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Kevin: I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THIS
 
WAS GONNA HAPPEN WITH MY LIFE.
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[ INDISTINCT SHOUTING ]
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[ CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICKING ]
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Man: ELMO! ELMO!
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ALL RIGHT ALREADY!
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YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!
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Kevin: HE HAS BEEN
 
SO UNBELIEVABLY HUGE.
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HI, EVERYBODY!
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[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
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LOOK AT ELMO, MOM.
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ELMO TO A 6-YEAR-OLD
 
IS LIKE BRAD PITT.
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[ LAUGHS ]
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[ SQUEALS ]
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ELMO IS JUST BUBBLY AND DANCING,
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AND KEVIN COMES ALIVE
 
THROUGH ELMO.
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Kevin: IT'S HARD WHEN
 
YOU ARE A PRIVATE PERSON.
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IT'S VERY NERVE-RACKING
 
TO ACT AS MYSELF.
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ABSOLUTELY HE IS MOST
 
COMFORTABLE IN HIS SKIN
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WHEN HE IS ELMO.
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Robinson: I'VE SEEN OUTTAKES...
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CHEESE.
 
...STUPID. STOP IT!
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...WHERE KEVIN WILL BE BITING
 
PEOPLE AND HITTING PEOPLE
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AND BEING A LITTLE SON OF A GUN.
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YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?!
 
YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?!
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YES.
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[ LAUGHS ]
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ELMO!
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WHAT?!
 
YOU WANT A PIECE OF ELMO?!
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IT MAY BE PRESUMPTUOUS OF ME
 
TO SAY THAT THAT'S ELMO.
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IT CERTAINLY IS KEVIN.
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[ HORN HONKS ]
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Cooney: IT'S AMAZING TO THINK
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THAT THAT BIG A STAR IS NOT
 
RECOGNIZED IN THE STREET.
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Kevin: WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD,
 
IT WAS JUST A DREAM THAT I HAD.
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"WOW, I WISH THAT I COULD WORK
 
WITH THE MUPPETS."
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KEVIN'S A BRILLIANT PERFORMER,
 
BRILLIANT IN PART
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BECAUSE OF THE SAME REASON
 
WE WERE ALL BRILLIANT.
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IT'S BECAUSE OF JIM.
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[ APPLAUSE ]
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WHAT ABOUT JIM HENSON?
 
WHAT?
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WHAT PART HAS HE EVER PLAYED
 
IN YOUR SUCCESS?
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THIS IS TOO DEEP.
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IT'S SORT OF --
 
IT'S SORT OF LIKE RELIGION.
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IT'S LIKE ANOTHER BEING.
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IT'S LIKE SOMETHING
 
DEEP INSIDE OF YOU.
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[ LAUGHTER ]
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Elmo: HELLO! [ LAUGHS ]
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IT'S SO GOOD
 
TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
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Robinson: WHEN A PUPPET IS TRUE
 
AND GOOD AND MEANINGFUL,
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IT'S THE SOUL OF THE PUPPETEER
 
THAT YOU'RE SEEING.
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THIS IS THE HOUSE.
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BACK IN THOSE WINDOWS,
 
NENE, PAM, GEORGIE, AND I --
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WE ALL LIVED IN THAT ROOM
 
RIGHT BACK THERE.
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TURNERS STATION -- THEY CALLED
 
IT "CHOCOLATE CITY."
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IT WAS AWAY FROM BALTIMORE CITY,
 
DOWN IN THE COUNTY.
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IT WAS A SMALL COMMUNITY,
 
SO EVERYBODY KNEW EACH OTHER.
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AND SEE?
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ALL THIS WATER BACK HERE
 
CONNECTS TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY.
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AND RAYMOND METAL'S
 
WHERE MY FATHER WORKED,
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JUST OVER ACROSS THE WATER.
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SEE, ONCE THEY BUILT
 
ALL THESE FACTORIES BACK HERE,
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THE WATER BECAME POLLUTED,
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AND SO INSTEAD OF BEACH,
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IT WAS ALL JUST DEAD FISH
 
AND CRABS AND EVERYTHING,
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AND IT JUST STUNK LIKE CRAZY.
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YOU KNOW, I JUST LOVED WATCHING
 
"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY."
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I REMEMBER TINKER BELL
 
WOULD HIT,
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AND THEN IT WOULD GO
 
INTO THIS WONDERFUL WORLD.
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AND I WANTED TO LIVE
 
AT DISNEY WORLD.
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I TOOK CONSTRUCTION PAPER
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AND WROTE "I WANT TO GO
 
TO DISNEY WORLD.
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I WANT TO GO TO DISNEY WORLD.
 
I WANT TO GO TO DISNEY WORLD."
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I PUT A CARD IN OUR BEDROOM,
 
IN MY MOM AND DAD'S BEDROOM,
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IN THE KITCHEN,
 
IN THE LIVING ROOM,
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ANYWHERE THAT ANYBODY WOULD
 
STEP FOOT, IN THE BATHROOM,
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THINKING THAT
 
THAT WOULD GET ME THERE.
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IT DIDN'T.
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WE DIDN'T REALLY HAVE THE MONEY
 
TO DO THAT.
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Narrator: KEVIN LOVED
 
WATCHING TELEVISION,
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ESPECIALLY THE SHOW
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THAT CAME ON EVERY WEEKDAY
 
AT 8:00 IN THE MORNING,
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"CAPTAIN KANGAROO."
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[ "PUFFIN' BILLY" PLAYS ]
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Kevin:
 
"CAPTAIN" WAS A MAGICAL PLACE,
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AS OPPOSED TO...THE TYPE
 
OF PLACE THAT I LIVED
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AND THE TYPE OF PEOPLE
 
THAT I SAW.
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Narrator: ON THE MORNING
 
OF NOVEMBER 10, 1969,
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THE FLEDGLING
 
PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEM
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AIRED A NEW EXPERIMENTAL
 
PROGRAM.
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* SUNNY DAYS
 
SWEEPIN' THE CLOUDS AWAY *
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* ON MY WAY
 
TO WHERE THE AIR IS SWEET *
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* CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET,
 
HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET? *
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SALLY, YOU'VE NEVER SEEN
 
A STREET LIKE SESAME STREET.
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EVERYTHING HAPPENS HERE.
 
YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT.
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Kevin: JUST AS SOON
 
AS IT CAME ON, I WAS GLUED.
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THAT WAS IT.
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IT WAS MORE LIKE
 
MY NEIGHBORHOOD.
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THERE WAS BLACKS AND WHITES
 
AND ASIANS AND LATINOS.
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HI, MR. HOOPER.
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* BA-DUMP-A-DUMP-A-DUMP *
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* DEE-DEE-DOO-DEE-DOO *
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Kevin: THEN I SAW THE MUPPETS.
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HEY, ERNIE, ERNIE,
 
HEY, THE PLACE LOOKS GREAT.
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LOOK AT ALL THE DECORATIONS.
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YEAH. DOESN'T IT
 
LOOK NICE, BERT?
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YEAH. WHAT ARE THE DECORATIONS
 
FOR, ERNIE?
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ERNIE LOOKED RIGHT IN THE CAMERA
 
AND SAID, "HEY, BERT, COME HERE.
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THERE'S SOMEONE SPECIAL
 
I WANT YOU TO MEET."
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A SPECIAL VISITOR?
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YEP. YOU WANT TO KNOW
 
WHO IT IS?
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OH, YEAH, YEAH.
 
WHO IS IT? WHERE?
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OKAY, WELL, IT'S
 
A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR.
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AND THAT'S WHY I'VE DECORATED
 
THE WHOLE PLACE UP.
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YEAH?
 
TAKE A LOOK.
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WHERE?
 
LOOK RIGHT -- LOOK RIGHT
 
IN THERE, BERT.
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IN THERE?
 
SEE RIGHT IN THERE?
 
YEAH, LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER.
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SEE WHO IT IS?
 
YEAH.
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SEE? SEE, BERT?
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OH, YEAH. W-WELL, HI.
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"WHAT? WHO, ME?
 
YOU'RE TALKING TO ME?"
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BOY, I SURE AM GLAD
 
IT'S YOU.
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UNBELIEVABLE.
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I MEAN, I WAS JUST MAGNETIZED
 
TO THESE CHARACTERS --
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BIG BIRD...
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OSCAR...
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AND MY FAVORITE, GROVER.
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AND I WAS LIKE, "WOW.
 
HOW ARE THOSE PUPPETS MADE?
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WELL, HOW DO THEY DO THAT?"
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AND I THOUGHT,
 
"WELL, WHO IS DOING THIS?
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WHO IS CREATING THIS?"
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HELLO, THERE. MY NAME IS
 
JIM HENSON, AND I'M A PUPPETEER.
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I'M CALLED A PUPPETEER
 
BECAUSE I WORK WITH PUPPETS.
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THEN I WANTED TO SEE EVERYTHING
 
THAT JIM WAS DOING.
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WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT TELL YOU
 
A LITTLE BIT
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ABOUT HOW YOU GO ABOUT
 
MAKING VERY SIMPLE PUPPETS.
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ANYTIME I HEARD OF A SPECIAL
 
THAT WAS COMING ON WITH JIM,
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YOU KNOW,
 
OF COURSE I WOULD WATCH IT.
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MAKE THE SOCK WORK
 
A LITTLE MORE.
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I PUT A RUBBER BAND
 
AROUND THERE.
 
DOES THAT HURT?
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[ Deep voice ] NO,
 
IT DOESN'T HURT AT ALL.
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OF COURSE NOT.
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THERE. NOW I CAN ALMOST
 
ALL THE WAY SEE IT.
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SON OF A GUN.
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"WOW. LOOK AT ALL OF THIS STUFF
 
THAT HE'S DOING."
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THIS IS DON SAHLIN,
 
WHO IS OUR MUPPET BUILDER.
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"WOULDN'T I LOVE
 
TO BE A PART OF THAT?"
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THIS IS FRANK OZ.
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HELLO.
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HE'S A PUPPETEER, ALSO.
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"THIS IS WHO
 
I WOULD LIKE TO BE."
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TAKE OFF MY MUSTACHE.
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AH! TAKE OFF MY BEARD.
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OOH! THERE GOES MY NOSE.
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AND THEN WE MOVE HIS EYES UP
 
ABOVE HERE.
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Kevin: ONE DAY, I GOT THIS URGE.
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I SAW MY DAD'S TRENCH COAT.
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INSIDE,
 
THERE WAS THIS BLACK FUR.
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I THOUGHT, "WOW, THAT WOULD MAKE
 
A GREAT MONKEY."
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I JUST WENT OFF.
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I WAS ENTRANCED.
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I CUT IT UP, AND I MADE
 
THIS PUPPET CALLED MOANDY.
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I PUT THE PUPPET
 
IN MY MOM AND DAD'S DRESSER.
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THAT'S WHEN I STARTED
 
GETTING REALLY CONCERNED
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ABOUT WHAT HE WOULD DO TO ME,
 
SO I HID.
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WHEN I HEARD MY NAME, I WAS
 
LIKE, "OH, NO. HERE IT COMES."
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HE SAID, "WHAT'S HIS NAME?"
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AND I SAID "MOANDY."
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THE NEXT THING HE SAID WAS,
 
"NEXT TIME, JUST ASK."
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I WAS LIKE, "PHEW!"
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Gladys: I WAS SO THRILLED
 
WITH WHAT HE DID.
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FORGET THE COAT.
 
[ LAUGHS ]
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KEVIN GONNA MAKE MONEY.
 
HE CAN BUY HIM ANOTHER COAT.
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[ LAUGHS ]
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KEVIN GONNA BUY HIM
 
ANOTHER COAT.
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I WAS SO THRILLED, I HAD --
 
THAT COAT --
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I DIDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT,
 
BECAUSE I WAS SHOCKED.
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I WAS ACTUALLY SHOCKED.
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Kevin: MY MOM HAD
 
A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF KIDS
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THAT SHE WAS BABYSITTING.
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MY FATHER HELPED ME BUILD
 
A PUPPET STAGE,
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SO I WOULD SET THAT UP
 
IN THE BACKYARD,
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AND THEN THE KIDS
 
THAT MY MOM WOULD WATCH,
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AND THE KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
 
WOULD COME AND WATCH THE SHOW.
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THIS IS WHERE -- WE KEPT --
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MY MOM WOULD PUT THE CLOTHES AT,
 
CLOTHESLINE AT,
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AND THAT WAS WHERE I HAD
 
MY FIRST PUPPET SHOW.
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I WOULD THROW THE BLANKET
 
OVER THIS,
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AND THEN MY MOM'S DAYCARE KIDS
 
WOULD COME OUT HERE
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AND WATCH ME DO THE SHOW.
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I STARTED DOING LIVE SHOWS
 
AROUND THE BALTIMORE AREA.
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Narrator: HE HELD A BENEFIT
 
FOR A CHILD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
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WHO HAD BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED
 
IN AN ACCIDENT.
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AT A LOCAL CLINIC, HE PERFORMED
 
FOR CHILDREN WHO WERE BLIND.
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AND HE SOON DISCOVERED
 
HE HAD A GIFT
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FOR BRINGING SMILES TO THE FACES
 
OF CHILDREN WHO NEEDED IT MOST.
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SO, ARE YOU READY FOR A SHOW?
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YEAH.
 
YEAH.YEAH.
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I SAID,
 
"ARE YOU READY FOR A SHOW?"
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YEAH!
 
YEAH!YEAH!
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Kevin: NORMALLY,
 
I'D GO TO VARIOUS SCHOOLS
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ALL AROUND THE BALTIMORE AREA,
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AND THIS ONE
 
WAS A HANDICAPPED SCHOOL.
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THEY'RE A REALLY PLEASING
 
AUDIENCE.
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THEY TEND TO REALLY ENJOY THE
 
THINGS THAT I'M PUTTING TO THEM.
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Puppet: MS. CICELY!
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[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
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COME OVER HERE, STEVEN.
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COME ON.
 
I WANT TO TALK TO YOU.
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COME ON, COME ON.
 
OOH!
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YOU LIKE ME?
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YES.
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I LIKE YOU, TOO.
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'CAUSE YOU KNOW WHY?
 
WHY?
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I SEEN YOU BEFORE.
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YOU SEEN ME BEFORE?
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I'M TALKING TO YOU,
 
NOT HIM.
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OH!
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YOU TALKING TO THE PERSON
 
THAT'S WORKING ME, HUH?
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YEAH. YOUR VOICE
 
IS COMING THROUGH HIM.
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FROM WHERE?
 
