Do you know who the voice is behind Elmo one of Sesame Streets most beloved characters of all time? Well now is your chance to learn about how puppeteer Kevin Cash made his dreams come true and became the voice of Elmo. The Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens will premier the award-winning documentary, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 9 – 10:30 PM (check local listings). The documentary will also have a special encore presentation on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 9 -10:30 PM (check local listings). My husband and I are both very excited to see this documentary. Sesame Street has a special place in both of our hearts, and I know Elmo has a big place in Baybah’s.
Adored by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. But few people know the inspiring story of his creator, Kevin Clash. As a kid growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Clash had a dream — to be a puppeteer and work with his idol, Jim Henson. With a supportive family behind him every step of the way, Kevin made those dreams come true, with his Elmo considered one of the most beloved characters of all time. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney, and others and offers a behind the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.
Clash answers the question, “Where is the most unusual place you’ve done the Elmo voice?”
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Premiers on PBS Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 9 – 10:30 PM.