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Monday, October 03, 2011

Elmo documentary

Every child I know has an joyous reaction to Elmo. My friend's baby's first word was "Elmo." Toby's all-time favorite book stars Elmo. My friend's two-year-old once sat in his stroller and just gazed at an Elmo cake in a bakery window. It's fascinating to see what a rock star (and best friend) Elmo is to children.

Being Elmo is a new, award-winning documentary about the puppeteer who created Elmo. The trailer made me tear up; "I knew that Elmo should represent love," Clash said.

Will you see it? Do your little ones adore Elmo, too?
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93 comments:

Ridgely's Radar said...

So sweet! Elmo was so great for little kids!

Sage Crown Parker said...

wow!

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

I can't wait to see this movie. Sesame Street and Elmo have done amazing things for kids in the last few decades, and I'm thrilled to get a glimpse at the man behind the muppet.

Anne said...

My baby girl had an Elmo doll that made her giggle, but our cat peed on it, so Elmo's gone. :( Looking for the perfect Elmo doll now.

Mal said...

This looks fantastic!

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Jessica Wray said...

My best friend's baby is embarking on his terrible twos. Whenever I'm with them and I can tell she needs to catch a break all I have to do is sing "la la la la, la la la la Elmo's World" and his attention is immediately turned towards me.

I love how you described Elmo as a rockstar and best friend... spot on.

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, anne, that's so funny. we have the elmo doll that sings the alphabet. elmo giggles at the end, it's so charming :)

Bonnie said...

I saw Kevin Clash (and Elmo) at the National Book Fair in 2006 and he was mesmerizing! The children in the audience had so many questions for him. He was so great with the adults and the kids. Can't wait to see this!

Belle on Heels said...

i just sent this to my mom. i adored sesame street as a child and i just started crying when i watched this. can't wait to see it!!

Anahavana said...

When we were NYC last week we went to a brilliant exhibition at MOMI of Jim Henson and all of his wonderful creations...def worth checking out!

http://www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/2011/07/16/detail/jim-hensons-fantastic-world/

:)

Rinda said...

how sweet!

anilia said...

We also love elmo- So funny that I never thought I'd say that! I once dropped off my husband and little son so they could catch Elmo and Clash live on a cold dark night. There was no parking for miles around so I just drove until I could park and waited for them to call me to come back to get them. We'll certainly be seeing this!

Diana Mieczan said...

There is something about Elmo I totally adore as well. I will definitely check it out:) Happy Monday, Joanna.

Jamie said...

That made me tear up too! It's incredible how such simple ideas can catch on and take the world over, such as a sweet character like Elmo. Who doesn't love Elmo?? def going to see that when it comes out.

haley bryant said...

I saw this documentary at the Dallas Film Festival last Spring. It was more wonderful than I thought it would be - Such an inspirational film. Whoever sees it will LOVE it.

Alexa said...

Oh my gosh. So sweet. I am excited about this too! Mila is obsessed, in fact we just finished watching "A Song About Elmo" on Youtube (stars Adam Sandler). It's pretty cute...and no matter what mood Mila is in, she is just all smiles once she sees Elmo. He is like magic.
xo

Erin LaDue said...

You always share things that make my day. I love the passion and determination the Kevin had as a young boy. That was my take away from the trailer. Thanks for letting me share the many cool things that you find. It makes me look very informed.

Jessi said...

My only question: Why has it taken so long for a Elmo-centric documentary? :)

i only wish it was coming to my town... hopefully they'll add a date!

Thanks for sharing...

Jessi
finnpuppy@gmail.com

Gray Skies said...

My brother, who never ever EVER cries, saw this at the Aspen Film Festival earlier this year, and said it made him get all teary eyed :) He also said that even people who aren't parents will enjoy it.

jacin {lovely little details} said...

oh my gosh i can't wait :)

etoilee8 said...

This totally tore me up. My Father had the pleasure of working with Kevin Clash on a tv shoot and he came home raving about what a sweet and talented person Clash was and how much joy was in the room when he/Elmo interacted with children. Maybe we'll go to see this together ;)

Briel79 said...

I haven't always been the biggest Elmo fan (might have to do with the annoying toy my much younger siblings had) but this looks really heartwarming! I'd see it. :)

Sarah said...

Awww Elmo really is a sweet character. Even if I want to throw the electronic Elmo toy my daughter plays with because she hits the button repeatedly.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

dani press said...

this warms my heart. and wow, so amazing to see some of that fight to make it, that journey to make this dream a reality. so inspiring!! xo.

Fashalina aka The Hyperbalist said...

I ADORE Kevin Clash. I saw an interview with him many years ago and was taken with how down-to-earth, funny, well-spoken, and just awesome a guy he seemed. I remember emailing all of my friends being like "did you know the voice of Elmo is like, a really cool dude who you'd want to be friends with?" haha I totally became a fan of his! Can't wait to see this.

