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Being Elmo

We just left Austin and SXSW (South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive). One of my biggest highlights was catching the screening of “Being Elmo”.

We not only got to see the film, but we got to hear from Kevin Clash and Elmo after the film. I was laughing to myself as all of these adults were asking if they could give Elmo a hug, or directing questions directly to him. One grown man from the audience asked if he could come to the front and tickle Elmo.

Overall the film was an amazing look at the making of Elmo and the man behind him. Kevin’s parents were amazing and supportive in the way that they raised him and a great model for other parents.

Some interesting facts:

  • Grover is actually Kevin Clash’s favorite muppet (whom he does not voice).
  • Oscar the Grouch is still on his original puppet. They take very good care of him.
  • There are 9 Elmo puppets (one of which is motorized on a tricycle)
  • Kevin Clash was also the voice of Splinter (think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!)
  • Elmo was recently on Top Chef
  • That’s all I could type into the notes section of my iPhone. My little fingers couldn’t type any faster. But I’ll say that the couple of hours spent were intriguing and touching. And I love Sesame Street. (Grover’s my favorite too.)

    You can find more information on screenings HERE.

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    3. Carina 03/23/2011 at 2:10 pm

      I have been hearing the best things about this documentary! I’m so excited to see it!

      Elmo’s turn on Top Chef was hilarious.

    4. Shannon Nelson 03/23/2011 at 10:03 am

      I would love to see this! And I’m going to order the book Erica just recommended. I love that furry little monster!

    5. Erica Fehrman 03/23/2011 at 8:12 am

      How fun!! If you haven’t read Kevin Clash’s book My Life As A Furry Monster, it’s a good read and gives more insight about how his parents supported his early puppetry interest.