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Stephanie D'Abruzzo responds about Caroll Spinney

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

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I totally forgot about that. It's like what someone on the ToughPigs forum said, Peter Linz has basically become the Muppets' military brat.

    I mean, he just took over Ernie and Herry, and if Matt Vogel were no longer able, probably Big Bird. Plus, now he's like half the characters ever since Steve's departure (plus Walter). And every time someone speculates about who's going to play certain characters like Rizzo, or even obscure ones like Sal Minella, there's always someone who brings up Peter's name.

    I think it's going to become an inside joke within the Muppet fandom. Uh oh, Ryan Dillon's hands fell off, I wonder who's going to be Elmo now? - probably Peter Linz. Bill Barretta's retiring, looks like Peter Linz is going to have to step in as all of his characters.
     
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  2. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Well to fully be honest Peter Linz hasn’t had a main character before 2011, so it’s great he’s getting a lot of characters now.
     
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    True but, if any more Muppet performers (i'm talking Muppet Show characters, here) leave or get fired, they're definitely going to need to promote one of their secondary performers like Tyler Bunch or whoever else works with them often.
     
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  4. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    Or bring someone through the ranks in to do a character if it gets to that stage
     
  5. gavry3

    gavry3 Well-Known Member

    Here's a REALLY recent video (today) of Caroll. He seems pretty quiet and content where he is. Living the old life.
     
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  6. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Oh dear. You can hardly even hear his voice because it's so quiet, but he looks great though!

    Nice video too.
     
  7. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    It's sad watching recent videos of him since it basically shows he doesn't have much time left.

    But alas, when the day does come, we can always remember his wonderful performances.
     
  8. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I know I may sound morbid (and I apologize if I am), but I don't think that he's going to be around for much longer unfortunately. :(
     
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm not gonna lie - that video almost made me cry.
     
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  10. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    To be fair, you're not wrong, even if it hurts to point it out.
     
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've had that same concern lingering in the back of my mind for a long time now, which is why I knew if I didn't take the opportunity to meet him at the Knoxville Fanboy Expo when I did, I'd probably never have that opportunity ever again. Yes, he seemed to be in poor shape; yes, his voice was soft; yes, he struggled to sign my 40 years book; yes, Debbie finished a lot of his sentences for him; yes, Debbie pushed him around in a wheelchair; yes, his handshake was weak . . . but at least I got to meet him in person, face-to-face, and tell him what an inspiration he's been to me as a puppeteer, and how much I thank him for that (which he also thanked me in return), and even give him some artwork as a gift. It's been two months since that day, but I'm still geeking out about it, because it was the biggest highlight of my sad Muppety existence.

    Like everyone else, I don't want anything to happen to him, and I hate to think about the possibility of losing him, but it's a reality we all have to face - just as we did with Jerry Nelson: we knew he was living on borrowed time, so while it was still sad that he passed on, it wasn't surprising. I know Caroll said he wanted to at least hold on until Season 50 - let's all hope that he can; that'd make Season 50 all the more special.
     
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  12. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Michael Earl followed afterwards, what with his battle with prostate cancer.

    Seeing his Facebook posts mentioning his health deteriorating and his time coming to the end of the road definitely made me teary eyed, and it's deaths like his that make me scared of becoming diagnosed with cancer.
     
  13. gavry3

    gavry3 Well-Known Member

    We all know it's going to be, sadly, very soon. But we can all still know and appreciate that we got to exist at the same time and breathe the same air that Caroll did.

    And hopefully we'll all get to see him at the raspberries someday.
     
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  14. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Thanks I guess.
     
  15. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    It's been a while since I've posted. This is how I choose to look at the situation. As hard as it is for Him to get around because of his age, it's obvious he's not throwing in the towel just yet. Jerry Nelson continued to work from the sidelines when he was getting on in years and I believe that Caroll will continue to do the same as long as he is able to. And most importantly, he has the love of his life Debra with him.
     
  16. OscarandTelly

    OscarandTelly Member

    We still have yet to hear him this year. So far 6 episodes have aired and its been Matt and Eric performing :wisdom::grouchy:
     
  17. BEAR 2

    BEAR 2 Member

    I think it’s great he’s holding on and that SW is holding onto him for as long as they can in any regard. They are going to start shooting season 50 soon. So with just a little stretch more, his wish will be fulfilled.
     
  18. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Even if Caroll isn't Big Bird and Oscar anymore, they could have him make an in-person cameo just like they did in season 40.
     
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  19. BEAR 2

    BEAR 2 Member

    I actually think Matt’s Bird voice is fine. It used to bug me when I’d watch Journey to Ernie segments, but it was because he was only doing those with Carroll still doing the other stuff. So 2 different voices threw me. Now I’m used to it and I actually hear Matt’s more often. His voice kinda makes Big Bird sound a little more mature. I always thought that once Elmo became so prominent, Big Bird seemed to shift into an older brother kind of role, especially with Elmo. He aged to maybe 7 or 8. He sort of reminds me of my nephew who is 7.
     
  20. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Sorry to bring up an old topic, but as far as Muppet productions go, he performed Tutter on Bear in the Big Blue House. Doesn't that count?
     
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