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Kermit's Swamp Years Panel Transcript

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, Aug 17, 2002.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    With the premiere of Kermit's Swamp Years on Sunday night, we have a special treat, a transcript of the Kermit's Swamp Years panel from the San Diego Comic Con earlier this month. Special thanks and props to S. Steven Struble (Struble on the forum) for providing us with a recording of the panel.

    Let us know what you think of the panel discussion as we anticipate the premiere of Kermit's Swamp Years on Sunday.


    Whether positive or negative, be sure to e-mail us your reviews of the film after you watch it on Sunday night!


    Let us know what you think about the panel discussion!
  2. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Neat. Thanks to Strubble for doing that.

    I wonder if there will ever be a Henson panel when people don't ask about Jim.

    I particularly like joethearmadillo.com Even though there's nothing there right now, it's still better than Henson.com

    Odd that joethearmadillo.com is up and active, but kermitsswampyears.com remains without any DNS.
  3. Struble

    Struble Well-Known Member

    Who's this Strubble guy?

    I forget, I gotta do this at least once per forum. That's Struble, single B, pronounced Stroo-ble. Not Strubble pronounced bubble.

    Oh, and your welcome. And I recorded it for purely selfish reasons! Haha. Just wanted to be able to watch it over and over again, myself. :)

    Sh. StruBle
  4. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    Great Job !

    Did you video record it or Audio record it ?

    I thought Audio then just read what you said !
    If its a video email me, Maybe we can trade ?

    See ya
  5. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I was just quoting Phil's spelling ;)
  6. Struble

    Struble Well-Known Member

    No need to appologize. I've long since stopped getting mad at Struh-ble is Trouble. :)

    At one point I was spelling my name with an umlaut instead of a u, to make it easier for people to figure out.

    The only thing you can call me that will anger me is "Steve." :)

  7. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Spelling has been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out! :o
  8. Struble

    Struble Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I appreciate the correction. :D

  9. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Well done Struble, and also to Phillip for great jobs getting this cool transcript online. It'd really interesting and very entertaining to see them talk about the film, and also the more general Henson related questions that were answered. I know people are knocking this movie all over the place but it actually looks quite funny and entertaining - i think Henson fans are gonna like it !
  10. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt Well-Known Member

    Nice job, Strubs....can I call you that?

    - Billy :cool:
  11. Struble

    Struble Well-Known Member

    Only if I can call you "Bills."

    Sh. St. St.
  12. Voiceroy

    Voiceroy Well-Known Member

    Re: Muppets Panel


    I just wanted to thank you for your compliment of my Kermit imitation in the closing comments of your article. I'm the guy who won the scooter - still much to my amazement. Had a devil of a time getting that scooter home from San Diego to where I live in Atlanta. They almost didn't let me take it with me on the plane.

    I've been a semi-pro character voice actor for several years, and I certainly don't mean to brag, but that did give me a slight advantage over that 3-year-old girl. ;)

    Although I do a number of character voices, to be honest, I've never liked imitating Kermit's voice (other than because Jim Henson's original was so great and mine pales in comparison) because I've come across so many others that also believe they do a good Kermit impression. They ask me to do mine, and I can read on their face that they're thinking, "Oh, my Kermit is SO much better than his."

    Anyway, I have some pictures online from the panel, if anyone is interested - if the links below happen not to work properly, trim the URL down to http://www.toonzone.net/craigcrumpton and look for the "Muppets" JPGs.

    Panel Shot #1 (Victor Yarrick with Goggles)

    Panel Shot #2 (Victor with Croaker)

    Victor with audience member in Muppets demonstration

    Kermit's Swamp Years Autograph Session

    ...and the one I'm most proud of...

    Victor, Me and the prize-winning scooter

    (I also have a photo of cartoon voice actor Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky from "Pinky & The Brain" and many other cartoons) riding my scooter in the lobby of the convention center, but unfortunately I don't have that one online yet.)

    I was also very flattered to get compliments from Jim Lewis, Mike Polis, and Victor Yerrid on my Kermit impression. For a guy like me for whom voice acting is a hobby, it's really nice to hear that from professionals - especially individuals working for the Jim Henson Company. Victor even signed my 'Swamp Years' poster:

    Great Kermit, Craig. Steve Whitmire, LOOK OUT! :)

    The Muppets panel was by far the most enjoyable event I've sat in on in the 3 years I've been going to the con (and I'm not just saying that because I won a scooter from them). I certainly hope the Jim Henson Company does another presentation at the con next year.

    Thanks again for the compliment, Steve. And I enjoyed your article too - thanks so much for taking the time to type a transcript of the panel discussion. Now, if anyone happens to doubt my photo proof that I won a $400 electric scooter for doing a Kermit imitation - I can direct them to your article. :)

    Oh, and to Steve or Phillip - I know Steve's article has been up since early August, but if you'd like to use my convention photos linked above, I'd be honored. Just so I at least get name credit for them.

    Craig Crumpton
    Staff: http://toonzone.net
  13. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to Muppet Central Craig! Glad you found us.
  14. Voiceroy

    Voiceroy Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Phillip - but I've actually been a regular visitor here for at least 2 years. I've even sent you a couple of news items which you've used - last one I think was on the Emmys last year.

    I've just never registered for the forum.
  15. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    That's right. I knew your name sounded very familiar. I just had trouble placing it. Please forgive me. It is great having you on the forum!

    So HOW did you get that large scooter on the plane? ;)
  16. Voiceroy

    Voiceroy Well-Known Member

    > Please forgive me.

    No biggie. It's understandable. I'm sure you get lots of mail.

    > So HOW did you get that large scooter on the plane?

    It's a pretty compact thing - the handlebar folds down. But the motor makes it really heavy to try carrying it.

    I tried checking it in as another piece of baggage when I was checking in for my return flight. The conversation with the clerk went like this:

    HER: It says here that you only had 2 pieces of luggage on your departure flight. You've got 3 here.

    ME: I know, but I just won this scooter at the convention and don't have any other way to get it home.

    HER: You won it? How?

    ME: (sheepishly) Well, for doing an impression of Kermit the frog.

    HER: Really? How'd you manage that?

    [Here I explained about the panel]

    HER: Would you do your impression for me?

    [I did, with 20 people waiting behind me in line.]

    Her eyes got wide and she said, "That's really good!"

    Then she looked at the scooter and at her computer screen again, and then at me, "It's going to cost you $75 for an additional piece of luggage that wasn't checked in on your departure flight."

    I was desperate. "But it wasn't my fault I won it. How was I supposed to plan for something like this?"

    She looked at the scooter again, and then at me, and then at her screen and said, "You're right. It's not your fault."

    She tapped a few keys on her keyboard and said, "I see you're checking in TWO pieces of luggage, Mr. Crumpton," as she tagged my scooter with an additional baggage claim ticket and placed it on the conveyor belt. Then she said with a big smile, "Have a nice day."

    It got slightly damaged during the return trip - but no permanent, obvious damage really. A little broken piece of plastic was a small price to pay to have it sent back with me for free.

    And I've had a blast riding it around. It has a range of about 3 miles, fully charged, and can go up to 12 mph. I'll probably end up giving it to my brother's kids for Christmas, but it's easily the coolest thing I've ever won. Thank you, Jim Henson Company!


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