Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

2011 PG 1h 20m DVD

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

2011 PG 1h 20m DVD
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Beloved by millions of children, Elmo is an international icon. But few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary follows Clash's remarkable career as a puppeteer.
Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg
Constance Marks
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this inspiring documentary about Kevin Clash -- whose dreams of becoming a puppeteer came true when he grew up to become the hands and voice of Sesame Street's beloved Elmo -- shows that if you believe in yourself and work hard at something you love, you can achieve greatness. Not surprisingly for a film set in the world of Sesame Street, there's very little for parents to worry about, though the film may not appeal to the youngest Elmo fans since it's more about Clash than the Sesame characters. There's a passing reference to the strain between Clash and his wife and daughter, whom he doesn't see as often as he'd like because of his busy schedule, but it's handled sensitively.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


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Social Behavior

The movie's messages are to believe in yourself and do what you love, and you'll find a way to turn your passions into a rewarding career and satisfying life. That's what Kevin Clash did, and he makes it clear that other people can do so as well, as long as they have faith in themselves.


The entire film promotes Sesame Street and one of its most popular characters, Elmo. It also includes many references to other TV shows and films that feature puppets.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief drug reference.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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