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Jennifer Barnhart's Zoe!

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by antsamthompson9, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    We finally have audio of Jen's Zoe! It's very, very brief, but it's the best we're gonna get:
  2. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. It's hard to tell how Jen's Zoe sounds from that clip. From what I hear it's not too bad, but it would be nice to see the show in its entirety and see how much airtime she gets there. Oh, well. Maybe she'll appear more in season 37 along with Billy Backhurst's Ernie.
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  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Here's the first actual clip.

    Ehhhh... I'm not a "wrong sounding Muppets" guy, but Zoe somehow went through puberty. Her voice is much deeper. Eh, she gets the laugh down.

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  4. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Zoe sounds like she went through puberty and suffered a bad head cold.
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  5. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Wow, the puppeteering is spot on, but the voice is just wrong. It sounds way too deep. I don't mind so much that it doesn't sound like Fran's Zoe, I just generally don't like the voice Jen used. She sounds like a forty year old woman.

    Still, i'm happy Zoe's getting a street story this season, and it already looks like there's more of a plot then most of the street scenes in season 46. And yes, she did at least get the laugh right. Overall, she did a great job, her voice just needs a little work.
  6. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I'm just happy that Zoe is back.
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  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Obviously, Jen's Zoe isn't going to sound like Fran's, and that's understandable, because no recast character has ever sounded 100% exactly like the original performer's character. But, as everyone else has been saying, I agree, Zoe just sounds years and years older than she's supposed to be.
  8. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    I agree with the other comments here, Zoe does sound like a teenage. I know Jen's very talented and all, but maybe they should have someone else give Zoe a try. I mean look at Ryan's Elmo, he's gotten pretty spot on with the voice, you'd hardly know that it isn't Kevin. With Zoe, we'd know the voice changed even if we didn't know about Fran's retirement. But that's the way it was with Billy's Ernie at first too, so maybe Jen will improve with time. You never know.
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  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's the way it always is with any recast, it takes a while for everybody adjust: it takes the performers a while to adjust to get used to the feel of the character, but find a little bit of the character in themselves to make the characters their own - as I've said before, nobody's done that quite like Marty did with Telly and Snuffy, he quite fantastically breathed new life into two previously depressive, Eeyore-ish characters; and it takes us a while to adjust to the new voices and such, but after time passes, you do get used to it and accept it - I remember how long it took me to adjust to Eric doing Frank's characters and David doing Cookie, but I don't even think about it anymore, and haven't for years now.

    Zoe had a unique voice to begin with, mainly because Fran had a unique voice, and all things considered, Zoe was pretty much tailor-made for Fran (so much so they considered naming the character Frannie in honor of her, but she didn't want that). Jen's just starting out with Zoe, so it's hard to judge the performance and voice for now . . . I mean, yes, this is so far one of the more obvious differences we've noticed yet, but surely Jen can make Zoe her own with time.

    As for Gladys, I think that can be forgiven - was ever really that major a character to begin with? Even when Richard did her?
  10. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Woah, I did not expect Zoe's voice to sound that deep. She sounds about 10 years older even though her laugh is still there.

    It's gonna take time for her to get the voice right, sure, but I'm happy to finally get to see Jennifer's Zoe in action. It's been what, a year now since the announcement was made?
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Strangely, I noticed that she sounds much more like Fran's Zoe when she sings.

  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    People's singing and speaking voices can often sound much different. Ever notice how Katy Perry has a surprisingly mousy speaking voice when compared to her booming and resonate her singing voice?
  13. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Come to think of it, Fran's voice did seem to get a bit deeper later on, so maybe Jen's voice is pretty spot on after all. That might just be me though. :
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  14. BoppityFrack

    BoppityFrack Member

    That is a good point you have there. Zoe's voice is so unique because it's so much like Fran's voice.
  15. PonysNPuppets

    PonysNPuppets Member

    I love Avenue Q!! :D :D That being said, it's cool to see that one of the "Q" actresses is playing a SS Muppet now! The voice is a little disconcerting, but Zoe was also a character who debuted right when I "outgrew" the show (note the quotations :p :D ), so I didn't really mind. Aren't there a few actors and actresses on AQ who also puppeteered on SS?!
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  16. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Decided to give this a watch out of my own curiousness.

    Yeah, a little too "grown up" for me but frankly I never liked Zoe as a character anyway so it doesn't matter how her voice sounds.
  17. BEAR 2

    BEAR 2 Well-Known Member

    All of the original puppeteer cast from Avenue Q have performed with Sesame. Stephanie D'Abruzzo performs Curly Bear and now has inherited Prairie. Natural move since Prairie is so much like her Kate Monster.

    John Tartaglia started when he was about 19 and has performed characters like Ernie on occasion. Rick Lyon is also credited.
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Stephanie has had characters pre and post Avenue Q. Up until Avenue Q, there was Elizabeth, the AM-girl with the heavy Noo Yawk accent who was always oh-so-proud of her kitten Little Murray Sparkles (another character Drtooth absolutely loathes), and Lulu was pretty much on the verge of becoming her signature character on SST up until she went onto Avenue Q (she even seemed to be something of a love interest for Cookie Monster), but both characters ended up being retired as a result.

    Interestingly enough, Lulu actually made a cameo in a recent season when Elmo and Rosita try to make a rainbow out of monsters, and when they drag her in, she remarks, "Oh, hey, I remember you guys."
  19. BEAR 2

    BEAR 2 Well-Known Member

    Oh, man...I forgot about Elizabeth.
  20. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    She improved lately. The way Zoe pronounces words in this video is very good. Also, nothing against Elmo, but it's nice that he's not in this birthday message video:

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