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Remembering Jerry Nelson (July 10, 1934-August 23, 2012)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Oscarfan, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  2. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  3. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Just something I'm announcing (not that anyone even cares), but my inspirational type blog, Dynamite Determination, is going to be switching to all Jerry Nelson related posts for a while, whether it's dissecting a song he sang, a quote one of his characters had or anything else. I'm also planning on starting up two new recurring article series. In honor of Jerry, unlike what we previously did, we're going to come up with a post everyday for a few weeks related to him.
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  4. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    I care. I just finished all your posts, except The Way I Got To Go, for fear of spoilers. I'm looking forward to the Jerry Nelson posts!
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  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've been trying very hard to find the right words to express this...

    His voice is irreplaceable and we'll all miss it. His talent was undefinable, and that will be missed too. While he did have a lot of star characters, what I like to remember about him is the fact he was so versatile that he'd do more incidental characters than any other puppeteer. While some like to dub him the Mel Blanc of the Muppets, I actually liken him to the ever versatile Paul Frees. That is, in Rocky and Bullwinkle, his only main characters were Boris and Inspector Fenwick (as well as recurring characters, such as Peter Peachfuzz) but he played almost every single incidental role in all the other cartoons.

    Saying that he'll be missed is an understatement. He was one of the first of the Muppet performers after all, a founding member when the group went national. He really got to shine in Sesame Street and became a staple of Muppet projects ever since. We lost a link to the beginning of the group, and that's pretty depressing itself.

    Thankfully, he is immortalized by all of his outstanding input on all of those wonderful Muppet projects.
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  6. Quesal

    Quesal Well-Known Member

    I never got the chance to meet Jerry in person, but I did have the honor of talking to him on Facebook a couple of times. His voice was always a delight to hear in Muppet productions whether he was playing Robin, Floyd, Gobo, Count, or any of the limitless ensemble and whatnot characters he's played. RIP Jerry
  7. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Are you going make a Jerry Nelson tribute video with your puppets?
  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    *sigh* So its been a day, and far from feeling better, I actually feel worse about it...Kicking myself for not writing to him when he was alive just to let him know about one more soul that he had truly touched. I'm gunna be writing to the other very soon to let them know what they mean to me.
  9. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

  10. RC1979

    RC1979 Well-Known Member

    Can not find this anywhere online, but one muppet show episode had this song called "Good day" playing while Fritz, played by strangepork (a nelson character) went up to heaven. I would have posted it here somewhere. For now here is something fitting to Jerry's death,
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  11. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I found "Good Day" for you. It's in part 2 of the Liza Minnelli episode.
  12. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  13. RC1979

    RC1979 Well-Known Member

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  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Your welcome!
  15. scooter289

    scooter289 Well-Known Member

    I, like everyone was saddened to learn the news of Jerry's passing yesterday morning. I was quite impressed with the amount of my friends on Facebook who reacted to it via my posts or their own. But one of the first things I did was listen to Truro Daydream in its entirety and enjoyed it immensely. Later on I thought about making a tribute video, originally I was going to do a collage of Jerry and his character to "Follow Me", but luckily I listened to his album because I found that the track "Tides" worked well with the pace I wanted to use along with the amount of characters I pulled (somewhere in the 40s). I worked on it pretty much all night and finally posted it on YouTube and thought I'd share it with you all.

    He was a truly talented man who will be missed, but never forgotten.
  16. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Nice video. I had never heard Truro Daydreams, I may have to check it out now.

    What's the clip of Jerry with Fozzie, Kermit, and Sweetums near the end? At about the 5:45 mark?

  17. scooter289

    scooter289 Well-Known Member

    It's from something called "The Vent Event." I think someone posted the video here earlier, which is how I found it. But there's more information here: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Vent_Event
  18. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Awesome, had never heard of that one before. That's what I love about the Muppets, there's always something new to track down.

    And the joy of finding those new tidbits is what keeps those performers immortal, in a way. There's still more of Jerry to discover. Another silver lining.

  19. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  20. haakonsmary

    haakonsmary Well-Known Member

    Terribly saddened and shocked when I heard news of Jerry Nelson's passing yesterday.

    I actually heard it from Mark Hamill. I was at Star Wars Celebration VI in the Mark Hamill panel yesterday, and he got to talking about working with the Muppets (and did a spot on impression of Jim Henson), and mentioned how he stayed friends with Richard Hunt before he passed, and then he mentioned to my great dismay and shock that Jerry Nelson had passed. I literally gasped when he said that.

    Jerry Nelson was really a performer like no other. Not only did he have a unique style of puppeteering that was instantly recognizable, but he had such a distinctive and compelling speaking and singing voice, with such a large range. He could believable voice not only adult male characters, but children and women as well!

    His songs were always heartfelt and touching. I believe some of his greatest work is on display in The Muppet Christmas Carol where he so beautifully sang and performed "Bless Us All" as Tiny Tim (Robin the Frog) and "It Feels Like Christmas" as the Ghost of Christmas Present. His sincerity in those deeply emotional scenes always brings a tear to my eye.

    His work on Fraggle Rock as Gobo Fraggle and the Trash Heap is unforgettable; he took Gobo Fraggle on a journey for four years. Surely the revelation of Gobo's existence to Doc at the end of the series is one of the most emotional and magical Muppet moments ever filmed.

    Another Muppet moment that stands out as truly special is Jerry's performance of "I Got You, Babe" with Lily Tomlin as Scred on SNL. He secretly bought a red rose and improvised giving it to her during the live performance.

    Of course, everyone knows, loves, and can impersonate one of the most enduring and recognizable Sesame Street characters of all time, Count Von Count.

    And The Muppet Show would not be the same without that cool style he gave Floyd, the sweet sincerity whenever he showed his affection for Janice, or his ability to make one-trick characters like Lew Zealand and Crazy Harry such an enduring part of the Muppet mythos today.

    Thank you, Jerry Nelson, for all of the joy you have brought all of us, and all the joy your work will continue to bring all of us and our families as it is continued to be shared.

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