Star Rating

One big, glowing, dopey, ear-to-ear grin.

Feature-length documentaries are often characterised by their darkness, despair and grizzly, senseless death. But not this one. This is the filmic equivalent of a two-armed hug from Elmo himself: the story of Kevin Clash is just one big, glowing, dopey ear-to-ear grin. Kevin grew up watching Sesame Street and The Muppet Show on TV, and it’s his bedazzlement with all things Big Bird, Kermit and Jim Henson that allows us to get swept up along with him – inspiring is the idea that... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by thebackseatdirector at 22:11, 02 May 2012 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Joaquin Phoenix Talks Inherent Vice
Plus co-stars Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston

Stephen Daldry Talks Trash
The Billy Elliot man on his Rio carnival and training as a clown

Colin Firth And Taron Egerton Talk Kingsman: The Secret Service
Plus Samuel L. Jackson on bad-guy duties

A Brief History Of The Ring
Everything you need to know about the J-horror reboot

The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)