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Met Martin P. Robinson this week!

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by spcglider, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    your pic with Elmo and Kevin is really cool.
  2. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Dwayne :)
  3. heralde Well-Known Member

    I was at the premiere of "The World According to Sesame Street" at The Museum too. It was a very moving documentary and it was great to see Marty in person. I didn't talk to him, but it was a great experience seeing him bring Telly to life, I'd never seen a real Muppet in person. :)
  4. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Yes I had tears in my eyes by the end of the film. It's truly amazing that the gift of the Muppets has been brought literally around the world and brought the same joy we get from them. Jim Henson would be proud for sure. It was also really interesting to see all the struggles they went through to get these productions going.

    I liked the film so much I ended up buying it on DVD when it was released.
  5. heralde Well-Known Member

    My favorite part of the documentary is seeing the puppeteers from Bangladesh receiving their puppets for the first time, the audience loved that moment, it was so sweet! And I remember the film editor saying that was the first part she worked on. :)
  6. staceyrebecca Member

  7. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah that was a great scene. You could tell these people were so overjoyed to have this kind of opportunity where normally that area is stricken with so many problems. I also found it quite remarkable how most of those performers never puppeteered in their life and managed to learn enough to produce the show!
  8. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    where Ernie and Bert in the show?
  9. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    No, this was a documentary about two filmmakers who filmed the whole process of trying to get new regional versions of Sesame Street up and running in different countries. So the focus was mainly on the new characters they were building for these new productions.
  10. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    then why are they on the cover of the box that doset make a lot of scence
  11. heralde Well-Known Member

    They were likely put on the cover to encourage people to buy it. Otherwise they might get turned off if it looked like a boring or depressing documentary. (Not that I'm saying it was :) ).

    (Sort of like how they put Elmo on the cover of everything, heh).
  12. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Most people have no idea who the foreign Sesame characters are so from a marketing standpoint if someone is in a store and they're on the cover, they're going to be confused. So they put the popular characters on the cover to attract people.

    On the other hand it does make sense to some extent: many of the foreign Sesame productions also include skits from our version dubbed in their language so while they may call them something different, foreign children DO know Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Big Bird, etc.
  13. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Actually looking at the cover again I noticed it DOES feature the international Sesame characters but Bert and Ernie are prominently featured in the center....
  14. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    yea see when they frist gave news about it i thought that Bert and Ernie where taking a trip to see the other shows or somthing.
  15. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I remember hearing something about that too! Unless I've got it confused with another Sesame Street project?
  16. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    yea cause i know it was about the time we all thought that the Classic Muppets where shooting a movie or somthing. We thought that Eric and Steve would be way to busy for somthing like that. I rember the fights we had over it as if they where yseterday.
  17. travellingpat Active Member

    Hes an awesome guy and im glad you got to meet him
  18. spcglider Member

    Oh... just to clarify, Martin was here in St.Paul doing the festival because he had already signed the contract to do so. They decided to begin filming on the Sesame Street Christmas special in the mean time, so Noel (I forget the last name), the guy who plays Bear on BITBBH, was standing in for him while he was at the festival. After the Fest was over, he had to go home for a family reunion and then he was on his way to New York to perform Telly in all the speaking spots for the show.

    But the funny thing was that Noel evidently was leaving reatively good-natured messages for him in email and cel-phone service saying things like "Get your (butt) back here soon!". Its a very uncomfortable thing for one performer to step into another person's character even just for stand-in purposes.

    Hope that answers the questions. :)

  19. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    See i kind of thought that was what was going on. I really wonder how hard it is to get in the Chrismas mood/spirit shooting a chrismas show in July/Agust.
    Poor Nole (I also forgot his last name) I know it must be hard doing Telly when he knows that Marty is still around and could look at what he has done and say Telly would not have done that.
  20. spcglider Member

    I suspect it isn't anything that critical. Probably a lot of Telly in the background or group shots where he isn't being the center of attention.


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