Back in the mid to late 90’s I worked on a series of commercials for the Henson Creature Shop in Camden. This is a short behind the scenes video I found in the loft a few days ago. I’d been searching for it for ages and I feared it was lost. This transfer is taken from a second generation VHS, so the quality is a bit ropy.
It’s great to have this as a record of what we did. It was a pretty successful campaign that ran for quite a few years.
I was never that young and hairless though.
For those of you who don’t already know, The Muppet Mindset is one of the top Muppet/Henson sites around. It’s an absolute treasure trove of information. It’s also run by a really nice bunch of people and has a great feel to it.
The author is Jarrod Fairclough, and it’s the first part in a series of articles on lesser known Muppeteers.
Until recently I never considered myself a “Muppeteer”, I was a puppeteer that was occasionally lucky enough to work for the Henson company.
I guess Furgus has changed all that.
It was actually my wife that pointed it out after I had finished the first block of filming on The Furchester Hotel.
“Does this mean your a Muppeteer now?” she asked.
It actually stumped me for a moment because I hadn’t really thought about it.
“Nah.” I replied.
“But it’s a completely new character, he’s Elmo’s uncle!”
“Well…. I guess!”
It’s not a title I would ever use on myself. You’ll never see me handing out business cards with “Muppeteer” on them. However, when people call me it, I can’t deny that I get a little shiver down my spine.
What an honour.
The little kid who grew up in the Kent countryside done ok.
Thanks to Jarrod for writing it, and thanks to all of you that have sent me such positive feedback after reading it.