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Walter Puppeteer Auditions

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Mistoffelees, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Mistoffelees

    Mistoffelees Active Member

    According to an article in the New York Times, Peter Linz was one of six puppeteers who auditioned for the role of Walter. I was wondering if anyone knew who the other five puppeteers were? Thanks!
  2. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    I don't think that specific info is available to the general public.

    Its possible that we'll find out on the bonus features when the movie comes out on DVD next year.
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Is there nothing about that on IMDb under trivia? I mean, I haven't read anything about it myself, but there may be some sort of info about that sort of thing there.
  4. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    nothing is there
  5. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    I think one of the others could be Paul Rudd, because he was the first to be rumored to be doing Walter.When I first saw this post heading, I thought Disney might be auditioning for a replacement to Peter Linz.
  6. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    id love to see this...this is my fave part of working with people when i do projects because you get to see how people view different characters
  7. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    No no, Michael Cera/Paul Rudd is who they had in the original script playing a "human" Walter in a dream, I think.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Are you sure you don't mean Paul Rugg? Rudd isn't a puppeteer, Rugg is.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Why in the world did they choose such a simple and generic looking Walter? I mean, he seriously looks like one of those poorly constructed stock puppets you can get at Christian book stores at jacked up prices.
  11. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    once you see the movie youll see Walter is all about how he expresses, Just like Kermit its in the way Peter moves his had..... there's even a moment i have yet to figure out from a puppeteers point of view that fascinates me all 3 times ive seen it (4 if you count tv) i want to know how its done
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  12. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    It was Paul Rudd whose name I saw.
    I dont know of Paul Rugg so I will have to google it.Just done it-says Rugg is a voice actor, not puppeteer.On the other hand, I believe Rudd has done puppetry on Sesame Street, working Rosevelt Franklin.
  13. haakonsmary

    haakonsmary Well-Known Member

    Kevin Clash said he auditioned for Walter (trying to remember where I heard this, I think it was on his interview with The Daily Show).
  14. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    But Walter is so adorable with his little blue suit and his Kermit watch and the Kermit shirt he occasionally wears and his parted hair and his - You get my point. He's adorable. And yeah, I think seeing the movie just adds to his already existing adorableness.
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  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Walter's supposed to be... wel... twerpy. The fact that the character's such a small little twerp that's inexplicably related to the extremely tall Jason Segal (who, just a week ago played a convincing Andre the Giant on SNL). I don't think a more complex looking puppet (like Johnny Fiama) would have carried that across as well... not to mention you'd be lost out in expressions like this:


    The fact he's able to contort his face, Kermit style, really spoke to a character that's pretty emotional and accident prone. Someone as stiff as Miss Piggy or the Chef couldn't pull off the same extreme cartoonish expressions (well, Piggy can scrunch up her nose and look angry).
  16. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Well-Known Member

    I fully agree.

    Not only that--at times, Walter's design kinda reminds me of some old school humanoid Muppets like Scoop & Skip. In a good way, of course.

    Not all Muppets need extravagant over-the-top designs to be great characters--they just have to have great personalities, first and foremost. Kermit, for example, is a very simply-designed puppet (aside from a couple of "unique" details like his collar and eye pupils), but has a great personality. Same goes for Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo and so forth and so on--all characters with simple designs, but wonderful personalities.

    As Jim Henson himself once said, "Simple is good".

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