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Favorite non-Henson puppet shows growing up

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by beaker, May 4, 2004.

  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    In the last ten years weve seen a various amount of prime time puppet shows. There was Greg the bunny, I think Crank Yankers is still on. A decade ago there was a prime time puppet show on USA network, as well as My Cousin Skeet.

    But what were your favorite non JH related puppet shows?

    Mine were:

    Great Space Coaster
    Buster and Me
    Today's Special

    Didnt get much into Eureka's Castle tho.
  2. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member

    I remember growing up with a local show on Q13 FOX that had ranger host and a puppet co-host -- Roscoe Raccoon.

    I got to go to a McDonalds once where they showed up for some sponsoring that little kids are so succeptable to and I think meeting the puppet in person and seeing the puppeteer behind him was one of the most fascinating of my childhood memories. I remember that event distinctly. So Kev, wherever you are on here, I really admire what you do for Ronald McDonald house, and every time you show up to one of those events you really are having a life-long effect on those kids.

    Sorry for the emotional tangent, but yeah -- local FOX kids' show.
  3. janicegroupie

    janicegroupie Well-Known Member

    I absolutly loved Eureka's Castle as a kid. I remember watching the Don't Touch that Box special over and over again. It's been a long time since I've seen that show though.
  4. zoetrope

    zoetrope Well-Known Member

    Well, when I was a kid there was the Friendly Giant, Kukla Fran and Ollie, Captain Kangaroo, and Mr. Rogers, all of which used puppets to one extent or another, and all which I liked. Then when I was 4 a new show started that blew them all away, called Sesame Street. :p
  5. teebs

    teebs Well-Known Member

    I loved Eureka's Castle. Magellan rocks. :)

    I also did the Barney thing...:eek: :o I watched Puzzle Place too. And if we're counting Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo, I watched those.
  6. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    Growing up? ALF
    Since so called adulthood? Greg the Bunny
  7. PukkaPukka

    PukkaPukka Well-Known Member

    I've always had a special place for "The Great Bong" (and no, it's not to do with a certain plant-smoking device - LOL). It was a show overseas (I wish it were available over here!) that a certain former-Hensonite...Karen Prell, helmed along with her husband, Mike (as far as I can remember). Great, great show! I just wish it would come over to the States...that and I wish I could remember more about it...oh well...great, great, great! That's my pick.

  8. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Well-Known Member

    What about H.R. Puffnstuff?

    He wasn't strictly a puppet show, but I was fascinated by freddie the flute and the costuming on Witchie-Poo and others.
  9. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    I used to watch Captain Kangaroo. I don't remember much about it, but I know Richard Hunt wanted to work for it before he joined the Muppets.
  10. Iokitek

    Iokitek Well-Known Member

    I grew up in the Netherlands. So it was different for me. Besides the regular Sesame Street and The Fraggles etc. I used to watch Dutch puppetshows. Here's a few of them:

    1} De Bereboot (The Bearboat)
    This was a show about bears on a boat. The main focus was on the first mate. That's the little black bear with white hair. I was very little when I watched this so I don't remember much of it. But Nickelodeon is airing it again at night here. So I'm capturing them all with my PC :) There were a total of 407 episodes made apparently. But I doubt Nick will air them all again.

    2) De Fabeltjeskrant. (The Fable Cronicle ... or something)
    [just klick on the links to see the characters]
    The main Character in this show was an owl. Mr. Owl ofcourse :p He was the host so to speak. The rest of the cast were all kinds of animals living in the forest. I was abit older already when I watched this show so I remember it better. It was a good show and I hope they'll start airing it again soon. Because it was an important part of Dutch TV history.

    3) Paulus De Boskabouter (Paulus The Forestgnome)
    I was also very young when I watched this show so I don't remember it very well either. But the puppets looked ok I guess and I do remember watching it every time. I recently posted a link to a site of a new Dutch TV show called Lila Land. If I'm correct the same person who does that show was also responsible for this one. Paulus was already an old character from a comicbook "brought to life" for a TV series.

    4) Liegebeest (don't know if there even is an exact translation, but in short it means: liar)
    I could not find a site with any pictures of this series. But it was aired in Belguim. This made it extra strange because they also speak Dutch but very differently. It made it abit eerie to watch at times. But looking back on it I vagely remember what the puppets looked like and I guess it was a good show. If anyone can find a link with pictures for me it would be greatly appreciated.

    Other than that I watched the Dutch and German Sesame Street wich have their own characters designed specifically for those countries by the Henson people. And I watched some Spitting Image translated into Dutch when I was little. This was originally a British charicature puppet show doing political satire etc. But some of it was translated for children. I remember watching the story of Dr. Frankenstein once for instance. They were especially good at grossing people out.

    Well that's it for now. If I can come up with anything else I'll let you all know :) I've been thinking about making a site dedicated to Dutch puppetry for awhile now. We have quite a history and there aren't many websites about this.
  11. biblebetty

    biblebetty Well-Known Member

    I remember watching dustie's tree house, and my favorite puppet was the spider, I can't remember his name but he was so cute and wore tennis shoes on all his feet. I thought it was great, does anyone remember his name.

  12. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    Oh and of course Mr Rogers! I loved Daniel the tiger!
  13. Jonathan

    Jonathan Well-Known Member

    Avenue Q!!!
  14. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    I would have to say "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," "Under the Umbrella Tree," "ALF," and "Captain Kangaroo."
  15. gfarkwort

    gfarkwort Well-Known Member

    The Puzzle Place
    Dudley the Dragon
    Tots TV
    Mr. Rogers
    these are all my favorite non Muppet tv shows......they should all be released on DVD........with BEHIND THE SCENES!!!!! :) .....that would be Awesome
  16. dsarver

    dsarver Active Member

    Mine were Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost, anything by Sid & Marty Krofft. In my day, Saturday mornings were awesome!! :cool:
  17. Docnzhoss

    Docnzhoss Well-Known Member

    Definitey ALF and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. But how about Pinwheel? That Cuckoo Bird puppet used to freak me out. There was also another show that starred a puppet named Madame who also scared me.

    Question: Was Today's Special the one with the old man security guard? He was a friendly lookin' fella with kind of a big nose? There were other puppets in this show as well, but he's the one I remember most vividly.
  18. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Yes, Today's Special! was a Canadian childrens show about a Jeff a mannequin for a big time superstore that was brought to life each night after the store closed. Jeff, Jodie a display designer for the store, and Sam (a the puppet) who was the security guard had adventures in the store after hours with other friends (like Muffy the Mouse). It was a pretty cool show.

    Here's a site with more information and pictures: http://www.parnasas.com/PopArena/Articles/special.html
  19. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Some of my favorite (non-Henson) puppet shows growing up were:

    Eureka's Castle
    Under the Umbrella Tree
    Today's Special
    Mister Rogers (I liked the non-puppet parts just as much)
    ZoobilieZoo (They used puppets along with their crazy animal costumes)
    (and then of course there were all the Henson shows - Sesame Street, Muppet Show, Mother Goose Stories, Fraggle Rock, ect, but they don't count here)
  20. Iokitek

    Iokitek Well-Known Member

    I just remembered. I also used to watch ALF ofcourse. And I remember watching DJ Kat on Skychannel or something. He was a puppet of a cat hosting a kidsshow. In other words he just filled up the space between the cartoons.

    I found another Dutch show I almost forgot wich was also about a bear named Bolke. Bolke de beer. Here's a link with a picture:

    I found some of these old shows on DVD. Just a few episodes. But I'm going to buy them anyway for nostalgic reasons.

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