YEAH.
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OH!
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DO YOU REALLY LIKE ME?
 
YEAH.
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GIVE ME A HUG.
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I SEEN YOU BEFORE.
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OH. BUT GIVE ME A HUG.
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Kevin:
 
WHEN I SEE SOMEONE LIKE STEVEN
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LAUGHING AT THE CHARACTER
 
THAT I MADE,
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IT REALLY GIVES ME
 
A GOOD FEELING
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AND MAKES ME FEEL TERRIFIC.
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I GOT TO GO, OKAY?
 
BUT I'LL BE BACK.
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OKAY.
 
OKAY, BYE.
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BYE.
 
BYE.
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Narrator: BUT TO SOME PEOPLE,
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KEVIN'S WORK
 
DIDN'T SEEM SO SPECIAL.
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I LOVED BARBIES,
 
AND I FELT LIKE MY MOM
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DIDN'T TREAT MY BARBIES
 
LIKE SHE DID HIS PUPPETS.
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GEORGE AND ANITA,
 
THEY WOULD THROW THEM AROUND.
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Kevin: SHE THREW ALL MY PUPPETS
 
OUT THE WINDOW,
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SO I THREW ALL OF HER COSMETICS
 
OUT THE WINDOW.
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AND THERE HAPPENED TO BE
 
SNOW OUTSIDE.
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AND THERE WAS STARTING TO BE
 
SOME CRITICISM
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FROM KIDS TEASING ME IN SCHOOL.
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HE HAD GUYS THAT WOULD PICK
 
ON HIM,
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SAID HE WAS PLAYING
 
WITH DOLLS.
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Anita: SOME ADULTS
 
DIDN'T UNDERSTAND,
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"WELL, WHY ISN'T HE PLAYING
 
BASKETBALL OUT?"
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A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID, "WELL,
 
HE SHOULD BE PLAYING OUTSIDE."
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I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THAT.
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I KNEW IT WAS A TALENT HE HAD,
 
AND HE LOVED IT.
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George Jr.:
 
HE FACED A LOT OF OPPOSITION,
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BUT HE JUST STUCK
 
WITH HIS DREAM,
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AND HE WENT FOR, YOU KNOW, WHAT
 
HE TRULY BELIEVED IN HIS HEART.
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Narrator: WHILE PERFORMING
 
AT A NEARBY COUNTY FAIR,
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KEVIN WAS SPOTTED
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BY A LOCAL TELEVISION
 
PERSONALITY, STU KERR,
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WHO SUGGESTED THAT HE COME UP
 
TO CHANNEL 2
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AND TRY OUT
 
FOR A NEW CHILDREN'S PROGRAM.
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ON THE DAY OF THE AUDITION,
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THE CLASH HOUSEHOLD WAS BUSTLING
 
WITH ACTIVITY.
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I GOT KEVIN FIXED UP
 
IN HIS ROOM.
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WE GOT HIM
 
THIS LITTLE CORDUROY --
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THEY WERE WEARING THESE HIPSTER
 
JACKETS WITH THE PANTS.
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IT WAS BEIGE CORDUROY,
 
A DARK-BROWN TURTLENECK,
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AND I GOT HIM DARK-BROWN
 
HUSH PUPPIES.
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Narrator: BALTIMORE'S CHANNEL 2
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IS ONE OF THE OLDEST TELEVISION
 
STATIONS ON THE EAST COAST.
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FROM HERE, STU KERR'S PROGRAMS
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WERE BEAMED TO THOUSANDS
 
OF CHILDREN EVERY AFTERNOON.
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KEVIN WAS AUDITIONING FOR A NEW
 
SHOW THAT STU WAS CREATING
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CALLED "CABOOSE."
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Kevin: THIS WAS MY FIRST
 
TELEVISION STUDIO.
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I SAW CAMERAS, AND THERE
 
WAS A STAGE, YOU KNOW,
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WITH ALL THESE LIGHTS.
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RECORD.
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I WAS STILL VERY SHY
 
AT THE TIME.
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5...4...3...2...1.
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FADE UP EFFECTS.
 
CUE STU.
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IT WAS KIND OF UNCOMFORTABLE.
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[ MUMBLES ]
 
OH, HI.
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WE'RE JUST, UH -- WE'RE JUST
 
CHECKING OFF THE LIST HERE
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OF THE THINGS
 
THAT I'D BETTER PACK.
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YOU KNOW, I REALLY
 
JUST WANTED TO GET UP THERE
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AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.
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HA! WE'RE GOING
 
ON A P-I-C-N-I-K-I-N-I.
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OKAY. ALL RIGHT,
 
YOU GOT THE HOT DOGS.
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HOT DOGS! CHECK!
 
MAYONNAISE! CHECK!
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Kevin:
 
AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.
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THAT WAS FINE.
 
LET'S TRY ONE MORE TAKE.
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STU SAID, "YOU'RE GONNA
 
DO THIS WITH ME."
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I REMEMBER
 
THIS TINGLING SENSATION.
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Puppet: YEAH!
 
[ LAUGHS ]
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Kevin:
 
"I'M GONNA GET TO DO THIS."
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RIGHT NOW I HAVE 85 PUPPETS.
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THE WAY I GET MY IDEAS
 
FOR MY PUPPETS
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IS THEY'LL JUST COME UP
 
IN MY HEAD,
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AND THEN I'LL TRY
 
DIFFERENT VOICES
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AND PRACTICE AND PRACTICE
 
UNTIL I GET IT.
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[ Kid's voice ] HI.
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[ Normal voice ] HI.
00:14:15
[ High-pitched voice ] HI.
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[ Excited voice ] HI.
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[ Deep voice ] HI. HOW YA DOING?
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Ziemann: HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.
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[ High-pitched voice ]
 
HI. MY NAME IS PUCKY.
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HOW MANY KIDS WENT OUT
 
AND BUILT THEIR OWN PUPPETS,
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NOT JUST A HAND PUPPET, BUT
 
A COMPLETE MUPPET THAT WORKED?
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YOU KNOW, YOU ALWAYS HAD
00:14:41
WHAT I CALL CENTRAL CASTING
 
OF PUPPETS.
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[ LAUGHS ]
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YOU KNOW, AND YOU WOULD
 
MAKE THE PUPPETS
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LOOK LIKE THE CREW MEMBERS.
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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
 
THAT'S RIGHT.
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YOU MADE ONE
 
THAT LOOKED LIKE ME.
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[ LAUGHS ]
 
OH, MY GOODNESS!
00:14:53
[ LAUGHS ]
00:14:56
LOOK AT THAT NOSE.
 
LOOK AT THAT NOSE.
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THE NOSE, THE NOSE.
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LOOK AT THAT NOSE.
 
I MEAN, LOOK AT THAT.
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I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT.
 
LOOK AT THAT PROFILE.
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YEAH, YEAH.
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AND YOU KEPT THIS.
 
AND SEE...
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OH, MY GOODNESS.
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I USED TO SEW
 
THESE MOUTHS IN.
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SEE? I USED
 
THE WRONG COLOR.
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IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PEACH.
00:15:13
BUT THREAD COST A LOT
 
BACK THEN.
00:15:17
THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE.
 
LOOK AT THE STITCHES. BOY.
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I'M GLAD I'M BETTER NOW.
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[ LAUGHS ]
00:15:22
Narrator: EVERY SATURDAY
 
AT 12:30 IN THE AFTERNOON,
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TELEVISIONS
 
IN KEVIN'S NEIGHBORHOOD
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WOULD TUNE TO CHANNEL 2.
00:15:32
THOSE SAME KIDS IN SCHOOL
 
WERE COMING UP AND SAYING,
00:15:36
"SO, HOW'S STU KERR?"
00:15:37
IT WASN'T ABOUT
 
"YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR PUPPETS."
00:15:42
Narrator: THAT YEAR,
 
THE DUNDALK SENIOR-HIGH YEARBOOK
00:15:45
FEATURED
 
A SURPRISING PHOTOGRAPH.
00:15:49
Gladys: THEY GOT HIM STANDING
 
BY A ROLLS-ROYCE, RIGHT,
00:15:52
AND HE'S GOT A CASHMERE
 
BLACK COAT ON
00:15:57
AND A CAP AND SUNGLASSES,
00:15:59
AND THEY GOT HIM THE MOST
 
LIKELY...TO BE A MILLIONAIRE.
00:16:09
Narrator: FOR KEVIN,
00:16:11
TELEVISION WAS NO LONGER
 
JUST ENTERTAINMENT.
00:16:14
IT WAS RESEARCH.
00:16:15
Kevin:
 
IF I COULD HAVE CLIMBED IN,
00:16:18
ACTUALLY BE ON THE SET
 
OF "SESAME STREET,"
00:16:21
I WOULD HAVE TRIED IT.
00:16:25
Narrator: IN 1976,
00:16:27
HENSON BROUGHT HIS MUPPETS
 
TO PRIME TIME
00:16:30
WITH "THE MUPPET SHOW."
00:16:33
Kevin: OF COURSE, I WAS THE
 
CLOSEST ONE TO THE TV WATCHING.
00:16:37
Narrator: BROADCAST
 
IN MORE THAN 100 COUNTRIES,
00:16:42
IT BECAME THE MOST POPULAR
 
TELEVISION SHOW IN THE WORLD.
00:16:47
THEY COULD DO NO WRONG.
 
THEY JUST COULDN'T.
00:16:50
I MEAN, ANYTHING THAT JIM
 
TOUCHED TURNED TO GOLD.
00:16:55
Narrator: HENSON'S CLOSEST
 
PARTNER WAS FRANK OZ.
00:16:59
Kevin: IT WAS AMAZING TO ME
00:17:01
TO WATCH JIM AND FRANK PERFORM
 
ERNIE AND BERT IN THE MORNING
00:17:06
AND THEN WATCH THEM PERFORM
 
KERMIT AND MISS PIGGY AT NIGHT.
00:17:11
NOW I'M GLUED TO THE TELEVISION
00:17:13
TRYING TO FIND OUT
 
HOW THOSE PUPPETS WERE BUILT.
00:17:16
I WAS STILL PRAYING
 
THAT ONE OF THESE DAYS,
00:17:19
I'LL LEARN HOW TO MAKE A PUPPET
 
LIKE THE MUPPETS.
00:17:22
I STILL DIDN'T HAVE IT
 
JUST RIGHT.
00:17:25
YOU SAW THE SEAMS.
00:17:27
YOU KNOW, AND WITH THE MUPPETS,
 
YOU NEVER SAW THE SEAMS.
00:17:29
IT STUMPED ME.
00:17:33
MY MOM WOULD SAY,
 
"YOU KNOW, LISTEN.
00:17:36
YOU HAVE GOT TO MOVE BACK.
 
YOU'RE GONNA GO BLIND."
00:17:40
[ FUNKY MUSIC PLAYS ]
00:17:50
Narrator:
 
ON TELEVISION ONE AFTERNOON,
00:17:52
KEVIN CAME ACROSS A PROGRAM
 
ABOUT A MAN WHO DESIGNED
00:17:56
MANY OF JIM HENSON'S
 
MOST FAMOUS PUPPETS.
00:17:59
HIS NAME WAS KERMIT LOVE, SEEN
 
HERE ON "THE DICK CAVETT SHOW."
00:18:03
[ APPLAUSE ]
00:18:04
KERMIT HAS DONE
 
ALL OF OUR BIG CHARACTERS.
00:18:06
HE DID THE BODY OF BIG BIRD
 
AND THOG
00:18:09
AND THE GREAT BIG
 
FEATHER GUY HERE,
00:18:10
WHICH IS, YOU KNOW,
 
A GREAT ENGINEERING THING.
00:18:12
DID ANY OF THIS -- DID YOU HAVE
 
TO STUDY ENGINEERING
00:18:14
TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THIS?
 
NO.
00:18:16
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?
00:18:17
JUST HAVE TO STUDY
 
JIM'S CONCEPTS.
00:18:19
YOU DO?
00:18:20
IT'S AN AMAZING THING.
00:18:21
WELL, IT WAS GREAT FUN.
00:18:22
Kevin: I WAS SO INSPIRED,
 
I SAID TO MY MOM,
00:18:25
YOU KNOW, AFTER IT WENT OFF,
00:18:26
"I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO TRY
 
TO GET AHOLD OF KERMIT LOVE."
00:18:30
MY MOM DIALING THE PHONE, I
 
MEAN, WHICH WAS AMAZING TO ME.
00:18:34
Gladys: I CALLED KERMIT.
00:18:37
"HELLO." HE SAID, "WHO IS THIS
 
THAT'S SO ANXIOUS TO MEET ME?"
00:18:40
I SAID, "WELL, IT'S MY SON."
00:18:42
I SAID, "HE'S INTO PUPPETRY,"
00:18:43
AND I SAID, "HE WOULD LOVE
 
TO MEET YOU."
00:18:45
Kevin: LO AND BEHOLD, HE SAID,
00:18:47
"WHENEVER WE'RE IN TOWN,
 
COME AND VISIT."
00:18:49
Narrator: KEVIN'S FAMILY
00:18:51
COULDN'T AFFORD
 
TO SEND HIM AWAY,
00:18:53
BUT IN HIS SENIOR YEAR,
 
AN OPPORTUNITY CAME UP.
00:18:57
HIS CLASS WAS TAKING A TRIP
 
TO NEW YORK CITY.
00:19:01
Kevin:
 
I REMEMBER GETTING ON THE TRAIN,
00:19:03
SO EXCITED, I WAS HUMMING
 
"NEW YORK, NEW YORK" THEME,
00:19:06
WATCHING THE SKYLINE GETTING
 
CLOSER AND CLOSER.
00:19:10
MY FIRST IMPRESSION WAS
 
"MAN, IT'S REALLY ENORMOUS."
00:19:15
[ SIREN WAILING, HORN HONKS ]
00:19:20
ALL OF US JUST LOSING OUR MINDS.
00:19:24
NOW I'M BREAKING AWAY FROM THEM
00:19:26
TO GO TO KERMIT'S WORKSHOP
 
BY MYSELF.
00:19:29
I WAS TAKING THE SUBWAY.
00:19:32
TO ACTUALLY GO ALONE
 
WAS NERVE-RACKING.
00:19:37
BOY, I'LL TELL YOU,
 
ON THE SUBWAY,
00:19:39
JUST THINKING OF ALL THE THINGS
 
I MIGHT GET TO SEE --
00:19:42
"WHAT ARE THEY WORKING ON
 
RIGHT NOW?
00:19:45
"MAYBE I'LL GET TO LEARN THOSE
 
SECRETS THAT I COULDN'T FIND OUT
00:19:48
THROUGH WATCHING THE SHOW."
00:19:52
AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN,
 
STANDING AT GREAT JONES
00:19:56
AND BUZZING THE BUZZER,
00:19:58
AND THEN HERE IS KERMIT LOVE,
 
WHO LOOKS LIKE SANTA CLAUS.
00:20:03
KEVIN! GOOD TO SEE YOU.
 
