A Movie Review by Bob Abdou

bob abdou being elmo review

Bob Abdou (aka Mr. Puppet) sent in this movie review of “Being Elmo” – The Kevin Clash Story.

“Powerful” – “Endearing” – “A Dream Come True”

These are the words I use when describing the film “Being Elmo” – The Kevin Clash Story.

I laughed, I cried, I clapped, I cheered.

Finally a film about puppets I can be proud to share and show off. This
film moved me to so much that I am still feel the effects 3 days later. This film made me realize how we all contribute to the art of puppetry whether on a national scale or in our own community. This film goes full circle, from Kevin Clash putting on puppet shows in his backyard as a child to performing on The Oprah show. I won’t spoil the ending HOWEVER it showed how we have need to follow our dreams and need to help the next generation.

Attending this film was Joey Neal and his mother from the Cleveland Ohio
area, he came with his puppet “Wally”. We both did some shtick before the movie started for the audience. The movie theater was packed. What made this audience extra special was that they appreciated puppets and it showed when Joey and I interacted with our puppets ( I brought Rowlf the dog ).

With the “Biography of Jeff Dunham – A birth of a dummy” for TV on tonight and now the new Muppet movie, the timing is perfect to show the general public what we do and do well.

This film is a MUST for anyone in the puppet business.


Bob Abdou/Mr.Puppet


Thanks Bob!



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com

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