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Denny's Commercials

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by CountCrow4, May 22, 2002.

  1. CountCrow4

    CountCrow4 Member

    I was sitting in the chair at my dentists' office today when I heard the voices of Kermit and Piggy over the faint radio playing in the background. Although the volume on the radio was low, it seemed that Piggy's voice was accurate. Did Frank Oz do the voice, or has somebody else taken over Piggy?

  2. EmmyMik

    EmmyMik Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen/heard any of these ads yet, so I have no idea what Piggy sounds like.

    However, Miss Piggy was recently on Hollywood Squares, and she was performed by Eric Jacobson. He did a wonderful job.
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Eric does Piggy for the Denny's commercials. Seen several of them so far and they are good.
  4. Hello,

    I believe it's only 1 Denny's commercial. Denny's has had alot of commercials in the past, and they are all starring famous TV couples. George Jefferson & Luies Jefferson, The parents of Jerry Seinfeld (from the tv series) and now Kermit & Piggy.

    Anyways I have only seen 2 of the commercails with Kermit & Piggy and they were the same thing only extra little lines added in. So I'm pretty sure you may be mistaken it for 2 commercails because of that. But who knows maybe they'll be Denny's new icons, I mean afterall a pig and frog, thats very appealing for a restaurant :)
  5. Kedrick

    Kedrick Well-Known Member

    Just saw the Denny's commercial, and that is DEFINITELY not Frank Oz. The person doing her voice was decent...but I'm not liking it. Going to take some getting used to.

  6. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    Am I the only one who has not seen these? I'm the only person in the household who has not seen it...have pity for me...:(
  7. I don't like the new Miss Piggy voice either. I think a fan could immitate her better then that. Same with the new Grover voice.

  8. BoomShaKaLaKa

    BoomShaKaLaKa Member

    I like Eric's voices for both Grover and Piggy. He does a great job of not only capturing the SOUND of the voice, but also the NUANCES of it, as well. Miss Piggy has an attitude that Frank developed in her, and Eric's voice seems to have the same "edge".

    Well done, Henson folks!
  9. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't get some people sayin' that is "SO" not Frank's voice, and it's not a good Piggy---it's a great nowadays Frank piggy, cause, let's face it---he was losin' it.

    Not that talent or anything, but that classic Piggy voice from the good ol' TMS days. You can tell in her recent voicings that Frank's voice for her is aging and changing, since he is human.

    I think to most people the Eric voice in the Denny's ad is just fine---coulda fooled me, and I'm a Muppet fan.
  10. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    >>>I think to most people the Eric voice in the Denny's ad is just fine---coulda fooled me, and I'm a Muppet fan<<

    agreed! piggy and kermit, as seen in the new dennys and that week on hollywood squares are as hip and funny as ever (and they never lost the chemistry it seems either).

    hats off to eric and steve! and raise your hand if it would just put a big ol grin on your face to see ol brown ears back in some capacity soon? Bill's Rowlf debut at the mfest show was amazing, as I'm hoping more MIA characters get appearences soon.

    Does anyone know if anymore Muppets are planned to appear on Denny's commercials, or if Muppet merchandise is coming to Dennys?

  11. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Kudos to Eric!

    Not only do I think Eric is doing a great job as Piggy - I believe he does it better than Frank himself these days. I agree that Oz's voice has been deepening to disturbing proportions in the past decade and Eric's Piggy brings her back to her classic slightly higer pitch. And Frank's Piggy has had little or no charisma with Kermit since Steve took over the role. A side effect of the dubbing and that I guess they didn't have the same relationship that he had with Jim.

    I don't understand people saying their friends can tell, because many people have informed me of the commercials and haven't noticed a difference.
  12. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Re: Kudos to Eric!

    I can only imagine how hard it would be for Frank to have any kind of chemistry doing Piggy with Steve as Kermit. Steve is great, and I imagine it was very difficult for him to step into those flippers, but Frank lost a very important person in his life, and those emotions are obviously still very raw. I don't think the dubbing situation would help either, but to breath life into this relationship again, I think this is a move in the right direction.

    Now, I've only heard the Denny's commercial once, but I could notice, just barely, that there was a difference in the Piggy. But thats a gift of mine. I've always been able to identify voices. I guess growing up glued in front of cartoons and animated movies, plus being around radio for awhile now, have helped out I'm sure, but its still pretty darn close if you ask me.
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I agree. I think they should have made the change a while ago - pre Tresure Island - simply because of Frank's focus on other projects. He just didn't seem to have the same joy as he had in the 80s. And hey, he's had the same job his entire life. He deserves to move on, but it was at the expense of his characters. I don't think replacing him deminishes his work- - it is more of a tribute to his legacy in my opinion. I just hope they keep the voice consistent now. Frank can always direct the Muppets if he ever wants to. He knows them better than any other director out there! I doubt if he'd want to though.
  14. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    One of the best quotes I've ever heard about Frank came from Steve Martin on the set of Bowfinger. He was talking about Frank's sense of comic timing. Appearently people were disagreeing about the timing of something, after it worked out and Frank was right, Steve was quoted as saying that it worked because he learned his comic timing as, "he was a Muppet!" I'm paraphrasing and cleaning it up, but you get the jist.
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    LOL! Well they both have great timing. I really think the Brando incident solidified Frank's quazi-retirement. I suspect he's completely retiring without making the announcement. I just hope there isn't one Piggy voice for the new shows and another for any films that are made.
  16. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    I doubt JHC, or anyone who buys them, would allow Piggy to have two "voices" for spots that were longer then a few seconds. That would be tacky. But I fear that hes retirement is offical as well, and the new announcement will be made in the coming months. SOB!!!!!

    I also think the Brando stink was blown out of proportion. I have a hunch that Frank wasn't as worried about the stigma of being a Muppet, as much as he was getting the senile cantankerous old man to finish his scenes without chocking on a ham sandwich. (I know I know, I'm being mean, but I've lost most of the little respect I've had for Marlin Brando over the years.
  17. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I agree. I think that an announcement hasn't been made so far because Frank doesn't want to be in the limelight. Much more of a behind the scenes guy.
  18. Dr. Bombay

    Dr. Bombay Well-Known Member

    I think the Piggy voice in the commercials is great! Yes, you can somewhat tell it's not Frank but it's still Piggy.

    These commercials are great but I find Piggy ordering three Grand Slams which include bacon and sausage really quite disturbing.
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Well it does support the new Muppet canibalism with Pepe pushing LJS a few months ago. What's next, Big Bird pushing KFC? LOL! Seriously, I've had my doubts about these commercials, but people seem to like them and they're very tastefully done - no pun intended. :)
  20. Hey Guys,

    I was watching Whose Line is it Anyway on ABC Family and a NEW Denny's commercail was on, er atleast I think it's new. This one had the two old men who heckle the Muppets all the time. It's embarrising i don't even know their names LOL. Anyways heres the commercail's script:

    (Both Statler & Waldorf are sitting in a booth reading menus)

    Statler: Did you know for the 25th anniversary of the Denny's Grand Slam breakfast you can get em' 7 days a week for just $2.99?

    Waldorf: Thats a problem.

    Statler: Why?

    Waldorf: It's a deal so good even we cant complain!

    (They booth laugh)


    I found out their names too lol. It's very short. And you can obviously tell both David Goelz and Jerry Nelson did their voices.


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