HOW YOU DOING, KERMIT?
00:20:05
GOOD TO SEE YOU.
00:20:06
MADE IT ALL THE WAY UP
 
FROM BALTIMORE, HEY?
00:20:08
"KEV FROM BALTIMORE," HE SAID,
 
"COME ON IN!"
00:20:12
WHO IS THIS?
00:20:13
OH, THIS IS PUCKY.
00:20:15
PUCKY?
 
YEAH.
00:20:16
OH. LOOKS LIKE HE'S BEEN AROUND
 
THE RINK A COUPLE OF TIMES.
00:20:19
KERMIT JUST TOOK ME IN LIKE
 
HE KNEW ME FOR A LONG TIME,
00:20:21
AND HE SHOWED ME EVERYTHING
 
HE KNEW.
00:20:24
IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
00:20:25
OKAY.
 
AND LET'S GO IN.
00:20:27
HE TOOK ME AROUND, AND ALL THIS
 
MAGIC WAS HAPPENING THERE.
00:20:31
I MET THESE TALENTED BUILDERS
 
THAT HE HAD AT HIS SHOP,
00:20:36
AND I COULD ASK THEM A QUESTION
 
ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING.
00:20:40
"WHERE DO THEY GET THE EYES?
00:20:43
"YOU KNOW, DO THEY MAKE THEM
 
FROM SCRATCH?
00:20:47
"CAN YOU BUY?
00:20:48
"YOU KNOW, THE COLORS
 
ARE SO BRILLIANT, THE FUR.
00:20:53
"I CAN'T GET THAT TYPE OF FUR
 
IN BALTIMORE.
00:20:56
WHERE DO YOU GET THAT?"
00:20:57
I MEAN, ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS
00:20:59
I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO FINALLY
 
GETTING THEM ANSWERED.
00:21:07
THIS PLACE IS ALWAYS SO COOL.
00:21:10
NOW I GET TO GO
 
TO THE MUPPET WORKSHOP,
00:21:13
WHERE THEY BUILD
00:21:14
ALL OF THE OTHER "SESAME STREET"
 
CHARACTERS.
00:21:17
EVERYTHING IS
 
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.
00:21:21
FUR OVER HERE
 
AND FOAM OVER THERE.
00:21:23
EYES.
00:21:27
YOU PULL OUT
 
THESE LONG, BIG DRAWERS,
00:21:30
AND IN THERE COULD BE
 
DIFFERENT TYPES OF EYES,
00:21:34
ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF EYES WITH
 
LIDS, NO LIDS, THE EYELASHES,
00:21:38
YOU KNOW, SMALL PUPILS,
 
BIG PUPILS.
00:21:41
THEN YOU CAN OPEN
 
ANOTHER DRAWER,
00:21:43
AND IT'S DIFFERENT-SIZED NOSES
 
AND DIFFERENT-COLOR NOSES.
00:21:45
AND THE SAME THING
 
WITH HAIR, TEETH.
00:21:47
[ LAUGHS ]
00:21:49
Man: MUSTACHES,
 
BEARDS, GOATEES.
00:21:51
[ LAUGHS ]
 
THERE'S ONE.
00:21:52
THAT'S A GREAT ONE.
00:21:53
IT WAS JUST AMAZING.
00:21:54
I KNEW WHEN I GOT IN THERE
00:21:56
THAT THIS IS THE TYPE OF
 
WORKSHOP I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE.
00:21:59
OH, MY GOD.
 
THAT'S GREAT.
00:22:03
THAT'S WONDERFUL.
00:22:05
OH, IT'S WONDERFUL, ROLLIE.
00:22:11
I JUST HAPPENED TO BE
 
AT THE SHOP WHEN ROLLIE,
00:22:15
WHO IS A PHENOMENAL BUILDER --
00:22:17
SHE'S BEEN THERE FROM THE
 
BEGINNING OF "THE MUPPET SHOW."
00:22:21
SEE? I'M GETTING
 
RED RIGHT THERE.
 
OH, YEAH. OKAY, SURE.
00:22:23
YEAH. I CAN PUT A LITTLE BIT
 
OF FLEECE, YEAH.
00:22:25
FLEECE OR SOMETHING, YEAH.
00:22:26
AND THEN IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
00:22:27
I MEAN, IT'S JUST --
 
OH.
00:22:29
OH, I SAW HER BUILDING
 
NEW ERNIE AND BERTS.
00:22:31
ROLLIE WAS A GENIUS AT IT.
00:22:33
ERNIE HAS A TUBE.
 
MM-HMM.
00:22:36
AND WHAT'S THAT?
 
COFFEE CAN.
00:22:37
YEAH. COFFEE CAN?
 
IS THAT WHAT IT IS?!
00:22:39
YEAH!
 
THAT'S WHY I'M FEELING
 
THE RIDGES.
00:22:41
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
00:22:43
IN KERMIT'S SHOP SO LONG AGO...
00:22:45
[ GROANS ]
00:22:47
BOY, YOU REALLY PUT IT IN
 
TO STAY, DIDN'T YOU?
00:22:50
...HE EXPLAINED TO ME HOW THINGS
 
WORK, HOW PUPPETS WORK,
00:22:53
HOW MUPPETS WORK.
00:22:54
GOOD, GOOD.
 
YEAH, I THOUGHT...
00:22:56
BUT LOOK. NOW WE HAVE
 
A MOUTH THAT WORKS.
00:22:59
IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SIT THERE,
 
AND HE EXPLAINED TO ME
00:23:02
HOW YOU CAN DO THE SEAM
 
WHERE YOU DON'T SEE IT.
00:23:05
IT WAS A TYPE OF MATERIAL
 
THAT THEY WERE USING
00:23:08
THAT I COULDN'T GET IN BALTIMORE
 
CALLED FLEECE
00:23:10
THAT ACTUALLY WAS MADE
 
FOR THE ARMY.
00:23:13
WE COVER IT WITH THIS FLEECING
 
THAT IS A MARVELOUS MATERIAL,
00:23:18
BECAUSE YOU CAN SEW
 
IN RATHER INTERESTING SEAMS
00:23:21
THAT DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY.
00:23:23
Henson: THIS IS A KIND
 
OF FABRIC THEY USE
00:23:25
USUALLY TO MAKE THINGS
 
LIKE BLANKETS AND SO FORTH.
00:23:28
WE USE IT BECAUSE
 
WHEN YOU MAKE A SEAM --
00:23:31
THAT MEANS WHEN YOU SEW
 
TWO PIECES TOGETHER --
00:23:33
NOW, HERE'S A PUPPET
 
RIGHT HERE
00:23:35
THAT'S BEEN SEAMED
 
RIGHT UP THE FRONT.
00:23:38
YOU SEE? YOU CAN BARELY SEE IT
 
ON TELEVISION,
00:23:40
BUT THAT'S A SEAM
 
RIGHT THERE.
00:23:41
THERE'S ANOTHER SEAM
 
RIGHT UNDER THE JAW
00:23:44
THAT GOES STRAIGHT DOWN
 
THROUGH THERE.
00:23:46
I CALL THAT THE HENSON STITCH,
 
'CAUSE JIM DEVELOPED IT.
00:23:49
[ LAUGHS ]
00:23:50
THAT JIM HENSON STITCH.
 
I FOUND OUT THAT THROUGH KERMIT.
00:23:56
I'M 17 NOW.
00:23:57
IT TOOK ME I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY
 
YEARS TO FIND THAT OUT,
00:23:59
BUT IT WAS WONDERFUL
 
TO FIND OUT.
00:24:01
I THINK WE OUGHT TO GIVE HER
 
SOME PUPILS.
00:24:03
THE FOCUS DOESN'T SEEM TO BE
 
QUITE RIGHT.
00:24:05
HE WAS REALLY...A WONDERFUL
 
GRANDFATHER FIGURE.
00:24:13
NOW PUT YOUR HAND IN
 
AND LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
00:24:16
[ Woman's voice ] HELLO!
00:24:18
AND NOW SHE'S TAKING ON
 
QUITE A -- SHE...
00:24:21
SHE.
00:24:22
...IS TAKING ON
 
QUITE A PERSONALITY.
00:24:24
KERMIT TOOK KEVIN MORE OR LESS
 
LIKE A MOTHER HEN,
00:24:28
YOU KNOW, HOW SHE KEEPS
 
THE BABIES UNDER HER WINGS.
00:24:31
HE JUST GATHERED KEVIN
 
RIGHT IN
00:24:33
AND TAUGHT HIM ALL THE THINGS
 
THAT HE NEEDED TO KNOW.
00:24:36
CICELY.
00:24:37
SING IT. SING IT OUT.
00:24:39
* CICELY *
00:24:40
MY NAME IS...
00:24:41
* MY NAME IS CICELY *
00:24:45
LOVELY.
 
LET ME SEE.
00:24:47
DO YOUR VOWELS
 
ONCE FOR ME.
00:24:49
A-U-E!
00:24:53
"U."
00:24:55
OOH!
00:24:57
OOH.
00:24:59
SHE'S LISTENING TO YOU.
00:25:00
[ LAUGHS ]
00:25:01
NOW DO CICELY
 
AND PROJECT IT FORWARD.
00:25:04
* CIC-E-LY *
00:25:06
THERE, THAT'S IT.
 
AND UP.
00:25:08
* CICELY *
00:25:10
* CICELY *
00:25:12
[ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
00:25:16
NOW YOU'RE STIFFENING.
 
I CAN SEE YOU STIFFENING.
00:25:19
YES.
 
LOOSEN IT UP.
00:25:20
[ SPEAKS FRENCH ]
 
[ LAUGHS ]
00:25:22
[ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
00:25:27
REMEMBER, THE VOICE COMES
 
FROM BACK IN THE MOUTH.
00:25:30
Narrator: IN PARIS,
 
KEVIN IS TRAINING
00:25:32
THE CAST OF THE FRENCH VERSION
 
OF "SESAME STREET."
00:25:36
WELL, ANOTHER THING
00:25:37
THAT YOU SHOULD DO
 
WITH HER ALL THE TIME
00:25:40
IS GIVE HER A LITTLE SMILE.
00:25:44
SEE, IF YOU KEEP THAT MOUTH OPEN
 
JUST A LITTLE BIT,
00:25:47
THERE'S A LITTLE SMILE,
 
YOU KNOW?
00:25:49
YEAH.
00:25:53
AH.
00:25:55
IF YOU DO THAT,
 
THAT'S DEAD.
00:25:57
SHE'S TOO SERIOUS.
00:25:58
DEAD.
 
SHE'S NOT HAPPY.
00:26:01
YOU KNOW, BUT THAT'S...
00:26:07
THAT'S CURIOUS.
00:26:09
LISTENING, BUT STILL ALIVE.
00:26:12
IT LOOKS EASY,
 
BUT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT
00:26:16
TO MAKE A PIECE OF FABRIC
 
WITH A FOAM HEAD
00:26:19
REACT LIKE A HUMAN BEING WOULD.
00:26:23
BUT KEVIN -- OH, MY GOSH --
 
HE'S BRILLIANT AT MANIPULATION.
00:26:28
TRYING TO CREATE REALITY.
00:26:30
YOU KNOW, WE'RE TRYING
 
TO CREATE A HUMAN.
00:26:34
SO CERTAIN THINGS THAT WE DO
 
WILL MAKE IT LOOK HUMAN.
00:26:38
CERTAIN THINGS
 
THAT WE DO, YOU KNOW,
00:26:40
THAT WE SHOULDN'T DO
 
DOESN'T, YOU KNOW.
00:26:42
SO, YOU KNOW, THAT DOESN'T.
00:26:45
IT'S MORE -- YOU KNOW,
00:26:46
WHEN WE SHAKE OR WE LISTEN
 
TO EACH OTHER, SAY, "AH."
00:26:50
IT'S NOT...
00:26:52
I THINK EVEN
 
IF YOU CLOSE THE MOUTH,
00:26:56
JUST MAKE SURE
 
THAT THE PUPPET STAYS ALIVE.
00:26:58
IT CAN'T JUST SIT THERE.
00:26:59
IT HAS TO, YOU KNOW, LOOK
 
AROUND AND KEEP ALIVE.
00:27:06
[ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
00:27:16
CHRISTOPHE, WHEN YOU DO
 
A SCRATCH OF THE HEAD,
00:27:19
TO SHOW LESS ROD,
 
YOU BRING YOUR HEAD DOWN.
00:27:24
THAT'S IT. BRING YOUR HEAD DOWN
 
INTO THE FRAME.
00:27:26
THEN THERE'S LESS ROD.
 
OKAY.
00:27:28
HE'S ALWAYS PLAYING ON CAMERA.
00:27:30
HE'S ALWAYS SEEING
 
"HOW -- HOW ELSE --
00:27:32
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO
 
WITH THIS PUPPET?"
00:27:35
I THINK I WAS ON THE SET THE DAY
 
THAT KEVIN REALIZED
00:27:39
THAT IF HE PUSHED HIS HAND
 
IN A CERTAIN WAY
00:27:41
AND PUSHED DOWN
 
WITH HIS FINGERS,
00:27:43
HE COULD MAKE ELMO'S -- THE TOP
 
OF HIS HEAD KIND OF CAVE IN
00:27:47
SO IT LOOKED LIKE ELMO'S EYES
00:27:50
WERE LOOKING UP
 
IN A FUNNY DIRECTION.
00:27:55
WELL, THIS ONE IS DISGUSTING.
00:27:58
AND THIS ONE IS "ELMO'S HUNGRY."
00:28:03
[ LAUGHS ]
 
THAT'S THE BEGGING LOOK.
00:28:08
AND THIS ONE
 
IS WHEN ELMO'S CONFUSED.
00:28:10
"HUH? HUH?"
00:28:13
[ LAUGHS ]
00:28:19
Kevin: EVERYBODY UP.
 
