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Henson's Skrumps premiere on Yahoo Kids

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by Super Scooter, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    From the Jim Henson Company. Only at Yahoo! Kids.

    What are Skrumps?

    Hey wassup? Wishbone here to answer the question "What is a Skrump?" A Skrump is a pal, a buddy, a companion. Skrumps come in all colors, shapes and sizes and each have their own unique vibe. But at the heart of it, the Skrumps are just a bunch of fun loving freaks making it happen!​

    That's the introduction to The Skrumps homepage on Yahoo! Kids.

    "The Skrumps" features computer-generated puppets, using the Henson Digital Performance System. The online bits are actually lot of fun, and quite humorous!

    So, what are you waiting for? Go Meet the Skrumps!
  2. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member


    I saw THESE http://www.splashdowntoys.com/product/index.html in a
    magazine a few years back and was all "those totally look like some new Muppet type of deal from the Jim Henson company".

    Does this make the Skrumps official Muppet canon, like Fraggle Rock/Bear
    in the Big Blue House/Animal Jam/etc?

    As, they certain sure do look VERY Muppety!
  3. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    There's an article about them over on Muppet Wiki. Apparently, they're trying to make it a show!


    The lead character, Wishbone, is performed by Victor Yerrid.
    Raisins is performed by Julianne Buescher of Puppet Up!
    I'm assuming Skrumpy is Alan Trautmen, but I don't know that as a fact.

    I like Skrumpy. He's awesome!

    Does anyone else find Skrumpy's video blog to be an awful lot like Kermit's interview with Animal from The Muppet Show guest starring Harvey Korman?
  4. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

  5. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

    This is so what the Henson Folks need to do right know!! the skrumps are awesome and the use of the Henson Digital Performance System is cool. the videos on Yahoo are funny in a Henson way. Cant wait for more!!!!:)
  6. ToasterBoy

    ToasterBoy Well-Known Member

    Don't forget to listen to the latest episode of the Henson Podcast -


    It has interviews with John Chandler (creator of the Skrumps), Halle Stanford (heads of Children's Television) and Victor Yerrid (puppeteer of Wishbone) all about The Skrumps!
  7. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    These guys actually look pretty cool. I would be interested to see where this could go, I think my favorite is Skrumpy, he's cute. :)
  8. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I want to see the puppets that they made of these characters before they did the digital stuff:) It looks like they are only using one of Chandler's original characters, which is good...as the new Skrumps look very "muppety":)

    What I like is that Raisins character. It's cool to watch a kids cartoon and hear someone talk about being into like existential taoism or something. Sure, most kids will just scratch their heads, but it rocks...doesn't placate too much.
  9. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I thought that was pretty interesting. She's like Mokey... kinda.
  10. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    They look fun, and very wacky. I thought you could get that Henson podcast in MP3 or something? Has anyone got the videos in another format as well? I don't consider them Muppet Canon, being CGI, not Muppet design, and not even designed by Henson - but i think its the right kinda thing for them to do at the moment and good to see them still doing some kids stuff. Seems like the Puppet UP! troupe are now Henson's new band of permanent performers and good to see them making use of the digital performance system.
  11. ToasterBoy

    ToasterBoy Well-Known Member

    You can subscribe to the podcast with iTunes (or your favorite Podcatcher) with this link:

  12. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that, i've worked out how to do it now, lol. Yeah i think the Skrumps sound great, love the theme.
  13. ToasterBoy

    ToasterBoy Well-Known Member

  14. SurfPark

    SurfPark Well-Known Member

    I'm not digging it. I like the personalities, but I'm not a fan of the animation. Its that terrible CGI that makes everyone look like they're made out of rubber. I also think the animation is jerky. I'd really love Henson to do an all-ages show because the Skrumps living in this house seems too much like Blues Clues and less like the Muppet Show. When I heard the podcast I was excited that they were looking to do an ensemble cast, but with only three characters, I think we'll get bored fast.
  15. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think the idea is that there will be more than 3 characters. I'm not a massive fan of CGI stuff either but it seems to be what kids want to watch right now. I see this being more of a cult thing than a massive kids hit, it doesn't have the right feel about it to have mass kid potential.
  16. froggiegirl18

    froggiegirl18 Well-Known Member

    I agree with both surfPark and Luke..Yeah Im just not feeling it..it almost feels like a late eighties band..and yeah I have seen way better cgi on a video game. Plus the pupils going in and out kinda freaky. The bands lead gutarist I really want to put him on mute. I got extremely bored with this. True some of things were funny and I like the different setting but just not the same feel of a hit show. Does anyone else get the feel of their watching the muppet mahem..ok sorry about being so down about this but I think the company can do better than this.
  17. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Just wanna make clear its not that i don't like it - i actually think it sounds pretty cool, the characters look cool and i think it's great they are using CGI (as long as they still do some puppetry) I just think there are better premises for shows out there that kids will be more into than something like this - kinda cute monsters stuff. Kids grow up a lot quicker now than they used to, more Harry Potter and Superheroes. I actually think (with so many CGI movies of recent years) cartoons are gonna start to become a bit less popular and more live action dramas and things are going to come forward. A show just has to have a "feel" to it - i don't think anything Henson have done since BITBBH has really.

    Much is said of the Henson Control System, and it is a great way of incorporating live interaction with animation - but when it was invented it's advantage was that it was easier to do things you couldn't really do with CGI at that time - now CGI has come on so far technology wise that you can pretty much do anything with it and the limitations are probably the other way around. I do support them using it though cos it incorporates puppetry and anything Henson does should do that really, its what makes them different from other companies being THE people to go to in puppetry.
  18. stick

    stick Active Member

    these skrumps look cool.
  19. Frogster

    Frogster Well-Known Member

    Be honest with me... is this show worth watching or is it something like Bear/ current Sesame Street/ Between the Lions type stuff?
  20. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    I dunno. I like Bear/ (most) current Sesame Street/ Between the Lions type stuff.

    Honestly, I'd put the Skrumps in that group. But I like all that stuff, so...

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