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Favorite non-Henson puppet shows growing up

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

  1. FurFAF

    FurFAF New Member

    Anyone remember The Adventures Of Grady Greenspace?

    This used to equally entertain and terrify me as a kid. Took far too long to figure out what this show was called a couple of years ago. Wish I could buy a DVD of the series.
  2. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh wow! This thread is still around? Man...so many memories.

    Anyone remember HR Puffnstuff? Geez that stuff gave me nightmares. Still my fave non henson puppet show by far is Great Space Coaster.

    Also I keep forgetting Between the Lions isn't a JHC or Sesame Workshop production

    Wait...anyone remember puppet/kids shows from when you were little, where the memory is so scant, you almost think you just imagined it because it seems so obscure?
    I call it the "magic witch pancake" syndrome...where there's a show you're convinced you actually saw even though noone remembers it. I also remember seeing a lot of odd Canadian puppet shows for some reason in the early 80's
  3. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I'm having a problem with a memory like that. It was some sort of tv show I loved to watch. All I remember about it was that there was a guy who played a guitar and I'm pretty sure he had a puppet type thing for a friend. They hung out in an area by a pond I think it was kinda cave like. And there was an episode where the man was blowing bubbles and said they were made of soap. Any ideas Beaker?
  4. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    I'm going to righhht off what most of you will be familiar with (bar Kiki) and say The Ferals / Feral TV. I watched it as a kid, but now the humour seems so much more relevant. The premise is a bunch of feral animals and their adventures. Being Australian, the show is likely incomprehensible to people that don't have a very good knowledge of Australian slang and the media/current affairs of the 90s in Aus that the latter (Feral TV) satirized, eg. making then media mogul Kerry Packer into the effigy of a toad. The Ferals was a half hour surreal puppet sitcom, daggy 90s style in every way possible, nostalgic and amusing to see now. The puppetry is pretty fantastic and the characterisation is great. The sequel to the series was Feral TV, where the aforementioned gang run a TV station under the watchful eye of a toad. The main difference between the two is the much shorter format of Feral TV and lack of human characters. Search The Ferals into youtube to get a feel for the show if you want. It is non-Henson, although puppeteer Mal Heap (Modigliana the cat) did go on to work with Henson with muppet Ollie, used for cable channel inserts only.

    Interestingly the puppet characters were later re-used in other programmes and interstitals/hostings regularly on their broadcast channel, ABC, whilst keeping entirely with the characterisation of Feral exploits.
  5. Rose

    Rose Well-Known Member

    The shows I remember as a kid was....
    HR Pufnstuf ( I still love tht show I adored Jack Wild. ) ;)
    The Banana Splits ( Season 1 the rare season 2 is so lame it's not worth watching. The first season was the best. )
    Season 1 intro 1969
    The Great Space Coaster Op
    Closeing Credits from 1981

    Pinwheelehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpnZPM99JSM I liked that show allthough it always gave a very errie feeling, but in a strange nice sort of way. :) )
    Eureeka's Castle

    Xuxa ( pronounced Shooo Shhhaaa. ) This show was super popular till it was pulled because she p[osed nude for playboy. But she's a fameous actress in Brizille Australia and other countries they didn't seem to gave a problun with this. I had a chance to see her Live while I was in Miami but I couldn't afford the tickets to go at the time. ht tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84KGCJgvcXQ

    Land Of The Lost 1974 and 1991 ( Not a fan of the movie it was pretty lame. ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSKIuJWRMaI
    1990's intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqhof8OvyAI
    Bugaloos from season 2 the intro is the same but the blurb is differnt
  6. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

  7. ZeppoAndFriends

    ZeppoAndFriends Well-Known Member

    The only non-Henson puppet show that really stuck with me was and is Eureeka's Castle.

    We have the Eureeka's Castle Christmas special on a tape, right before MFC and EOJBC. And I, at least, was watched it two or three times every year, right up until my mom made us put all the Christmas tapes in a box, to keep them together, and told us not to touch 'em. :sigh:

    And we had Don't Touch That Box...until it was lost to a football game.

    Stupid football.
  8. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    @rose: interesting selections! I really can't remember too many of those in syndication by the time I was watching tv. I remember seeing HR Puffnstuf on some odd uhf channel and not digging it. Though I was a bit older by the time Eureka's Castle came out to get too into it...however the puppetry is quite Henson like and it seems well done. Eureka's Castle from clips I've seen reminds me a little bit like Mopatop(the 1999/2000 UK Muppet show) Holy goodness, I actually briefly remember Xuxa! Heh. I also remember a lot of late 90's/2000's animal puppet shows akin to Stinky and Jake.

