Pixel Scroll 3/26/17 May You Dream Of Large Pixels

(1) WUT. WIRED has a bad feeling about this: “Only You Can Stop The Expanse From Becoming the Next Canceled Sci-Fi Classic”

Syfy’s epic space show The Expanse is a smash hit among science fiction fans, drawing praise from websites like io9 and Ars Technica and from celebrities like Adam Savage. Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley also loves the show.

“This is my favorite show on TV,” Kirtley says in Episode 248 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “This is the most serious science fiction TV show—in terms of what hardcore science fiction fans would want in a TV show—that I’ve seen in a long time, possibly ever.”

But while the show is widely praised in many corners, it has yet to attract a wider audience. John J. Joex, who tracks the ratings of various shows over at Cancelled Sci Fi, says that The Expanse looks like a show headed for cancellation.

“The ratings started out decent and then really dropped off,” he says. “And I know this is an expensive series to produce, so I was really getting kind of nervous about it.”

(2) TECH PREDICTIONS. There’s a touch of Ray Bradbury in “Interactive! The Exhibition” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum through April 16:

Interactive! is a large-scale, hands-on examination of how popular culture in movies, books, TV, and the arts has influenced modern technology and changed the ways we live, work, move, connect and play. In addition to a wide variety of “hands-on” experiences, including Oculus Rift virtual reality, interactive robots, the driverless car, multiple gaming stations, remote control drones, 3D printing stations and more, Reagan Library visitors will also get up close to some of science fiction’s most iconic characters, including a roving, interactive R2D2 from Star Wars, a T-800 endoskeleton from The Terminator, and a full-size Alien from the Alien films. The exhibit also showcases the creative inspiration behind legendary innovators such a Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Walt Disney.

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift, robotic arm interactives, 80’s gaming stations and more.
  • Create and compose your own musical masterpiece.
  • Seek out resources on Mars with a remote-control version of the rover from the hit film The Martian.
  • Get up close with the first ever 3D printed car, by Local Motors.
  • Examine communications from the landline rotary telephone and VCR to smartphones.
  • Check out jetpacks, Marty McFly’s hoverboard and even meet Baxter the robot!
  • And much more!

This exhibit is great for museum guests of all ages – from the young, to the young at heart!

(3) VISIONS OF BEAUTY. Jane Frank has remodeled her WOW-art (Worlds of Wonder) website.

She’s also offering Un-Hinged! A Fantastic Psychedelic Coloring Book with All Original Designs by Mike Hinge through Amazon.

(4) ONE THUMB UP. David Sims of The Atlantic finds “’Life’ Is a Fun, Joltingly Scary Creature Feature in Space”.

Daniel Espinosa’s new horror film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds as astronauts fighting a hostile alien…

Any reasonable creature feature worth its bones should have, on balance, about half a dozen scenes where a character makes a patently illogical decision. Just discovered a new form of ancient alien life? Give it some zaps with a cattle prod, just to see what happens. Now you’re fighting an alien enemy in an enclosed space station? Break out the flamethrower! Running low on fuel? Definitely vent everything you have left in an effort to startle the creature, even when it doesn’t work the first three times. If the film is scary and chaotic enough, every bad choice will act as a link in a chain, building to a satisfying crescendo of mayhem that the audience has secretly been rooting for all along. Life isn’t perfect—you probably won’t remember it after three months—but it does exactly that.

Daniel Espinosa’s horror film is set in space and has some ostensible sci-fi trappings, as it’s centered around humans’ first encounter with prehistoric Martian life. But the movie might as well take place in an underground cavern or a fantasy dungeon, since its two-fold premise is fairly universal: The heroes are trapped in a gilded tomb from which they may not escape, and the monster they’ve awakened is stuck in there with them.

(5) WE HATES IT. At Locus Online, Gary Westfahl makes clear that Life does nothing to alter his dislike of horror movies generally – “Mutiny of the Unknown Alien Slime: A Review of Life”.

Further, one might argue that when it comes to alien life forms, anything is possible, but the plausibility of this particular alien life form can be seriously questioned. Without going into detail about all of its antics, I find it extremely difficult to imagine, given what we know about the history of Mars, any series of events that would cause such a creature to emerge and thrive for hundreds of millions of years (which is what we are told happened). And Derry specifies that the alien is a carbon-based life form that in most ways closely resembles terrestrial life forms; and since all such organisms would die within a minute if exposed to the vacuum of space, the Martian would never be able to cavort about in a vacuum with undiminished energy and flexibility for an indefinite period of time. But this nonsense does provide the film with an exciting scene, and for the filmmakers, that was all that mattered. In sum, precautions will always be necessary in dealing with potential alien life, but no one should have any nightmares about slimy, lightning-fast starfish embarking upon campaigns to slaughter all humans in sight.

(6) BEAT THE CLOCK. James Van Pelt, in “Marketing Short Stories”, reviews lots of sales and rejection statistics derived from taking the Bradbury challenge.