SEE IT WITH THE MUSIC.
00:28:22
[ CALYPSO MUSIC PLAYS ]
00:28:33
OKAY, STOP.
00:28:36
SEE? YOU'RE DOING THIS.
00:28:37
YOU'RE DOING THIS.
 
YOU'RE NEVER GONNA HAVE FOCUS.
00:28:40
REMEMBER, WE DID THAT
 
IN REHEARSAL.
00:28:43
AND YOU'RE NOT DOING IT AS MUCH
 
WITH THE PUPPET.
00:28:45
EVERYBODY, JUST COME DOWN
 
AND WATCH MY HAND FOR A SECOND.
00:28:49
WATCH JUST HOW COMFORTABLE
 
IT LOOKS.
00:28:51
[ CALYPSO MUSIC PLAYS ]
00:28:56
[ MUPPETS SINGING IN FRENCH ]
00:28:59
SEE? SEE HOW JUST COMFORTABLE
 
THAT IS?
00:29:12
FEEL IT.
00:29:15
IF HE COULD TAKE HIS TALENT
 
AND PUT IT IN YOUR ARM,
00:29:19
IT WOULD BE THE DREAM.
00:29:21
[ LAUGHS ]
00:29:42
Kevin: YOU TOOK THESE?
00:29:44
YES, YES, YES, YES.
00:29:46
WHERE?
 
IN NEW YORK?
00:29:50
IN NEW YORK, YES.
00:29:52
ARE YOU SERIOUS?
 
[ LAUGHS ]
00:29:53
THESE ARE WONDERFUL.
 
LOOK AT THAT.
00:29:57
AND DURING WHAT WAS
 
A SHOOT OF --
00:30:00
IT WAS A PHONE, BUT --
00:30:02
HAD TO USE IT.
00:30:03
IT WAS ON JULY
 
OR AUGUST '69.
00:30:06
THAT WAS RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING
 
OF "SESAME STREET."
00:30:07
I WAS 9.
00:30:08
WHEN DID YOU START?
 
I WAS 9.
00:30:11
[ LAUGHS ]
00:30:14
ONLY ONE TO GET THIS PICTURE.
00:30:18
I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME
 
I MET JIM HENSON.
00:30:24
THAT WAS THE YEAR
 
THAT THE MUPPET MOVIE CAME OUT.
00:30:29
JIM PUT THE BUS
 
FROM THE MUPPET MOVIE
00:30:30
IN THE MACY'S
 
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE,
00:30:33
AND THAT MEANT
 
THAT JIM AND FRANK
00:30:36
WOULD BE ON THE BUS
 
FOR THE MUPPET MOVIE,
00:30:38
SO THEY NEEDED EXTRA PUPPETEERS
 
FOR THE "SESAME STREET" FLOAT.
00:30:42
KERMIT ASKED ME
 
WOULD I LIKE TO BE ON IT.
00:30:46
I JUST COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.
00:30:48
IT JUST BLEW ME AWAY.
 
I WAS SO EXCITED.
00:30:50
Narrator: KEVIN WAS GIVEN
00:30:53
ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED
 
AND SILLIEST OF MUPPETS --
00:30:56
COOKIE MONSTER.
00:30:59
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
00:31:01
Kevin: THE "SESAME STREET" THEME
 
STARTED,
00:31:04
AND I HEARD A MAN YELL OUT,
00:31:05
"'SESAME STREET,'
 
JOIN THE PARADE!"
00:31:07
THE FLOAT STARTED TO MOVE,
 
AND EVERYBODY CHEERED.
00:31:14
KERMIT TOLD US, "OKAY, YOU CAN
 
PEEK EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE."
00:31:17
AND, MAN, I HAD NO IDEA.
00:31:22
PEOPLE AND MORE PEOPLE
 
AND MORE PEOPLE.
00:31:25
IT IS MIND-BOGGLING.
00:31:29
NOW I'M ON THIS FLOAT,
 
AND I HAVE ONE OF THE MUPPETS,
00:31:33
THE "SESAME STREET" MUPPETS,
 
ON MY HAND,
00:31:35
AND I'VE BEEN TRYING TO LOOK
 
AT IT TO SEE HOW THEY BUILT IT
00:31:37
FOR SO MANY YEARS.
00:31:39
OF COURSE, I TURNED IT
 
INSIDE-OUT AND LOOKED IN IT,
00:31:42
AND I SAW
 
THAT JIM HENSON STITCH.
00:31:47
AND THEN
 
AFTER THE PARADE IS OVER,
00:31:50
EVERYBODY GETS TO GO
 
INSIDE OF MACY'S,
00:31:52
AND THEY HAVE A BIG PARTY.
00:31:54
ALL THE CELEBRITIES GO UP THERE.
00:31:56
I WAS JUST THIS KID, AND I WAS,
 
LIKE, TAKING IT ALL IN.
00:31:59
AND THERE, ACROSS A CROWDED
 
ROOM, WAS JIM HENSON.
00:32:03
THAT SHYNESS CAME BACK,
 
SO I WENT TO USE THE BATHROOM.
00:32:09
AND LO AND BEHOLD,
00:32:10
ONE OF THE MAIN MUPPETEERS,
 
RICHARD HUNT, WAS THERE.
00:32:14
AND HE SAID, "SO, YOU'RE HERE.
00:32:16
YOU KNOW, YOU'RE WORKING
 
WITH KERMIT?"
00:32:18
I SAID, "YEAH."
 
HE SAID, "LISTEN.
00:32:19
"YOU KNOW, JIM DOESN'T HAVE
 
ANY BLACK PUPPETEERS,
00:32:23
SO YOU NEED TO GO OUT THERE
 
AND TELL HIM WHAT YOU DO."
00:32:25
SO I CAME OUT OF THE BATHROOM,
 
SHAKING.
00:32:29
KERMIT TOLD ME TO COME OVER,
 
'CAUSE HE WAS TALKING TO JIM.
00:32:31
IT WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW,
 
MEETING SOMEBODY
00:32:36
THAT YOU'VE ALWAYS
 
WANTED TO MEET
00:32:38
AND NEVER THOUGHT
 
YOU'D GET THE CHANCE TO.
00:32:40
SO I DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE
 
ANY EYE CONTACT,
00:32:42
AND, YOU KNOW, I WAS TRYING
 
TO BE, YOU KNOW, AS...
00:32:49
I REALLY WANTED TO COMMUNICATE
 
WITH JIM
00:32:52
AS MUCH AS RICHARD TOLD ME TO,
 
BUT IT'S NOT IN MY NATURE.
00:32:55
SO FORTUNATELY KERMIT WAS THERE
 
TO HELP ME THROUGH.
00:32:58
HE SAID, "LISTEN, JIM,
 
THIS IS KEVIN CLASH."
00:33:02
AND JIM LOOKED AT ME AND SAID,
 
"CAN YOU STAY UP NEXT DAY?"
00:33:06
IT WAS LIKE, "OH, MY GOODNESS.
 
THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE,"
00:33:10
KNOWING THAT I COULDN'T.
00:33:13
BEFORE I COULD SAY YES,
 
KERMIT SAID,
00:33:15
"NO, KEVIN HAS TWO SHOWS
 
LOCALLY IN BALTIMORE
00:33:19
"THAT HE HAS TO GET BACK TO, BUT
 
HE COULD SET UP AN APPOINTMENT,
00:33:22
OR HE COULD SEND YOU SOMETHING."
00:33:24
AND JIM SAID, "OKAY. WELL, YOU
 
KNOW, CAN YOU SEND ME A TAPE?
00:33:26
YOU KNOW, AND WE'LL TAKE IT
 
FROM THERE."
00:33:28
AND BEFORE I COULD SAY YES
 
[LAUGHS]
00:33:31
KERMIT SAID, "YES, HE WILL."
00:33:33
SO I WENT BACK DOWN
 
TO BALTIMORE,
00:33:37
AND I'M SO EXCITED, I RAN HOME.
00:33:39
MY MOM AND DAD WAS
 
IN THE KITCHEN.
00:33:41
I WENT TO THEM, AND I SAID,
 
"GUESS WHAT?
00:33:43
I FINALLY MET JIM --
 
JIM HENSON."
00:33:52
Narrator: KERMIT WASN'T THE ONLY
 
ONE BRAGGING ABOUT KEVIN.
00:33:55
STU KERR COULDN'T HELP BUT
 
TELL HIS OLD FRIEND BOB KEESHAN
00:34:00
ABOUT THE AMAZING
 
YOUNG PUPPETEER
00:34:02
HE DISCOVERED IN BALTIMORE.
00:34:04
OH, DID I MENTION
 
THAT BOB KEESHAN
00:34:07
IS ALSO KNOWN
 
AS CAPTAIN KANGAROO?
00:34:11
Ziemann:
 
NEXT THING YOU KNOW, STU SAYS,
00:34:13
"WE NEED TO SET UP THE STUDIO
 
FOR AN AUDITION TAPE."
00:34:16
I SAID, "FOR WHO?"
 
HE SAID, "KEVIN."
00:34:18
AND I JUST LOOKED AT HIM.
00:34:20
HE GOES, "DON'T START.
 
JUST DON'T START."
00:34:22
Kerr: THIS IS AN AUDITION
 
FOR "CAPTAIN KANGAROO."
00:34:26
COULD WE HAVE THE FIRST
 
CONTESTANT, PLEASE?
00:34:29
Narrator: FOR 18-YEAR-OLD KEVIN,
00:34:31
IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT
 
RECORDING OF HIS LIFE.
00:34:37
NO. HAVE YOU BEEN ON --
00:34:38
HAVE YOU BEEN
 
ON TELEVISION BEFORE?
00:34:39
UH, NO, NOT REALLY, NO.
00:34:41
Kevin: STU WAS OFF-CAMERA,
 
ASKING MY PUPPETS QUESTIONS.
00:34:44
WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?
00:34:45
COULD YOU TURN
 
THIS WAY, PLEASE?
00:34:47
THAT'S IT.
00:34:48
OH! OH, THERE YOU ARE.
00:34:49
OH. HOW YOU --
 
GOOD MORNING, CAPTAIN.
00:34:51
UH, NO, I'M NOT CAPTAIN.
00:34:53
I KNEW IF I LISTENED TO HIM, I'M
 
GONNA DO THE BEST THAT I CAN.
00:34:56
WHO'S NEXT, KEVIN?
00:34:58
Kevin: FIEFER.
00:34:59
LET'S SEE.
 
OOH, LOOK AT FIEFER.
00:35:02
HI, FIEF.
00:35:05
HEY, FIEF.
00:35:07
HI.
00:35:08
[ LAUGHS ]
 
DON'T BE AFRAID.
00:35:11
WHY? I DON'T LIKE CAMERAS.
00:35:14
OH, OH, LISTEN.
00:35:15
[ SIGHS ]
00:35:16
TELL US A LITTLE BIT
 
ABOUT YOURSELF, FIEFER.
00:35:19
WHAT KIND OF PERSON
 
ARE YOU?
00:35:21
WE KNOW
 
YOU'RE A LITTLE SHY.
00:35:22
YEAH.
00:35:24
WELL, UH, I'M A NICE PERSON.
00:35:27
OH, ARE YOU?
 
YEAH.
00:35:28
I AM KIND OF SHY, BUT SOMETIMES
 
I GET OVER IT, YOU KNOW?
00:35:31
WELL, IT'S OVER NOW.
 
YEAH.
00:35:33
I SAY THE AUDITION
 
IS OVER.
00:35:34
OH, OH, THE AUDITION IS OVER?
00:35:35
I THOUGHT --
 
I THOUGHT MY SHYNESS WAS --
00:35:37
NO, NO.
 
OH.
00:35:38
WELL, MAYBE THAT IS, TOO.
 
YOU CAN LEAVE, BY THE WAY.
00:35:40
OH, I CAN LEAVE?
 
YES.
00:35:41
OH, GREAT!
00:35:43
YEAH.
 
GOOD!
00:35:44
OKAY, BYE!
 
BYE.
00:35:45
PHEW!
00:35:46
I LOOKED AT STU, AND I SAID,
 
"HE'S GONE.
00:35:50
"HE'S GONE, AND YOU'RE TO BLAME,
00:35:53
AND I'M TO BLAME FOR SHOOTING
 
OUR BIG MOUTH OFF."
00:35:57
Kevin: I GOT A CALL
 
FROM CAPTAIN KANGAROO.
00:36:01
ONE OF THE PRODUCERS
 
AND THE HEAD WRITER
00:36:04
CAME DOWN FROM NEW YORK
 
TO BALTIMORE.
00:36:06
AT THE TIME
 
I BUILT ALL THESE PUPPETS,
00:36:10
I'D GOTTEN
 
THESE PLASTIC SHELVES,
00:36:13
AND ALL OF THEM WERE
 
IN MY MOM AND DAD'S BEDROOM,
00:36:15
BECAUSE THAT WAS THE ONLY SPACE.
00:36:16
AND SO ALL OF THESE PUPPETS WERE
 
ON THESE SHELVES.
00:36:18
AND THEN LITERALLY GOING
 
INTO MY MOM AND DAD'S BEDROOM,
00:36:20
PICKING AND CHOOSING WHICH
 
PUPPETS THAT THEY'D LIKE TO HAVE
00:36:23
ON "CAPTAIN KANGAROO"
 
JUST SEEMED VERY SURREAL TO ME.
00:36:27
Narrator: KEVIN AND HIS PUPPETS
 
WERE MOVING TO NEW YORK CITY...
00:36:34
...BUT ONE PUPPET STAYED BEHIND.
00:36:37
THE DAY HE LEFT, HIS LAST SHOW,
00:36:39
HE CALLED ME OVER AND SAID,
 