    There was so many regional specific(to America, Canada, UK, worldwide) puppet shows from the 60's to the 90's, it'd probably be impossible to list them all or find info on them.
    Some are mere fragments in my mind. I remember a Nickeoldeon show that was your typical 90's kid/teen comedy cept it had a black puppet kid. I remember in the mid 80's in the bay area this show called "Buster and Me" with ape puppets. I also remember a few shows like Today's Special or Space Coaster but my memory is failing at the moment. Oh! I do remember Sid and Marty Kroft's DC Follies and the UK version "Spitting Image"
  9. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I used to watch Pinwheel all the time; though even as a kid I could tell it was basically a poor man's Sesame Street. It even had very similar puppet characters, lol.

    And like others have said, Today's Special. And it's actually even better when I watch it today. Love the dark, moody musical numbers in the department store at night!
  10. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Mr. Roger's Negiborhood.
    Wimzie's House (it's a cute show)
    Between the Lions
    others that I barely remember except for title
  11. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed The Puzzle Place most often as a kid.
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  12. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I watched Eureka's Castle and Puzzle Place, but I don't remember them very well. I only remember one episode of Puzzle Place where they all had donuts, but one of them - a girl - couldn't pick which she wanted. And it was a really big deal. I got pretty invested.

    I don't think I ever found out what happened.
  13. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I rememember the Puzzle Place, but not too well. I remember the Piece Police best.
  14. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Easily Welcome to Pooh Corner and Under the Umbrella Tree! I got the UtUT DVDs for my birthday a couple of years ago, and had to laugh a bit. It just all seemed so much..smaller than when I was a kid. Know what I mean? The episodes were short, the Canadian accents were strong, (somehow I didn't pick up on that at all when I was a kid), and it was kind of obvious that it was low-budget. Still, it remains a nostalgic favorite!
  15. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Loved both of those!

    Yeah when I was a kid I always wondered why the Care Bears talked like that, lol.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Considering how many creative types that worked for Henson and Sesame Street, there's no need to question why. Even Henson puppet designer/illustrator Michael Frith did some designs and helped shape the show. I consider it the Muppets' closest cousin. if nothing else, a cousin show to Sesame Street.

    I swear to frog there was a show with either a cat or a wolf... no... it was a cat and... oh great, now I forget all the details. I wanna say he lived in a New York style basement apartment with some human woman. Someone's gotta know what I'm talking about.

    Off topic, but you know what's fun? Watch a cartoon with Canadian voice actors and listen to them try VERY hard to say "about" with an American accent. Heh.
  17. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    Dumbo's Circus and Alf are the only two that spring to mind. Frankly I've found most non Henson puppet shows to be overwhelmingly creepy. I can't see the charm of HR Puffenstuf for example. He looks less like a benevolent and friendly creature and more like something that would stalk you in a nightmare. I have great respect for the art of puppetry and spent a great deal of my childhood playing with puppets and learning how to perform them realistically. However if not for the various Henson shows and Making of specials that showed how puppetry was used to bring movie monsters to life I may have grown up hating puppetry as I found most puppet show characters unappealing at best and downright creepy at worst. Fortunately there were things like Alf, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock out there to show me how cool puppetry was if done right. I may have been a very different person if not for them.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Unless I said it before in the thread, anyone remember Mr. Potatohead Show?

    That was the ONLY clip I could find. Too bad that show never caught on. There was like a VHS of episodes crushed together to make a movie, but I never found it. But a BRILLIANT show.
  19. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Hmm, have you tried typing in key words on Google or something?

    Exactly, hehe.

    Yeah I mean I didn't grow up with Pufnstuff, but I did stumble upon it once in reruns as a kid and was...yeah kind of underwhelmed, heh. But I will give them an A for creativity as far as the sets and character designs.

    Huh, I actually hadn't seen that before!
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It was on Fox Kids and it wasn't Power Rangers. That's probably why.

    GRRR! I respect Power Rangers and their larger than you think fan base, but I ALWAYS hated the fact that they made it the only thing on the network. I mean, I LOVED stuff like Bobby's World, Eek The Cat, The Tick, Mad jack the Pirate, 1996 Casper, Oggy and the Cocroaches, Ripping Friends, Space Goofs, Toonsylvania and stuff like that... once they weren't getting Power Rangers ratings, even ones that were popular, they'd kick'em off the line up.

    But the Mr. Potatohead show was great. It had these great inside jokes about network notes. I remember one episode Mr. Potatohead was trying to do a western, and the network guys were complaining about the prospect of gunplay, and Mr. Potatohead argued with them, and they refused. Then they did the show, and the network guys said "You can't have a Western without a gun fight!" Then there was a bit where they forced his show to be educational... so he does this super hero show where he defeats the badguy by awkwardly singing about the Pythagorean Theorem... And the Sweet Potato character was performed by Debra Wilson who'd later go on to MadTV... great stuff. I wish more people saw it.

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