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You're favorite 80's puppet shows(non JHC)

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by beaker, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Just curious what some of your fave non JHC puppet shows are from the 80's(when puppet shows seemed to be everywhere)

    Mine would be:

    Great Space Coaster(cant say enough about this show!)
    Buster and Me(loved that show!)
    Today's Special

    I really wish I could find more info on some of these shows, besides whats on Yesterdayland.
  2. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Well, this may have been filmed in mostly the late '70s, but "The Letter People"!!!


    Also Mr. Dressup, and there were some puppets on "The Sunshine Factory". :)

    Oo, and "Dumbo's Circus" and "Welcome to Pooh Corner", as "full-body puppets" go (if they qualify, lol).
  3. Crazy Harry

    Crazy Harry Well-Known Member

    Since it premeared in 89, I guess Eureka's Castle counts as an 80s show.

    I miss having a single digit age.
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I didn't really like non-Henson puppets growing up. To be honest, I still don't like many puppet shows now. Between the Lions is a very interesting modern show, but we're talking 80s here.

    Pee Wee's Playhouse had some interesting puppets of all sorts. Very stylish, but non the best puppetry. Heck, I enjoyed it (and there's always the Cyndi theme);).

    I also liked Alf for the first two seasons. After that it became redundant to me, but in its prime there was some well sculpted humor and a very expressive puppet. I hope he can transcend these tacky one-note-joke commercials and make some sort of edgy comeback.
  5. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I'm not a fan by any strecth of the imagination any non JHC/SW related puppet shows in recent time...but the 80's provded quite a bit of puppet shows that I loved...the 70's I gather had the more cryptic and unsettling acid trip stuff(H R Puffenstuff, tho I did like DC Follies in the 80's)

    My one big complaint about Alf was, that except for that one episode with Skip and Rhonda, there was nary a puppet to be found besides Alf(in non full bodied shots at least...I think Piggy is the only other puppet I can think of that has had a midget in a suit for certain shots) I actually was more a fan of Mr. Gordon Shumway's other starring role: Alf the animated series.

    Btw, being a long time Cyndi Lauper fan, ya remember Hulk Hogan's Rock n Roll Wrestling? She seemed to be a regular character in cartoon form on there oddly enough.

    And aw yes...who can forget Pee Wee's Playhouse...good times!
  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    LOL! I overlook Cyndi's brief period when she was around wrestlers. I never understood that. BTW, she received a mention from Kelly Osborne on their show. She commented how beautiful and cool she still is. I don't know if that's a good thing.

    Back to puppets. I really hated HR Puffinstuff. I found the whole thing sinister and plagued with bad puppetry and crummy puppet suits. The whole thing always gave me a slimy feeling. To me it was like the Power Rangers of the 70s. BTW, that's coming back now too. :rolleyes:

    I liked what Fox was doing with Greg the Bunny, but to me it was still behind the times. If it had been on cable and been released before South Park, people would have taken notice. It just wasn't shocking to enough of the target audience.

    On that note, I don't like what Crank Yankers has done. It's below low brow humor. I don't see how anyone above the age of 7 would find it funny. The puppets are well made, but I find it insulting to those with an ounce of sense. I don't think Jimmy Kimmel or Adam Corola are funny in the least. Never have. They just seem like bloated, lazy pigs trapped in a junior high mentality.

    Forgive the rant. I know we all have different tastes. It's a long way to go to say how appreciative I am about Jim Henson. I know the Muppets were more than just him, but would any of what he created have happened if not for him? I don't think so. I guess. Everyone does matter. Especially Jim Henson!
  7. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I was deeply disturbed by HR Puffinstuff. I think not only did it fail to foster the imagination like all of JHC related projects did, but it really got into your primal subcortex as a truly creepy and astonishingly horrific viewing experience.
    Just plain ghastly...I mean Banana Splits, and countless other 70's 'kids puppet shows' had that sort of vibe, but HR PuppetSNUFF was just beyond the beyond. I mean the Skeksis seem like marketable Elmo compared to these macabre creations. I cant believe they tried to bring that show back with figures and everything a couple years ago. Gah. Screw HR, may it burn in ****.

