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Discussion in 'Henson People' started by ReneeLouvier, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    The Richard Hunt Lover's Club

    This is the new thread for all who appreciate and love the man behind the gofer:

    Richard Hunt.

    Personally my favorite memories is actually not of Scooter, but of Forgetful Jones, who I didn't know was done by Richard until a while back. He would always mess up his lines, and screw everything up, it was so funny!!! Then there was Don Music, man, oh man. My dad seems to act like him, trying to bang out stuff on the piano all the time, but he gets so frustrated, I can see him banging his head on it, instead of his hands.

    But then finally, the muppet who *was* Richard, Scooter. I just love the guy. I'm also glad he'll be brought out of retirement again, kudos to Rickey Boyd! He's doing quite well, from what I've seen in MWoO.

    So, post all your memories, appreciations, and loves for that sweet man that was the heart of the muppets; Richard Hunt.
  2. MartyMuppets

    MartyMuppets Well-Known Member

    I think if my memory serves me right that Richard was the voice of Junior Gorg in Fraggle Rock. And I'm positive that he was the voice of Janice. I'm not an expert on his characters but he was certainly an integral member of the team.
    I think he also performed regularly alongside Jim as the voice of Statler while Jim did Waldorf.
  3. MeepBorkMeep

    MeepBorkMeep Well-Known Member

    My first vaguely slightly romance-oriented dream in a bit was of, well, it was of Sweetums. I know, it's odd.

    Also, he performed Beaker, of course. Beaker is a very complex, complicated soul if you look into it. At least that's what I've heard. And Steve Whitmire, if I'm correct that he's still performing him, is doing a rully good job. :)

    Richard is by far my favorite Muppeteer, and may he rest in peace. ;)
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    What's the muppets without Richard Hunt? I really miss him, but I'm glad to see his characters are starting to make come backs like Scooter and Janice.

    I must say, I found his performance as Crazy Harry in the pilot of The Muppet Show was quite interesting.

    It's really sad that he died, but thankfully his fandom seems to still be holding steady after all these years.
  5. MartyMuppets

    MartyMuppets Well-Known Member

    Steve rully (first time I've said it like Janice) rully has an easy task of following Richard's performance of Beaker. After all surely anybody could make the appropriate meemeemeep sound;)
    But I agree with Snowthy. His presence among the muppets in general will naturally be sorely missed and we shall never forget him.
  6. MeepBorkMeep

    MeepBorkMeep Well-Known Member

    Heehee, well...yeah. Guess that's true. Though I remember reading that he did have some trouble with the character concept of Beaker because he didn't know exactly...what part of Richard Beaker's character came from...so he didn't have much to start with besides old tapes. That's just what I read, don't hold it against me, please. :eek:
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  7. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I always loved Don Music. I read that Richard stopped performing him long before he died because the writers were afraid that kids would mimic his violent behavior at home. I've never done that onc....oh no I spelled it wrong! NO NO NO!!! WRONG!!! *bangs head on computer keyboard*
    Ok....so maybe I've done it once...don't worry, I'll be fine...

    But seriously, Richard was a great performer and I am definately a fan.
  8. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    I'm super glad to see this little club take off with a bang! :D
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  9. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    *grins* Brilliant idea, Renee. Kudos to you.

    I'm with you on the Scooter love thing (why else do you think I made my website?); in fact, you may find you have some stiff competition from me ;)

    However, two other of Richard's characters have become "near and dear" to me in recent years - The Wild Impresario of Ghost of Faffner Hall, and Gillis "The Maestro" Fraggle. The latter was once referred to, in another thread somewhere on this board, as the "Don Music" of Fraggle Rock. As for Wild, I feel he is something of an overlooked character mostly because of the fact that not many have seen (or remember) the Faffner Hall series. But I like them not only because they're Richard's characters, but because of their love of music.

  10. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member


    That's YOUR website!! Oh my goodness. A lot of how I base Skeeter is actually taking cues from your decription of her!!!

    As a great fan of Scooter, I must ask. What is the prompt for him to be singing "There's a New Sound". Somebody sent me that song, and....I was fluxommed when I first heard it.

