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Muppet Wizard of Oz to film in September

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    This was in an email from a friend of mine:
    Just thought you'd like to know that I had a nice phone conversation
    with our ol' pal, Rickey Boyd. Rickey was up in Canada working on the
    'Muppets Wizard of Oz' tv special.

    I enjoyed chatting with him, he had a very good time working on it.
    Besides performing background muppets he did the VOICES for & performed
    Crazy Harry & Scooter.
    All right!

    He was particularly excited about doing Scooter, he said that Dave Goelz
    (Gonzo) & Steve Whitmire (Kermit) both complimented him on doing a
    good job. He said after they filmed one scene Steve said, '**** that
    really sounds like Scooter!'

    I was dying to get him to do the Scooter voice over the phone, but I
    didn't ask. Knowing Rickey, it probably sounds dead-on perfect! It
    does my heart good to hear about one of our little crew doing so well.
    I hope Rick gets to do Scooter full-time now, he was always a fun

    I believe the special will air in May, be sure to watch for it!
  2. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt Well-Known Member


    Could you tell us what or who "our little crew" is, exactly?
  3. christyb

    christyb Well-Known Member

    That's great news Fozzie! I am glad someone has finally picked Scooter back up. It'll be good to see Scooter return back from a semi-retirement. Best of luck to his new performer! :)
  4. The Good Doctor

    The Good Doctor Well-Known Member

    Muppet Voices

    I am so glad, being some one who does a number of voices myself I can relate to the challenge of sounding just like some one, or in the muppets case some thing. I perfected Kermits voice, which was a challange un like any other voice I can perform. In fact it is more of a combination between Jim's and Steve's kermit. Not that i would ever have oppertunity to work with the Muppets, but if the voices sound right again, the the characters will feel more right again. AND THAT IS ALL GOOD!
  5. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    That sounds good Kevin. :D
  6. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    Wow. Big news. How exciting!

    Thanks for posting this, Kevin!! :excited:
  7. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    WHo is this guy, Rickey Boyd?
  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hey, all!

    I don't wanna divulge the name of my friend, not his request but I'd rather keep him anonymous. At any rate, he DID get to perform a background Muppet (from Muppets Tonight, I think) in Muppets From Space.

    I'm still trying to snorkel some information out of him about the Oz film, so as I get it I'll pass it along.
  9. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member

    you're snorkeling the poor man!?!?!?!
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I find it Very interesting that your friend is doing Crazy Harrys Voice. i thought he was not going to be used in this movie. I am wondering what kind of part he will have in this i cant wait to hear Crazy Harry say somthing its been a very long time.
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Hey, I gotta dig information outta folks SOMEhow!

    Here's my latest email:

    I don't have that much dirt on the show. I know Ashanti works as a
    waitress at the beginning. The flying monkeys aren't monkeys at all
    (with the exception of Sal), they're like a motorcycle gang with leather
    jackets & flying motorcycles.

    Rickey said they have worked hard NOT to copy the classic Oz movie.
    They don't want to get sued by MGM.

    I think that's going to be hilarious!
  12. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    That sounds very interesting. A motorcycle gang. :)
  13. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I think I've heard of this guy. Didn't he come here once? He's the one who performed the guy with the funny glasses and eyes that blink in MFS isn't he?
  14. flipsend

    flipsend Member

    Great film but what about the UK???

    Wow! The film sounds great. I loved return to oz and the classic judy garland movie so this is going to be amazing :excited:. I love the muppets and i can't wait for this film to come out and a motorcycle gang how :cool:!

    Does anyone know if the UK will get to see this? There was talk over here (or so i heard) that it was going to be released on DVD and Video like muppets very merry christmas. Does anyone know info on that? :zany: I really hope it does.
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    WOWOW! "The Flying Monkeys" I reckon that'll be the name of the motorcycle gang.

    Will be v cool

    Although, sounds a bit druggy for a motorcycle gang ;)
  16. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    I'm sure Disney will air it internationally on their other channels around the world. :)
  17. The Good Doctor

    The Good Doctor Well-Known Member

    The Monkeys

    This my friends is not actually a new idea, but another link to the WIZ. Many of you may have seen the Wiz, it had an all black (African American) cast the film was very edggy for it's time and a very modern strange twist on the land of OZ. The film uses a Motorcycle Gang as the Flying Monkeys. (I think the musical play is very different from the film).

    There is alos a really great book addaptation of Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of OZ, it is older now I think. I do not remember the artist involved in that project, but he uses all black and white illustrations for the book and gives the Monkeys flying machines, that look like a combination of old prop plains/ motorcycles. Very effective, but to me it kind of takes away from the mystical magic of OZ, making the Monkeys ordinary, but there flying machines are extraordinary.

    So I guess I hope that is not true but just a rumor.
  18. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    It is a different idea, but I do like it.
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Just found out besides Quentin Tarrantino, Kelly Osbourne makes a cameo appearance.
  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. Fozzie, didn't we already know that?

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