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Questions for Fraggle's Terry Angus

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Gorgon Heap, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. ButchCat

    ButchCat Active Member

    Hi all,

    Here we are back at it again. I’m sorry I didn’t get to answer you guys last night. I was really tired last night and just couldn’t do it. Tonight because I forgot the other night I’m going to answer Skeeter Muppet aka Kim. Skeeter’s question was:
    I started building puppets way back in high school at around grade 10 if I remember right. I needed puppets to perform with and lets face it store bought puppets did not have the quality that a professional puppet has. Of course at that time my home made puppets had a long way to go. Once I got in with Fraggle Rock I learned a lot about puppet building and applied it to my puppets. One day in 2001 I had my car in for repairs and the guy who I take my car to said that I should put my puppets up on e-Bay. I was not sure if it would be a good idea at first but I tested out two puppets on ebay and they didn’t do too bad at all. So I continued and as I got the word around the puppets sales did very well and for a few years I was doing pretty good. Sadly not everything can last and suddenly other people started doing the same thing and my ebay sales fell badly. This is one reason that you do not see my puppets up on ebay as much anymore. I just couldn’t compete. Thanks Skeeter.. er I mean Kim.

    Hi OverUnderAround, I had nice memories of the whole series of Fraggle but seriously there’s really not a lot that I can add to what I haven’t already said in the Muppet Central article about my audition. You also asked me what it was like the first day that I walked on the set. I remembered that I was very excited to see the sets. I was given a tour of the studio this was a week before we started shooting the Pilot. As I walked through everything I thought to myself, “Wow I’m finally going to be working with the Muppets.” I remembered wanting to get right to the puppets and play around with them. I was riding on a high for a very long time. Thanks for your question OverUnderAround.

    BlueAm asked:
    Well for most of the special I was working Mulch over at the monster table. Mulch was the blue Frankenstein monster like Muppet that was on the Muppet show episode that had Debbie Harry from Blondie as well as a couple of other episodes and he showed up on Muppets Tonight too but he became a she for that. I also remember performing a Frackle at the vegetable table. I was on the left. I had link Hogthrob on for the photo session. The most fun scene I got to do in that special was where I was performing Kermit for Jim in a seen where Miss Piggy is being introduced. I had Kermit clapping and nodding his head approvingly as the camera zooms into Miss Piggy. Sadly Kermit is very small in the shot but hey, it was a trill to get to operate him at the time. Boy I was charged. Oh I almost forgot I was working Floyd in the Band area too. That’s all I can remember working at this point. I’m sure there where a couple of others but I can’t remember. Thanks BlueAM.

    Hi again Kimp the Shrimp. I did quite a few puppets for MFC as well. I’ll tell you who I remember performing. I was operating Lew Zeland for the opening truck shot, Gladys the cow for the “Deck the halls” number. I got to even lip sic to her solo line in it. Zoot watching the Muppet Babies film for the “Santa Clause is coming to town” song. I am not sure but I think I was Grover where Piggy slips on the icy patch. I was operating Floyd behind the couch for the big fireplace sing a long that was fun, I even lip sinked to Jerry’s live Floyd lines ie: “It’s the only place Animal ever sleeps man” On the other side of the fireplace sing a long I played a brown grouch. Finally I operated both Bert and Ernie for the “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” song. The MFC was hands down my favorite of any of the Muppet specials that I worked on. Thanks Kimp The Shrimp.

    Now finally Gorgon Heap aka Dave Ebersole. Sorry it took me a while to answer you. Although it was just as well as you found your answer and changed your question which was:
    I have kept in touch with a few of my Fraggle cohorts. I call or e-mail Karen Prell once or twice a year. I send an update to Jerry Nelson a couple of times a year. I send Mike Petersen an e-mail once a year and I use to send Jerry Juhl yearly updates. Sadly I lost track of Myra Fried. Tim McElcheran and Tim Gosley. Finally Martin Baker has told me to keep in touch.

    There we have it for now take care, everybody.

    Terry Angus
  2. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    wow you got to be ernie and bert
  3. Frogster

    Frogster Active Member

    Terry,
    First off- and I'm sure you've heard this before- thanks so much for the wonderful characters you've given us on Fraggle Rock; I'll never forget seeing Born To Wonder for the first time! That being said, I'd like to know, which episode was your favorite? Also, which song was ur favorite? Thanks for your time!
  4. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Small point of clarification: did you lose touch with Tims McElcheran and Gosley, or still keep in touch with them? It's unclear b/c of the punctuation. Thanks.

