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Fave Muppeteer(s)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Kiki, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Kiki

    Kiki Active Member

    So. What is your favorite Muppeteer(s) and why?

    Mine would have to be:
    Richard Hunt: Because he's so totally groovy and has rully good vocal talents.
    Frank Oz: Because he's a great performer and I love his characters.
    But I can't really make up my mind. i love all the Muppet performers but those two would have ta be my faves. I think on s'more.
    What 'bout you guys?
    -Kiki
  2. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Richarl hunt: Because he has to be one of the most on point Mupperteers I've ever seen in my life.

    Frank Oz: Beacuse you canot be more of a talnet that that.

    Jim Henson: Because he's the Master.

    I just love them all, there all so great and talanted people.
  3. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Active Member

    I was waiting for someone to post something like this.

    1. Richard Hunt. Heartfelt, hilarious Hunt. 'Nuff said.
    2. Jim Henson. Why not?
    3. Jerry Nelson. Man of many voices.

    But let's face it, they're all outstanding, ya know?
  4. Skye

    Skye Active Member

    I love this topic.

    Richard Hunt: Priceless, wonderful, hilarious, and versatile. Definitely one of the best, in my opinion. And one of the best, best, best singers.

    Steve Whitmire: Fun, funny, and entertaining. Also can be quite versatile. Not to mention, he's also a great singer.

    Jerry Nelson: For his extreme versatility, and his wonderful singing voice. Hm, anyone noticing a pattern developing here?
  5. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    For me it's Jim. It's one thing to be able to perform other voices, but Jim was able to perform other personalities. Not just stereotypical or general emotional types; but clear and definitive personalities. I think Frank pulled that off really well too.
    Lately though I've been super impressed with Bill Baretta. What a witty guy. He's so crafty and sharp, clearly he can improvise and work off the cuff very well.
  6. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    BBB, SSS, SWAEHB, RHLC...need I say more?

    Ok, I need.

    Dave G; From Gonzo, to Bunsen, to Beauregard, to Zoot...this man puts an unexpected twist on the traditional...

    Jim H; His Kermit is unsurpassed by any puppet ever. Simply seeing Kermit on his hand even if he's not saying or doing anything has such a dynamic...

    Jerry N; The voices! Oh, the voices!

    Steve W; has blonde hair (Er...long story)
  7. Giar Fraggle

    Giar Fraggle Member

    Dave all the way! :concern::cool::confused:

    I knew I was going to have to explain this someday...well, here goes.

    The first reason Dave is so awesome is because I tend to identify with him. We're both shy, wear glasses, and have a weird sense of humor. Also, like him, I don't have a background in entertainment, but I puppeteer because it's what I love to do.

    The second reason is because that guy has worked so hard throughout his career, and he kept trying even when things must have seemed bleak. He had the courage to audition for Jim, sing in a production for the first time, get that first laugh from the crew on The Muppet Show, and ride a roller coaster for an episode of Fraggle Rock. I really, really admire him for that. (And let's not forget his puppetbuilding and engineering skills--genius!) He's also the only pre-Muppet Show puppeteer who's still with the Muppets (not counting Jerry because he only does SS nowadays).

    And the third and final reason is because his characters have been my absolute favorites since I was a moderately-sized baby.

    I hope you all enjoyed that mini-essay, and even if you didn't, well, you asked for it.
  8. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    I did not ask for it! I... oh wait... I did, it's right here on my Christmas list! Thank you, Santa! Er, I mean Giar; I guess Dave does have a lot o' good characteristics to him.
  9. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    ...you're just saying that becuase your name is really Dave, Vic...

    And, actually, come to think of it, I asked for it on my Christmas list...see, "Giar with essay"...oh! Wait, that's Santa's Naughty and Nice list...
  10. Giar Fraggle

    Giar Fraggle Member

    Ho ho ho! You're welcome, little cabbage! Now off with you, the line is getting long, my break's in five minutes, and the food court is calling my name.

    Am I on the naughty or nice part? :halo:
  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    What's the name of the Dave G fan club? *avoids question*
  12. Giar Fraggle

    Giar Fraggle Member

    *conviently forgets question was asked* :sleep:

    Why...the Dave Goelz Fan Club, of course! :D I am so unoriginal.
  13. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Active Member

    Okay, let's see...we've got healthy fan bases for most of the principal Muppeteers, so any attempts to vote for 'Muppeteer of the Year' or some nonsense like that would end in a three or four-way tie at least.
  14. Giar Fraggle

    Giar Fraggle Member

    Well, why do it? They've all worked so hard, they deserve to be honored equally.
  15. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Richard's definitely my favorite, but since we're talking about Dave; I like the unique way he overpronounces "t" sounds when he performers some of his characters (you hear that a lot with Boober and Rugby from The Christmas Toy). And so many people I talk to remember Zoot, he definitely had a presence despite the lack of dialogue! Plus, Dave has a nice smile (hope that didn't sound weird!)
  16. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Active Member

    I know; I was just commenting on what would happen if someone tried to set up a 'Muppeteer of the Year' contest.
  17. travellingpat

    travellingpat Active Member

    Carroll and Jerry because their characters are very well developed and funny!
  18. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member

    my favorites are Jerry Nelson :smirk: and Jim Henson :) .. Jerry Nelson's vocal range is the best of all the muppeteers.. and I loved the way Jim Henson could do an interview with Kermit, and it seemed like there were two people there.. he brought so much life to his characters
  19. Giar Fraggle

    Giar Fraggle Member

    Dave does have a nice smile. :)

    Yeah, any attempt at a Muppeteer of the Year thing would definitely result in a five- or six- way tie.

    Although I'd really like to see what the trophy for that would look like. I'd imagine something like a golden arm with a puppet on it.
  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Anywhere else...yeah, that would sound weird.

    Here at MC, nope, that makes you relitively normal...


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