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"Crash and Bernstein" puppet show debuts on Disney XD

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by snichols1973, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I'm watching an episode online

    1. Why are people convinced Crash looks like Walter? I hate to say it but I think this just enforces my opinion that Walter is very generic looking and looks like every other humanoid puppet that anyone can make. Walter, in my opinion, just doesn't look very muppety. The fact an unrelated company made a puppet that looks like Walter should say something about WALTER'S design, not Crash

    2. People need to stop complaining about arm rods. Yes, they are thicker than they really need to be, but come on. No one complains about arm rods in the Muppet Show. I don't care if your argument is "they aren't as noticeable," its a terrible argument.

    3. I believe that many of you are not giving this show the proper chance. Everyone has it in their heads that Disney sucks and Disney is evil. Just be happy that they are trying to do something other than Teen Pop Star. I'm not saying everyone needs to love the show, I'm saying try to put your bias against Disney aside.

    4. my own opinion on the show? The two main characters are somewhat enjoyable, but the mother and especially the daughter need to go. The daughter is just...ugh. I would say that they could tone down on the "tude" a bit. The writing does seem to have that ADHD "everything is happening at once" thing that Fish Hooks has. it can make the show kinda hard to keep up with...I would not call the show bad, but it could use improvement.
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  2. DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I thought the second episode was better than the first to be honest. Again my kids are really enjoying this show...and I for one am happy to see disney trying something with a puppet rather than computer animation. My kids of course are hoping the Disney store comes out with Crash toys.....I'm not sure if I'd want that. I think one thing they are trying to do is create a Disney sitcom geared towards boys (though I think they have others that I have not seen). I do agree on the points about the daughters being kind of annoying. In classic sitcom fashion it seems there will be a B story. The problem is when the A story is Crash and the B story is those daughters it really seems to slow the momentum of the show...and the oldest daughter's voice is a tad annoying.
  3. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Walter has a very Sesame Street look to him. He is Muppety, just not Muppet show Muppety... but then again, neither is Mary Louise. Crash is similar to Walter, but looks a lot more like a Sesame Street AM than Walter does. I really like the look of Crash as a puppet.

    Disney, especially the Disney Store, is iffy when it comes to releasing TV show merchandise. At least, as of late. They have a LOT of Phineas and Ferb stuff now (though it took them years to have a PVC set), but they completely ignored Replacements and Emperor's New School when they were around. I can't remember if Kim Possible got anything. Even when they had the Disney One Saturday Morning, there wasn't much. A set of Doug Bean Bags, a large plush Pepper Ann, and Gus and Gretchen from Recess. Not even T.J., and he's the leader. I'm REALLY hoping to see Gravity Falls stuff hit the store in time. I wanna Grunkle Stan bean bag. Or bobblehead. or T-shirt or something.
  4. DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Good point....some of the older shows like recess and kim possible did get toys released at other stores if I recall..... but they were also played on ABC....I remember watching recess on Saturday mornings the first year I started teaching (seems like an eternity ago)...wow some of those shows were classics compared to what is out today...though I love phineas and Ferb..and a little upset that I missed out on the figurine set as my local DIsney store is sold out :(
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They'll probably get more in. When I got my Muppet set, it was one of the last 3. A month later, they had over a dozen.

    But I only see Crash toys if the series really takes off. I've noticed they stopped marketing their live action shows. I guess they were hurting when no one was buying Jonahs Bros. and Hanna Montana stuff after a while.
  6. DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I've seen some things for shake it up....but it took awhile from release...which makes sense...they want to make sure the show is enough of a hit before they put their faith in merchandise I suppose.....To be honest I don't see Crash doing well enough for them to justify merchandise anytime soo....I notice that my students like it a great deal...but they are a tad biased with their teacher being a puppeteer and having Muppet posters etc; hanging up in the classroom...so I think they are more interested because they are more curious about puppetry/muppets than the average 5th grader.
  7. Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I saw this the other day and it was one of the most random things I have ever seen (even taking into consideration the puppet) I will admit I'm not the biggest fan of Disney shows, just in general. And this show did indeed fit that standard. Were it not for the puppetry aspect I probably wouldn't have given a second glance. Really the only thing I liked were some of the bits with Crash in it.
  8. antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    To be honest, Crash and Bernstein is probably the best show on Disney XD. Let's not forget, Tim and Paul McGinnis agreed to take part in it, so they must like the scripts and everything like that.
  9. antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Check out these two interviews where Tim gets to let loose and ad-lib with Crash: and .
  10. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    ...or they just swallow their pride like other Disney Channel employees and do it for the money.

    I'm sure the two, who are good puppeteers, are glad to be performing on TV regularly, but I have a theory that no one on a Disney sitcom is proud of what they do. I can't imagine any of the ANT Farm writers turning in a script and saying "Now, THIS is what I'll be remembered for!"
  11. antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    You have a point. Still, Crash and Bernstein is the only thing I can tolerate on Disney XD. I love Crash's line in the latest episode, "This is basketball, not a Lady Gaga concert!"
  12. mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    For some reason, he reminds me of Walter from the new Muppet movie. I didn't get a chance to see the videos yet but I'll probably watch them later.
  13. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You could say that for quite a bit of television shows. The more depressing thing is when someone's absolutely proud of something that's usually embarrassing to do. I'm sure the writers of this show are under a LOT of executive and network pressure to keep the series a certain way.

    Seems like if anything, Crash is the most interesting part of the show... but let's face it. So wasn't ALF. ALF, Willie, the Ochmoneks, maybe Kate and her mother at times. Who watched ALF for Brian or Lynne? It's one of my favorite shows, sure... but you could have done the thing entirely with just ALF, Willie and the Ochmoneks and it would have worked. Seems the humans in this series are stock sitcom cliches (I have to watch to really get a feel, after all), but Crash is the one the action focuses on. Doesn't seem too out of the question for this kind of program.
  14. mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Who is that, that voice sounds so familiar.
  15. antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Walter or Crash? Walter is Peter Linz, Crash is Tim Lagasse.
  16. mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Tim Lagasse, looks like a familiar name. I got to look him up on Muppet Wiki :)
  17. mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I'm watching the show on Disney XD, I found the title on the digital cable listings. You know what this reminds me of? Cousin Skeeter and Alf. It's kind of like that in my opinion. I like the puppeteers' voice but personally I think the puppet looks too Muppet style. Unlike Cousin Skeeter who even though was made of the similar material, the character has a more unique creative style.

    Anyway, I think the show looks good but personally I prefer Cousin Skeeter much better. More slapstick in Skeeter. :)
  18. CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I honestly couldn't watch more than 5 minutes of this. It's very childish humor. But that's what your going to get from a channel meant for 9-12 year olds. :p
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  19. mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Oh where's the glory days of 90s Nickelodeon, they had the best shows :) Thank Nick they are bringing back the old shows on Teen Nick late at night. I was watching an episode of All That and laughing like I was growing up with the network. But yeah, I only watched 5 or 10 minutes of it too, basically act 3 when the show was ending. It seems like Cousin Skeeter / Alf sort of thing where it's one puppet with a live human cast. It's kind of a cool concept and I really like the voice of Crash and even the puppetry is very good, but like you mentioned, it's the writing. But personally I only watched a little bit of it. Sometimes it takes me a few episodes of a new show to make a final decision if I like something or not. It took me years to like Crank Yankers. lol
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