The Instant Critic goes swimming with Elmo: Reviews of Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey and Oceans

Welcome back, fellow film enthusiasts!

In case you missed last week, a sleek adventure and a masterful documentary caught our attention.

This week, I have decided to take a look at another two documentaries currently featured on Netflix Instant.

BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY (PG, 76 minutes – featuring Kevin Clash and narration by Whoopi Goldberg)

Who says that nice guys finish last?

This heartwarming documentary tells the story of Kevin Clash, the kindly, humble voice behind one of pop culture’s biggest icons.

Even as a young boy, Clash always had a dream. Educated to adore everything about puppeteering, the future star would create puppets out of simple supplies as a child. This love carried Clash far beyond anything he could ever imagine.

Interestingly enough, his rise to fame did not come through anything but pure service. Clash was discovered through his work with a children’s hospital.

If anything, Clash’s discovery sums up the documentary.

Kevin Clash deserves every accolade he has received. He deserves the doors that were opened for him. He deserves any sort of fandom or recognition.

Clash uses his gifts to help other people. Even with his worldwide fame through Elmo, Clash still makes time to meet with children and families in need – just like his days working at the children’s hospital.

The film itself takes viewers on quite a journey. Clash’s story inspired me in a way that I had not been in a good while. Seeing someone so genuine achieve their dreams through positive focus and goodwill is nothing short of captivating.

I wholeheartedly recommend giving this fantastic, fascinating documentary a try. The film is true inspiration in its purest form.

OCEANS (G, 84 minutes – featuring narration by Pierce Brosnan)

Rather bluntly, Oceans gives its primary focus away in the title.

The second film released in the cannon of the Disneynature series, Oceans offers an intriguing look into life below the surface.

Led by the soothing narration of James Bond himself, the documentary features stunning scenes of marine life. A few moments will leave your jaw firmly placed upon the floor.

Not every second can be called pure gold, but when the documentary hits its stride, you will be mesmerized by the spectacle.

A few moments in the film almost seem staged – a true testament to the quality of the footage.

One scene, a battle between two groups of crabs, really stands out.

At the end of the day, the documentary is a pleasant voyage into the depths of our planet’s oceans.

What say you? Have you seen either of these documentaries? Do you like movies focused on nature?

As always, the lines are open for a few requests. Let me know if there is a film you would like to see covered with next week’s post.

Until then, may your popcorn be fresh and your movies wonderful.

The Instant Critic

  1. I haven’t seen Being Elmo, but now I want to! Thank you for writing about something not very well-known.

    I have seen both DisneyNature movies. I can tell you I gasped, laughed, and was inspired as I watched. Nature is so amazing and they do a great job capturing it.

  2. I haven’t seen either of these documentaries, but Being Elmo seems like it is worth watching. We see well-known characters like Scooby-Doo, Donald Duck, and Elmo all the time, but it’s rare that we know about the people behind the cartoons. It would be really interesting to hear his story. I’ll have to check it out!

  3. I haven’t seen the documentary, but it sounds so neat. I never would have known this back story unless I read your blog! Very cool post!

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