    Btw, you're doing great with this thread.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hi, Terry. Thanks for letting everyone ask you questions here in this Q&A thread!

    If you're in touch with anyone, invite them back to MC! Karen and Jerry used to be pretty frequent and are missed.

    When we were at MuppetFest, Karen mentioned the Fraggle Pond, and how it had a rubber base on it over the floor, across which there were dozens of electrical wires, etc. Had that burst it would have been BAD. What were the dangers of working on the show (besides forgetting the "S" in "World's Oldest Fraggle" [just kidding! :) ]) and did any injuries happen?
  6. ButchCat

    ButchCat Active Member

    Hi all,

    Here are some more answers and the first one is from Frogster
    Thanks Frogster, There where so many episodes that I liked. A couple of my favorites are “Born To Wonder” as I really enjoyed playing two versions of The Storyteller, “The Bells Of Fraggle Rock” I loved the song we did for the closing credits and “The Day The Music Died”. I liked “I Don’t Care” as I think that’s when the stories really started hitting their stride. Oh Boober Rock was another one I liked as I enjoyed playing one of many Boobers. Loved the washtub scene. I liked “Wembley’s Flight” and I liked “Wembley and The Mean Genie” episode. Heck! There are a lot I liked. Now as for songs you’ve given me a hard choice there too as there where lots of songs that I liked. Junior’s song “How wide, How Far, How Long”, Most of the songs that Karen did as Red. “Free And High” from “Wembley’s Flight”, finally the big song that I can’t remember the name but I think it’s ‘We Are The Children Of Tomorrow” from the episode “A Tune For Two”. The list could go on and on but I think I’ll stop here and move on to the next topic. Thanks again Frogster.

    Gorgon Heap asked:
    Sorry about that Dave I meant that I lost touch with Myra Fried. Tim McElcheran and Tim Gosley. Thanks for letting me know that I’m doing ok.

    Hi Fozzie Bear yes Karen was right about the Fraggle pond problem and I had to get under that myself a few times. The thing that made it doubly dangerous was the fact that our arms where really stuck in the gloves because of the water pressure pushing the rubber gloves against our arms. They had to put baby powder on our hands and arms so that we could get in and out but it did little good if we had to get out we needed help. Only other dangerous thing that I could remember was the Gorgs climbing down a ladder head first. How could this be dangerous? Well the Gorg heads where really, really heavy and if Rob or Gord slipped on the ladder they would have fallen head first and that could break or damage their necks. So we where holding our breaths as they did this stunt. See what we do for your entertainment. ;) I don’t remember if anyone got hurt or not on set. Thanks for your question Fozzie Bear.

    There we have it for now take care, everybody.

    Terry Angus
  7. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I can take care of this one for you Terry, i think plenty of Doozers were maimed during filming!!!

    Ok if i may have the honor of asking your good self a question :-

    I expect you own or have seen the Fraggle Rock Season 1 DVD set. What are your opinions of it, and what would you like to see done for the possible upcoming Season Two release in terms of presentation and extras? Let's hear your own personal wishlist!!

    Hope you're well and doin mighty fine Terry!!!
  8. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Hmm, all those you mention keeping in touch with have screen names here, with the exception of Mike Petersen and Martin Baker. Unless they do and we just don't know it?

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  9. ButchCat

    ButchCat Active Member

    Hi all,

    I have been pretty busy for the last three days but now I can take some time here and answer the last two questions tonight. First with Luke
    Ok Luke I do indeed have the Fraggle Rock Season 1 DVD set and I love it. It was good to see the gang and I am so glad that they put the making of Fraggle Rock in the set. Lets see what would I like to see put into the season 2 set? More interviews of course. It would be nice to see some of us Canadian performers get interviewed but I know that would be more likely not happen and that would be more than likely due to money problems. It would be nice to see more behind the scenes footage but I don’t believe there was very much done in the way of behind the scenes aside from the Making of episode and that’s in the first DVD set. Maybe there could be stills of us at work. I know Karen took a lot of pictures as did I. I also believe Bob Stutt took a far amount of Pictures too. To be honest I don’t want to see the animated version that ripped off the songs and did not use any of us as the voices. None of us liked it. That’s all I can think of for the second box set. Like I said before more updated interviews would be nice maybe talking about the different episodes of that season. Oh and some more of Michael Frith sketches would be nice too. Oh and Luke…. I’m doing fine, Thanks.