"CAN I TALK TO YOU?"
00:36:41
I SAID, "SURE."
00:36:42
HE SAID,
 
"I WANT YOU TO HAVE THIS."
00:36:44
HE PULLED THE PUPPET ZEE OUT,
00:36:46
AND HE SAID, "I WISH
 
I COULD GIVE YOU MORE."
00:36:49
I SAID, "KEVIN, YOU'VE GIVEN US
 
SO MUCH HERE AT CHANNEL 2."
00:36:51
HE SAID, "NO, I WISH
 
I COULD GIVE YOU MORE."
00:36:54
BUT I SAID, "YOU GO AND SOAR."
00:37:01
Gladys: YOU KNOW, KEVIN DIDN'T
 
REALLY HAVE AN IN BETWEEN.
00:37:04
HE JUMPED FROM HIGH SCHOOL
 
RIGHT TO NEW YORK.
00:37:07
Kevin: THEY PUT ME ON THE TRAIN.
00:37:09
THEY PUT ME
 
IN A REALLY NICE HOTEL
00:37:11
THAT WASN'T THAT FAR AWAY
 
FROM THE CBS STUDIOS.
00:37:13
I MEAN, IT WAS AMAZING.
00:37:15
THEY ACTUALLY ASKED ME
 
DID I WANT TO ACT ON IT.
00:37:17
WANT TO PLAY, HUH?
00:37:18
OH, I'M SORRY, SIRE,
00:37:20
BUT I MUST TAKE THE ROYAL
 
LAUNDRY TO THE ROYAL LAUNDRY.
00:37:23
BUT THE MONEY WAS RIDICULOUS,
 
'CAUSE IT WAS NETWORK.
00:37:28
Narrator:
 
AND IN ANOTHER STUDIO,
00:37:30
KERMIT LOVE WAS HELPING
 
CREATE A NEW SHOW
00:37:33
CALLED
 
"THE GREAT SPACE COASTER"
00:37:34
AND BROUGHT KEVIN ABOARD
 
FOR THE RIDE.
00:37:38
Kevin: AND THEN I GOT A CALL
 
FROM JIM HENSON.
00:37:44
HE ASKED ME
 
WOULD I BE INTERESTED
00:37:47
IN DOING THE MOVIE
 
"DARK CRYSTAL."
00:37:54
Narrator: HENSON WAS EMBARKING
00:37:55
ON THE MOST AMBITIOUS PRODUCTION
 
OF HIS LIFE.
00:37:59
COLLABORATING WITH THE RENOWNED
 
FANTASY ARTIST BRIAN FROUD,
00:38:03
HE WAS DESIGNING AN ENTIRELY
 
NEW WORLD OF IMAGINARY CREATURES
00:38:07
AND BUILDING THE MOST
 
SOPHISTICATED PUPPETS
00:38:10
EVER CREATED.
00:38:12
AND THIS WAS ANOTHER, YOU KNOW,
 
WHERE I WAS "YES!"
00:38:14
KERMIT WAS THERE AGAIN AND SAID,
 
"LISTEN, YOU HAVE TWO SERIES.
00:38:20
"NOW, YOU GOT TO BE CAREFUL.
00:38:22
"A MOVIE IS A CERTAIN AMOUNT
 
OF MONTHS, AND THEN THAT'S IT.
00:38:26
ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP
 
THOSE TWO SERIES FOR A MOVIE?"
00:38:32
FIRST THING I ASKED HIM
 
IS HOW MUCH IS HE OFFERING.
00:38:35
AND I WAS LIKE, "KERMIT, I DON'T
 
KNOW IF I CAN, YOU KNOW?"
00:38:39
SO I WENT IN TO MEET WITH JIM,
 
MY HEAD DOWN.
00:38:46
THIS WAS REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE.
00:38:49
JIM SAID, "YOU KNOW,
 
WELL, GIVE ME A MINUTE."
00:38:52
AND HE WENT OUT.
00:38:56
HE CAME BACK IN, AND HE SAID,
 
"WELL, YOU'LL GET THIS MUCH."
00:39:00
AND I SAID, "YOU KNOW,
 
THE PROBLEM IS, JIM,
00:39:04
I HAVE TWO SERIES
 
THAT I DON'T WANT TO GIVE UP."
00:39:08
AND HE SAID, "YOU KNOW,
 
WELL, I UNDERSTAND.
00:39:11
WE'LL THINK ABOUT CHECKING
 
YOU OUT THE NEXT TIME."
00:39:14
AND I REMEMBER
 
WALKING OUT OF THAT OFFICE.
00:39:17
OH, I LOST IT.
00:39:21
I WENT DOWN TO THE SHOP.
00:39:25
THE BUILDERS WERE MAKING
00:39:26
THREE-DIMENSIONAL
 
PUPPET VERSIONS
00:39:28
OF ALL THE BRIAN FROUD DESIGNS.
00:39:30
I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT
 
I WAS SAYING TO JIM HENSON
00:39:35
"NO, I'M SORRY,
 
BUT I CAN'T DO THIS PROJECT."
00:39:40
WOW.
00:39:45
Narrator: KEVIN STAYED
 
BY THE SIDE OF THE CAPTAIN.
00:39:49
BUT AS 1984 BEGAN,
00:39:51
BOB KEESHAN'S LEGENDARY SHOW
 
WAS IN BIG TROUBLE.
00:39:55
Kevin: IT WAS THE 29th SEASON,
00:39:58
AND IT WAS ON LIKE 7:00 A.M.
 
IN THE MORNING.
00:40:00
NOBODY WAS WATCHING.
00:40:05
AND THEN "CAPTAIN KANGAROO"
 
WAS CANCELED.
00:40:09
I WAS LIKE, "OKAY,
 
NOW WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?
00:40:11
I HAVE ONE LEFT."
00:40:15
AND THEN THE PRODUCERS DECIDED
 
TO STOP "GREAT SPACE COASTER."
00:40:20
I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW
 
WHAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN.
00:40:24
AND THEN, LO AND BEHOLD,
00:40:28
JIM HENSON ASKED ME
 
TO DO "LABYRINTH."
00:40:32
AND I SAID, "YES!"
00:40:40
Narrator:
 
KEVIN WAS FLOWN OFF TO LONDON.
00:40:42
NOW 25 YEARS OLD, KEVIN
 
HAD FINALLY NAVIGATED HIS WAY
00:40:47
INTO THE WORKSHOP
 
OF THE MASTER PUPPETEER
00:40:49
HE HAD ADMIRED SINCE HE WAS 10.
00:40:54
KEVIN WAS GIVEN
 
A DIFFICULT ASSIGNMENT --
00:40:57
A COMPLICATED SCENE WITH FUNNY
 
DEMONS, CALLED THE FIREYS.
00:41:02
Kevin:
 
THERE WAS THIS ONE SEQUENCE
00:41:04
WHERE THE FIREY
 
POKES HIS EYES OUT,
00:41:09
PULLS THEM OUT, SHAKES THEM,
00:41:12
THROWS THEM,
 
AND SAYS, "SNAKE EYES."
00:41:14
AND HE'S SUPPOSED TO PULL THEM
 
UP, THROW THEM UP IN THE AIR,
00:41:18
SWALLOW THEM AGAIN, AND THEN
 
IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE COMING BACK,
00:41:21
YOU KNOW, WHERE
 
THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE.
00:41:24
[ Laughing ] SO, WE WERE
 
ON OUR...28th TAKE
00:41:32
OF TRYING TO GET THIS.
00:41:33
I KNEW, YOU KNOW,
 
WE WERE IN TROUBLE,
00:41:34
SO I WAS THE ONE WHO HAD
 
TO GO OVER AND TELL JIM
00:41:37
THAT THE SHOT
 
WAS NOT GONNA WORK.
00:41:39
I WAS REALLY, REALLY CONCERNED
 
OF WHAT HE WOULD SAY,
00:41:44
BECAUSE I DON'T WANT
 
TO DISAPPOINT JIM.
00:41:48
I SAID, "JIM, YOU KNOW, THE
 
SHOT, YOU KNOW, WITH THE FIREYS
00:41:53
THROWING THEIR EYES UP
 
AND SWALLOWING IT --"
00:41:55
AS I'M SAYING THIS TO HIM,
 
HE HAS THIS CLOUD OVER HIS FACE
00:41:59
LIKE HE DOES NOT WANT
 
TO HEAR THIS AT ALL.
00:42:01
"I'M NOT HAVING IT.
00:42:04
YOU'RE GONNA GO,
 
AND YOU'RE GONNA DO THAT SHOT."
00:42:08
SO AS I WAS SAYING, "YOU KNOW,
00:42:09
"THE WHOLE THROWING UP
 
AND THE SWALLOWING --
00:42:12
OKAY, WE'LL GET IT.
 
WE'LL DO IT."
00:42:15
[ LAUGHS ] HE SAID, "OH, GOOD."
00:42:17
ON THE 29th TAKE...WE GOT IT.
00:42:22
Narrator: HENSON HELD
00:42:24
A GLITTERING, RED-CARPET
 
PREMIERE IN LONDON.
00:42:27
THE CREATURES FROM THE MOVIE
 
WERE IN THE LOBBY
00:42:30
TO MEET
 
ALL THE CELEBRITY GUESTS,
00:42:31
EVEN PRINCE CHARLES AND DIANA.
00:42:35
Kevin: ALL OF US THAT WORKED ON
 
IT GOT TO GO TO THE PREMIERE
00:42:39
AND FINALLY SIT DOWN
 
AND SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT.
00:42:42
THE MOVIE STARTS.
 
THE MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL.
00:42:44
YOU KNOW, I SEE
 
THE COMPUTER-GENERATED OWL
00:42:48
FLYING PAST.
00:42:54
AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN,
 
MY NAME IS UP THERE.
00:42:57
THIS WAS MY FIRST MOVIE,
 
SO IT REALLY BLEW ME AWAY.
00:43:00
AND I DIDN'T EVEN THINK
 
THAT MY NAME WOULD BE THERE.
00:43:03
...WONDERFUL.
00:43:03
WELL, WE WISH YOU
 
ALL SUCCESS.
00:43:05
THE GENEROSITY OF JIM
 
WAS VERY HUMBLING
00:43:08
AND VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME.
00:43:10
I'M NOW A PART
 
OF THE MUPPETEERS.
00:43:24
I GOT "SESAME STREET."
00:43:27
THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A GROUP
 
OF PUPPETEERS TO COME IN
00:43:31
AND TAKE OVER IN CERTAIN WAYS...
00:43:36
...BECAUSE JIM
 
WAS NOW PURSUING MOVIES,
00:43:39
AND SO THAT'S HOW I GOT PULLED
 
IN, AND KERMIT FINALLY DID IT.
00:43:47
ALL OF A SUDDEN,
 
I SEE THE STEPS.
00:43:52
IT'S THE STREET.
00:43:54
IT'S SESAME STREET.
00:43:59
THERE WERE PEOPLE
 
HUSTLING AND BUSTLING,
00:44:02
AND I SEE THESE PUPPETEERS
00:44:05
THAT I'VE TOTALLY ADMIRED
 
OVER THE YEARS.
00:44:07
THEY WERE ALL MY IDOLS --
00:44:12
JERRY NELSON...
00:44:14
RICHARD HUNT...
00:44:16
FRAN BRILL...
00:44:18
MARTY ROBINSON...
00:44:20
CAROLL SPINNEY.
00:44:23
BOY, I WAS A LITTLE FISH
 
IN A BIG POND.
00:44:29
I KNOW, I KNOW!
 
YOU WANTED TO BE A DAZZLEMO.
00:44:33
Narrator: ONE OF KEVIN'S FIRST
 
CHARACTERS WAS HOOTS THE OWL.
00:44:37
PLAY IT!
00:44:38
OH, NO CAN DO, SWEET ONE.
 
THIS IS THE KIND YOU SING.
00:44:41
HOOTS THE OWL
 
WAS WORKING OUT OKAY,
00:44:44
BUT I WASN'T DOING
 
ENOUGH OF HIM.
00:44:46
* THAT'S ALL *
00:44:49
THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER CHARACTER
 
CALLED FERLINGHETTI DONIZETTI
00:44:53
THAT JUST...
00:44:54
LOOK AND BOOK,
 
STEW AND GLUE,
00:44:57
BIG AND FIG,
 
MAD AND GLAD...
00:44:59
THANK YOU,
 
FERLINGHETTI DONIZETTI!
00:45:02
...ELVIS AND PELVIS,
 
CAT AND HAT, BLUE AND FLEW...
00:45:06
AND NOBEL PRICE.
00:45:08
THIS IS A FLYING CUPCAKE!
00:45:11
[ EXPLOSION ]
00:45:13
AH! EUREKA!
00:45:16
[ LAUGHS, COUGHS ]
 
WOW!
00:45:19
OH, BOY.
00:45:20
I CAN'T STOP MOVING.
00:45:22
IF I STOP MOVING,
 
I-I'LL STOP JUGGLING.
00:45:24
I DID A CHARACTER
 
CALLED JUGGLES.
00:45:27
THE HANDS WERE DOING, YOU KNOW
 
[LAUGHS] TOTALLY DIFFERENT
00:45:29
THAN THE HEAD WAS DOING,
 
SO THAT FELL APART.
00:45:31
JUGGLING IS MY LIFE.
00:45:35
WELL, TO MAKE
 
THE PERFECT EMPLOYEE,
00:45:38
YOU MUST START
 
WITH THE PROPER RAW MATERIAL.
00:45:41
Narrator: KEVIN WAS GIVEN A SHOT
 
AT A TINY COMMERCIAL JOB
00:45:44
THAT HENSON WAS DOING
 
ON THE SIDE.
00:45:46
Kevin:
 
I HAD TO PERFORM THIS PUPPET
00:45:47
THAT WAS LIKE
 
THE ULTIMATE BUSINESSMAN.
00:45:50
NOW, THIS
 
IS OUR RAW MATERIAL.
00:45:52
YEAH. RIGHT HERE.
00:45:53
I WAS SANDWICHED
 
BETWEEN FRANK AND JIM.
00:45:56
OH, GOODNESS.
 
I WAS SO NERVOUS.
00:45:59
OH, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT.
 
