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My Version of Behind the Scenes of "The Muppet Movie"

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Tim, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Thank you for your words on Behind the Scenes of The Muppet Movie. I love hearing small things (like what you posted above) and it really just makes the movie a different watch each time.

    Thanks. :)
  2. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    I love hearing from others-especially those with questions. I don't always have answers, but it's fun to hook up with people, and try to remember things from 30 years ago.

    I was just enjoying "THE PRODUCERS" DVD and Susan Strohman's commentary. Listening to her take on working with Mel Brooks broght back memories of watching him work, for example.

    Fun stuff all around!
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Do you remember if you saw any scenes filmed that got cut from the movie by time it was released?
  4. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    Except for the quick glance I saw of the Swamp Creature (which I assume they used), nothing I saw being done. Lots of scenes written up, but I don't know if they were ever shot.

    One interesting fact is that they had built huge hands for Animal in the ghost town scene. You can see them resting on the roof of the building in the View-Master reels, but no where else that I saw, and since it was a still shot, I don't know if there were even animated or not.

    Looked cool, though!
  5. PhsychoChimp

    PhsychoChimp Well-Known Member

    I have a question. Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Scooter, Floyd, Dr. Teeth, Camilla, Robin, Zoot, Animal, Bunsen and Beaker, at the ending scene, all had legs attatched, or in the scenes where there legs are shown. Rowlf how ever, like in the camping scene, his sleeping bag is to collapsed... And in the Screening room scene, he was standing it looked like, behind Marvin and Beaker. Was he not in the Closing Number before Gonzo caused the set to fall appart, due to his absense of Legs?:confused:
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Actually, Beaker's legs weren't shown in The Mppet Movie. He was standing behind the rainbow (I guess there must have been a stand or something attached to the behind of the rainbow).
  7. PhsychoChimp

    PhsychoChimp Well-Known Member

    They are shown when he falls from the rainbow.;)
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I think Rowlf standing (or sitting) behind the seats might either be a case of him acting like a dog (sitting on the floor) or him not being able to find an extra seat (though he could have sat in the seat that Kermit eventually sat in, or he could have sat in the chair that Doglion took).

    I don't think legs were built for everybody who sat in the screening room. I think just characters who sat in the first row and characters who had close-ups in their chairs (where their legs could partially be seen).
  9. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Tim, that was a terrific read. Thank you for sharing those memories and experiences with us. I especially love the bit about the paper airplane and Sam being a blooper and Jim/Kermit's ad lib, lol.

    That sure was a magical time...
  10. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Tim , thank you so much for your recollections of distilled magic! I envy you. (but in a nice way!:)

    I do have a question(s):o

    Did you try on Uncle Deadly? I always imagined he to be one of the heavier Muppets to operate.

    I'm wondering about the colour of the puppet aswell .Sometimes the puppet comes over as rather pale and others a deeper blue. Do you recall?

    Again thanks for such a wonderfull story.
  11. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    I can't explain why, but that beautiful moment actually made me weepy. God, it must have felt like time stood still...
  12. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    If it helps to take away some of the "weepys", the moment wasn't exactly "beautiful". It was late in the day, we were all exhausted, and sweaty and (because I looked and still was) pretty young, he was kind of making fun of me (in the nicest way).
  13. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    Thank you!

    The only time I saw Uncle Deadly was when Jerry Nelson was entertaining with him (nose picking), and got a quick close-up look at him afterwards, but I didn't get to try him out. I would assume since his head was not much more than a greyish/blue colored foam that he is more bulky than heavy like many of the characters. Saturday Night's Ploobis looks huge and heavy, but was not much more than (very sweaty) foam.

    As for color, blue is used a lot since it photographs so well. I think I mentioned the "whites" of all the S.S. charcters eyes are all powder blue. Made them look like "Night of The Living Dead Muppets"-creepy!
  14. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member


    LOL, oh man...that sounds so cool!
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't think he looks very heavy. Especially not compared to Bobo, Behemoth or Gorgon Heap.
  16. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Yeah should have clarified i meant in relation to a certain type of Muppet. Also i am not to familliar with the Saturday Live Muppets.

    Great info Tim , thanks.
  17. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    You must never take away my weepy's! I need them! Now I must replenish my weepy's by watching "The Fox and the Hound".

    But seriously, the bottom line is still great story, dude. :cool:
  18. PhsychoChimp

    PhsychoChimp Well-Known Member

    In the screening room, Baskerville, with legs, is next to Gonzo. Rowlf and Lew choose to stand. And Rowlf even throws a paper airplane, that lands infront of the Lunche On Counter Monster.
    Muppets that gained legs could only sit I think... Link, Luncheoncounter, Baskerville, Boppity, Nigel, Marvin, Zoot, Statler, Waldorf, Fozzie, Bunsen, Beaker, Robin, Kermit, Floyd, Janice, Animal, Camilla, Dr.Teeth, Crazy Harry, Sam, Piggy.
    And, they have an extra chicken in those scenes. Who was supposed to be there? Beauregard? Gloat? Droop? Deadly?
  19. travellingpat

    travellingpat Well-Known Member


    Which was your favorite puppet to try on?
  20. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    OOOHH touch question!

    Cop out answer..they were ALL my faves!

    Actually, that's probably true. First, it was almost unreal actually holding all my televison friends. Then, since I build, I was fastenated by their size, the design and construction, how they worked, and finding out a lot of their "secrets". All the while realizing just who's hands were normally inside, plus just how world famous these thing really were in the first place.

    Keep in mind, I only had a few seconds with each one, so you see, it would be impossible to pick one.

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