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Questions for Fraggle's Terry Angus

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Gorgon Heap, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    As some of you know, former "Fraggle Rock" Muppeteer Terry Angus- who played the Storyteller Fraggle, Brio the Minstrel, and Morris Fraggle- is a member of this forum, and I've been corresponding with him over the past few weeks on the topic of setting up a thread where we Muppet freaks can ask him stuff. He said yes. These are the ground rules:

    1) 10 people may ask one question apiece, and then no more questions until Terry's response, at which point the 10 questions-1 per person rule repeats. Terry has been very accessible on this forum but remember he leads a busy life, like I'm sure most of us do.
    2) nothing personal- use your best judgment to define that. Really this one goes without saying
    3) be patient- it may take a while to get a response, but no nagging or questions going "when are you going to answer?"
    4) try to keep questions reasonably short
    5) before you ask a question, you might want to check out MC's interview with Terry in the Articles section on the main site, as well as Terry's official site- your question might already be answered there

    So right now I'm gonna head this up with

    Question #1
    Could you tell us a little about some of your friends from FR, like Karen Prell, puppeteer Myra Fried, and SFX man Tim McElcheran, and the FR vets who later worked with you on "Blizzard Island", like puppeteer Tim Gosley, director George Bloomfield, and writers Bob Sandler, the late Carol Bolt, and the late B.P. Nichol? Just whatever comes to mind first, and any points of interest you'd like to share about them.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  2. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

    Terry do you have Any cool Behined the scene stuff that no one else know?
  3. ButchCat

    ButchCat Well-Known Member

    All all,

    Ok Lets see if I can do this. First off I should let everyone know that Gorgon Heap came to me with the idea that I could answer a few questions for you guys and I told him that we could give it a try. So gulp! Here we go, Wes I am going to sort of answer your question first. Boy oh boy it’s been a long time. Ok. This is a very short one but in the episode “Let The Water Run” I was playing one of the pipe bangers and I remember getting all wet as one of the pipe bangers was splashing the water around with his mouth. I can’t remember who was running him but I think it was Dave. I also remember a sort of blooper that I did when I was helping Karen Prell perform Red in “I Want To Be You”. Some of you may not have picked it up but it was during Red’s song “Dreaming Of Someone.” I was doing Red’s left hand and I was trying to slide it back and forth however the Antron fleece on the fingers got caught on the rock and I had to pull it free and in doing so the hand took a bit of a jump. Much to my horror they kept the take and to this day I cringe when I watch it. It’s not much Wes but it’s a beginning.

    Gorgon Heap I will try to answer your questions sometime tomorrow (I hope).

    Good night for now guys

    Terry Angus
  4. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    Are You Involved In The New Fraggle Movie?
  5. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    How did you get into making puppets like the ones you auction off on E-bay?

  6. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Who was the most fun puppeteer to work with?
  7. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    Forgot to mention this, but it may be helpful to put your questions in bold, particularly if you go into some detail aside from the question, that way it stands out. It may not be necessary, and Terry can veto the idea (I leave it up to him, really), but I know it's worked for other such similar threads, such as the old "Ask Ken at Palisades" threads we used to have running around here (maybe we still do, I don't know).

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  8. froggiegirl18

    froggiegirl18 Well-Known Member

    Your mistake in red's song, really isn't that bad. It doesn't take anything away from the performance. In fact I didn't even noticed that it got stuck. Thanks for sharing with us about behind the scene stuff.:)
  9. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround Well-Known Member

    2-part question-
    Any nice memories of how you were cast for Fraggle Rock?
    What are your memories of the first day you walked on the set?

  10. ButchCat

    ButchCat Well-Known Member

    Hi gang,

    I was originally going to answer Gorgon Heap’s answers last night but I was so tired that I just couldn’t so here I am now. Looking here I see that a few more questions have popped up and I will see how much I can do tonight.

    First because I promised I will answer Gorgon Heap. Who asked:

    Karen Prell is someone you can count on 100% and as I have said before I saw her as a big sister. I was 18 or 19 when I joined Fraggle Rock and she along with Myra Fried helped me along as I was new to a big city environment like Toronto. I had always turned to Karen for her opinion on things. If I went out anywhere it was usually with Karen Myra and Tim McElcheran so we where pretty close.

    Whenever I needed help with working The Storyteller Fraggle I had always used Tim Gosley to assist me I was so impressed with him and how well he worked with me that I asked him if he would work on Blizzard Island with me and do the character of Rog. For more on Blizzard Island you can check my web site.

    Blizzard Island was done a bit differently than Fraggle Rock in that I did not get to talk to any of the writers of Blizzard Island. I do remember Bob Sandler on Fraggle but I didn’t get to know him that well. He seemed pretty nice as was the late Carol Bolt. I remembered her a bit more and she was very nice. On the other hand I knew the late B.P. Nichol very well and we got along very well. B.P. wrote most of if not all of my Storyteller episodes on Fraggle and we had a lot of laughs and Beep as we sometimes called him was a very, very funny guy. So I told the producer of Blizzard Island that B.P.Nichol should be our head writer on Blizzard Island. Sadly when B.P. died so did Blizzard Island. The scripts I saw for the not to be produced season two where lawful.