NOT YET, NOT YET.
00:46:01
IT'S FRANK OZ AND JIM HENSON.
00:46:04
A PERFECT EMPLOYEE
 
MUST BE VERY SMART.
00:46:07
FRANK WAS TAKING OFF
 
THE FEATURES,
00:46:09
AND I WOULD HAVE TO
 
CHANGE THE VOICE.
00:46:11
[ Nasally voice ] HMM.
00:46:12
LET'S EXAMINE ALL ALTERNATE
 
MARKETING CHANNELS.
00:46:15
Kevin: I WANTED TO SHOW THEM
 
THAT I COULD DO THIS,
00:46:17
THAT HE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE.
00:46:20
LET'S PUT IT THAT WAY.
00:46:22
I LITERALLY HAD ONE PHRASE
 
THAT I HAD TO DO EACH TIME
00:46:25
THAT THEY CHANGED THE FACE,
 
BUT I JUST COULDN'T MEMORIZE IT
00:46:29
'CAUSE I WAS SO NERVOUS
 
WITH THEM ON BOTH SIDES OF ME.
00:46:33
AND SO I HAD
 
THIS LITTLE PIECE OF PAPER
00:46:34
THAT HAD THE PHRASE ON IT.
00:46:36
[ Authoritative voice ]
 
LET'S PAY MORE ATTENTION
 
TO THE BOTTOM LINE.
00:46:39
STICK TO YOUR BUDGETS.
00:46:40
AND THEN JIM SAID TO ME,
 
"YOU CAN'T MEMORIZE THAT?"
00:46:46
OH...
00:46:47
[ LAUGHS ]
00:46:49
I TELL YOU, I SHRUNK
 
RIGHT THEN AND THERE.
00:46:52
I WAS LIKE INSIDE OF THE PUPPET.
00:46:54
Man: STAND BY. REHEARSAL.
00:46:56
AND COUNTDOWN, PLEASE.
00:46:58
5...4...
00:47:00
Narrator:
 
ON THE "SESAME STREET" SET,
00:47:01
VETERAN MUPPETEER RICHARD HUNT
00:47:04
WAS PERFORMING A LITTLE-KNOWN
 
AND RARELY USED MUPPET.
00:47:08
[ DRUMS BEATING ]
00:47:10
Bob: NO PEEK -- NO PEEKING.
00:47:12
[ EXPLOSION ]
 
OH.
00:47:13
WHAT'S THAT?
 
[ GASPS ]
00:47:16
BROKE BALLOON.
00:47:18
ELMO...
00:47:19
[ Deep voice ] UH-OH.
00:47:21
ELMO SQUEAK BALLOON TOO HARD.
00:47:25
[ LAUGHS ]
00:47:27
Kevin: AT THE BEGINNING, ELMO
 
HAD KIND OF CAVEMAN-TYPE TALK.
00:47:31
ELMO, I MEAN, UH, WHAT'S --
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE?
00:47:34
ME FIND RHYME FOR "BOYS"!
00:47:37
YOU DID? WHAT IS IT?
00:47:39
RHYME FOR "BOYS" IS "NOISE"!
00:47:43
I WAS IN THE ROOM.
00:47:45
I WAS THERE AT THE TIME
00:47:47
WHEN RICHARD HUNT
 
WAS JUST TOTALLY FED UP
00:47:50
WITH HIS CHARACTER.
00:47:52
YOU KNOW,
 
RICHARD'S A SEASONED PUPPETEER.
00:47:53
YOU KNOW, HE DOESN'T HAVE TO
 
WORRY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HIS JOB.
00:47:56
HE COULD DO WHATEVER
 
HE WANTED TO DO.
00:47:58
HE WOULD SAY THINGS LIKE,
 
"I HATE THIS DAMN PUPPET.
00:48:00
I'M SUFFERING WITH IT."
00:48:01
SO YOU CAN KIND OF TELL
00:48:02
[Laughing] HE WASN'T PLEASED
 
WITH IT.
00:48:05
Narrator: RICHARD LEFT THE SET,
00:48:07
CARRYING THE RED MUPPET
 
LIKE AN OLD MOP.
00:48:10
Kevin:
 
HE CAME INTO THE MUPPET ROOM,
00:48:11
AND THAT'S WHERE ALL THE
 
PUPPETEERS CONGREGATE, YOU KNOW,
00:48:14
WHEN WE'RE HANGING OUT
 
TO WAIT TO GO ON.
00:48:16
AND I WAS THE ONLY ONE
 
IN THE ROOM.
00:48:18
TOSSED IT IN KEVIN'S LAP
 
AND SAID,
00:48:21
"SEE IF YOU CAN GET SOMETHING
 
OUT OF THIS PUPPET."
00:48:25
Kevin: YOU KNOW, HE IS ONE
 
OF THE MAIN GUYS WITH JIM.
00:48:27
IF HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
 
WITH IT,
00:48:28
WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH IT?
00:48:29
YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T KNOW.
00:48:31
AND I SAID...
00:48:33
[ High-pitched voice ]
 
HELLO! THIS IS ELMO!
00:48:34
AND HE SAID, "OKAY."
00:48:36
"FINE. GIVE IT A TRY."
00:48:38
Kevin:
 
I REALLY WANTED TO SUCCEED,
00:48:41
SO I WENT BACK TO BALTIMORE,
00:48:45
HOPING THAT THIS CHARACTER
 
CAN HOLD ITS OWN
00:48:48
WITH ERNIE AND BERT,
 
BIG BIRD, COOKIE,
00:48:52
ALL THOSE WONDERFUL CHARACTERS
 
THAT ARE LEGENDARY TO US NOW.
00:49:01
WHEN I GOT BACK HOME, I KNEW
 
THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING
00:49:05
THAT I HAD TO THINK ABOUT
00:49:07
TO REALLY GET SOMEWHERE WITH
 
BRINGING THIS CHARACTER TO LIFE.
00:49:13
AND SO I THOUGHT ABOUT
 
WHAT FRANK ALWAYS SAID
00:49:17
WHEN HE WAS CREATING
 
A CHARACTER.
00:49:20
HE SAID, "FIND ONE SPECIAL HOOK
 
FOR THAT CHARACTER."
00:49:28
LIKE WITH FOZZIE BEAR,
 
HE SAID HE REALLY FOCUSES
00:49:31
ON THE VAUDEVILLE COMEDIAN
 
WHEN HE PERFORMS FOZZIE.
00:49:35
AND HE SAID MISS PIGGY
 
IS A TRUCK DRIVER
00:49:40
WANTING TO BE A WOMAN.
00:49:45
AND SO I KEPT THOSE THINGS
 
IN MIND
00:49:48
AS I HUNG OUT WITH MY MOM
 
AND THE DAYCARE KIDS.
00:49:51
I WATCHED THE KIDS AND THOUGHT
 
ABOUT THAT SPECIFIC ESSENCE,
00:49:57
THAT ONE THING THAT WOULD SAY
 
THIS IS ELMO TO ME.
00:50:02
AND THEN I GOT IT --
00:50:04
THE ONE THING THAT IS JUST RIGHT
 
FOR ELMO.
00:50:10
[ GROANS ]
00:50:14
THE FIRST SCRIPT WAS THIS CUTE
 
LITTLE SCRIPT WITH ELMO
00:50:16
GOING ON AN IMAGINARY VACATION.
00:50:19
SAY, UH, ELMO...
00:50:20
YES, LUIS?
00:50:21
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
00:50:22
ELMO GOING ON
 
A MAKE-BELIEVE TRIP
00:50:25
AS SOON AS WE DO ONE THING.
00:50:27
YEAH? WHAT'S THAT?
00:50:28
COME DOWN HERE, LUIS.
00:50:30
COME ON DOWN. SEE?
00:50:32
OKAY.
00:50:33
COME ON.
 
WHAT?
00:50:35
HERE IT IS.
 
OH.
00:50:37
GOODBYE HUG.
00:50:39
I KNEW THAT ELMO
 
SHOULD REPRESENT LOVE,
00:50:41
JUST KISSING AND HUGGING.
00:50:44
OKAY.
 
GOODBYE.
00:50:45
BYE-BYE.
 
SUITCASE.
00:50:47
[ GROANS ]
00:50:49
ELMO BACK!
 
[ GIGGLES ]
00:50:52
NO MORE GOODBYE HUGS.
00:50:54
ELMO LOVES YOU.
 
HE JUST LOVES YOU.
00:50:58
AND WHEN HE SAYS THAT,
 
YOU GET IT.
00:51:01
WHAT?
 
DO THIS...
00:51:03
HELLO HUG!
00:51:07
YOU PROBABLY SEE A LOT OF WHAT
 
KEVIN WAS LIKE AS A LITTLE KID.
00:51:10
HE WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE SCAMP
 
AND VERY SWEET.
00:51:14
THE PURE INNOCENCE PART OF KEVIN
00:51:16
THAT I THINK
 
HE ALWAYS WANTS TO BE,
00:51:19
BUT PEOPLE WOULD THINK
 
HE WAS A CRAZY PERSON
00:51:22
IF HE WAS ALWAYS THAT WAY
 
AS AN ADULT.
00:51:24
I ALWAYS SAY
 
THAT ELMO IS NOT KEVIN.
00:51:29
ELMO IS MR. AND MRS. CLASH.
00:51:33
THEY'D BE SUPPORTIVE WHATEVER
 
KEVIN DID.
00:51:36
KEVIN HAS PUT THIS INTO ELMO.
00:51:39
Kevin: ELMO'S LIKE MY DAD.
00:51:41
HE'S VERY IMAGINATIVE
 
AND CREATIVE.
00:51:44
AND ELMO'S ALSO LIKE MY MOTHER.
00:51:46
THE BALL OF FIRE THAT ELMO IS,
 
MY MOM IS LIKE THAT,
00:51:49
A LOT OF ENERGY AND EXCITEMENT
 
ABOUT LIFE.
00:51:52
AND THE WRITERS THOUGHT,
00:51:55
"THIS IS ACTUALLY A NICE LITTLE
 
NICHE THAT WE DON'T HAVE."
00:52:00
HE'S KIND OF THE YOUNGEST, YOU
 
KNOW, OF ALL THE CHARACTERS.
00:52:03
AND THEN RESEARCH STARTED
 
LOOKING INTO
00:52:05
IF, YOU KNOW, THE KIDS WERE
 
ACTUALLY LEARNING FROM ELMO,
00:52:08
AND THEY WERE.
00:52:09
...SESAME STREET.
00:52:11
Cooney:
 
I WOULD GO OVER TO THE STUDIO,
00:52:13
AND PEOPLE WHO WORKED
 
ON THE SHOW
00:52:15
STARTED TALKING
 
ABOUT THIS YOUNG MAN --
00:52:18
KEVIN THIS AND KEVIN THAT.
00:52:21
AND IT WAS HARD NOT TO HAVE HIM
 
ON YOUR RADAR SCREEN,
00:52:24
BECAUSE THIS WAS TAKING OFF.
00:52:26
[ LAUGHS ]
00:52:27
Kevin: I WAS IN THE PROCESS
 
OF CREATING A CHARACTER
00:52:32
AND TRYING TO MAKE IT WORK,
00:52:33
AND THEN ALL OF THESE ELEMENTS
 
STARTED HAPPENING
00:52:36
ON "SESAME STREET"
00:52:37
WHERE, YOU KNOW, THEY WOULD SAY,
 
"WELL, THERE'S A CHILD
00:52:40
THAT HAS A WISH
 
OF SPENDING TIME WITH ELMO."
00:52:44
AND I WOULD SAY,
 
"OKAY. THAT'S COOL."
00:52:46
AND THEY WOULD SAY,
00:52:48
"WELL, THE WISH IS BECAUSE
 
SHE'S A SICK CHILD,
00:52:51
AND THIS IS HER DYING WISH."
00:52:55
AND I WAS LIKE, "WOW."
00:52:57
YOU KNOW, I HAD NO IDEA.
00:53:00
TO THIS DAY, WHEN A MAKE-A-WISH
 
CHILD OR A SICK CHILD IS THERE,
00:53:06
THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME,
 
THEY'LL ASK FOR ELMO.
00:53:10
BRING MARIA OVER.
 
COME ON, COME ON.
00:53:14
COME ON OVER.
00:53:17
AW, HELLO, MARIA.
00:53:19
ELMO'S SO HAPPY
 
THAT YOU'RE HERE.
00:53:21
WILL YOU GIVE ELMO
 
A KISS?
00:53:22
KISS, KISS, KISS, KISS.
00:53:24
MWAH.
00:53:26
HI, EVERYBODY.
 
COME ON IN, DADDY.
00:53:29
[ GIGGLES ]
00:53:30
THANK YOU FOR COMING.
 
KISS AGAIN. KISS, KISS.
00:53:32
KISS, KISS.
00:53:33
[ SMOOCHES ]
00:53:36
[ SIGHS ]
00:53:40
ELMO'S HAPPY NOW.
00:53:42
ELMO WILL BE LIKE YOU.
00:53:46
GOOD!
00:53:48
EVERYBODY, CONGRATULATE
 
MARIA FOR COMING! YAY!
00:53:52
[ APPLAUSE ]
00:53:53
[ LAUGHS ]
00:53:54
BYE-BYE, DADDY.
00:53:55
BYE, BROTHER.
 
BYE, MOMMY.
00:54:00
COMING IN AS A PUPPETEER,
00:54:02
I DIDN'T KNOW HOW CONNECTED
 
AND HOW LOVED THE SHOW REALLY IS
00:54:06
TO THE FAMILY.
00:54:13
THAT'S WHEN I KNEW
 
THAT THIS WAS BIGGER THAN ME.
00:54:18
TOYS, TOYS.
00:54:32
WHEN MY EX-WIFE, GENIA,
 
WAS PREGNANT,
00:54:34
I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO
 
A TOTALLY DIFFERENT CREATION...
00:54:40
...DIFFERENT FROM FOAM AND GLUE.
00:54:45
ELMO -- ELMO WANTED
 
TO GET IN HERE
00:54:47
TO TELL YOU THAT GENIA IS
 
IN LABOR WITH YOU!
00:54:50
Kevin: I REMEMBER SHOOTING ELMO
 
SAYING, "COME IN.
00:54:53
WE GET TO SEE EACH OTHER
 
FOR THE FIRST TIME."
00:54:55
Elmo: THERE'S YOUR MOMMY.
00:54:56
[ LAUGHS ]
00:54:58
SHE'S GOING TO THE HOSPITAL
 
TO HAVE YOU RIGHT NOW.
00:55:04
AND THIS IS YOUR MOMMY'S
 
SISTER-IN-LAW,
00:55:06
AND THAT'S YOUR MOMMY'S MOMMY.
00:55:08
[ LAUGHS ]
00:55:10
YOU KNOW, AND GENIA'S SAYING,
00:55:11
YOU KNOW, "WILL YOU PUT THE DAMN
 
CAMERA DOWN AND GET IN THE CAR?"
00:55:14
WHEN SHE FINALLY WAS BORN,
 
GENIA WOULD GET MAD WITH ME,
00:55:18
'CAUSE I'D BE TRYING
 
TO PUPPETEER HER,
00:55:19
PUPPETEER SHANNON, YOU KNOW,
 
MOVING HER LEGS, YOU KNOW,
00:55:24
AND MOVING HER LIPS TO MAKE
 
HER TALK AND EVERYTHING.
00:55:27
AND SHE WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW,
 
"THIS IS NOT A PUPPET.
00:55:30
THIS IS A REAL BABY."
00:55:33
HEY, SHANNON.
 
