behind-the-scenes at the Jim Henson puppet workshop.

by ali hoffman

At this point, you're probably well aware The Muppets will soon hit the big screen alongside Jason Segel, Mila Kunis and Amy Adams.

But in the midst of Miss Piggy makeup and Gonzo for Opening Ceremony, we stumbled upon a really awesome documentary about a certain furry red monster.

Opening this Friday (a month prior to Kermit's red carpet moment), Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey is equal parts charming, informative, and, at the risk of sounding corny, really inspiring. Initially premiering at Sundance, the doc's less about the scraggly red dynamo, focusing more on his humble creator, Kevin Clash.

Inspired by the magical world of Jim Henson, Clash began making puppets as a young boy, teaching himself everything from the basics of sewing to how to manipulate his voice and create wildly unique characters.

Boasting an unbelievable amount of rare footage, including clips featuring Frank Oz and Henson himself, this true story is told with the same delicate craftsmanship practiced by the greatest puppeteers.

But above of all, the best moment is definitely Frank Oz's description of Miss Piggy: “She's a truck driver wanting to be a woman.”

Opening this Friday, check here to find a theater near you!