    Now on to Kimp the Shrimp’s question. Right now I am not involved in the new Fraggle Movie as no one has asked me. On the record I would love to work on the Movie if it happens and if they want me there. If they don’t ask any of the Canadians back then it would either be that they are shooting in the US or for budget reasons. That’s all I know right now about it. Thanks Kimp the Shrimp.

    I have to go for the night but I will try to be back tomorrow night if I can to answer some more from Skeeter, Vic Romano and froggiegirl.

    Take care all,

    Terry Angus
  11. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    thank you for answering our questions
  12. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    Thanks much Terry. I think I forgot to mention this earlier, but incidentally Jerry Juhl, Carol Bolt, B.P. Nichol and Bob Sandler were my favorite FR writers. Carol's one episode of Fraggle was such a GREAT script- the humor, the parallels (some of which took me months to catch), the clever writing, the emotion, the flow- as a writer, astounding. Beep's episodes nearly always had high stakes and the threat of either destruction ("The Garden Plot", "The Day the Music Died"), death ("The Beanbarrow, the Burden, and the Bright Bouquet") or a terrible change ("The Secret of Convincing John"). His episodes often centered on puzzles or riddles and he foreshadowed the solutions/conclusions well. There was always something like that to keep your interest. A number of Beep's episodes are my personal faves.

    Just thought I'd mention that.

    If you don't mind my asking, how did Beep die? Most people on MC (including myself) didn't know he was gone. In my case, I found it on your site, and from what you wrote it seemed to happen very suddenly. If you'd rather not answer, for any reason whatsoever, I fully understand and withdraw the question.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  13. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    Addendum: reason I'm asking is b/c I wanted to update Beep's IMDb page, which doesn't list his death at all. Cause and date (or at least year- from the info on your site it looks like either '88 or '89) is what I'm trying to find out.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  14. ButchCat

    ButchCat Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    Well I’m back again. First off I want to thank froggiegirl for her telling me that my mistake wasn’t that bad. Thanks for those kind words. This reminds me of another mistake I made on Fraggle Rock that got kept. It was my first speaking part ever on Fraggle and it was only one line in an episode called “Finger Of Light” The Fraggle Horn sounds and they can hear it in Gobo and Wembley’s room. In the window pops a Green pointy nosed Fraggle (Which was me). “Hey, they’re calling for the World’s oldest Fraggle!” ok problem one: I was so nervous that I could not do a very good voice or project it very loud. Problem two: I accidentally dropped the “s” off of “Worlds” so I ended up saying, “Hey, They’re calling for the world oldest Fraggle” Argggggg! And it was kept. It still amazes me how I could have done that.

    Vic Romano asked “Who was the most fun puppeteer to work with.” That’s a hard question as almost all of them where fun. I had a lot of fun with a lot of puppeteers. One of my favorite puppeteers to work with was my pal Stoney Ripley who co-created Blizzard Island and also played my Blizzard Island side kicks, ie: my Witch to his Uncle Eggbert, my Sir Python to his Molcaster cat. Stoney and I would have so very many laughs together. Stoney always had me in tears.

    Stoney also worked with me on the 4 video production of “Four Fish Fly Free” and the people that I performed with there although where very new to puppeteering they where very hard workers and were great fun.

    With Fraggle Rock, Karen Prell was great fun to work with and a person that would give you lots of help and sometimes played background with us Canadians. Dave Goelz is another fun performer who was very funny off camera with Boober. One of the things that Dave did was have Boober act like a spoiled Hollywood Star calling a Director pussycat or baby and wanting to know if the shot needed more light. “Was that good for you George baby?” I got great laugh when our video tech/switcher Harley Walker would put in video effects between takes like a lightening bolt over someone. There was one time that Boober got to play with a ball of light. Ok I’m getting off track here. Hey, they where all great fun and lots of clowning around.

    That’s it for tonight I’ll be answering OverUnderAround’s questions tomorrow night (I hope) as soon as I check out my interview that I did for Muppet Central to see if I had answered that 2 part question then and I’ll answer Gorgon Heaps questions as well. Oh my goodness I almost forgot about Skeeter's question which I'll answer first tomorrow night, sorry Skeeter.

    Take care everyone,

    Terry Angus
  15. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    Your pacemaker's older than that!

    Terry, do you remember which specific Muppets you performed in "The Muppets: A Celebration of Thirty Years"? Thanks for your time!

  16. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    Yeah IMDB has you in it and MFC but no character list
  17. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    I'm striking my last question- somebody already updated Beep's IMDb page. So I'll replace it with another, simpler question:

    Do you still keep in touch with any of your FR cohorts?

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  18. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    are you talking about my q's
  19. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    No, I meant my last question. This last question of mine can be answered with a simple 'no', or a 'yes' followed by some names. I struck my previous question about the late B.P. Nichol when I found the answer elsewhere.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  20. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    ok thanks for setting this Q&A up

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