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The Twiddlebugs are back!

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by SesameStreetFan, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. SesameStreetFan

    SesameStreetFan New Member

    Yep. It's true. I saw on today's episode 4125, that the Twiddlebugs have returned. During the Ernie skit, Steve Whitmire's Ernie was checking what the Twiddlebugs were up to, just like Jim's Ernie in the old days. Well although they are back, get this. They are now computer animated, and are no longer puppets. I'm not sure who does the voice for the father now. I know Jim Henson originally did the voice, but I couldn't tell who it was. It was a very close match though. It's good to see theyr'e back after a 16 year absense. But I do however prefer them in their original puppet form.
  2. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, the Twiddlebugs can be seen in the Elmo's World segment Elmo's World of Bugs where he askes where do certain bugs live, he askes where Twiddlebugs live, and yes they were puppets then.

    I didn't care for them being computer animated, that sort of killed it for me.

    As for voices: Joey Mazzarino did Papa Twiddlebug, Fran Brill did Mama and Son Twiddlebug, but I can't tell who did Daughter Twiddlebug.
  4. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    il'll have to see for myself

    thanks for the heads up
  5. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Funny, I was just thinking of the Twiddlebugs the other day. I was at a book store buying the new Kevin Clash book and there was this whole little area with Sesame Street stuff. There were journals and notebooks, bookmarks, plush toys, etc. There were also Twiddlebug clips. It was crazy because I never would have expected to see any current Twiddlebug products. I think the latest thing I've ever seen before that was the Twiddlebug that was part of the SS Beanie set. Very neat to see.
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    So you guys know... The Twiddlebugs main family have names, from the coloring book The New Who's Who On Sesame Street.

    The father or blue Twiddlebug is Thomas.
    The violet mom is Tessie.
    The small orange son is Teddy.
    And the red daughter is Tina.

    Hope this helps.
  7. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    The Twiddlebugs were always great characters. Very classic. It's nice to see they've made a comeback but not so sure about the CG thing. I'll have to see it. I wonder why they chose to do that rather than just use the puppets.
  8. Great news that the Twiddlebugs are back! :excited:
  9. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

  10. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I found the CG thing to destracting for to what was acctually happening. For me anyway. It just though me off. I hope the kids like it.
  11. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Did you notice that the Twiddlebugs don't live in a milk carton anymore? Their home is now a Chinese takeout box.
  12. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    No...It's all wrong!
  13. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Did you notice that the Twiddlebugs still had that upside down George Washington stamp still stuck on their wall?
  14. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Yeah, I noticed the to!:excited:
  15. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    That felt as least as distracting as the bugs' CGI look (or was it Claymation?): the same milk carton might not last for thirty-odd years, but the sketch designer could have used a newer one at least.
  16. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    *nods* Even though I didn't like the look of their new home, I was glad to see some classic characters officially return to the Street (Elmo's World and crowd scenes don't count as a return, in my opinion).
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, a Twiddle bug was the chase figurine in the Japanese block figure Kubricks set of Sesame Street.

    I liked seeing them, but I didn't like the CGI. I like how they did remember the upside-down George Washington stamp...

    But the thing was replacing puppets with CGI is what I've been fearing SW would do for the last couple years now. Now, I don't expect a wide-spread revamping of everyone, but I would feel more comfortable if they used the Henson "Waldo" system (that is, a virtual puppet that is controlled by conventional means, but it's a CGI creature).
  18. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Now that I've seen this on You Tube I can comment on it. I thought it was real good, very much like the old Twiddlebug sketches. As for the CGI, I guess it was okay though I didn't care much for Thomas's mustache. The new voices were really good though. You can hardly tell that it wasn't the original puppateers. I liked the plot too. It reminded me of the time Big Bird and Snuffy tried to take a picture of both of them together.
  19. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    I saw this over at TP and I have to admit, I thought it was really really good. Okay, so it's not puppetry, but I'm always so surprised by these strong aversions to technology and CG Animation. :confused: It was cool that they [the Twiddlebugs] even used a digital camera as well. The voices were perfect too IMHO. If I have one complaint, it's the father's mustache. :p

    EDIT: Here's the link.
  20. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Still haven't seen/witnessed it though. Will report when I have.

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