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Kiana said...

Never mind the little ones! I love Elmo!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing; the documentary sounds amazing! love learning what drives + inspires creative people like clash. viva elmo! :)

laurenjeanallece said...

Yep, that definitely made me tear up a little. That is one of my favorite things in this world: watching someone do something they LOVE. Talk about inspiration.

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

oh i MUST see that! i grew up with sesame street, and you were right- it did make me cry! i can't believe i never knew about kevin before. he's a rockstar!

Giulia said...

Elmo: Not Just For Leetle Kids.

I lurve Elmo!

Bryony said...

I saw this at the Toronto Hot Docs festival, and it made me cry! Totally see it if you get a chance...there is also a really interesting documentary about how they introduce Sesame Street into different countries - called The World According to Sesame Street - that is a fascinating look into the different cultural considerations....

Channeling Contessa said...

This made my heart swell! I'm definitely seeing it :)

Trista said...

I can't wait to see this documentary! It looks very inspiring!


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FanFamFun said...

we don't even have sesame street here in england and my 3 year old has an elmo app on my phone that he LOVES! what is it about elmo??? (but i love him too, he is so sweet and cheeky)

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

My kids like elmo but aren't crazy about him like some kids are. A company I formerly worked for produced a video with Sesame Workshop that starred Elmo - it was about pediatric cancer. It was to help kids with cancer understand the process. A sad story but Elmo helped make it a little light-hearted.

Lauren Kent said...

That's such a lovely thing to watch, Elmo has helped so many children and is truly inspirational!

erica said...

saw the trailer on daddytypes and can't wait to see the movie. i've been obsessed with puppets and marionettes lately! oh, and leon loves elmo, too!

Julia's Bookbag said...

Oh I can't wait to see! My almost 6 yr old still loves Elmo. Heck I still love Elmo! I've never understood the non-Elmo love; he's brought such fun into my kiddo's viewing world!

Mieko said...

I just checked the schedule and the film is coming to the Seattle area in early November, so I'll definitely watch it. The trailer made me tear up. I LOVE ELMO!

love+cupcakes said...

Thanks for sharing this, I cant wait to see it. I recently saw a JIm Henson retrospective at the Museum of Moving Images in Astoria. You should check it out.

Hilary Nicole said...

While working at the daycare when I was in high school, Elmo was the only thing to calm all the 2 year olds down at times. He was our lifesaver.

XO Hilary
http://thehippinista.blogspot.com/

s a m said...

I absolutely adored Elmo as a little girl - and this trailer gave me goosebumps!

"when a puppet is good and true and meanigful it's the soul of the pupputeer your seeing"

talk about a Feel Good Movie! I have to be so careful when I watch documentaries before bed because they can make so anxious (like ones about the economy or wallstreet or unjustice. I'm so filled with stress about the world that I can't sleep).

The only reason that this would keep me from sleeping is inspiration!

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

My son is just a little bit to young to love Elmo yet...but I definitely want to see this! So cute!

Kate said...

Elmo was my FAVORITE when I was little! He still makes me smile. I want to see this film!

Anonymous said...

We actually don't really let our son watch Sesame Street. My husband and I just don't like it and the couple times we have let our son watch it, he seems more scared than interested in the show.

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

My son is just a little bit to young to love Elmo yet...but I definitely want to see this! So cute!

Jessie said...

thank you for sharing! i have to see this! my daughter loves elmo too, who doesnt! :)

Collections said...

This looks awesome. I'll definitely check this out.

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Tragic Sandwich said...

Baguette loves Elmo, and it's based entirely on the stuffed animal. This weekend we watched Sesame Street for the first time, and while my own favorite of Grover was okay for a minute or so, it provided only a brief pause between requests of "Elmo? Elmo?"

Neda said...

This was so sweet. I'm not sure why it just made me cry but I can't wait to see it. :)

lilctattoo said...

Thats rad. Can't wait...

Peta said...

I saw this documentary at the NZ Film festival and I straight away came home and told everyone to GO SEE IT when they have the chance. it's so good and full of joy and such a testament to doing what you love and sharing the love. Clash is one amazing guy.

Mrs. Ch√Ętelaine in Paris said...

Dying to see this! Elmo is my absolute favorite -- there's no one sweeter! ;-)

xox Mrs. Ch√Ętelaine in Paris

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

I LOVE that your friend's baby's first word was Elmo. So adorable. Yes, yes. I must see this! :)

Anna said...

i introduced the german little boy i au pair to elmo. he digs him. a lot. but i must say, elmo's always talking in third person makes him come off a wee bit douche-y.

but, i'll always love that little red ball o fuzz.

xoxo

Lindsay R said...

aw my little guy loves elmo. what is about elmo? he is just so nice. and fun!

I liked how you said in an earlier post that elmo is like the little kid superstar. so true.

Lindsay

Chessa! said...

