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Must Watch: Being Elmo

By Isabel Kallman

Being Elmo

When my nine-year old son summarized Being Elmo as inspiring, I knew that this documentary was a sure-fire hit to recommend to you all.

It tells the story of Kevin Clash, the young boy who dreamed and worked hard to become a puppeteer at Sesame Street. But, to his own surprise (and that is what makes him so great!) Kevin is the brilliant actor behind the beloved Elmo.

Yet more reasons to love Being Elmo are it’s also a story about the importance of dreams, opportunities, mentorship and hard work.

Also, there’s wonderful behind the scene footage of Sesame Street from today and decades past. If your young ones still think the Muppets are real, I would hold off on showing the movie and let the magic live a little longer.

Being Elmo is about 90 minutes and can be found on iTunes and Netflix. It’s also available for sale on DVD now.

Here’s the Being Elmo movie trailer:

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • jL

    April 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I loved this documentary! My twins have just started loving Elmo in the past few months and watching this made me love him too.

  • Meg

    April 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Oh, yes. And also make sure your have some tissues handy because dangit, there’s a lot of love in that film.

  • Becky

    April 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    We loved this! And Elmo 🙂

  • Jadzia@Toddlerisms

    April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    This one has been on my list a long time.  I think Elmo is to kids of today, what Mr. Rogers (*sniff*) was to kids of the ’70s.  Unconditional love.

  • Becky T

    April 25, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Loved this documentary! It definitely softened my stance on Elmo (I’m more of a Big Bird person). I really love that Kevin now takes the time to mentor young kids interested in puppetry because of the great mentor he had in Kermit Love.

  • Candace

    April 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Loved this as well!! Both myself and the hubby were teary eyed after Elmo was visiting with the little girl from Make a Wish. It is a great great way to spend 90  minutes one evening 🙂

  • Lesley

    April 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I just watched this and really enjoyed it too. It did make me sad that his own daughter was craving time with him and his job making other kids happy always took him away from her. 🙁