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Oscar's Trashman Bruno

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by SesameStreetFan, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. SesameStreetFan

    SesameStreetFan Well-Known Member

    Does anybody Remember Bruno who was on the show from The Late 70's to the early 90's? He was primarily an 80's charachter, and I remember seeing him quite a bit growing up, one of the last things I ever remember him doing is skating in Central Park while carrying Oscar at Big Bird's Birthday party. I remember a lot of times if a scene took place with Oscar away from his trashcan Bruno would be carrying him. It seems like Bruno got pulled from the show at the same time a lot of other classic charachters did. Once the early 90's came about those classic minor charachters didn't stand a chance. Does anyone remember any memorable Bruno moments?
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Oh, yeah, Bruno was a good character. It seems like even in the 1980s, when he was used the most, he wasn't used much. I've only seen him in a few Sesame Street books (such as Ernies Neighborhood). With all the big crowd scenes and wide shots of the street in Follow That Bird, it's a shame that he was only in two scenes. It's also a shame that he wasn't in more specials from the 1980s. Too bad he wasn't at the wedding in The Muppets Take Manhattan, and too bad he wasn't in Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting. He wasn't in any direct-to-video productiosn, either. Sing-Along Earth Songs would have been a good video to have featured him (He did sing a song on the show, Put It in the Trash Can, so that song could have been included).

    According to Caroll Spinneys book, Bruno wore out and was not rebuilt.
  3. Mickey Moose

    Mickey Moose Well-Known Member

    Did they ever show Bruno when he wasn't carrying around Oscar's trash can? I know that was his primary purpose on the show, but were there any episodes where he was shown just by himself?
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There was a song called Put it in the Trash Can, which Bruno sang, and although he was holding a trash can, Oscar didn't appear in the song.

    In Follow That Bird, when the cast is getting ready to leave Sesame Street to find Big Bird, Bruno can be seen in the crowd, and he isn't carrying a trash can of any kind.

    He can be seen in the audience in The Muppets: A Celebration of Thirty Years, without a trash can. Of course, as far as I can remember, he can only be seen in the first audience scene and in one shot during the closing song. Weird that he wasn't on-screen for more of the special, even if it wasn't noticable (and I have looked for him everytime I saw that special).

    And this may or may not count, but in the book Ernie's Neighborhood, he is seen dumping some trash out of a trash can into a garbage truck. Oscar isn't in that can (Oscar was in his regular can in its usual spot).
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Bruno is dead. I am not kidding. The original Bruno Puppet/suit was worn to extinction, and it was waaaay too expensive to rebuild another one. Carrol Spinney once said that somewhere.
  6. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    yeah whatever.
  7. Kiki

    Kiki Well-Known Member

    I remember I sketch where Bruno's holding Oscar -which is all he basically did in his time- and Oscar was talking to Bob. He said "Bob, how long have you known me??" and Bob replied "Too long, Oscar!":grouchy:
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It's been said that they wouldn't rebuild Bruno because the cost would be too high, but I wonder if he ever has been rebuilt. I've noticed in a number of appearances from the early 1980s (the season 12 "bring your own can night" clip, episode 1899, Follow That Bird, footage Copper Pot Pictures recently uploaded of Bruno and Oscar at an Austrailian concert) his face seems to have mor enoticable texturing and the head looks like it was made from some kind of hard material. But his late-1980s/early-1990s appearances (the majority of footage that fans have access to) the head looks like it's made of a more flexible material. Then again, it could be a result of the head being worn out from use.

    I've also noticed a few clips (the "everybody knocks" clip at sesamestreet.org, the aforementioned concert footage) the head seems like it's put on kind of weird, like it wasn't put on properly. It kind of looks like he's facing down most of the time. Considering one of those clips had him rollerskating on a stage, I wonder if it was done to give Caroll a better view of what he was doing.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    A lot of it could have to do with the quality of the footage you're watching as to what kind of condition he appears to be in.

    To my knowledge, there was only one Bruno built, they could have tweaked or done some modifications to him over the years, but again, it's my understanding there was only one built, because Caroll said that instead of being constructed from foam rubber, he was built from foam plastic, which has a tendency to break down, so when he finally just literally fell apart, that was the end of Bruno.
  10. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    I loved the Oscar and Bruno moment at the ending of Follow that Bird, as it was, as Carroll Spinney once said, Bruno's shining moment. :grouchy:
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I always figured that there was a hole in the stomach of Bruno, but then I've been thinking, in the few times we've seen Bruno not carrying a trash can, he's wearing a red shirt, clearly without a hole, and they don't button up his jacket to hide any opening, and I've come to notice that even when he's carrying Oscar's can his red shirt can still be seen. I'm starting to wonder if maybe Carroll Spinney had to lift Bruno's shirt from underneath to perform Oscar.

    I don't know what's done to pull the wire that moves Bruno's mouth, but I've noticed that at the end of Follow That Bird, Bruno's mouth is already open before he talks. In other scenes his mouth typically stays shut if he's not supposed to talk. I wonder if they tied the wire to Caroll's arm, perhaps since he did need to move his mouth then.

    It seems a little odd in Follow That Bird when Bruno's seen in the crowd as the cars are driving away from Sesame Street. He's shown waving his hand, and his mouth is moving then, not sure why that was neccessary. But is the performer (I doubt Caroll performed him there, since he would have been performing Oscar in the sloppy jaloppy) moving Bruno's mouth by putting his hand in the mouth or by pulling the wire? I wouldn't be surprised if they attached the wire to his hand as it waves, though I can't see the wire there (there are clips where I can clearly see it and clips where I can't), but in that same scene his right arm is just not moving, as if he's being performed Big Bird-style.

    Last october I found some street scenes with Bruno on youtube, and I'm not sure if they're still online. Can't remember what the number was, but it's a season 24 episode. Oscar gets chased by the word "love" (a foam spelling of the word with eyes and a mouth). There's two scenes where Bruno carries Oscar's can and runs from the word, as well as some scenes with Oscar at his usual trash can area (and out of the can). Anyway, in one scene, when "love" finds something it likes better than Oscar, Oscar is unhappy, because now the word can't make him angry. Bruno then whispers a suggestion to Oscar: check the dictionary for a yuckier word. But with the way Bruno whispered in Oscar's ear, he just moved his face torwards Oscar, his mouth doesn't move at all, and it looks as if he's trying to kiss Oscar (what a way to get fired).
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Recently I saw Bruno's appearance in the Here Comes the Puppets special. Watching this scene makes it clear that when he talks (when Caroll has his hands full with Oscar) Oscar just hides his hand down in the can to pull the wire.

    Also, when watching that and the "Bring Your Own Can Night" clip, both from 1980, it seems like it took awhile for Caroll to give Bruno some movement beyond walking. In both of those appearances, Bruno seems to be a little stiff, though there is some reactions (making a somewhat confused double-take when Oscar pops out of the trashcan in Here Comes the Puppets, and happily nodding when Oscar asks Bruno for verification that he's Oscar the Grouch in the Bring Your Own Can Night clip). But in later appearances Bruno seems to express a bit more movement, moving his head around and nodding to what Oscar says.

    I've mentioned that in some appearances it looks like Bruno's head is facing down a bit more. This is especially true when he's roller skating in Here Come the Puppets and Big Bird in Australia, though I don't think his head was positioned like that in Big Bird's Birthday. But I'm guessing that helps Caroll see better.... In the Big Bird's Birthday special, he's roller skating at a regular skating park, while in those other appearances, he's skating on a stage where he could accidentally fall off the stage.

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