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Muppet parody puppets on Crank Yankers

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

  1. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Member

    Actually I know the information I've provided to be 100% accurate, as I've been with the show since before we started production back in January 2002. In Season 1, I was a part-time puppeteer, builder, and wrangler, and in seasons 2 and 3, I've been a principal puppeteer.

    That is absolutely true. Funny Garbage designed each and every character for the show. But Funny Garbage, run by Peter Girardi is purely a visual company (design work, websites etc..). They have no knowledge of puppet building, and as such have never built puppets for the show.

    Jimmy does love their design work, but again at no time have they ever built any of the puppets. In fact I was there the day Special Ed (our first puppet)was delivered from Den Design, and Peter and Todd(one of FG's main artists) came to the set to see their drawing brought to life.

    I can assure you that that was the case. In fact the very talented Eric Englehart, a former Henson builder, who designed and built Pepe the Prawn, also built Elmer Higgins, the character that I perform (voiced by Jimmy Kimmel).

    Actually for 1st season Den Design built about 95% of them with the remainders built by BJ Guyer, Rick Lyon, Ron Binion, and myself. In second and third season (which we're working on right now) we used some freelance puppet builders, as well as a few full time builders that we hired to work on the lot.

    -Artie
  2. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Member

    Rick is an incredibly talented Puppet Builder, but alot of the puppets he's holding on his Crank Yankers pages are characters he performed rather than built. I wish he had built more of them. His puppets are very finely crafted and much easier to manipulate than alot of the other ones.

    -Artie
  3. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Active Member

    Thanks for clearing up that Artie...there has been some press and industry stuff that made it out like Funny Garbage actually ran the shop, which never made any sense to me - why hire them with so many capable builders and companies in LA? I suspected they either hired a lot of experienced freelancers or sub-contracted the work.

    So who are in the principals in Den Design?
  4. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Member

    Exactly, there are so many skilled builders looking for work it would be ridiculous, but the press in general seems to always have their facts wrong when it comes puppet things as I'm sure you've experienced.

    As far as who is at Den Design now, I'm not really sure. We shot the first season in NY, but the next two have been out here in L.A. A guy named Bob Flanagan was running things when we were there. He might actually be the owner..I was never sure.

    -Artie
  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Active Member

    Ah, Ron Binion's site mentions Den I think. Should have caught that sooner. There's more pics from the set here too I see.

    I'm assuming Rick did not do season 2 or 3 in LA?
  6. MrTheFrog

    MrTheFrog Member

    No he didn't.

    -Artie
  7. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    Ahhh, now see, I had always thought that Rick Lyon built several of the crank yanker puppets! I got that impression from reading his website...... must have been one of those late night discoveries again. *laughing*
  8. Matteo

    Matteo New Member

    Looks like I'm the only one that hasn't seen the show :o :cry:
    Anyone here has got a picture or a clip of the sketch? I'd like to see it, just for information. Tahnks,

    See ya! :smirk:
  9. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Active Member

  10. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Active Member

    Crank Yankers parody

    I just posted a new thread on this subject,didn't know someone else had(or had seen it).Yup,its pretty far out there(especially to have BB smoking w/ downward eyebrows to make him look mean). :boo:
  11. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets New Member

    does anyone have a pic of the crank yankers kermit? i wanna see what he looks like
  12. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Jesus loves you!

    I can't say I care much for Crank Yankers either, which is why I don't watch it. Anyway, by the way, I just wanted to say, "Jesus loves you!" and He loves everyone! :)
    I know punk 'n' puppets was trying to make a point, but remember that there are people who do love Jesus and would rather not have their faith denigrated. :attitude:
  13. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets New Member

    sorry bout that dude im christian too, but i would not be happy if crank yankers went to that format. kind of like run-dmc was good (and one of the ONLY good rap bands) when they started because they were all tough and rebellious, but i didn't like them when they started "rappin' for jesus". because that wasn't the run dmc that i know...am i making sense? :confused:
  14. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    Well first of all Crank Yankers will never become a Christian show so I don't even know why this is being discussed. Besides that I didn't think that remark was in any way offensive. So I don't even see the problem. Except when you make one out of it. And secondly Jesus has passed away a long time ago. So he's not here and even if he was, he would be pretty mad at all the so called "Christians" who idolize him instead of worshipping God alone. So no, he does not love everyone. Ironically enough he would turn away friom those who claim to love him most. Not to mention those who claim to be Christian but don't want anything to do with religion when it comes down to it.

    For instance when a bunch of rappers start rapping about Jesus alot of Christians even think that this is lame. Actually I think this is good because it can raise awareness. Although I might not agree with the lyrics in question. But most people have a natural adversity towards any religion. Even their own. That's mainly because they were just raised that way and actually don't really care or have any knowledge. They're just keeping up appearances for their community or whatever. Just look at all the gangster rappers who wear a big golden cross around their neck for instance. Some of them are good examples of complete hypocrites. Hypocrites come in all shapes and sizes though. And I know some of you are probably personally offended by my remarks about Christianity in general. But I don't care. I hope it's food for thought to others.

    But I realize this is not a place to discuss religion. Anyone interrested in commenting can always message me or visit my blog or something. My recent entry was about Ramadan (wich is this month) and it has some links that might be usefull to those who would like to know more. I believe this thread is already very old and I don't think anyone cares about this whole Crank Yankers "discussion" anymore. Especially not when it suddenly becomes about religion aswell. Let's just talk puppets and leave Jesus out of it from now on. :) Unless it's a Jesus puppet perhaps.
  15. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets New Member

    not to mention the gay bashing anti-semetic "christians".

    i agree. do you watch mad tv? cuz there was this one sketch on there that made fun of that. aries spears was being a gangsta rapper who won a grammy, and when he went up to the podium and was like "i most wanna thank the man upstairs, couldnt have done it without him"..then phil lamaar enters dressed as God and goes up to the podium and says that he wants rappers to stop thanking him and how he hates rap. "i never supported any songs with the words '*****, ho, dope, or jiggy'" well something like that, im sure you can download it.


    anyways back to crank yankers, i'm sure i'm the only one on the board who can say this, but crank yankers is the show that made me want to be a puppeteer. it was the summer of 2002, i watched the first episode and once it was over i was like "that's what i wanna do, make puppets." welp, without learning how to make puppets, i built phil and washington (who both looked terrible, but hey, i was just a rookie...and i still kinda am...)
  16. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    Actually I do believe that some gangsters are good people beneath their thug exterior. Growing up in the getto must not be easy. But it's not always an excuse for bad behaviour though. I've never seen that madTV sketch. Because well I live in the Netherlands and it's not aired here. But I'll see if I can find it somewhere.

    I'm very opinionated about homosexuality aswell though. So I kind of relate to gay bashing. Just not the bashing part :p I believe it is wrong for two people of the same gender to have sexual relations. But when dealing with hermafrodites or transsexuals the issue becomes quite complicated ofcourse since these issues are scientifically proven to be real. And I'm not saying that when someone has feelings for someone else of the same gender that those feelings would not be real. I just think that they are tested with those feelings. Just like heterosexuals are tested with their sexual urges.

    Anyway :) about Crank Yankers. I've seen it once but I didn't really like it that much. I did like Puppets Who Kill though. But that's because of the psychological issues involved.
  17. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets New Member

    well i agree with what you said about homosexuality, but some christians' opinions on it have alot more to do with hatred and not morality.


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