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Behind the Mask

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docuseries explores unusual role of sports mascots.

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Behind the Mask offers a personal look into the lives of folks who have chosen mascotting as a way of life. It highlights how central mascots are to sports culture, no matter how goofy they may seem. It also reveals some of the "rules" of mascotting, including not speaking and being willing to throw yourself into every performance, no matter how dispirited or apathetic audiences may be.

The behind-the-scenes preparation that goes into mascotting is interesting. But what adds to the entertainment is the honesty of the mascotters, who openly share their strong feelings about what being a mascot means to them, as well as their beliefs about how their work benefits their teams and their communities. It is these conversations that make the show uniquely compelling.

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