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Jim Henson was no square
October 28, 2012 4:45 PM   Subscribe

Neat early puppetry by Jim Henson and the later finished piece that became part of Sesame Street.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (11 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
OMG is that where the "Don't be such a square" line came from in Pulp Fiction?
posted by Melismata at 4:48 PM on October 28, 2012


Unknown, the Flintstones had something similar back in the '60s
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:53 PM on October 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Not directly from that sketch I'd expect but Quentin was totally referencing Sesame Street for sure.
posted by wabbittwax at 4:53 PM on October 28, 2012


Oh my god, Muppets, twee creepiness and jazz in two minutes? This was amazing.
posted by dinty_moore at 6:00 PM on October 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


No one plays an impotent authority figure like Frank Oz. "We don't need that! Stop those dots!"
posted by evilcolonel at 7:54 PM on October 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Agree completely, evilcolonel. He sounded exactly like Bert. Which, of course, he was.
posted by Melismata at 9:03 PM on October 28, 2012


Henson's apparent early version/ancestor of Kermit the Frog was famous as a brutal, crazed, and remorseless serial killer whose sanity suddenly snaps into murderous rage again and again and again and again and again and again under the influence of consumer capitalism and coffee:

"Do you drink Wilkins coffee?"
posted by Bwithh at 10:14 PM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aha. Took some digging, but here's the first (1966) of the two Ed Sullivan Show versions of the routine.

And the audio of the (1971) Dick Cavett Show version. Skip to 45:00 minutes in.

These two versions sound suspiciously alike to me, although the Muppet Wiki page shows a different outfit for "Grump," and the 1966 Kermit is wearing very mod clothes, while the the screencap of 1971 Kermit shows him au naturel.

If I had to guess, I'd say that because of the visual effect element, they may have just used the same audio file for both performances.
posted by LEGO Damashii at 2:59 AM on October 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Do you drink Wilkins coffee?"

That’s pretty amazing — i.e. Kermit (aka Wilkins) the Psycho. Those commercials are explained in more detail here.
posted by LeLiLo at 3:29 AM on October 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aha. Took some digging, but here's the first (1966) of the two Ed Sullivan Show versions of the routine.

Wow, Kermit is high as a kite in that one!
posted by Melismata at 5:00 AM on October 29, 2012


Square. Thanks for the memories.
posted by Kilovolt at 9:00 PM on October 29, 2012


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