    Worms. XD

    *Hugs again* I love your website!!
  11. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    *grins, is hugged* Glad you like the website. I've still got a lot more to put into it though (finishing the season 1 episode/appearance guide, not to mention PICTURES). And really? That's cool.

    As for "There's a New Sound"...don't really know. I do know that Scooter performed the song in the Cheryl Ladd episode in Season 3, but that's about it.

  12. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Don't forget to check out "Your Face" (do a MC search).

    But, yey! New Club! *adds it to my BBB! and SWAEHB credidentials*


    Yey for Beaker, he is MUCH harder to do than you would think! I have tried writing for him, and doing voice clips of him for stuff, but really he does have a more complicated character than "Mememe!"

  13. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I'm ashamed to admit I hadn't heard of Richard until a few years ago. That changed after reading the informative and very touching Tribute section of Muppet Central. I think I was intrigued by his story, how he was only 18 when he joined the Muppets and ended up such an important member of the group (It goes to show what you can do with talent and determination).
    He definitely seemed to represent a lot of the Muppet's edge, something they've lost nowadays.

    Of course, whether I knew his name or not, I've heard his voice my whole life, through the various characters he helped create. They were an important part of our childhoods. From knowing nothing about him, Richard has definitely become my favorite Muppet performer (and I'm not alone). ;)
  14. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    Yah! A bit of a grisly thought, not too bad but....has anyone ever thought to try to visit Richard's grave? *shrugs* I just saw that he was actually buried not cremated, and I was thinking, I might be going up to New York later this year, and if it's public. (Which I bet it's not.) I'd get some flowers and set them on his grave. (Or in the flowerholder, whichever it would turn out to be.)

    Is it wrong to want to do that? Cause...I'm not sure.

    Get some flowers, and go to his grave. Just...to sit down, and...talk with him. He may be gone, but I believe that they will hear you. Honor him somehow, perhaps play a song on my saxophone or something.

  15. MeepBorkMeep

    MeepBorkMeep Well-Known Member

    No, of course it's not wrong. I'm sure lots of people do that. Now if his family is there, that might be a little awkward. But I think he can hear you, and it would be a nice gesture. :D

    Oh, btw, I asked Terry Angus on the Ask Fraggle Rock's Terry Angus thread about Richard, and he wrote back. You might want to check it out. You know that Richard performs Beaker by inhaling the "Meemeemee" sound? Try it, it makes it sound a lot better. I mean, you might cough up a vocal chord, but other than that... :eek:
  16. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    Yeah! I read that eariler today, and it was pretty cool!! My goodness...I just tried it, and I can't seem to get any sound out at all!

    *coughs* I think I hacked my lung out doing that. *picks up lung and swallows it again* There we go. XD

    Just pratice it and yeah, that makes sense. Also having a mic right in front of your face also projects the noise. I wonder if Steve Whitmire does that with Beaker now? (If he does Beaker, which I think he does.)
  17. MeepBorkMeep

    MeepBorkMeep Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he does. He said he was having issues with it, but got it eventually, I believe.

    It took me a couple tries, but I did get it. I mean, it starts out all airy like, but then it'll turn into completely Beaker. I got it at lunch, and kind of freaked everyone out...but it's their problem. /I/ can sound like Beaker now. :eek: :D
  18. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    Having bad sinuses and trying Beaker dosn't work too well. I almost choked myself. XD We'll I'm still trying. I can do a passable imitation of Scooter. At least my friends think so. XD And they also have remarked that I hit Janice straight on the nail. It's probably when I normally talk, I don't sound distinctly like a female. XD

    Even though I am.
  19. MeepBorkMeep

    MeepBorkMeep Well-Known Member

    How do you do an imitation of Scooter? I can do a pretty good Kermit, but then again, it's not that hard.
  20. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    I talk normally like Scooter, I just change the inflection a bit shallower, and I have learned the dips and highs of his voice. It's not that great, but when I sing 'beside' Scooter, none of my friends can tell that I'm singing. And I'm normally louder then he is!

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