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Why Only Frank Oz?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Fozzie Bear, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I was just thinking today how several of us have said Frank Oz should come back to the Muppets long enough to direct a movie, but why only Frank Oz?

    With all the people who have been associated with Jim Henson who are still around, why not them?

    Why wouldn't we want to see Dave Goelz or Jerry Nelson direct as well? I'd love to see that happen.

    Brian and Bill have already directed, wonder what Steve could bring to a new movie?

    Obviously, this is considering they would WANT to direct, but I think it would be a blast.

    The only thing I would have to say Frank would have to be a MUST for is if they would have only got him to perform the role of the Wizard in the MWoO movie.

    So, what do you think?
  2. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Can I be honest? It'd be awesome if James Frawley could direct another movie.
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Good idea--but, is he still alive? I can't recall hearing either way.
  4. Punch'n'Judy

    Punch'n'Judy Well-Known Member

    Probably because Frank has the most directorial experience.
  5. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    I think it might be bacause it's a trust thing among fans. We know he knows how to do it the right way. But I agree, it would be great to see what others associated with the company have to offer.
  6. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I think it's just mainly that Frank's the only main "classic" performer who seemed to show any interest and had actually done it before. So we just naturally gravitate to him rather than the others. (Other than Richard of course, I get the impression he might have kept directing after the 2nd to last Fraggle episode).
  7. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    James Frawley is still alive. The guy's been directing a bunch of TV episodes of top shows. The guy is one of the best comedy directors ever.

    I'd say the reason why people want Frank do direct another Muppet project rather than any other Muppet performer is simply based on experience and desire. Aside from Brian Henson and Richard who directed a few episodes of Fraggle Rock, Frank and Jim were the only one's who showed an interest and aptitude to direct. I'm sure if, say, Dave Goelz wanted to direct a Muppet piece that he'd be given a shot. But I think we would have heard from someone in the performer's stable by now if they'd wanted to. Personally, for all the issues I've had with Brian Henson's decision making in the past few years, I've always felt he was one of the strongest Muppet directors, just Below Jim, Frank and Steve Barron.
  8. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he did direct some Muppet productions after FR but before his death. And I think that, if Richard hadn't died at such a young age, he might have been next in line to direct a full-length Muppet movie, or perhaps a new Muppet show. I can really see him taking on something like that.
  9. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    That's right, Richard directed the "Sing Along, Dance Along, Do Along" video too.

    Frank Oz was often credited as "Creative Consultant" in various Muppet projects. In an interview he joked that the title basically meant he was allowed to sit in on writers' meetings. Sort of an in-training thing. I saw an episode of Ghost of Faffner Hall a little while ago, and Richard was credited as "Creative Consultant." So he may very well have been next in line. It would have been interesting to see what he came up with later on.

    And yeah it would be interesting to see James Frawley's work again.
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well Frank was also sitting in on the writeing meetings of the Muppet Show. You can see that in the Muppets to Men show.
  11. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Right, that's actually what occurred to me. :)
  12. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Well-Known Member

    I think it's interesting that Richard was designated as "Creative Consultant" on Ghost of Faffner Hall. And since Frank's held the same title on other Muppet productions, it does certainly look like Richard was being trained to take on the role of director.
  13. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Well-Known Member

    It may be worth noting that Dave Goelz was credited as 'Creative Consultant' for 'The Secret Life Of Toys.

    Kevin Clash may not have directed, but he's been 'Puppet Coordinator' many times.

    Of course Nigel Plaskitt is also known for his directing, and he has worked with The Muppets on occassion.

    And ok it wasn't a Henson production, but what exactly was Louise Gold's designation on Spitting Image, in that show's early days?
  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Kevin Clash has directed some Sesame Street stuff, I think. Bill Baretta has some direction credits to his name also, correct?

    I think it'd be interesting to see what the other original Muppeteers would be able to direct.

    I mean, I wonder what a Muppet movie would be like under the direction of Carroll Spinney?
  15. dabauckham

    dabauckham Well-Known Member

    That would be cool.... Carroll Spinney is fantastic, and many overlook him. I know I'm muffining, but I just found this rather interesting article about Spinney: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2007/01/21/featherhood/

    I'm relieved to see that he at least has no plans of calling it quits soon, even if he is slowly phasing himself out of the Big Bird costume.
  16. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    It's great to know that they wrapped season 38!
  17. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Very nice article and I liked the voice discussion that was recorded.
  18. dabauckham

    dabauckham Well-Known Member

    Wow, Fozzie, I actually missed the Spinney audio the first time. Thanks for pointing that out. It was nice to hear Spinney talking not only about Big Bird and Oscar but some of his earlier characters also. He is sure one talented individual!
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It's too bad he didn't talk about Bruno or Shivers the Penguin.
  20. dabauckham

    dabauckham Well-Known Member

    Yeah, those are great characters too.

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