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Remembering Franz "Faz" Fazakas (1918-2013)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    We just received word that Franz "Faz" Fazakas has passed away at the age of 95. He was a special effects designer and puppeteer who contributed to many Muppet productions by creating hundreds of puppetry special effects.

    From helping the Muppets ride bicycles, to rowing a boat for Emmet and Ma Otter, to controlling the massive Gorgs and miniscule Doozers, the pioneering work of Faz Fazakas will live on for generations. Share your memories.


  2. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Such a smart man who was able to help take Jim's magic and bring it to life. I wish that I could have done half of what he has done in his life. RIP FAZ!
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  3. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I'm so sad to hear about this. He had such a big legacy in the Muppet world (and might be the origins of 'Fozzie Bear's name). He will be missed.
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  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    When you stop and think about it every shot that has a Muppet in it is some way is a special effect. Faz and the whole company brought so much of the technical aspects to life. His work was simply amazing, and will live on.....
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  5. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    I'm speechless! i had no idea he did special effects with the Doozers with the radio control devices and cables that makes them move. R.I.P Faz! We will miss you!
  6. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Aw man... another tragic loss to the Muppet world. :(
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  9. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    The man was very innovative and a great partner to help make Jim's imaginary visions come to life. Now he, Jim, Jane, Richard, Jerry Nelson, Jerry Juhl and all the others will be able to tell stories of their lives.

    RIP Faz.
  10. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    What a long and charmed life he led. What a lucky guy. I don't think he needs tears and prayers - he needs a round of applause and a standing ovation.
  11. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    The man did amazing things. What can I say? Thanks, Faz! You'll be missed.

    Heh, in the Dragon*Con Fraggle Rock panel Frith, Mullen, and Prell talked about Faz's work. One thing they mentioned was the radio-controlled background Fraggles Faz made. They were next to a fire station, and when there was an alarm it would broadcast on the frequency the puppet control used. The puppets would go berserk and they'd have to wait until the alarm was over to resume filming.

    Often when I went around with my puppets, Mokey especially, people asked me if I built eye mechanisms. I replied that I was nowhere near that good; "My name is Kim, not Faz!" People knew who I was referring to. :)
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  12. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Oh no this is horrible! *sighs* I feel awful for not knowing his name.....
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  13. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

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  14. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    *Clears throat* I would like to say that I saw "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and one of my favorite scenes was when Ma and her son were rowing the boat along the river. After I saw the special, I watched some extra features, and guess what? Faz was the one that radio-controlled the boat. I was like, "How did he do that?" He legacy of creating technology and special effects for the Muppets will live on. R.I.P Faz!
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  15. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    You're right, Slackbot! That was a funny moment they said at the place! "Oh boy, here it goes again!" :)

    And for my 300th post, I would like to thank Faz for bringing his talents for such an incredible legacy to the Muppets and puppetry! Pause for applause, everybody! :shifty::busy::grr:
  16. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    I did find a video of Traveling Matt and Cotterpin Doozer. I believe off-camera would be Fac when Cotterpin moves her ATV (which is a few times) and the voice was Kathy Mullen.

    Okay, so it is video-taped, but I wish this was somewhere (when someone does a tribute of him).
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  17. Mike Quinn

    Mike Quinn Well-Known Member

    I met Faz several times, but the only time I think I officially worked with him was when he was over for a short time on The Dark Crystal. I was building Podlings and Slaves hand puppets (100 in all) with Bobby Payne. Faz worked with Bobby on a few marionette Podlings for the village scene as I recall.

    He was such a nice and fun guy and was so genuine and enthusiastic. He cared very much about his work. Definitely a key figure in the company. Who can forget Kermit riding his bike in The Muppet Movie?

    It was an honor and a pleasure knowing you Faz - thank you for all you did!
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  18. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    His work was amazing. He basically had my dream job. I'm sorry to hear that he's passed on. RIP and thanks for all the awesome moments.
  19. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Well-Known Member

    When I heard the news about this I was really saddened and shock Faz was a genius and really helped many of Jim's ideas become a reality like the Rat kitchen scence the Doozers ,the gorgs faces and even sweetums's eyebrow. R.I.P mr Fazakas another great muppet helper joining Jim, Richard, Jerry and many others in that great muppet heaven
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    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member


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