First, the background. Two years ago I decided to try Ray Bradbury’s challenge to write a story a week for a year….

CONCLUSIONS: – I was able to find places to submit all the stories pretty much all the time. If there are that many markets, then the short story marketplace is robust. The Submission Grinder lists 25 markets in science fiction that will pay six cents or more per word. There are many more, beautifully done, semi-pro magazines that I’m proud to submit to who pay less. – This is an old lesson, but if you are going to write short stories and submit them on spec, you have to be thick-skinned. I have been submitting stories seriously since the 80s. I’ve sold 145 stories, been a finalist for the Nebula, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. I’ve appeared in several Year’s Best collections. I think I’m doing okay, but I’m still rejected at an 8 to 1 ratio. Mike Resnick doesn’t suffer from this ratio, I’ll bet, but there’s only one Mike….

(7) SHARING THE FUN. The Los Angeles Times profiles “Frank Oz and the gang of ‘Muppet Guys Talking’ still pulling on their silly strings”.

The movie is the first documentary directed by Oz, who also made such comedies as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Bowfinger.” And of course he was the voice of Yoda in the “Star Wars” films.

It is just a few hours after their premiere and four of the Muppet originators — Oz, Brill, Barretta and Goelz — are sitting around a hotel conference table in Austin. (Nelson died in 2012, the same year the movie’s conversation was filmed.) The four of them have a rapport one might associate with a sketch comedy group, responding quickly to one another with a near-telepathic sense of connection.

With impish delight, Goelz noisily unwraps a candy over the microphone of an interviewer’s recording device a few beats longer than is necessary. Brill playfully spurts a sweet from between her fingers, sending it gracefully arcing through the air to the other side of the room.

It was that largely unseen affinity among them that was the initial impetus for the film. While they have all spoken separately about their characters and time working with Muppets creator Jim Henson, who died in 1990, it was not until filming “Muppet Guys Talking” that they had ever done an interview together.

(8) FRANKLY SPEAKING. ScreenRant, on the other hand, says there are “15 Dark Secrets About The Muppets”.

How quickly people forget that the very first pilot episode of The Muppet Show was entitled, “The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence”. In fact, The Muppets and associated Henson characters were never completely immune to controversy, tragedy, or touchy topics, despite their family-friendly exterior. After all, muppets are essentially just a bunch of guys with their hands up the butts of various animal and human-like creations. What kind of dark secrets could we possibly uncover about them? Read on, all you puppet-loving weirdos and take a gander at 15 Dark Secrets About The Muppets

  1. Frank Oz never wanted to be a puppeteer

Amazing as it may seem, one of the most famous muppet voices, aside from Jim Henson himself, never wanted a career in puppetry. Frank Oz was the son of Belgian immigrants who were both puppeteers themselves. While his siblings never took much of an interest in it, Oz performed puppet shows to make extra money as a teenager, saving up for a trip to Europe. As he explained in an interview with IGN, “it was something that I latched on to because it was a way to please them (his parents) and it was a means of expression for a shy, self-effacing boy.”

Oz had actually planned to study journalism in college, but dropped out after a year when Jim Henson offered him a job….


Spinach Day

It’s not just Popeye who will be strong to the finish on Spinach Day, but everyone who chooses to celebrate the day by consuming some of this leafy green plant will get to join in the health benefits as well!


  • March 26, 1937 — Popeye statue unveiled during spinach festival, Crystal City, Texas. (Are you sensing a theme here?)


(12) INSIDE THE SHELL. The Guardian calls her “Scarlett Johansson, charismatic queen of science fiction”.

Hollywood quickly made room on its red carpets for the young Scarlett Johansson in 2003, when she first created a stir in Sofia Coppola’s film, Lost in Translation. It seemed clear that this blonde bombshell from New York, who was so ably sharing the screen with a dyspeptic Bill Murray, would go on to deliver popcorn buckets-full of mainstream audience appeal. Beautiful, mysterious and charismatic: she was already an aspirational trophy for any traditional leading man.

Yet, 14 years on, Johansson is established instead as a rather different sort of screen idol. Following a succession of high-octane blockbusters and off-beat critical hits, the actress is now enshrined as perhaps the leading sci-fi action star of her generation. Where once her sardonic smirks and sultry looks spoke of old-school movie glamour, she is now more likely to grab the limelight by kickboxing than by smouldering.

(13) IMAGINE SUPERMAN WITHOUT ONE OF THESE. “Last call for the phone booth?” was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.

Yes, there’s nothing like reaching out and touching someone from a phone booth. They used to be everywhere, but they are now rare coin-operated curiosities. Mo Rocca looks into the history of the once-ubiquitous phone booth, and of the wi-fi kiosks that are now replacing them in New York City.

(14) WWWWD? Another video on CBS Sunday Morning, “The immortal Wonder Woman”.

The real superpower of the comic book heroine, who just turned 75, is the power to inspire. Faith Salie explores the history of Wonder Woman, and talks with Lynda Carter, made immortal by playing the Amazonian on TV in the 1970s, and with Jill Lepore, author of “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.”

