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Is Jerry Nelson still performing?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Splurge, Dec 25, 2002.

  1. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    Maybe I haven't been properly keeping up.

    I know his characters in the new Christmas special were performed by others while he contributed his voice. But he hasn't retired, has he?

    Maybe if you're reading this, Jerry (or "Scred" :) ) you can directly shine some light on this.
  2. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    Occasionally. He performed Herry in "Elmo's World: Happy Holidays!"
  3. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel Well-Known Member

    Jerry is still very much an active performer.

    He has taped a number of appearances for the upcoming season of Sesame Street and continues to perform his classic Muppet characters whenever he can.

    secret squirrel
  4. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Don't you just love our mystery posters? ;)
  5. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    Yup, gotta love 'em.

    And (I'm sorry, I can't resist this...):

    Hey, Secret Squirrel! Where's Morroco Mole? ;)

  6. ScottMonster

    ScottMonster Well-Known Member

    Really? So he's been performing the Count in those new sequences where he plays the organ to find out the number of the day? I saw a few of those not long ago and I thought the Count's voice sounded different and thought someone else was probably performing him now. Not that it would automatically mean it's not him. Caroll Spinney gave Big Bird a different voice after the first season, and Dan Castanelleta's voice for Homer Simpson didn't originally sound as slow and dull now and as it now has for the last twelve or so seasons.

    And the performer list at ToughPigs.com says nothing about an alternate performer for the Count.
  7. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Jerry did indeed perform the Count for this season of Sesame. As we all get older, our voices change and those changes are naturally reflected in a character's performance as well.
  8. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, take Frank Oz, for instance. Very different voice indeed.
  9. The Flying Sheep

    The Flying Sheep Well-Known Member

    In VMMC Robin and Statler sounded weird.
  10. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    i think jerry performed them both, or did the voices for them in the movie..i maybe wrong..

  11. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel Well-Known Member

    Jerry voiced all his characters except Lew Zealand. Lew was played by Bill Barretta.

    secret squirrel
  12. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

  13. Stryder Wolfe

    Stryder Wolfe Well-Known Member

    now I want to watch it again...I thought Robin sounded a lot different....maybe Jerry had a cold or something?

    also, why did he NOT play Lew Zealand?
  14. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel Well-Known Member

    "maybe Jerry had a cold or something?"

    Jerry is older now. He has had some health problems, but he's a remarkable man and an astounding performer.

    "also, why did he NOT play Lew Zealand?"

    Have you ever tried to record dialogue to match someone else's lip-synch? It's a pain in the neck. Bill's version sounded fine.

    The only one of Jerry's characters he's not dubbing on an ongoing basis is the Two-Headed Monster, mainly because it's hard to dub gibberish. Joey Mazzarino is performing Jerry's half now.

    secret squirrel
  15. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel Well-Known Member

    "Tough Pigs *does* have an official performer list for VMC..."

    Scott/Scarecroe: Thanks for posting that link. I don't know where that casting info came from, but it's 100% accurate.

    secret squirrel
  16. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Well that's good to know. I believe Danny credits his 'Anonyfrog' source who I'm assuming works for Henson.
  17. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel Well-Known Member

    Anonyfrog. He must be the green guy in the trench coat and dark glasses.

    secret squirrel
  18. Stryder Wolfe

    Stryder Wolfe Well-Known Member

    I completely agree with your first point...no question...I'm glad to hear he's still in the loop!! He's always been one of my fav's

    For your second, now that you mention it, I have, only once, and thinking about it, it WAS really hard...and that was me dubbing over myself (more or less). So yeah, that's cool....thanks for the input
  19. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    I may like Bill's Lew more than Jerry's. I never really saw Lew much. I haven't seen the muppet show in ages and his parts in the movie's was minimal. Bill's was kind of more "zanny" but the laugh needs work. I read in another post tha Jerry is 68! So I think we will need to get use to hearing other people do his characters sooner or later. Though Jerry may still be performing I think he should start training his own replacements. It would be a cool experience and it would ensure that if Jerry retires his characters will all have a voice.

    Did Frank train Eric to do Fozzie and Piggy? It seemed like it. Eric's Fozzie and Piggy acted so much like Franks. If I didn't compare Eric's and Frank's voices side by side I wouldn't have realized there was a change.
  20. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel Well-Known Member

    "Did Frank train Eric to do Fozzie and Piggy?"

    Wiggy: Eric is completely self-taught. Frank's time is very limited, and if he had the time to train someone else, he'd likely use that time to tape his own performances.

    Eric has discussed the characters with Frank a couple of times, but the real improvements have just come from hours and hours of practice. Impressive guy.

    secret squirrel

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