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Scooter at The TED Conference

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by muppetlover123, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Haha. Also: Disturbed.

    The first thing I'm gunna do with mine is find out what's on the blackboard in Amy's classroom...I just cannot seem to read it fast enough!
  2. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Yes I did. Goes to show how bored I am sometime. And while we're on the subject of counting Scooter smilies:
    275! That's 275 Scooter smilies! Ah-hah-hah! :batty:
    *thunder and lightning is heard and seen outside*
  3. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Well Scooter's voice is finally spot on.

    But I found this Ted performance hard to watch. It just felt...akward. And why wasn't the audience laughing or being enthused? Also I hate it when Muppets are referred to as puppets. To me it just cheapens the whole thing. I didn't even get the point Scooter was making. Just seemed forced, and a wasted opportunity
  4. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Well, I don't like writing Muppeteer references in my fanfics, but I can't ignore that 4th-wall stuff happens and has happened for a long time in the Muppetverse. IIRC, it's noted elsewhere in the thread that the audience is laughing, but as the mic is focused on Scooter, you can't hear them very well. Finally, considering the whining and gnashing of teeth over whether the Muppet movie would use CGI instead of puppets, Scooter was defending the home team.
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  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There was a LOT of mic trouble in that one. You could ONLY hear Scooter's feed. The audience did respond, but all you can hear is faint whispers of that. Had they a better mic and a better way to film this appearance, I'm sure the audience would be howling.

    While I can't say much for the constant references to being puppets, the entire debate was basically cheap CGI-ing in movies over Puppetry... an argument we've had countless times before with some dumb noob.
  6. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Yeah like Dr Tooth said, if you look at the audience they're laughing and applauding, you just can't hear them.

    He's basically fighting against the school of thought that CGI can replace everything that came before it, like puppetry.

    I don't really mind when they're referred to as puppets. Jim Henson did it on the Secrets of the Muppets and I loved that as a kid. ;)
  7. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    276! That's 276 Scooter smilies! Ah-hah-hah! :batty:
    *thunder and lightning is heard and seen outside*

    (OK, I seriously need to stop imitating the Count)
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  8. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

    Ha, ha. I love it.:)
    Scooter says that in a Muppet Show episode, doesn't he?
  9. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    Finally, someone who speaks the truth about the Muppets and puppets in general. Don't get me wrong, I do like some CG material (ex: Toy Story, Pixar), but Scooter really brings home that kind of debate between CG animation and real life Muppets.;)
    By the way, PanthraDion, he said that on the new Muppet movie, I don't really recall him saying that on a Muppet Show episode.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... CGI is cool, but it shouldn't replace everything. There's a lot of live action films that look incredibly fake because of it (Star Wars prequels... cough cough). There's something magical a Puppet brings to a performance. You can't really meet Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny, but you can have a conversation with Oscar the Grouch. Sure, it's still an inanimate object, but it can exist in our physical plane... you just need someone to control it. It gives actors something to react to besides tennis balls on string. Not to mention the freshness and liveliness of having something physical on set. That gives room for improvisation... and like I said before, Muppet characters have famous traits BECAUSE of of improvisation... from Miss Piggy's judo chops to Gonzo's lust of chickens.
  11. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I always felt Scooter was definitely underrated. He definitely deserves more credit then people give him.
  12. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Okay - this, and the Electric Mayhem on Kimmel... What an amazing world we're living in right now, eh?
  13. LouisTheOtter

    LouisTheOtter Well-Known Member

    I have no idea whether Scooter was already booked to be at this year's TED conference when The Muppets was released - all I know is that I smiled a little wider at his line "'Bye, Lisa, I'm off to the TED conference!" when we watched our copy at home last night... ;)
  14. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    i just love how scooter says yo yo scooter in the house !
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