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Sesame Street Muppets answer questions on Wired

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by Schfifty, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    WIRED Magazine just released a video today featuring several of the show's popular Muppet characters answering Google autocomplete questions. Quite a few interesting answers here (and I love Elmo's "BOOOOOOI!" bit)...

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  2. JonnyBMuppetMan

    JonnyBMuppetMan Well-Known Member

    I love videos that let the Muppets be Muppets and ad-lib up a storm.

    Not to deviate too, but I can't help but note the comments on this. Half of the people are griping about the voices. It mystifies me that people are suddenly not used to Matt Vogel's Big Bird, despite the fact that he's voiced him for "Journey to Ernie" and he's been the understudy for twenty years! Sheesh.
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  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that annoyed me. Clearly these people hadn't even seen the show in years, so i'm not sure why they thought the voices would stay the same forever. That being said, I still don't like Billy's Ernie very much.

    Either way, very enjoyable video. I liked the running gag about them not seeing the assistant's face :D
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  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'd give people the benefit of the doubt, Matt doesn't sound in too good a voice here for either Big Bird or Count - he sounds a little under the weather, which probably has an affect on his voice.

    Billy's voice for Ernie doesn't bother me so much as his lip syncing does: seems like Ernie is just flapping his mouth half of the time rather than hitting every syllable.

    But the thing that gets me the most is . . . they had to bring the Veggie Monster rumor up again. Twice.

    And some of the questions, I mean really . . . "does Elmo have a tail?" Who asks these things?

    And why does Oscar's tongue look like it's about to fall out of his mouth?
  5. JonnyBMuppetMan

    JonnyBMuppetMan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, to be honest, Billy's Ernie has been the hardest to stomach for me, though he has gotten better at it recently. Even if it's not as good as Jim or Steve, I can kind of accept it as it's own thing. I've always thought I could do a pretty good Henson voice, but that's not really the point. It's more about nailing the character and personality, and I think Billy does fine with that.
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  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I don't know but out of all of them Bert sounded the most off to me.
  7. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    Eric its perfect as Oscar! its incredible how he nails Oz and Spinney characters!!!
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  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    There's only one thing that neither Steve nor Billy (nor Johnny T. for that matter) have been able to recapture from Jim's Ernie, and that's the laugh. Steve has come close enough for jazz I would say, but neither Billy nor Johnny T. have been able to do it well.

    But yes, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Eric as Oscar has been the single most seamless change I have ever heard, and is the closest I've ever heard a newer performer sound like their predesessor. I've gotten used to him as Frank's characters over the years, as well as David's Cookie; I appreciate what Matt has done with Jerry's characters; and Steve's Ernie and Kermit have been around pretty much all my life, yet you can still detect the difference in their performances in comparison with their predessesors. With Eric on the other hand, there's pretty much no comparison, because his Oscar sounds exactly like Caroll's, which I think is amazing, because I figured Oscar's voice would be so distinct that it would be a challenge to try to replicate.
  9. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    The only gripe I have with Billy's Ernie here is that he doesn't sound as "derpy" as Steve's or Jim's Ernie was...he sounds kind of brighter to me. I haven't seen much of Billy's performances since he took over, to be honest, but I'm not gonna start criticizing on the ropes of not sounding close enough to the predecessors. It's just a little thing I wish could've been there, but Billy is his performer now, and I can accept it.

    I'm kinda disappointed Zoe and Telly weren't in the video. I mean, Zoe's started to appear a bit more on the show again, so where was she? And I guess Telly's not as popular a character as he was before?
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  10. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    That's something that's bothered me for a long time. Zoe and Telly almost never make guest appearances on anything. It's sad that they're so underrated. As for Baby Bear, I think he's a good character and one that adults would enjoy if David Rudman got a chance to ad lib with him a little. I think he's the only character that i've never seen be a guest on anything. Even Snuffy has made guest appearances on occasion, despite the fact that he's probably super hard to move around because the puppet is so large.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Telly was never that popular a character. I remember Marty once gave an intereview talking about the Muppets at a public event, where photographers were trying to get pictures (heh, puppet paparazzi), and apparently one photographer kept calling out to him, "Over here! Purple Elmo! Over here!" So Marty had Telly lose it like a diva, "Oh, I'm the Purple Elmo? Well okay, don't forget Oscar over here, he's the Green Elmo! And Cookie Monster over here, he's the Blue Elmo!" Even Joey said in spite of his best efforts to write more for Telly, kids somehow don't like him as much as the writers think they would . . . then again, Telly is a Muppet embodiedment of Woody Allen and George Costanza, so how many kids can even appreciate that?
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  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Although, it seems like Telly started to get a bit more popular somewhere around season 42, when he finally started being included in more merchandise. But, I guess that moment passed. Like you said though, he's probably just a bit too intense for some kids. Plus he's not as cute as Abby or Elmo, and doesn't have the high squeaky voice either.
    And, I think Baby Bear would've been a more popular character if the writers had handled him correctly. I think after the nineties, he became too bland, which is probably why they don't use him as often anymore.

    Yeah, that's another thing that bothers me. The puppeteering isn't quite as good, and he doesn't have the high amount of energy that Steve's Ernie had. Although, I will give him the benefit of the doubt with the puppeteering since he's still pretty new, and even Jim wasn't quite as good in the first couple of seasons as he was later.
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've noticed that somehow, Ernie was the one character who Jim didn't always lip sync to every syllable - I don't know if it had something to do with the way Ernie's head and mouth were constructed or what, but it's noticeable from time to time. Here's an example:

    "I bet I know what Cookie Monster's dreaming about" has thirteen syllables, yet Ernie only opens his mouth seven times.

    Like I said, I kind of have to chalk it up to however Ernie's head was constructed, because that can really make or break how you can perform a puppet. Maybe that also has something to do with Billy's lip syncing, I'm not sure.
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Billy's manipulation doesn't bug me that much. He's left-handed, so that might have an affect.
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Perhaps. Seems like sometimes Louise Gold's performances vary as well. Again, I think a lot of depends on the mobility, flexibility, and overall construction of the puppet itself.
  16. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    I thought the 'how to get to Sesame Street' topic was great and funny. Even the gag about not seeing the assistant's face was hilarious. Matt Vogel's Count was spot on. I think it'd be funny if they did it with some of the Muppet Show characters. Newsie would be a great character to use. They could do the running gag about the assistant
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