HEY, GIRL.
00:55:36
A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER,
 
I WENT TO BABY DEPOT.
00:55:42
I PUT SHANNON IN THE CAR,
 
ROAMED AROUND,
00:55:44
AND I SAW
 
THE TICKLE ME ELMO DOLL.
00:55:48
I WAS LIKE, "UH, TICKLE ME?"
00:55:50
YOU KNOW, I NEVER REALLY SAY --
 
WITH ELMO, I NEVER SAY "ME."
00:55:53
SO I WAS LIKE, "WELL,
 
THIS IS NOT GONNA WORK
00:55:55
[LAUGHS] "TICKLE ME.
00:55:56
IT SHOULD BE 'TICKLE ELMO.'"
00:55:57
[ GIGGLING ]
00:56:00
PARENTS ARE LINING UP BEFORE
 
DAWN IN FRONT OF TOY STORES.
00:56:03
[ SCREAMING ]
00:56:04
THIS IS THE BEATLES
 
OF TOYS THIS YEAR.
00:56:06
Man: NO PUSHING!
00:56:08
A CANADIAN SALES CLERK TRAMPLED
 
AND SENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
00:56:11
I HAD ONE IN MY HAND.
00:56:15
AND REALLY, THE LADY JUMPED ME
 
AND BEAT ME UP.
00:56:17
KEVIN CALLED ME UP AND SAID,
00:56:19
"MAMA, DO YOU SEE THE WAVES
 
OF PEOPLE GOING CRAZY?"
00:56:22
LOOK. HE SHAKES, HE LAUGHS.
00:56:24
[ GIGGLES ]
00:56:25
HE'S SHAKING.
00:56:25
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
00:56:29
I GET, "HOLD ON.
 
ROSIE, PICK UP LINE TWO."
00:56:31
AND IT'S AARON SPELLING.
00:56:33
AND AARON SPELLING
00:56:34
LIKE A, YOU KNOW, HUGE,
 
HUGE, MAJOR MEDIA MOGUL,
00:56:38
HOLLYWOOD BILLIONAIRE, BIGGEST
 
HOUSE IN HOLLYWOOD, RIGHT?
00:56:40
"ROSIE, IT'S AARON SPELLING.
00:56:42
DO YOU THINK YOU COULD GET ME
 
TWO TICKLE ME ELMOS?"
00:56:43
I WAS LIKE, "WHAT?"
 
I FELT LIKE A CRACK DEALER.
00:56:46
Woman: AT THE HEIGHT
 
OF THE TICKLE ME ELMO CRAZE...
00:56:49
SAY SOMETHING
 
OTHER THAN "ELMO."
00:56:52
...EVERYBODY WANTED
 
ELMO, ELMO, ELMO, ELMO.
00:56:56
Kevin: THE SCHEDULE THAT I HAD,
00:56:57
I'D BE IN L.A.,
 
OR I'D BE IN JAPAN,
00:57:00
OR I'D BE IN CHINA,
 
OR I'D BE IN SOUTH AFRICA.
00:57:02
I STARTED TRAVELING SO MUCH.
00:57:06
I WASN'T THERE FOR THE FIRST DAY
 
AT SCHOOL.
00:57:10
YAY!
00:57:11
I MET SO MANY CELEBRITIES.
00:57:13
[ CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING ]
00:57:14
RIGHT THERE WAS ELMO, SINGING
 
WITH THEM OR ACTING WITH THEM.
00:57:18
THAT IS SOME CONCENTRATION,
 
ELMO.
00:57:21
CAN'T TALK, MR. HUGH.
 
WHAT?
00:57:23
ELMO'S CONCENTRATING.
00:57:24
I'M SORRY.
 
HMM...
00:57:26
HI. THIS IS ELMO'S FRIEND
 
WHOOPI.
00:57:29
HI, EVERYONE.
00:57:30
IT WAS AMAZING.
00:57:31
WHO ARE YOU?
00:57:32
MY NAME IS KOFI ANNAN.
00:57:34
I'M THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
 
OF THE UNITED NATIONS.
00:57:36
OH! WELL, ELMO IS ELMO.
00:57:39
THERE WERE SOME CONCERN ABOUT
 
WHETHER OR NOT
00:57:41
THERE NEEDED TO BE AN ADDITIONAL
 
PERFORMER ON ELMO
00:57:44
IN ORDER TO MEET THE DEMAND.
00:57:46
AND KEVIN WAS LIKE, "NO.
 
I CAN DO IT."
00:57:50
SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED
 
A CELEBRITY LULLABY.
00:57:53
WHAT, IS IT BRAD PITT?
 
ELMO LOVES BRAD PITT.
00:57:56
IT'S NOT BRAD PITT.
 
IT'S RICKY GERVAIS.
00:57:58
THAT'S ME.
00:57:59
UH, IS MR. RICKY GERVAIS
 
A CELEBRITY?
00:58:00
WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
 
WELL, OF COURSE I AM.
00:58:02
[ APPLAUSE ]
00:58:05
YOU DON'T HAVE A BLACK MAN
 
WALKING BEHIND YOU
00:58:09
LIKE ELMO DOES, DO YOU?
00:58:10
[ LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE ]
00:58:15
HAVE YOU GOT
 
SOME FUNKY DANCE MOVES?
00:58:16
OH, YEAH.
 
DO YOU WANT TO SEE ELMO DANCE?
00:58:18
OH, YES, PLEASE.
00:58:19
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
00:58:40
OH, YEAH.
 
TAKE IT TO THE BANK.
00:58:42
Kevin: IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.
00:58:48
AND THEN I STARTED TO GET
00:58:50
MORE AND MORE RESPONSIBILITY
 
ON "SESAME STREET."
00:58:53
Cheryl: KEVIN HAS REALLY
 
DEDICATED HIS LIFE
00:58:55
TO "SESAME STREET."
00:58:56
HE'S ELMO.
 
HE IS ALSO MUPPET CAPTAIN.
00:59:00
HE'S ALSO PRODUCER.
 
HE'S ALSO DIRECTOR.
00:59:03
HE'S ALSO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
 
OF "SESAME STREET."
00:59:06
AND HE'S ESSENTIAL TO THAT SHOW.
00:59:11
Kevin: BEING AWAY SO MUCH,
 
THERE WERE TIMES
00:59:14
WHEN I WAS DOING SHOWS
 
WITH CHILDREN SHANNON'S AGE.
00:59:18
[ LAUGHTER ]
00:59:20
Kevin: WHO-O-O-A.
00:59:21
YOU KNOW, I THINK I KNOW
 
WHAT HE'S PRETENDING TO BE.
00:59:25
ANYBODY KNOW WHAT HE IS?
00:59:26
[ ALL CHEERING ]
00:59:27
THERE I WAS, SPENDING TIME
 
AND PLAYING WITH THEM.
00:59:31
WHAT IS IT?
00:59:33
A BALLOON!
00:59:34
THAT'S WHAT I THINK IT IS!
00:59:36
ELMO, ARE YOU A BALLOON?!
00:59:38
[ LAUGHTER ]
00:59:40
I DEFINITELY FELT I WOULD RATHER
 
BE, YOU KNOW, WITH SHANNON,
00:59:45
GIVING HER THAT TIME.
00:59:50
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
00:59:52
Man: YOU GUYS WERE GREAT.
 
GIVE ME A HIGH FIVE.
01:00:05
Narrator: IN FEBRUARY 1990,
01:00:07
JIM HENSON BROUGHT ALL
 
OF HIS MUPPETEERS TO FLORIDA
01:00:10
TO FILM A TELEVISION SPECIAL
01:00:12
CALLED "THE MUPPETS
 
AT DISNEY WORLD."
01:00:15
Kevin: THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME
01:00:18
THAT I GOT TO GO
 
TO DISNEY WORLD.
01:00:20
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY, AND
 
WE WERE SITTING ON THE SIDEWALK,
01:00:25
AND I SAID TO JIM, "WE NEVER HAD
 
A PHOTO TAKEN OF EACH OTHER."
01:00:30
AND HE SAID, "WELL,
 
I'LL SET THAT UP RIGHT NOW."
01:00:33
SO, HIS PHOTOGRAPHER THERE,
01:00:34
AND HE SAID,
 
"NOW, I HAVE THE SCRIPT HERE.
01:00:36
LET'S LOOK LIKE WE'RE WORKING."
01:00:37
AND SO HE OPENED UP THE SCRIPT,
01:00:39
AND HE POINTED, AND I'M LOOKING,
 
YOU KNOW, LIKE WE'RE DOING WORK.
01:00:43
IT MAKES ME LAUGH.
01:00:46
JIM AND I WERE BECOMING FRIENDS.
01:00:48
I NEVER THOUGHT
 
THAT WOULD EVER HAPPEN.
01:00:53
AND OVER ONE DINNER THAT WE HAD,
 
HE TALKED ABOUT
01:00:56
HOW HE WAS SO HAPPY
 
THAT ELMO WAS WORKING OUT
01:00:59
AND REALLY IS A LOT OF FUN
01:01:02
AND VERY SWEET AND WORKS VERY,
 
VERY WELL ON "SESAME STREET."
01:01:07
THAT WAS REALLY A WONDERFUL
 
THING TO HEAR FROM JIM.
01:01:11
[ APPLAUSE ]
01:01:12
HE ASKED ME TO BE ON "THE
 
ARSENIO HALL SHOW" WITH HIM.
01:01:15
IT WAS A CHARACTER
01:01:16
THAT HE ACTUALLY HELPED ME
 
CREATE CALLED CLIFFORD.
01:01:19
AND I WAS LIKE, "OH."
01:01:21
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU
 
STARTED WORKING WITH KERMIT?
01:01:23
I WAS A SPONGE, MAN.
01:01:24
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE
 
I WAS DOING?
01:01:26
[ LAUGHTER ]
01:01:27
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
01:01:32
Kevin: I NOTICED THAT HE WAS
 
COMPLAINING OF A SORE THROAT.
01:01:36
TWO WEEKS AFTER THAT, I GOT A
 
CALL FROM ONE OF HIS ASSISTANTS.
01:01:40
"DID YOU HEAR ABOUT JIM?"
01:01:42
AND I SAID, "YEAH.
 
I KNOW HE'S UNDER THE WEATHER."
01:01:43
AND SHE SAID, "NO.
01:01:45
THEY'RE SAYING HE MIGHT NOT
 
MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT."
01:01:48
AND I WENT INTO SHOCK.
01:01:51
Man: THIS IS "WORLD NEWS
 
TONIGHT" WITH PETER JENNINGS.
01:01:56
GOOD EVENING.
 
A LITTLE OF THE MAGIC IS GONE.
01:01:58
JIM HENSON, THE MAN
 
WHO CREATED THE MUPPETS,
01:02:00
THE MAN WHO MADE COMPLEX
 
CHARACTERS OUT OF CLOTH,
01:02:03
HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF ONLY 53.
01:02:05
HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL
01:02:07
HERE IN NEW YORK CITY
 
YESTERDAY,
01:02:09
AND HE DIED VERY EARLY...
01:02:10
Man: * IF JUST ONE PERSON
 
BELIEVES IN YOU... *
01:02:16
Kevin: PRIOR TO HIS DEATH,
 
HE WROTE A LETTER TO US.
01:02:19
* BEFORE YOU KNEW IT *
01:02:22
* SOMEONE ELSE WOULD THINK *
01:02:25
* "IF HE CAN DO IT *
01:02:26
HE SAID...
01:02:28
* "I CAN DO IT" *
01:02:29
"I DON'T WANT ANYBODY
 
TO HAVE BLACK ON."
01:02:31
* MAKING IT,
 
TWO WHOLE PEOPLE... *
01:02:35
"I WANT EVERYBODY
 
TO HAVE COLOR ON."
01:02:37
AND HE SAID, "YOU KNOW,
 
AND YOU CAN'T DISAGREE WITH ME.
01:02:41
"I'M GONE, YOU KNOW?
01:02:42
YOU HAVE TO ABIDE
 
BY WHAT I'M SAYING."
01:02:45
* THERE'S BOUND TO BE
 
SOME OTHER PERSON *
01:02:49
* WHO BELIEVES IN MAKING IT
 
A THREESOME *
01:02:53
HI.
01:02:54
* MAKING IT THREE *
01:02:59
Kevin: IT WAS A HUGE LOSS FOR
 
ME, BUT, ALSO, I WAS SO HAPPY
01:03:04
THAT I GOT TO WORK WITH HIM
 
AND HE LIKED WHAT I DID.
01:03:10
* AND IF THREE WHOLE PEOPLE,
 
WHY NOT FOUR? *
01:03:14
* AND IF FOUR WHOLE PEOPLE, WHY
 
NOT MORE AND MORE AND MORE? *
01:03:23
[ APPLAUSE ]
01:03:26
* AND WHEN ALL THOSE PEOPLE
 
BELIEVE IN YOU... *
01:03:40
Kevin: SHANNON PUT TOGETHER
 
AN E-MAIL TO ME.
01:03:46
SHE SAID, "YOU KNOW, DAD,
 
I'M PROBABLY GONNA BE LEAVING
01:03:50
"TO GO TO COLLEGE
 
IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS,
01:03:53
"AND PLEASE LOOK INTO
 
GIVING ME SOME TIME
01:03:57
BEFORE I LEAVE TO DO THAT."
01:03:59
THAT DEFINITELY [CHUCKLES]
 
KNOCKED ME IN THE HEAD.
01:04:05
SO I TOLD THE COMPANY THESE ARE
 
THE DATES THAT ARE OFF-LIMITS,
01:04:09
BECAUSE I WOULD RATHER BE THERE
 
THAN WORKING.
01:04:14
DO YOU LIKE THE BAG?
01:04:17
THEY MIGHT BE TOO SMALL.
01:04:33
Kevin: I'LL HOLD IT.
01:04:35
YEAH, I'LL HOLD IT.
 
THERE WE GO.
01:04:40
[ APPLAUSE ]
01:04:43
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
01:04:44
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
01:04:46
YOU KNOW, IT JUST MELTS YOU.
01:04:48
I TELL YOU, THERE'S NO WAY
 
I'M GONNA DO THIS
01:04:51
IF SHE GETS MARRIED.
01:04:52
I CAN'T.
 