    Now for David “Gorgon Heap” Ebersole’s question.
    David if Mike Petersen and Martin Baker have screen names I don’t know about it. I never asked them if they did or not. Like you said they maybe oh and we don’t know it. Thanks David.

    Well that’s it for now so take care all,

    Terry Angus
  10. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    Fascinating! Thanks so much Terry for your time in answering our questions, it's greatly appreciated and I'd like to thank you as well for your tremendous work with FR!

    Also; I have a question; without being too intrusive, did working on FR allow you to have a comfortable living?
  11. Rugby

    Rugby Member

    Hi Terry. I'm the guy that adopted Randall the Red-Nosed Monster. He's still doing fine and had a great Christmas last year and sends you his belated Christmas well-wishes. :)

    I figured I'd throw in a few questions while I was here: As someone that has always dreamed of meeting and working with Jim Henson and the Muppets, I'm wondering what it must have felt like to actually be there and do it. Does it all seem like a dream? Was the whole experience surreal? Was there a lot of pressure working for the Henson company? (One of my brother's friends said she didn't much enjoy working for Sesame Live stitching muppet parts up.) And finally, are you a little bummed out to not be a part of it all anymore?

    Congrats Terry for living the dream we all have wished for. I would have felt like I just won the lottery hearing Jim Henson tell me I'm hired. Awesome stuff!
  12. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    All those episodes you listed are among my favorites, too. I haven't seen "Boober Rock" yet, but all the others. My list also includes "Marooned", "The Secret of Convincing John", "The Beanbarrow, the Burden, and the Bright Bouquet", and the final trilogy of episodes, and lots more, actually. I think you're right about "I Don't Care", IMO that has to be one of the all-time best FR scripts. Such a shame Carol Bolt only ever wrote one episode. Anybody know why that is?

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  13. Fighbird

    Fighbird New Member

    I have no idea whether this will reach the right people (i.e. the ones actually working on the boxsets), but I know of some original behind-the-scenes material, that very few fans have ever seen.

    In the mid-80s, a german TV-show for kids were fulfilling children's dreams as first prizes (like taking a lucky kid on a real hot-air baloon ride or steering a real train -- stuff like that), and one of the kids wanted to visit Fraggle Rock. I remember being jealous as heck, as they showed footage of Jim guiding the kid around the elevated sets. Although a short segment (AFAIR; it's been 20 years), it could possibly be a fun bonus.

    The show was called "1, 2 oder 3", and aired on the TV-station called "ZDF". Can't remember the exact year it was broadcast, but it was definitely during the original host of the show, Michael Schanze, and definitely before production on FR ceased. ;)

    Don't know if anyone cares, but I thouhgt I'd mention it just the same. :)
  14. ButchCat

    ButchCat Active Member

    Well guys I’ve been very busy lately but I am back again to answer your questions first we’ll start off with Vic Romano who asked:
    HI Vic,

    Thanks for your letter and I am glad that you liked the work we all did on Fraggle. I must admit I was not sure if I should answer this question or even how to answer it. I guess to start of the answer would be a yes and a no. I did ok at the time of doing the production. Keep in mind that most of us Canadians where hired mainly as Background Fraggles and the pay for that was so, so. When you got upgraded to a prince able the pay was much better. So anytime I did the Storyteller or Brio or if Morris had any lines my pay would be much more. Then the next week I would be back as a background Fraggle.

    When Blizzard Island came along I was two central characters as well as I did a few one shot characters. For that show I got paid very well. However when you get good money like the government comes along and takes over half of your earnings so the government really loved me that year and I lost a lot of money. It would not have been not so bad if there where more seasons of Blizzard Island but that was not to be and I ended up not getting as much work as I would have liked. From that point on it’s been a lot of ups and downs and I mainly make enough to just get by on.

    I hope that helps to answer your question Vic and thanks again.

    Now Rugby Tiger’s letter
    Hey Rugby, I’m very glad that Randall is doing well and I hope that you’re having a lot of fun with him. First off I am sorry that your brother’s friend did not have a good experience working on Sesame live. Stitching/building puppets is not as fun to me as performing them.

