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Elmo
Elmo.PNG
First appearance c. 1972 (as Baby Monster)
1981 (in print)[1]
November 18, 1985 (as Elmo)
Gender Male
Portrayed by Kevin Clash

Elmo is a Muppet on the children's television show Sesame Street. He is a furry red monster with large white eyes and an orange nose. He currently hosts the last full 15 minute segment on Sesame Street, Elmo's World, which is aimed at toddlers. His puppeteer is Kevin Clash, who uses falsetto to produce his voice. Elmo's parents, Mae and Louis, speak with Southern American accents.

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History

Elmo is self-described as three-and-a-half years old and characteristically refers to himself in the third person (e.g. "Elmo has a question" rather than, "I have a question"). Sesame Street staff writer Nancy Sans once described Elmo's origins: "There was this extra red puppet lying around and the cast would pick him up sometimes and try to create a personality, but nothing seemed to materialize."[citation needed] The puppet was performed by Caroll Spinney in the early 1970s, Brian Muehl from 1979–1981, and the late Richard Hunt from 1981–1984. Sans continues that "...one day [in 1984], Kevin Clash, a talented puppeteer, raised him up and brought energy and life into Elmo and from that day forward we would all write for Elmo. Kevin's performance inspired the writers to develop Elmo's character.[2] John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, and Jim Martin have all been secondary performers for the character, providing movement for Elmo's arms and legs, particularly in green-screen shots.

Elmo on a 2009 Rose Parade float

After becoming a regular guest on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Elmo began touring the talk-show circuit. He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living and Martha, The Tony Danza Show, Rove Live, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!,[3] and The View. Elmo and a developmental expert gave babysitting tips on the June 18, 2005 episode of Teen Kids News. He has also appeared on Emeril Live, helping Emeril make (non-alcoholic) eggnog during a Holiday Special shown in December, 2008. Kevin Clash and Aaron Neville were also guests on this show. On a special episode of Oprah called "The Faces Behind The Famous Names," Kevin Clash and Elmo appeared at the same time.[4]

Elmo was the star of the 1999 full-length, theatrically-released motion picture Elmo in Grouchland. He also starred in the film Elmo Saves Christmas.

Elmo also appeared in a fifth season episode of The West Wing along with his friends Zoe and Big Bird. In the March 3, 2004 episode "Eppur Si Muove," Elmo receives a medical checkup from Abbey Bartlet, the First Lady, and cheekily questions her about the validity of her medical license.

Elmo is the only non-human puppet ever to testify before the U.S. Congress. At the request and with the assistance of Rep. Duke Cunningham, he testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in April 2002, urging support for increased funding in music education.[5]

Emeril and Elmo's Healthy Start was a special featuring Elmo and Emeril Lagasse that aired on November 4, 2005 at 8 p.m. as part of the Food Network's second annual "Cook With Your Kids Week". The special was produced in conjunction with Sesame Workshop's Healthy Habits for Life program.

Although Elmo was introduced in 1972, the age of the character as of 2010 is 3 and 1/2 years old. His age has been said few and far between on Sesame Street. Elmo appeared on the Wendy Williams Shows on March 1, 2010.[6] His age was mentioned twice while on the show.

Criticism and controversy

  • Some people believe that Elmo's characteristic of referring to himself and others in the third person will teach children improper English. In its FAQ, the Sesame Workshop responds to this accusation, stating that this behavior "mimics the behavior of many preschoolers."[8] However Abby and Zoe, who are also in the same age group as Elmo, do not speak in the third person.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also elmo

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English

Etymology

From an Italian contraction of Erasmo, cognate with Erasmus. Also a German short form of Elmar.

Proper noun

Singular
Elmo

Plural
-

Elmo

  1. A male given name.

Quotations

  • 1996 Chay Yew, A Language of Their Own, Two Plays, Grove/Atlantic Inc.:
    MING. About his name. Oscar. Asians always pick out the most curious and most discarded English names from books and TV. Like Cornelius. Elmo. Wellington.

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Anagrams


Estonian

Proper noun

Elmo

  1. A male given name, cognate to the English Elmo.

Finnish

Proper noun

Elmo

  1. A male given name, cognate to the English Elmo.

Declension


German

Proper noun

Elmo

  1. A male given name, cognate to the English Elmo.

Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Elmo Appears In Elmo's Number Journey And Elmo's Letter Adventure

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Simple English

[[File:|right|thumb|Elmo]] Elmo is a famous character from the TV show Sesame Street. He is a red monster, and has his own part of the show called "Elmo's World". His age is always three and a half years old. He is very famous for his laugh. His best friend is a monster named Zoe.

Elmo was originally just a red muppet that was used as an extra. He was sometimes called "baby monster." However, in the early 1980's Kevin Clash was given the muppet and used a new voice for him. The muppet's name became Elmo. Mr. Clash was told that Elmo laughed too much, but then Tickle Me Elmo became a popular toy. Now Elmo laughs even more. Kevin Clash continues to perform Elmo. He makes Elmo's voice using falsetto. Elmo always talks in third person: for example, Elmo says "Elmo wants to play," rather than "I want to play."

Elmo has a pet fish named Dorothy. Elmo plays the toy piano and likes to ride his tricycle. Elmo is very popular with younger children.








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