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Muppet Voice Comparisons

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Canadian Fan, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    Found a cool YouTube channel featuring voice comparions of classic muppet characters performed by different puppeteers.

    Kermit (Jim Henson & Steve Whitmire)

    Fozzie Bear (Frank Oz & Eric Jacobson)

    Sam The American Eagle (Frank Oz, Kevin Clash & Eric Jacobson)

    The Swedish Chef (Jim Henson, David Rudman, Dave Goelz & Bill Baretta)

    The Muppet Newsman (Jim Henson, Brian Henson & Steve Whitmire)

    Staler & Waldorf (Jim Henson & Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson & Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz & Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz & Steve Whitmire, Victor Yerrid & Drew Massey)

    It's so interesting to compare the voices.
  2. beakerfan76

    beakerfan76 Well-Known Member

    I've seen these and noticed some changes in the overall tones (Statler and Waldorf are the most apparent, while the Chef nowadays sounds just like Jim, Kermit's a little higher pitched, Fozzie and Sam are almost unchanged, and the Newsman has some considerable changes, mainly Brian sounding like Van Neuter)
  3. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

  4. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    Actually, from what I learned at the Dave Goelz event in Missouri. Dave didn't perform the Chef in Muppets From Space. Just to point that out. :hungry:
  5. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    Obviously, the person who did the video (not me, btw) didn't know that. IMDB also made the same mistake. It sure doesn't sound like Dave's voice to me (and I can usually tell who's doing the voices).
  6. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

  7. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Actually I believe Richard Hunt also performed and voiced Janice when the Muppets performed on The Cher Show in 1975. It sounded completely different than the voice he came up with later!

    But good video anyway!
  8. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    The link for Sam the American Eagle in the first post is no longer any good. That version was removed by the user, possibly to tweak the edit.

    Try this one instead:


    Neat idea for videos. They need less text in between the voice clips, in my opinion, so you can hear the differences one right after the other. Maybe just solid clips with subtitles at the bottom for who is doing the voice.

  9. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    The person who posted those videos said that they were working on a Scooter video.

    Out of all of the recasts of Janice since Richard's death, I feel that David Rudman does the best job, his voice is close to Richard's. :flirt:
  10. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

  11. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I was really stunned by Rickey Boyd's performance, he sounded closest to Richard to me.
  12. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I mean, I don't think think any of them hold a candle to Richard's Scotter, but Rickey does the best job out of all of them. Just lacking a bit of Richard's enthusiasm.
  13. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    To be fair, I'm not sure anyone could completely match Richard's enthusiasm! Lol ;) :eek: :flirt:
  14. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    That's true! I think David could do really well, he does have a voice that's close, plus he's been doing a lot of Richard's characters on Sesame Street. I read somewhere that Richard and David were friends in real-life and that Jerry Nelson suggested David for all of Richard's characters. I also liked Rickey Boyd's Scooter. Brian's Scooter sounded more like Phil Van Nuter.
  15. Fraggline

    Fraggline Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I agree! I liked his Janice quite a bit in the deleted scene from A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa--the line about the Hard Rock Cafe, that is.
    Also, has anybody noticed how GREAT a job Bill Baretta (I think it's him, anyway) has done with Dr. Teeth? I'm really impressed; I'm so glad he can bring back the character with so much perfection and energy!:D
  16. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    Bill Barretta has done quite well with Dr. Teeth and Rowlf, even the Swedish Chef. As I said, it's good to see some of the classic characters recast and brought back into the spotlight. His voice is almost as gruff as Jim's. If there's a voice comparision video of Dr. Teeth and Rowlf, I'll post it. (edit - I just found Dr. Teeth)

    Dr. Teeth (Jim Henson, John Kennedy, and Bill Barretta)

  17. Fraggline

    Fraggline Well-Known Member

    That would be great! Thanks!
    Bill Baretta is one of my favorite Muppeteers...
  18. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    All the performers after Henson did a great job with preserving :hungry:'s personality, but Barretta actually sounds the closest to Henson.
  19. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

  20. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Since i can't access YT unless i'm at the library, i haven't checked any of them out yet so i have a question. Does the person doing these post one clip of each performer's version or several?

    I ask since in order to do a fair voice comparison, one also has to factor in how the same person's voice changes over decades both physically and how their perception of the character colors it.

    One could do a Goelz vs. Goelz comparison of Gonzo over the years and there would be differences over the passing decades!

    The particular reason why it would be good to include each performer's version over time when comparing them to other people's voices is because a recast may often sound a lot closer to the "regular" performer's version at a certain time. Part of the reason Jacobson/Rudman were as successful as they were with their recasts is because they sounded pretty much like Oz did around the time he stopped. With Richard Hunt's characters, this would especially be noticable since Hunt himself sounded very much like Rudman during his last years.

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