tech master and puppeteer Franz "Faz" Fazakas dies
huge contributions to Muppet productions in the 1970's and 1980's
by pioneering hundreds of puppetry special effects.
of The Jim Henson Company
Faz Fazakas has died.
was a genius special effects designer and puppeteer who began
working with puppets in the
joined Jim Henson in the 1970's and developed the mechanism to
control the eye movement of life-size Muppets like
and Sweetums as well as the wizardry needed for the smaller
characters including Rizzo the Rat and the Doozers. He worked
on many of the Muppet films as well
as The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal.
helping the Muppets ride bicycles, to rowing a boat for Emmet
and Ma Otter, to controling the massive Gorgs and miniscule Doozers,
the pioneering work of Faz Fazakas will live on for generations.
your memories and favorite moments of Faz Fazakas in the
Muppet Central Forum.
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