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Early (pre-Kevin Clash) Elmo appearances (Brian Muehl and Richard Hunt)

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by scarecroe, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Aw, I like Brian's Telly. He has a lot of emotional honesty with the character.

    Maybe we just haven't seen enough of him to fully judge, while there's 20+ years of Marty as Telly readily availible to us.
     
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  2. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Personally, his voice just really goes through my head.... and I always thought Marty really put more character into him than Brian did. But to each his own, I suppose.
     
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Marty breathed life into both Telly and Snuffy as far as I'm concerned. Both characters were pretty much one-dimensional in the hands of their original performers: Brian's Telly was always whining and bellyaching over something, and Jerry's Snuffy was a giant Eeyore. Marty brought a broader emotional range to both characters that they lacked beforehand: his Telly is so lovably neurotic, and can get passionate, highstrung, and manic about anything; and I honestly can't imagine Jerry's Snuffy singing and dancing to such a bouncy and upbeat tune like "Bubble on my Snuffle."

    It's still interesting to see the transitional period though, and I think Marty is a prime example of a character inheritor, who tried a little too hard to basically imitate the way his predesessors did the characters he inherited, before making the characters his own. FTB is a good showcase of Marty doing a slightly whiney Telly in a similar vein as Brian, and his Snuffy voice is softer and less emotive, a la Jerry.
     
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  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Do you suppose Martin Robinson's improvements of Snuffy came about because the cast finally got to see him? When Jerry Nelson (and Michael Earl) performed him, he was pretty much only seen with Big Bird and the kids, but five years after Martin took over, Snuffy could suddenly interact with anybody. Or do you think his personality started to improve before the adults all finally saw him?
     
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I don't think so. Even when Snuffy started interacting with the rest of the cast and other characters, Marty still continued to perform him in a more similar vein as Jerry.

    Come to think of it, the improvement in Snuffy didn't seem to begin surfacing until the late 80s . . . maybe making him a big brother to Alice had something to do with it, this is one of the earliest examples I can think of Marty's Snuffy showing more enthusiam and emotion as opposed to his ho-hum kind of performance:
     
  6. Cookie3001

    Cookie3001 Well-Known Member

    I just thought of something. Cheryl Blaylock posted a Mona Monster clip on her facebook page recently. Brian Muehl has a facebook page so maybe one of us can ask him if he can post any Elmo clips on facebook.
     
  7. datman24

    datman24 Active Member

    I have a better idea: Don't.
     
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  8. Cookie3001

    Cookie3001 Well-Known Member

    Have any of you tried asking him before?
     
  9. datman24

    datman24 Active Member

    No, and I would prefer not to ask because if they do actually listen and post clips, pretty soon more people will start demanding that they post more, and it just gets ugly. Also, typically when you are involved in a television program, you are legally contracted by the network or whatever company owns the rights to it not to publicize any clips from said program.
     
  10. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't do that.
     
  11. hooperfan

    hooperfan Well-Known Member

    Chances are that he may not have any clips.

    I know for a fact that people like Carroll Spinney and Emilio Delgado don't have much as far as rare tapes. Emilio shares his Sesame clips via YouTube links (some from moi's channel :wisdom:)
     
  12. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    That's awesome he shares clips from your channel.
     
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  13. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    It wasn't necessarily Jerry's fault that his Snuffy was so depressive. In the Muppet Guys Talking documentary, Jerry said Jon Stone said to him Snuffy should be Eeyore-like.
     
  14. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    What are you even talking about, Snuffy was barely mentioned here.
     
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Look up at the top of this page, there's a multi-post discussion about Snuffy (and Telly).
     
  16. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I see it now, I thought it was a case of posting on the wrong thread. My apologies.
     
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I doubt Brian Meehl has tapes of his Elmo performances, if only because he has said many times that he doesn't really remember many instances of having performed the character. I'd like to think that if he had tapes of his performances then he would remember better.

    Then again, maybe he does have the tapes but hasn't watched them enough to remember.
     
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  18. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    In regards to Brian’s Elmo clips, best thing to do is just let it go for now.

    The fact that we at least got a clip of him doing the voice in an interview is good enough for me.
     
  19. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    You know what would be something funny to see, Brian Meehl playing Telly’s Dad to Marty’s Telly.
     
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  20. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member



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