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Behind the Scenes of "The Muppet Movie"

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Was Once Ernie, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    It's so funny, because I keep point it out to my friends that Earl was there, and when I start saying it, now they repeat it with me, "Earl 'was once ernie."

    Earl, do you still have my phone number? Call me.
  2. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Here's a funny story, posted on my close friend Mark Evanier's weblog.

    Muppet Movie Mishap

    I promise, it is completely on-topic!

  3. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    LOL! That is funny...and strange.

    Wonder how Mark's name got up there?

    Especially since, for all non-speaking background puppeteering, it should be listed as "Additional Puppeteer," not "Ernie."

    But hey, if anyone's going to get credit for playing Ernie, it should be our old buddy Earl!
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Well, the names are similar:
    Earl Ernie.

    Yep. It was fate.
  5. dpurves

    dpurves Well-Known Member

    This is a fascinating thread. I'm sorry I didn't read through it earlier, but I really wanted a time when I could just sit down and read it from beginning to end, and this was my first opportunity. It was well worth the time it took to read. Thank you for sharing so much of your experiences with TMM. I first saw TMM when I was 8 years old, and have rewatched it countless times, and feel that it has been a very important part of my life. I'm sure if I said that to anyone off of this forum they'd look at me like I was crazy, but here I think it would be understood.

    Now, in just the past couple of days I found a new question about TMM, that maybe you (or someone else) can help me with. Ever since I saw that movie so many years ago I have been in love with Studebakers, namely the rainbow colored car used in this movie. So much, in fact, that I wound up buying a bullet nose of my own last year. I recently found out that in November, 1979, Turning Wheels Magazine (the official publication of the Studebaker Drivers Club) did a piece on the Muppet Movie Studebaker(s), and managed to get my hands on a copy. One of the things that really threw me was when they reported that they were holding onto all of the Muppet vehicles for the upcoming sequel. I know that none of the cars from this movie appeared in GMC, and to my knowledge the only one that was ever reused was the Electric Mayhem bus in MFS. Does anybody know if there was supposed to be another/different sequel to TMM besides GMC, or was GMC originally supposed to be different from what was finally released? Was there ever a real plan to reuse these different vehicles, or was the person writing this article just given faulty information?
  6. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    I don't know if there was supposed to be a different sequel, but I do think the reporter was either given faulty information or just made that up.

    Shortly after the movie came out, there was a big auction where they sold all the costumes, some of the props and all the vehicles, including the Studebaker and the bus.

    By the way, I don't know if the article mentions it or not, but the car was all tricked out so Fozzie could drive it. The seats were basically removed to make room for the puppeteers and the car was driven by a stunt driver watching a monitor. I'm pretty sure he was in the trunk, but he may have been in the back seat with an extended steering mechanism.

  7. dpurves

    dpurves Well-Known Member

    Yes, I actually saw this car back in January at the Studebaker Museum, or actually in the attic of the Studebaker Museum. The man in charge explained how the steering was done. By the way, my avatar is a picture of that same Studebaker, the way it looked earlier this year. They said they were going to restore it to its former glory and put it in the regular museum exhibit, but I'm not sure if they ever did.
  8. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Haven't seen this thread in awhile and this link doesn't work at all anymore, will you repost it, WOE? :)
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I always wanted the bus or the studebaker. It's a cool article as I recall, Vic, sorry you missed it...but, I think I saved the picture in my "Friends" folder at my home computer.
  10. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Hey, Vic! The link still works. Sometimes that site is non-responsive. There have been days when I wasn't able to get on it. But I just tried it and it worked fine. You do need to scroll down to November 4, though.

  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Nov 4!? Vic, you're WAAYYYY behind, man.
  12. Marky

    Marky Well-Known Member

    Why is this thread still a 'sticky'?
  13. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    First of all... why does it bother you?

    Second, about 50 new people a week read it.

    Third, Phillip asked me to turn it into an article, which I still intend to do. I'm sure when I do that, they will "unsticky" it.

  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    To Was Once Ernie:

    You said that you were originally planned to be in the Emmet Otter line. Did you know what the Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas special was at the time? I aks because I read that although it was produced in 1977, it wasn't broadcast in america untill 1980.
  15. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I don't know where you read that, but I did know who they were and what show they were from, so I must have seen it. And at that time, the only way I could have seen it was on regular broadcast television.

  16. Marky

    Marky Well-Known Member

    It doesn't bother me at all. Curiosity killed the French-speaking otter is all, dang-nab it! :o
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It was mentioned in the Muppet Central review of the recent DVD release of Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. I don't know if it was broadcast in any non-US countries before 1980.
  18. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Sorry! *removes honey and jam sandwhiches from the bottom of my shoes* I'll try not to step on the thread in these...
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    It's still something of interest to many people and still serves as a valuable resource of Jim Henson history from a new point of view.

    I look forward to all this as an article. Don't know if that will cause me to unstick this, though. :)
  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    *tries not to think about the results of Fozzie trying to unstick something...*

    Fozzie: Ahh, what is this a secret communications device?
    Bunsen: No, that's scotch tape...

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