I WOULDN'T GET THROUGH IT.
01:04:54
ALL RIGHT, WE GOT A SURPRISE
 
FOR SHANNON.
01:04:57
LET'S BRING DOWN THE LIGHTS.
01:05:02
SWEET 16.
 
IT'S ME, JACK BLACK.
01:05:06
I'M SAYING HAPPY SWEET 16.
 
ENJOY IT.
01:05:09
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
01:05:12
MWAH!
01:05:13
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
01:05:14
SHANNON, CONGRATULATIONS
 
ON YOUR SWEET 16.
01:05:17
YOU ARE THE WINNER.
01:05:19
EVERYBODY SALUTES YOU
 
AND LOVES YOU.
01:05:21
HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
01:05:23
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
01:05:25
HI, SHANNON.
01:05:26
ELMO JUST WANTED TO SAY
 
HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY, TOO.
01:05:30
[ LAUGHTER ]
01:05:32
ELMO LOVES YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.
01:05:34
SPEAK TO YOU SOON.
01:05:35
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
01:05:39
Kevin: I CREATED PUPPETS
 
EVER SINCE I WAS 10 YEARS OLD,
01:05:42
BUT THERE'S NOTHING LIKE, YOU
 
KNOW, CREATING A HUMAN BEING.
01:05:46
THAT'S AMAZING.
 
IT IS JUST AMAZING.
01:05:48
I TELL YOU, EVERY SINGLE DAY
 
I THINK ABOUT HOW AMAZING IT IS.
01:05:53
IT JUST BLOWS ME AWAY.
01:05:56
AND I THINK THAT'S WHY
 
I BECAME A PUPPETEER, TOO,
01:06:00
JUST OBSERVING THE HUMAN SPIRIT.
01:06:02
THERE'S JUST --
 
THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT.
01:06:25
I'VE BEEN VERY, VERY LUCKY,
 
VERY BLESSED.
01:06:28
I GO AROUND TALKING TO KIDS
01:06:32
AROUND THE COUNTRY
 
AND AROUND THE WORLD,
01:06:34
SAYING IF EVERYBODY ELSE
 
YOUR AGE IS DOING SOMETHING
01:06:37
VERY DIFFERENT
 
THAN WHAT YOU'RE DOING,
01:06:39
THERE'S ALWAYS GONNA BE SOMEONE
 
SAYING TO YOU
01:06:42
THAT YOU MIGHT NOT SUCCEED
 
WITH IT.
01:06:44
YOU MIGHT NOT MAKE ANY MONEY
 
WITH THAT.
01:06:50
THERE'S ALWAYS GONNA BE SOME
 
TYPE OF OBSTACLE IN THE WAY.
01:07:00
ALL OF THOSE THINGS WILL GO AWAY
01:07:03
IF YOU REALLY FOCUS
 
ON WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
01:07:07
COOL.
01:07:09
[ Telephone rings ]
01:07:14
TAU: Hello.
01:07:16
HELLO, TAU.
01:07:17
Hello?
01:07:19
HI. THIS IS KEVIN CLASH
 
FROM "SESAME STREET."
01:07:21
HOW ARE YOU?
01:07:22
No, you're not!
01:07:24
I KNOW WHO I AM.
01:07:25
[ Laughs ]
01:07:27
LESLIE CARRARA SAID THAT
 
SHE MET YOU DOWN IN ATLANTA
01:07:30
AND SAID THAT
 
YOU'RE A HUGE FAN
01:07:31
AND YOU STARTED BUILDING PUPPETS
 
WHEN YOU WERE 8.
01:07:34
Sometime during
 
that time, yes.
01:07:36
OKAY. WHAT TYPE OF MATERIALS
 
DO YOU USE?
01:07:39
I use, um...
 
fleece and foam
01:07:44
and sometimes white, plastic
 
spoons for eyes.
01:07:47
Uh, I have
 
so many questions.
01:07:52
HEY.
01:07:55
COME ON IN.
01:07:57
HOW ARE YOU?
01:07:59
[ LAUGHS ] HI.
01:08:01
HI, MR. CLASH.
01:08:02
Tau: OH, DEAR LORD.
01:08:05
WHAT'S THIS PUPPET'S NAME?
01:08:06
HIS NAME IS JUICE.
01:08:07
JUICE?
 
YEP.
01:08:09
OH, THAT'S SIMON THE SALMON.
 
YES.
01:08:11
[ LAUGHS ]
01:08:13
I THINK I CAN NAME
 
ALL OF THESE PEOPLE.
 
OKAY. DO IT.
01:08:17
WELL, ONLY THE PUPPETEERS.
01:08:19
OKAY, WELL, THIS ONE
 
IS JERRY NELSON.
01:08:22
I THINK THAT ONE'S
 
CAROL WILCOX.
01:08:24
YES. CAROLY WILCOX, YEAH.
01:08:27
THAT'S JIM HENSON.
01:08:28
THAT'S FRANK OZ
 
AND RICHARD HUNT.
01:08:30
YEAH. YOU'RE RIGHT.
01:08:32
YOU KNOW WHO THIS GUY
 
IS ALL THE WAY OVER THERE?
01:08:34
YOU NEVER GOT TO SEE HIM.
01:08:35
OH, WAIT. JON STONE?
01:08:36
YEAH. [ LAUGHS ]
01:08:38
SEE, YOU WOULD HAVE GOT
 
AN "A."
01:08:40
[ INDISTINCT CONVERSATION ]
01:08:44
I'VE ALWAYS BEEN WONDERING WHERE
 
YOU GET THAT MATERIAL FROM.
01:08:48
THESE ARE
 
ALL THE DIFFERENT FURS.
01:08:50
THESE ARE
 
THEIR EYES AND EARS.
01:08:53
[ GASPS ]
01:08:54
[ Old man's voice ]
 
HOW YOU DOING?
01:08:56
YOU SURE YOU DON'T HAVE
 
AN APPLE OR A SUGAR CUBE
01:08:58
SOMEWHERE IN THERE,
 
ANYWHERE?
01:09:01
[ LAUGHS ]
01:09:02
[ BABBLING ]
01:09:12
PICK ONE.
01:09:17
THIS ONE.
01:09:22
HOW DID YOU LEARN HOW TO WORK
 
THE PUPPET?
01:09:25
DID YOU JUST KEEP WATCHING
 
"SESAME"?
01:09:26
WHAT DID YOU DO?
01:09:27
YEAH. I KEPT
 
WATCHING "SESAME STREET,"
01:09:30
AND I WAS CATCHING ON
 
HOW TO DO IT.
01:09:33
SAW DIFFERENT VIDEOS.
01:09:34
HOW DID YOU KNOW
 
YOU WAS DOING IT RIGHT?
01:09:35
WELL, I LOOKED WHILE
 
I WAS DOING THE PUPPETRY.
01:09:39
EXACTLY WHAT I DID.
01:09:44
LIKE I SAID, YOU FOCUS
 
ON YOUR LIP SYNC.
01:09:47
Kevin: WHEN I'M TEACHING A CHILD
 
WHO IS INTERESTED IN WHAT I DO,
01:09:51
I BECOME ONE OF THEM.
01:09:54
YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES
 
WITH PUPPETEERS...
01:09:56
I'M PASSING ALONG THE ENJOYMENT
01:09:59
OVER SO MANY YEARS OF WORKING
 
ALONGSIDE THESE MASTERS.
01:10:03
YOU REALLY HAVE A NICE, NATURAL
 
MOVEMENT TO YOUR PUPPET.
01:10:05
THAT'S REALLY GOOD.
 
THANK YOU.
01:10:06
[ As Elmo ]
 
YOU'RE WELCOME.
01:10:07
LIKE THEY SAW WITH ME,
 
IT'S SO REWARDING.
01:10:10
HI THERE, ELMO.
 
WHAT'S UP?
01:10:12
HI, PORKY.
 
PORKY.
01:10:13
IS THAT YOUR NAME --
 
PORKY?
01:10:15
YEAH, YEAH.
 
THAT'S MY NAME.
01:10:16
HIGH FIVE.
 
OR HIGH FOUR.
01:10:19
[ LAUGHS ]
01:10:22
WHEN ELMO GROWS UP,
 
ELMO WANTS TO BE A TEACHER.
01:10:26
THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT.
01:10:30
HOW DOES ELMO FEEL WHEN HE KNOWS
 
THAT HE HELPED SOMEBODY?
01:10:35
ELMO FEELS VERY HAPPY, BECAUSE
 
ELMO WOULD LOVE TO HELP THEM,
01:10:39
BECAUSE THEY HELP ELMO
 
ALL THE TIME.
01:10:46
[ INDISTINCT YELLING ]
01:10:52
Goldberg:
 
THE THING THAT PEOPLE LOVE
 
ABOUT ELMO IS HE NEEDS THEM,
01:10:56
AND THAT'S WHY LITTLE KIDS LOVE
 
HIM, BECAUSE HE NEEDS THEM, TOO.
01:11:01
ELMO!
01:11:04
HELLO! GOOD TO SEE YOU!
01:11:06
YAY! HUG, HUG, HUG.
 
HUG ELMO.
01:11:09
HUG. HUG ELMO.
01:11:11
MWAH, MWAH!
01:11:14
THERE IS A FEELING
 
THAT THEY CAN DO ANYTHING,
01:11:16
AS LONG AS THEY'VE GOT THEIR
 
ELMO WITH THEM.
01:11:18
HELLO, MR. CLASH.
 
HELLO.
01:11:20
[ As Elmo ]
 
HOW ARE YOU?
01:11:22
I ATTRIBUTE THAT TO KEVIN,
01:11:25
BECAUSE OF HIS EMBODIMENT
 
OF THIS CHARACTER
01:11:28
AND WHAT HE MEANS TO CHILDREN.
01:11:30
[ TRUMPET PLAYS ]
01:11:32
[ GROANS ]
01:11:34
Spinney: HIS ELMO,
 
LIKE A LOT OF GOOD PUPPETEERS,
01:11:37
YOU PUT A LOT OF YOURSELF IN IT.
01:11:39
AND I THINK THAT THE DICKENS IN
 
KEVIN COMES OUT IN LITTLE ELMO.
01:11:46
I THINK THAT'S WHY
 
HE'S JUST SO DARN GOOD.
01:11:51
Oz: THERE'S SO MANY TERRIFIC
 
PUPPETEERS,
01:11:53
AND KEVIN IS A BROTHER
01:11:57
LIKE THE OTHER PERFORMERS
 
ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
01:12:04
HE REALLY DOES EXEMPLIFY WHAT
 
JIM HENSON BEGAN WITH, YOU KNOW,
01:12:09
THAT JIM WAS CREATING SOMETHING
 
THAT TOUCHED EVERYONE.
01:12:12
[ SMOOCHES ]
01:12:15
WHEN I TALK ABOUT THE EXCITEMENT
 
THAT HE'S GIVEN US
01:12:18
OVER SO MANY YEARS AND OF
 
THE SPIRIT AND THE CAMARADERIE
01:12:23
AND THE SILLINESS,
 
YOU CAN SEE IT THROUGH ME.
01:12:28
YOU CAN SEE IT
 
THROUGH ANY PUPPETEER
01:12:30
THAT'S EVER WORKED WITH JIM.
01:12:31
WE WERE GIVEN THE TORCH
 
TO KEEP GOING WITH IT.
01:12:41
AND WE WILL.
01:12:42
WE WILL SUCCEED, BECAUSE
 
IT SHOULD NEVER GO AWAY.
01:12:45
READY? DO IT AGAIN.
01:12:46
HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO,
 
HERE WE GO.
01:12:48
DON'T LOSE IT.
 
HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO.
01:12:53
[ ELMO GIGGLES ]
01:13:05
* OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE,
 
BACK AT TURNERS STATION *
01:13:10
* THE KITCHEN TABLE'S FILLED *
01:13:12
* WITH SOME STRANGE,
 
NEW CREATION *
01:13:15
* MUST BE THE KID AGAIN
 
WITH THE FABRIC AND THE GLUE *
01:13:20
* WHO KNOWS
 
WHAT BRAND-NEW FRIENDS *
01:13:22
* WE'LL BE WHEN HE'S THROUGH? *
01:13:26
* HOW LUCKY YOU HAVE BEEN,
 
TO MEET YOUR CHILDHOOD HEROES *
01:13:31
* WHO YOU COULD CALL
 
YOUR FRIENDS *
01:13:33
* WHO LED YOU TO YOUR DREAMS *
01:13:36
* A PIECE OF PURPLE WINTER GLOVE
 
OR JUST A SHOE *
01:13:41
* DON'T MATTER MUCH
 
TO ANYONE BUT YOU *
01:13:46
* AND SO YOU SAW WAS ALL THOSE
 
DREAMS THAT COULD COME TRUE *
01:13:51
* PUPPET MAN, YOU BRINGING
 
SMILES TO TINY FACES *
01:13:59
[ LAUGHS ]
01:14:01
* WHEN YOU OPEN UP YOUR LOVING
 
ARMS AND LET THEM I-I-I-I-N *
01:14:12
* WHEN YOUR LOVE LIGHTS UP
 
A ROOM *
01:14:14
* WITH EVERY LAUGH
 
AND EVERY DUDE *
01:14:17
* IT'S LIKE THERE'S MAGIC
 
EVERYWHERE YOU STAND *
01:14:22
* PUPPET MAN *
01:14:26
[ SAXOPHONE SOLO ]
01:14:47
* NOW EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT
 
YOUR GIFTS FROM HEAVEN *
01:14:52
* AND IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE
 
THAT MILLIONS KNOW YOUR NAME *
01:14:57
* MUST BE THAT KID AGAIN WITH
 
THE BUTTONS AND THE GLUE *
01:15:02
* WHO KNOWS WHAT'S NEXT, WHAT
 
KIND OF MAGIC HE'S UP TO? *
01:15:07
* YOU EVER STOP TO THINK
 
HOW PROUD WE ARE OF YOU? *
01:15:12
* PUPPET MAN BRINGS US JOY
 
TO ALL OUR FACES *
01:15:22
* WHEN YOU OPEN UP YOUR LOVING
 
ARMS AND LET US I-I-I-I-N *
01:15:32
* AND WHEN YOUR LOVE LIGHTS UP
 
A ROOM *
01:15:35
* WITH EVERY LAUGH
 
AND SIMPLE DUDE *
01:15:38
* THEN YOU'LL KNOW
 
THAT I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN *
01:15:42
* AND I LOVE YOU, PUPPET MAN *