    My experience with the Henson Company was indeed like winning the lottery. Like everything in life there where bad days and there where good days and the only one that ever gave me pressure working was myself. If I did anything wrong I was always real hard on myself and I always thought to my self “Well they’ll never have me do a speaking role again.” But I did do more speaking parts like the Storyteller and Brio. Thanks for your letter Rugby it was good hearing from you again.
    Hey David, I forgot about “Marooned” that’s another one of my favorites. By the way check out “I Don’t Care” as I got Morris in two shots in the same scene. One moment he’s behind Boober and then he’s sitting on top of a couple of books being part of the “I swear” song. That show is where I created Morris. Take a step back one episode to “We Love You Wembley” and I have the Morris puppet playing a saxophone before I came up with the idea of putting glasses on him. The “We Love You Wembley” episode was the week that the Canadian puppeteers where asked to create our own background characters. My original idea was to have Morris be a cub reporter for the Fraggle news. So in the “Marooned” episode check his pocket and you’ll see that he has a pad in his pocket. It wasn’t long that I had dropped the reporter idea and he was just my own background character. Ops sorry I got carried away again.

    Sadly David I do not know why that was the only episode that she ever wrote as like you said it was a very good episode.

    Well I guess that’s it for now. I’ll answer fighbird’s question next week because I’ve got to get my bags packed for my flight tomorrow. I’m flying to London Ontario for a week and I’ll be back on Friday so till then take care one and all.

    Terry Angus
  15. dbarrie

    dbarrie New Member

    Hi Terry,

    We met over 20 years ago when you visited Sunny View Public School in Toronto, a school for children with disabilities. You might remember me as the kid who brought his Kermit and Fozzie hand puppets for the occasion! I have remained a Muppets fan throughout the years, and I am wondering what you are doing to promote the Fraggle Rock DVDs?

    We had a photo taken during your visit, and I intend to upload it to my computer soon to share with everyone here.

    Great to see you in the forum!

    DB (Donald Barrie)
  16. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    I do remember that. They were two consecutive shots, too.

    Thought so, it's the first I remember seeing him.

    Take a step back one episode to “We Love You Wembley” and I have the Morris puppet playing a saxophone before I came up with the idea of putting glasses on him. The “We Love You Wembley” episode was the week that the Canadian puppeteers where asked to create our own background characters. My original idea was to have Morris be a cub reporter for the Fraggle news. So in the “Marooned” episode check his pocket and you’ll see that he has a pad in his pocket. It wasn’t long that I had dropped the reporter idea and he was just my own background character. Ops sorry I got carried away again.

    Sadly David I do not know why that was the only episode that she ever wrote as like you said it was a very good episode.[/QUOTE]

    Yet she did get involved in Blizzard Island. How did so many FR alums come to work on that show? Is it just a small community among folks in Canadian children's entertainment, or was it the same people organizing things?

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  17. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    Don't worry about getting carried away; we Muppet fans love those "behind the scenes" stories. Here's my question:

    In the above quote you mentioned that the Canadian Muppeteers were allowed to create their own characters, giving birth to Morris. Were there any other Fraggle characters like this (Tosh and Henchy come to mind.)? If you remember, who performed which puppet?
  18. Fighbird

    Fighbird New Member

    Feeling a bit guilty that my post didn't really contain any questions to you per se, Terry, I thought I'd make a proper one. Having just seen "Follow that bird" for the first time less than 2 minutes ago as I write this, I noticed your name in the credits (which I didn't know about). My question at hand is:

    Can you tell us a bit about working on "Follow that bird" -- which scenes/character you were involved with, what the people/performers were like to work with, and how much it differed (if at all) from the Fraggle production in terms of people involved/settings/characters?

    Thank you in advance!

    PS: Lila and Humphrey monster sends their love to you, Terry! :)
  19. Effralyo

    Effralyo Active Member

    Hi Terry;),
    Tell me please, does Murray the Minstrel have a tail? (I'd posted in FR section a thread about it before, simply because didn't know about this thread...sah-ree...) I want to draw him, but have to ask about it to do it properly.
    ~Eff
  20. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    I recall that Trish Leeper was Tosh and John Pattison was Henchy, but I don't know if that answers your question per se.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole


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