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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. hare krishna

    hare krishna New Member

    this is incredible stuff
  2. Jrogers51375

    Jrogers51375 Member


    Did you work on any more projects for Jim? Did you persue your puppetry career?
  3. Chris Casino

    Chris Casino Active Member

    I agree. Those people at Disney put more effort into the three seasons of the Muppet Show DVDs than they did for the movies and I think that's unfair because the early movies, IMO anyway, were just as good as the show.
  4. Rugby

    Rugby Well-Known Member

    Tim, how is it that you came to work for Jim on the Muppet Movie? Did you audition? Or was it through a letter writing campaign? You didn't really make that clear at the beginning of this thread. Thanks.
  5. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that some people didn't hold their puppets up for every take. The girl who had Oscar was right behind me and I can't see Oscar in any of the pictures. Maybe "Jim Frawley" didn't make the take that was actually used.

    Don't worry. Oscar did in fact make it into the film, but he's just kinda blurry to see (as was Uncle Deadly and a few others). I'm watching the scene on my computer as I'm typing this. If you look behind Ernie and Bert, and just behind Bert's shoulder and Ernie's hand, you'll see him with his left arm moving.

    I also noticed that all the SNL Muppets except for the Mighty Favog was used. I'm guessing it's either they couldn't find anybody to operate him, or (maybe this is a more logical reason) that he's made out of latex foam, and I've heard that latex can be bad especially under the heat.
  6. dietrich

    dietrich Well-Known Member

    Thanks for giving up fans such intimate backstage. It's really amazing.

    Tell me were the main Muppeteers (Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz) acting as generals for the other less experienced puppeteers?
  7. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    Well, since no one else as said it....


    June 22, 1979

    To answer questions, I never did get to work for Jim again (since he and the Company got so big, and I was so young), but spoke with him briefly on the phone when he was on the set of "The Tonight Show" the night Kermit hosted to promote the film.

    Jim and I were corresponding for a few years when he still had time to personally write letters and cards. Lynn Klugman handled all his mail, and when I heard they were shooting the film in Studio City I just called and managed to get her on the phone. She talked to Jim who "would LOVE to meet you", and after he let me do a couple of little blocking and rehearsal things I guess he decided he I was good enough to do the shot, and I got the call a couple of weeks later.

    I don know about Richard or Jerry, but Dave came through the crowd of pupeteers as we got comfortable with our characters, and just glanced as us all quickly saying something like "that's fine" and moved on.

    I got a lot of local press from doing the film and lots of opportunities after that, including a pilot the Dick Clark created for me for my own late-night talk show. (The host was a puppet character I did.).

    BTW-I'm on Facebook if anyone cares! {8>-D
  8. Nick22

    Nick22 Well-Known Member

    it's the 30th anniversary?:confused: i didnt know that! awesome! i have to watch it in honor of 30 years! :)
  9. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    Man, it probably would've been hilarious to try out Count Von Count!
  10. muppetsliveon

    muppetsliveon Well-Known Member

  11. ErnieBertGonzo

    ErnieBertGonzo Well-Known Member

    http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/muppet/images/8/8a/Tmm_puppeteers.jpg - Tim, you are VERY visible in this picture (courtesy of Muppet Wiki - specifically highlights John Lanis and Tim Burton), in front of the pack, with Little Bird and Tessie Twiddlebug!

    By the way, all this stuff about how the Sesame Street Muppets' eyes were powder-blue (because it photographs better) reminds me of many 1970's pictures I've seen in the book "Sesame Street Unpaved." I wondered why that was...
  12. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    Hey thanks! It took me nearly 20 years to get a copy of that photo (Thanks again Was Once Ernie!), but this one clears up the "Landis/Buton Mystery". I tried for years contacting everyone for a copy of this, but no one had it, and the Henson Co. told me the photo didn't exist-LOL!

    Even though when we posed they told us "we only want to see faces" I specifically held up the puppets while Nancy Moran teetered on that ladder knowing it would be the only chance to be posing with actual Muppets. Thanks so much again for letting me know of this.

    Off-topic-anyone see my shark commercial?
  13. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    So is this him? Fred?


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