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Stephanie D'Abruzzo responds about Caroll Spinney

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by HiHo3892, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. HiHo3892

    HiHo3892 Active Member


    I tweeted to Stephanie to see if she had any idea on Caroll's involvement this season.

    She seems to have limited information as to whether Caroll will be dubbing over Matt Vogel this season.

    But she didn't say no, right?

  2. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

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  3. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Well, we'll just wait and see.
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  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    As I said, when I met him last month at the Knoxville Fanboy Expo, he was not in good shape, and that included his voice. If you look on YouTube at the video I took of the Q&A panel as they discuss how they got their respective roles in the beginning, you can hear how weak just his normal speaking voice is; even when I spoke with him personally at his table, it was difficult for me to hear him much of the time because he spoke so softly and quietly.
  5. HiHo3892

    HiHo3892 Active Member

    I know he's had physical setbacks. But let's also take into account that he's 83. The thing about his condition is that I believe it affects his muscles. So it's up and down. Sometimes he'll be a bit slower when the symptoms are more prevalent that tension in his muscles will affect his ability to keep track recounting stories, moving, etc. And at other times he's been better For instance his greeting video for Steel City Con https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1471017442929659&id=105888282775922&_rdr or if you go on @parties4pirates Instagram he made a video with Caroll where he seems to be more alert and more energetic there. Like any condition it's up and down. Sometimes it's bad, sometimes it's good.

    But at the same time he's 83. He doesn't seem any more remarkable than others in their 80s.

    Otherwise, he's still the same guy.
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wait, what condition does he have?
  7. HiHo3892

    HiHo3892 Active Member

    Caroll has dystonia. It affects his balance.
  8. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Is it sad for me to say I did have the chance to meet him at RI cc but actually chose not to?

    I mean, don't get me wrong. While it's always nice to meet your heroes, I just feel like his time is coming to the end of the road and I hate to see him suffer from just trying to speak.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's kind of the reason why I chose to meet him - I've always wanted to, but always had the lingering concern in the back of my mind I would never get the opportunity. But I did, and I didn't want to pass it up. I could be a selfish butthole and say I wish he hadn't gotten to a point like this so I could converse with him a bit more, but I'm just grateful I got to see him in person, face-to-face, and thank him for playing an intregal part in inspiring me to become a puppeteer, which he thanked me for telling him.
  10. HiHo3892

    HiHo3892 Active Member

    Yeah I've noticed he's been doing many cons lately. He still takes the time to draw Big Bird for fans. Again he's 83. But with his dystonia it's up and down. Sometimes he'll struggle more, sometimes he'll have more energy. It really depends. But either way he's still keeping active which is important. Still attending cons, still visiting the set, going to plays, drawing, making appearances with Oscar, public speaking, etc. He's slower but most people in their eighties are. He's essentially retired but I'm sure he'll be involved in the 50th anniversary with his fellow muppeteers. Also remember he's getting honoured at the Henson event this Spring.
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  11. Prof Bunsen

    Prof Bunsen Active Member

    I'm really amazed that Spinney's still doing it. I mean he's had some help since perhaps the mid-2000's and you can tell in some of the later segments that Big Bird does sound a bit more slurred and tired. But he still enjoys his work and I'm glad he's going to receive special honors.
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  12. HiHo3892

    HiHo3892 Active Member

    Did either of you get a chance to see Caroll's public speaking event on November 7th?

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  13. OscarandTelly

    OscarandTelly Well-Known Member

    I actually spoke to Tyler Bunch on Facebook and he said Carroll did loop a few lines for season 48 but not many, and they only have a week left of taping for season 49 and he hasn't seen Carroll at all this season. So I'm guessing we'll still hear his voice a few more times but not at all in season 49. However I'm sure he'll be involved in season 50. So in season 48 we'll probably hear Eric and Matt perform :wisdom: and :grouchy: about 90% of the time.
  14. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    So Season 49 is almost done already?
  15. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Just great. :mad:
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  16. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    Let's all respect the man's decision to stop .he's 83 and is doing the most physically demanding muppet of the lot for the last 48 years No one wants to see any muppet performers die/retire but after 61 years stuff will happen
  17. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I mean, end of the day, Carroll's health is more important than his career. End of the day, nothing lasts forever and his performances as Oscar and Big Bird were great for the 30+ years he was on the show while they lasted.
  18. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    Can't watch sesame but in the last 10-15 years it has gotten harder for the man to do things.But hearing Vogel do Big birds voice doesn't seem right even hearing his Kermit first time was better on the ears than his big bird
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  19. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    I've actually adapted Matt's Big Bird.

    Matt's Kermit I'm pretty much learning to just accept now as well. End of the day any Kermit voice is a Kermit voice if it has the nasally effect to it.
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  20. HiHo3892

    HiHo3892 Active Member

    Exact same thoughts. We of course saw him on set in August in the above picture. I figured he was just visiting and supporting his fellow muppeteers. But there's no way he isn't involved in season 50. I don't think he's completely retired.
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