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Muppet parody puppets on Crank Yankers

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by MIKEB97, Nov 16, 2002.

  1. leliebel

    leliebel New Member

    I personally like Crank Yankers, I like humor that goes over the line sometimes. I dislike overly politically correct humor, like Disney's. Muppet's have always gone a bit farther than them.

    And parody is a form of flattery anyway.

    Does anyone have screenshots of this? I'd love to see it. I only saw a few episodes and it isn't aired in the netherlands anymore.
  2. leliebel

    leliebel New Member

    Buck-Beaver has escaped!

    lol :D Bernie and Bernie are hilarious!
  3. HeraLirambar

    HeraLirambar New Member

    Attempting a quote w/in a quote

    Not me! I'm not going to sleep... Elmo'll eat me... can't sleep... Elmo'll eat me...
    :p
  4. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I'm going to be putting pics of him and a slew of other puppets I've been doing up in the next little while. Right now there are a bunch (including the Peter Manspork puppet) that are 80-90% done. I actually haven't worked on him since I took that picture. :o
  5. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

    I saw those parody puppets on Crank Yankers, outside the doors of 321. The Kermit parody didn't even remotely resemble Kermit and the Big Bird parody looked like him, but was poorly designed -- you could SEE feathers falling off it.
  6. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    *rolling on the floor laughing*


    Maybe it was molting season? :p
  7. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Active Member

    It was a cool-looking frog though.
  8. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Member

    Did it ever cross your mind that the feathers falling off might have been part of the "gag"?
  9. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Hehe. It might be nice to point out that the man who made some of the Crank Yankers puppets has been known to check out these boards ocassionally. In fact, he's the same guy who made the puppets for Avenue Q, and has performed on numerous ocassions on Sesame Street.... hmmmmmmmm.

    You can visit his website at www.ricklyon.com
  10. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    *laughing even harder*


    I was going to mention something like that, but decided to stay out of this one. :D
  11. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    They also can't make the characters look *exactly* like Kermit for legal reasons.
  12. Very nicely put. Do they even have writers for shows like this? I am REALLY sick of shows with a lack of thought behind them in which every other joke is dirty. Sixth graders could have come up with some of the stuff they do on this show. We need some imagination exercising on TV.
  13. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Member

    Actually yes they do. The writers write the premises for the calls. Also, they sit in the room (while the comedians are making the calls) with a dry-erase board, listening and scribbling ideas to help the comedians with the direction of the call. And when the call is finished they write all the puppet actions, posters, and any gags that take place. So yeah even thought all the crank calls are actual real calls, the writers play a big part.

    And yes, Rick Lyon is indeed a phenomenal puppet builder, but he actually only built a handful of the puppets for Crank Yankers (the horse, monkey, gay frog, Niles Standish's head, and a few others.) The rest were built by a company called Den Design which does alot of stuff for SNL (and employs mostly former Henson employees), and some freelancers (also former Muppet builders). So it always makes me laugh when people say how badly made the Crank Yankers puppets are, because they were built by the same individuals, (using the same materials and methods) who have been building everyone's favorite frog for many many years.
    -Artie
  14. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    *clapping hands & laughing*


    I love it! Well said!
  15. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    You should really check out Puppets Who Kill. No US network will carry it because they say it's either "too Canadian" or "too vulgar" but it's really brilliant in a subversive kind of way, especially the second season. It's not for the faint of heart - there's no "full puppet nudity" or anything like that but it does make Avenue Q look like a G-rated movie.
  16. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    I agree with Artie. What's so ugly about these puppets? I think they are actually very well done. And as for Rick's puppets, well, the Avenue Q puppets are possibly the most beautiful puppets I've seen in a very long time. The CY puppets are obviously built very well.
  17. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Actually Artie, I have it on very good authority that The Crank Yanker puppets were originally designed by a company called Funny Garbage - which is not known for it's puppet work but who's design style Jimmy Kimmel (one of the series' creators) liked and so they were asked to do the puppets despite knowing almost nothing about puppet construction (this happens a lot more in the business than you'd think).

    F.G. pulled together an in-house shop to do most of the characters and "Crank Blanks". I don't know for certain that any of the staff specifically worked for Henson, but it's very likely since most of the experienced LA/NY "puppet people" in the industry have gone through the doors of the Muppet shop at some point in their careers.

    Some of the puppet building work was sub-contracted to folks like Rick Lyon and it's entirely possible that was the case with Den Design. These other companies may have become more relied upon after the 1st season. I can't say for sure. It's pretty common for multiple companies to work on a show like this (that was done on Between the Lions too) which creates confusion. I am 99.5% certain Funny Garbage is the main company involved though.
  18. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Actually Artie, I have it on very good authority that The Crank Yanker puppets were originally designed by a company called Funny Garbage - which is not known for it's puppet work but who's design style Jimmy Kimmel (one of the series' creators) liked and so they were asked to do the puppets despite knowing almost nothing about puppet construction (this happens a lot more in the business than you'd think).

    F.G. pulled together an in-house shop to do most of the characters and "Crank Blanks". I don't know for certain that any of the staff specifically worked for Henson, but it's very likely since most of the experienced LA/NY "puppet people" in the industry have gone through the doors of the Muppet shop at some point in their careers.

    Some of the puppet building work was sub-contracted to folks like Rick Lyon and it's entirely possible that was the case with Den Design. These other companies may have become more relied upon after the 1st season. I can't say for sure. It's pretty common for multiple companies to work on a show like this (that was done on Between the Lions too) which creates confusion. I am 99.5% certain Funny Garbage is the main company involved though.
  19. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    Actually, on the Lyon website if you go thru the photos of his work there are photos fo multiple puppets that he designed and built for Crank Yankers.


    Regardless of who made them, I agree that the work is clever and well done in addition to the show being totally funny and a joy to watch.

  20. Oh yeah, I browsed that website a while ago and thought the concept was funny as heck, but was annoyed that US TV wouldn't broadcast it. How can I get ahold of those episodes?


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