We haven’t started back to school yet, and the thrill of Christmas is fading fast… cabin fever is beginning to set in at my house. How about yours?
Next week, we plan to jump into more consistent posting here at RR. For now, though, to ease the pain of idleness, I thought I would share a few movie recommendations. Unfortunately, several of the ones I was going to review have been removed from Netflix’s instant list. (Argh!) So, despite seeing my list dwindle to one, this is a movie I really feel strongly about…so I’m sharing anyway. (It’s also available many other places, including Amazon instant.)
And hopefully we’ll see you guys again next week with the book reviews you’ve come to expect.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Truthfully, I don’t care for Elmo. He’s whiny and speaks in that weird third-person. But trust me, you don’t have to like Elmo to like this movie. If your kids enjoyed Sesame Street or your family enjoys the Muppets–or if you just enjoy an inspiring rags to riches story–I would highly recommend you try this documentary of Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo.
From his beginning as a kid in the projects of Baltimore, cutting up his father’s coat to make his first puppet, to his introduction to Jim Henson which led to his being trained by the Henson puppeteers, Clash’s story is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of puppetry and television in general. My kids enjoyed this at ages 5 and 7, though older kids would certainly get more out of it. Here’s a link to the trailer: Being Elmo: Official Trailer.
One quick note: There is a NEW muppet movie coming out March 21, 2014. So if you plan to see that, this could be an educational look behind the scenes before you plunge into that one. (Here’s the new Muppet movie trailer, if you’re interested.)
The Book Connection
To make a book connection here, you could easily pick up a biography of Jim Henson next time your at the library, like this one: Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets. And of course, grab a book on making your own puppets, like 10-Minute Puppets.
Have you seen this yet? Do you have any favorite Netflix or instant movies you would recommend? We’d love to hear about them!