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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey | 2011 | NR | - 0.1.1

The story of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind the beloved muppet Elmo of Sesame Street, from his childhood in Baltimore to fulfilling his dream of working with master puppeteer Jim Henson. Includes footage featuring Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Michelle Obama, Kofi Annan, Rosie O'Donnell, Carol Spinney and Whoopi Goldberg. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Constance Marks. [1:16]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A man jokes that he had been told that Miss Piggy was a "truck driver trying to be a woman." A puppet playfully shakes his behind while dancing.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man reads a newspaper article that reports that a crowd of people had trampled a person. A woman says that another woman had "beaten her up" for a stuffed animal. We hear a television report about a man that had died. A man describes how he was told that a man was very sick and was told that he might not "make it through the night." A man discusses how he is often presented with the chance to grant a Make A Wish for a dying child.
 A man ducks to avoid accidentally being hit in the face by a teenage boy. A man jokes that his sister had thrown his puppets out a window, so he threw her cosmetics out a window.
 As a man describes that a puppet was supposed to pop its eyes out, then swallow them and they would re-appear in its eye sockets, we see a puppet popping out its bloodshot eyeballs and rolling them on the ground. A puppet playfully hits another puppet, and then shouts at a man, playfully. A puppet bites a piece off a cheese puppet while people watch and laugh.
 A man mentions that pollution from a river caused a beach to be covered with dead fish. A man jokes that his mother had told him to back away from a television screen or that he would go blind.

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LANGUAGE 1 - 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy person), exclamations (son of a gun, gosh), 1 religious exclamation.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman jokes that she felt like a "crack dealer" while distributing a stuffed toy.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Jim Henson, Frank Oz, The Muppet Show, Muppets movies, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal movie, Labyrinth movie, Public Broadcasting, Baltimore Channel 2, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kermit Love, Make A Wish Foundation, Tickle Me Elmo.
MESSAGE - Believe in your dreams and focus on what makes you happy.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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