Jul 18, 2012

I Am Big Bird

A few months ago, I had the chance to see a really great documentary, called "Being Elmo," about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who plays Elmo on Sesame Street.  It's fascinating to see where he came from and what celebrity he's attained with that little red monster puppet.

A similar documentary is being planned now about Carroll Spinney, who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since Sesame Street's inception.  I just learned about it from Pete Paquette's blog, and it looks great.  Mr. Spinney is 78 years old and still donning that costume every day.  He's also the last original puppeteer to still be with the show.  He's also given the filmakers unfettered access to himself and his private memorabilia and records.

If you are willing, go and check out their Kickstarter campaign.  I just donated.  They're trying to raise $100,000 by the middle of August, and--only two days into it--they are already up to almost $26,000!  Best of luck to all involved--I can't wait to see the finished film!

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