Lucia is OBSESSED. She sees Elmo and she just starts to laugh and smile. lately though she has a major thing for Big Bird. Obsessed.

Diana said...

What a sweet post. I missed out on Elmo Mania myself (I was a Grover fan), but my sister was absolutely enamored with him as a toddler.

Lindsay R said...

and i can't WAIT for that movie.

Heba said...

I don't have babies but I'll definitely watch it :D

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Courtney Suzanne said...

My son is in love with Elmo, at only 8 months. We discovered this when we showed him a Sesame Street book with Elmo on the cover, and he got the hugest grin on his face. He flipped through it, but was only interested in the pages with Elmo, not Big Bird or Grover. I chalked it up to him liking red things, but he doesn't always do that to just ANY red thing.

Alicia Marie said...

I would LOVE to see this. It is crazy how much little kids love Elmo. My oldest loved loved him and now my 14 month is gaining interest. It is fascinating. (This guys should be a billionaire for creating Elmo!)

Mandy said...

Now I really need to see this, it looks so touching!

Thanks for sharing this Jo! :-)

♥ Mandy (MENNEPEN)

http://mandykoster.blogspot.com

wildchild said...

that is just so sweet. i had no idea all that was behind elmo, or even who was behind elmo. i'll probably see this now, so thanks :)

ebev said...

So adorable! When my brother, sister, and I were little we loved Burt and Ernie :) My brother could never remember their names and so he called them "those two guys who are friends"...haha

Erin

http://www.fablifeincalifornia.blogspot.com/

haleysuzanne said...

My 4 month old daughter laughed for the first time when my husband showed her an Elmo doll. Of course, we bought it for her, and it is now her very favorite. She amazingly also loves to watch Elmo, and I can always extend the hated Tummy Time a bit by showing her Elmo videos while she lies there. He's magical.

Sweet Susy said...

HA! interesting. I just met a puppeteer this past weekend. Michael Earl. He worked in The Muppet Movie and was Mr.Snuffleupagus in Sesame Street and he talked about Mr. Elmo ...lol...Great Post

Elaine said...

I will most definitely see it. What a sweet, sweet story. And I just love Elmo! ha :)

--r said...

one of the first things i did with my two-year-old this morning was start singing, "this is a song about elmo. elmo, elmo, elmo." (the adam sandler version—we recommend it). i'm guessing that means we're fans...

Chase, Paige, baby Link said...

so so excited to see this!!

jean goddard said...

This looks amazing! I am ordering right now!

jean goddard said...

I love how the little kids love and talk to Elmo as if he were real in spite of him being attached to the puppeteers arm. So lovely.

justine | lovemaki said...

this is amazing!!!
thank you for introducing this:)

xx

art deco engagement rings said...

Elmo is amazing... my kids saw sesame street alive over the weekend.. it was fantastic!

Mark and his Girlies said...

We were saw the release of 'Being Elmo' (or MoMo as my 2 yr old calls him) at the Sundance Film Festival. What a GREAT show and story Kevin has to tell.

submarine said...

Get in touch with the ELMO team to see it at a theater near you. check out: www.beingelmo.com for details! NYCers see you this OCTOBER 21 at the IFC Center.

deewardani said...
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deewardani said...

I cried watching the trailer...I've loved Elmo eversince I was a kid and still loving that adorable loving red monster.

Being able to see the man behind the love of Elmo is so amazing..can't wait to see the movie :)

lauralcharles said...

SO cute! I love Sesame Street, and although Elmo wasn't my fave (Big Bird), I still had a special place for him in my heart.

Melanie from Sydney said...

Oh I am so seeing this. In 2001 (I think) I was working at the Children's Hospital at Westmead (Sydney, Australia - still do) when Elmo and his friend made a visit. The children were drawn not just to the puppet, but to this amazing man. He created such happiness for what was some very sick children (and some sadly not here). His talent is so much more then just a red puppet with a funny vice. Will put this onto my must-see list.

MrJeffery said...

i really would like to see this! he's very talented.

Hatton said...

Wow!! I can't wait to see this!

Miss B. said...

So sweet, totally on my doc list now!

Maiz Connolly said...

I can't wait to see this! I've heard so many great things about this inspiring film!

Betty said...

Elmo is the best, thanks for that post Joanna! It makes my boring day much better!

Elmo party supplies said...

Elmo is so cute in here!

Denise Wong said...

my best in Sesame Street!!

f.w. said...

That looks like such a good documentary. I totally want to watch it.

Maria said...

Elmo is an icon!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Little Squirrels said...

This is definetely a must watch!

http://little-squirrels.blogspot.com/

The Pockett said...

I was lucky enough to meet Elmo whilst working for kids tv. When Kevin asked if I wanted just Elmo in the photo or both of them I of course said both. Kevin Clash is such a legendary puppeteer/muppeteer! I couldn't stop telling friends that it was possibly the greatest day of my life! :-)

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