- Jun 9, 2013
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What a great interview! Steve truly is a class act.But seriously, you should check this out.
That may be true but everyone has their own way of doing thingsAnd this is yet another reason why Sid & Marty Krofft was able to get more done than Jim: they knew how to sell a show; they didn't bother to write treatments, outlines, drafts, scripts, etc. Instead, they created "bibles" full of conceptual artwork of the characters and settings, and the whole premise of the show was spelled out as you turned the pages. This is why people need to actually see what it is they're taking a chance on, particularly when it's something "out there" and different
I think someone else touched on this, but there has been no confirmation that this was ever going to happen. It sounds like something he had proposed or wanted, but that's kind of all we know. Something to consider, Steve has never had any creative role in the Muppets beyond being a performer. Meanwhile, even newer guys like Bill, Joey, and even Matt, etc. are directing, puppet coordinating, writing, producing etc. Something that has rubbed me the wrong way is that Steve's blog presents himself as the only guy who can fix things. That's insane.Perhaps. It's a fine line, one that Jerry Juhl and a rare few like him walk very well. That's why I think it would have been so amazing if Steve Whitmire, instead of being dismissed, would have been hired on as a creative consultant/producer as he was told he would be. He knows the characters as they truly are, as well as the very exact formula to create Muppet gold.
First off, thanks for the welcome. It's a bit more of a welcome back. Also, I love what you say about fandoms. Spot on.First of all, welcome Greenhoodie. It's certainly encouraging to have more 18+ mature posters on here(no offense to the kids! Just, sometimes it's good to see perspectives from long time fans)
And I bring that up because it's strange that if this massive discord had been going on with Steve and his colleagues/management, that less than two years ago things (at least outwardly) seemed so harmonious.
On the issue of recasts, I'm still blown away with how eerily good Eric Jacobson is with Frank Oz characters. There's no part of me that watches those characters and thinks its just an impersonation or is taken out of the moment. I feel like Rudman really came into his own with the revival of Scooter, same with Baretta's Rowlf.
And while I do feel like there is some room for tweaking/evolving with Matt's Big Bird and The Count, Vogel has shown he's a perfect Sesame recast choice and more than earned his place as a veteran in two decades. Which is to say, logically it wasn't a blind straw decision to give Kermit to Vogel. However it just feels weird politically given the whole situation.