    As for Greg the Bunny...without a laughtrack, and without any smarts given to the rsique humor(Family Guy had the shock, but plenty of smarts about it) it just really seemed to be pretty tepid. I mean the commercials were all fart and butt jokes on the onset...ooh, rela edgy for the new millennium.

    Crank Yankers. Shame on Sarah Silverman for starring both Greg the Bunny and that abominatiuon Crank Yankers(and for being less than respectful about the Muppets on Craig Kilborn)

    I hope these two horrible shows dont ruint he public's appetite for when the real innovators of edgy prime time puppet shows comes to Fox this Fall!
  8. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Blizzard Island
  9. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets Well-Known Member

    todays special kicked everyones a$$
  10. ToasterBoy

    ToasterBoy Well-Known Member


    Yeah, Pinwheel.

  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Obviously, she STOLE Cyndi Lauper's identity....

    Cyndi's pretty cute, in a Grundgetta sort of way....

    AAAAnyway... I think my favorite that I can even remember was ALF ... oh yeah...l Pee Wee was DA MAN!!! TOo bad he keeps getting in trouble these days!

    But I did like the cartoon ALF better, alas, one of the few cartoons based on Puppets to be successful (Along with Muppet Babies and Beany and Cecil!)

    But I never did get into H.R. Puffnstuff or any Kroft brothers show for that matter... Land of the Lost really used to annoy the h**l out of me for some reason...
  12. pezbalubah

    pezbalubah Well-Known Member

    Pee-wee's Playhouse was definitely my favorite, the puppetry on it was actually very good.. I still don't know how they did some of those shots... But to date, it's one of the only shows to include so many different types of puppets... you had Randy (marionette), Billy Baloney (ventriliquist dummy), Conky the robot, Chairy, Pterri, Floory, Globey, Roger (full body puppet). Pee-wee's Playhouse had everything from puppetry, cartoons, early CG, stop-motion, claymation... It's still one of the most imaginative shows ever produced.

    I also enjoyed Pinwheel and Alf.
  13. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    I didn't realize Cyndi sang the Pee-Wee's Playhouse theme! She put on kind of a "Betty Boop"-persona type voice to sing it. I wonder why she never guested on the show.

    Yeah, Pee-Wee's Playhouse was the only one that really combined so many different kinds of puppetry, wasn't it? That was clever. It's a shame the show won't get aired again because of Paul Ruebens' indiscretion (to put it mildly).

    I enjoyed Great Space Coaster too, but I recently saw an episode on video featuring Mark Hammill. I don't think it's held up that well. That's where I first learned of Kevin Clash, though, and I maintain that Goriddle Gorilla is his best character. He used the same voice for Hoots the Owl, but ironically, Goriddle was a far more expressive puppet. He had an opportunistic personality that would give Pepe a run for his money, but he easily got his fur ruffled. Great character. Meanwhile, can anyone even define Clifford's personality? I wish they could see about getting the rights to use Goriddle on the new Muppet series. He'd be a great addition to the cast.

    I do know of a great GSC website, but since Cory's no longer here, I suppose there's no sense in posting it. :eek:

    I also liked Gigglesnort Hotel, which originated in Chicago but was syndicated elsewhere. Bill Jackson tried to run a hotel filled with crazy characters (all voiced by Jackson): Dirty Dragon, Weird the elevator operator, the Blob (made of clay; Jackson would actually re-mold his face on the show), and of course Gigglesnort himself, an old captain who somehow got it into his head that the hotel was his ship!
  14. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    In no perticular order:
    Great Space Coaster
    Pee Wee's Playhouse
    Return To Oz

  15. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    my favorite 80's puppet show

    I loved Pinwheel and Pee-Wee playhouse and Ereeaka Castle as well. Dumbo and Whinne the Pooh of the full body puppets. THere was this thing that would come on TV for the church and they would do a kind of show with puppets. I was taped I guess when they would show it on TV but that was another show I watched as well.:crazy:

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