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Doesn't it seem like Richard Hunt was underused?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by golden teeth, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. golden teeth

    golden teeth Well-Known Member

    Not so much on the Muppets, where he got several lines and charcters per episode and movie, but in Sesame Street, half the time, he didn't even do a voice, he just performed Ernie's hands. It seems like Richard should have been used more(I guess when the two headed monster came in, he was used more often)
  2. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    Take a look at some of Richard's Résumé.

    Gladys the Cow... Placido Flamingo, Forgetful Jones and back in the early days he was Ari the blind Muppet monster on Sesame Street and the mute muppet Sulley.

    Richard's voice was heard on thousands of Sesame Street episodes. With dozens of characters he performed, whether they became successful characters or not, his voice was always heard on every old Sesame Street show. Even if he performed a 'Whatnot' character.

    A 'whatnot' is a Muppet term for a Muppet that was interchangable, example one day it would be a little boy Muppet, the next day the same Muppet could be an elf with a beard. etc.

    Richard, I do truly believe was the reason Sesame Street was funny in it's prime. He could take an average script and perform it funny. The man was a gem.
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    A whatnot is actually the term used on The Muppet Show. On Sesame Street they are called Anything Muppets.

    It also seems like his characters are often underused, or at least not as popular as the characters performed by other performers. There are a few Sesame Street specials that he performed in but didn't perform any voice. He was in Christmas Eve On Sesame Street and Don't Eat The Pictures, but none of his characters appeared in either special, and there weren't any anything muppets in those specials, either.

    Also, while he was credited as a principle muppet performer in Follow That Bird, none of his characters had big parts in the movie, and most of his characters didn't speak untill the end of the movie.
  4. BooberFraggless

    BooberFraggless Well-Known Member

    I think in Don't eat the pictures and Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, Richard would perform a Muppet if 2 of them were together that had the same performer, like Bert and Cookie.
  5. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    It's true. On Sesame Street, Hunt didn't have any what we call "A-list" characters. They were all pretty minor or secondary. All the others had atleast one "A lister".
  6. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    All these characters that OverUnderAround posted are A-listers. They never just used them in background they had there own parts in the skits and street stories.
  7. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    And don't forget Don Music!

  8. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    Yes, but they were not very central. They were only supporting characters, just like Guy Smiley or Sherlock Hemlock. They don't have to be "background" to be non-A list. I love Rosita, but I don't consider her to b an A-lister. More like a B-lister slightly below Zoe and Telly. She is becoming more and more prominant lately though. Richard Hunt had basically no principal characters. His biggest star was probably Gladys or the Two Headed Monster. Just IMO.
  9. golden teeth

    golden teeth Well-Known Member

    Also, in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, he was credited before Jerry Nelson and he only performed Ernie's hands and had no characters lines.
  10. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    That list could have been alphabetical.
  11. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Didn't Richard also do the rear end of Snuffy back then as well?
  12. golden teeth

    golden teeth Well-Known Member

    Probably, but he barely had any lines ever.

    In Follow that Bird, his only lines I could tell was, "Hmm...I guess you're right." said by Gladys the cow and some guy in a window shouting, "Wow! Big Bird's back!"
  13. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    He also may have performed one of the Feathered Friends and/or the Grouch chorus.
  14. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Mbybe your right about the secondary parts, but in you go to www.imdb.com/title/tt0063951/ and scroll down to Richard Hunt's name, It has a list of all the characters names he has preformed on SS.

    Gladys the Cow (1970-1992)/Sister Twiddlebug (1971-1984)/Sully (1973-1992)/Don Music (1973-1990)/Two-Headed Monster (1978-1992)/Forgetful Jones (1979-1992)/Elmo (1981-1985)/Leon (1985-1987)/Placido Flamingo (1986-1992)/Sonny Friendly (1988-1992)/Osvaldo the Grouch (198?-198?)/Shelley Turtle (198?-1992)/Flo Bear (1990-1992)/Additional Muppets (1970-1992) (voice)
  15. golden teeth

    golden teeth Well-Known Member

    But most of those characters were only in 1/10 of the episodes, but were regular enough to be credited.

    The most frequently showed ones were Gladys and Don Music, but they were only in around 1/4 of the episodes or maybe less.
  16. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    That and some of the characters were very short lived.
  17. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Forgetful Jones was in a lot of sketches.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Have any of Richard Hunt's Sesame Street characters (not counting Elmo) ever starred in any storybooks?
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    No way is Richard underused. He's awesome, anytime I watch any of the classic muppets, I hear his voice all over the place. True he may not have been an A-lister, but it's not like he was reduced to a coffee boy or something. And you also have to keep in mind, at that time, he was sort of like the "little brother" of the troupe.
  20. golden teeth

    golden teeth Well-Known Member

    Don Music was in a 1989 storybook.

    On way you know he was underused and not appreciated enough is that not one of his characters was recast!

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