For the last week or so, I've been catching up on some Netflix movies as I work on some illustrations for a new project is in the works. I "watch" things I can mostly listen to and don't require me to actually watch 100% to get whats going on. Kinda of like a live book on tape. I added the movie "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" to the Instant queue and thought nothing of it as I set it up to play. And of course you know what happened ... I was hooked!
I totally got immersed in Kevin Clash's story (aka the heart and soul of Elmo!) and the world of puppets, Muppets and Sesame Street friends. Kevin comes across as one of the most real people I've seen who have come into fame and not let it get to their head. He's seriously one of the guys you'd love to have as your friend and enjoy his company and bounce ideas off of. His story is like a dream come true to any puppeteer. It's awe inspiring to see how much talent and drive Kevin has.
Suffice to say it includes some behind the scenes footage of Jim, Muppet movies and Sesame Street which was a totally joy to watch for a fan like me. And it also included some footage of Jim Henson's Memorial service which had me blubbering like a baby as I watched it, but try as I might I couldn't stop and had to Youtube it to share it with my family and friends (sorry for making you cry, Mom!).
Kevin makes it a point to connect with as many fans as possible, especially children who are genuinely interested in puppeteering, or in puppets / muppets in general. He also meets with children from the Make a Wish foundation who ask to meet with Elmo. It touched my heart to see how much it affected and meant to Kevin to have kids to ask to meet with him for their wish ... another tear jerker moment!
If you haven't seen it and are a Muppet / Elmo / Henson fan, I would sugget you check it out at your earliest convenience. And don't forget to keep the tissues handy ... :)