(15) A TALE AS OLD AS TIME. In NPR’s analysis of many versions of the basic story includes a discussion ofan upcoming Tanith Lee collection: “Tale As Old As Time: The Dark Appeal of ‘Beauty And The Beast’”.

The tales in [Maria] Tatar’s compilation swing from vicious to romantic, from comedy to horror. There are stories of a steadfast prince being loyal to his frog-wife, or a princess searching for her bear-husband “east of the sun and west of the moon” — here, love is proven in action and rewarded with happiness. But Beauty and the Beast stories are about power as much as about love. So sometimes the prince steals a maiden’s animal skin to force her to stay with him, or he puts his tortoise-wife on display against her wishes, or he ignores his devoted wife’s warnings and discovers she’s actually a crane. And these stories, where power is abused, differ sharply from the stories of proof and trust: Almost all of them end with her escape.

(16) A TALE AS OLD AS ME. And for us oldpharts: BBC provides video coverage of an opera based on Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

The Opera de Montreal is taking the rock out of “rock opera” with its ambitious interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic double album, The Wall.

Another Brick in the Wall: L’Opera tells the story of Pink, a rock star who retreats into his mind to cope with the alienation of fame.

Roger Waters’ lyrics provide the narrative backbone of the two-hour production but composer Julien Bilodeau has removed the album’s familiar rhythms and melodies in favour of timpani and a 50-person chorus.

(17) TUNES OF THRONES. An LA audience was treated to a more up-to-date musical experience this past week — “’Game of Thrones’ live experience transforms Forum into Westeros for the night”.

One of the many powers held by a historic music venue like the Forum in Inglewood — which has seen celebrated concerts by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and Prince — is that of a time machine.

Capable of transporting an audience back to a summer when it first heard a favorite song or an aging band to its initial heyday, the Forum’s ability to slip the bounds of time was again in full view Thursday night with the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, a celebration of the blockbuster HBO series and its music, led by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi.

This time-skipping quality could be felt on two fronts. With a mix of orchestral sweep, multiple screens and the occasional blast of fire and smoke, the show’s expected aim was to transport fans to the Middle Ages-adjacent universe of the tangled and very bloody machinations of George R.R. Martin’s Westeros. However, the performance also offered a fleeting glimpse of the not too distant future when “Game of Thrones” is no longer something analyzed and anticipated — July 16 and the new season is coming, everyone! — and exists only as a memory. Indeed, having left such an imprint on pop culture, it wasn’t difficult to imagine this concert being toured and staged well after “Game of Thrones” is over and our watch is ended.

This sort of living tribute to a series nearing its finish gave the night a communal, Comic-Con-esque quality.

(18) WILSON. In “How sketching a dying father led Daniel Clowes to his quirky new film ‘Wilson’” the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna interviews Daniel Clowes, whose new film Wilson is based on his graphic novel.  Clowes makes comparisons between producing graphic novels and directing and discusses what happened when he took Charles Schulz’s challenge to come up with a gag for a comic strip every day.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Cat Eldridge, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Darrah Chavey.]

82 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 3/26/17 May You Dream Of Large Pixels

  1. (4) & (5)– I can comment on this, since I just saw Life today.

    The cinematography, especially in the first few minutes of the film, is memorable. There’s a gorgeous tracking shot (I’m sure there’s invisible digital seams in it, but at first glance it seems to be all one take, similar to the famous tracking shot in Children of Men) introducing us to the interior of the International Space Station, with the astronauts propelling themselves down the corridors and working at the various stations, with the camera circling to present the characters from all angles, upside down and crossways. There seems to be considerable care taken to present the realities of living and working in a weightless environment, including talking about the toilets and showing floating tears (and, unfortunately, other liquids). Similar care seems to be taken (at least until all hell breaks loose) with the scientific process of studying the creature. This is in stark contrast to the first trailer for this film, which Mike linked to in a previous Scroll, and which I commented on because I thought the trailer showed a stupid mistake a certain character made. Well, I guess I’m not the only one who complained about that, because that moment in the trailer is nowhere to be found in the movie! (Also, said character is not stupid at all, but is one of the more sympathetic and rounded in the entire cast.)

    This film is well constructed and the special effects are seamless. Unfortunately as a whole, it is, as my aunt used to say, “a mile wide and an inch deep.” You really need to turn off your brain while you’re watching it, and also after you get out of the theater, because if you think about it for any length of time afterwards, it falls apart like soggy cotton candy. The ending is particularly implausible and stupid, and just served, as far as I’m concerned, to (a) make sure Big-Name White Guy Jake Gyllenhaal was the Last Character Standing; and (b) hopefully cut off all hope for a sequel, because Earth Is Royally F**ked.

    (Can you tell I really didn’t like it that much?)

    You’d be much better off spending your money on Jordan Peele’s excellent Get Out. This is much more of a horror film, although (rot-13) vg nyfb unf ryrzragf bs Gur Fgrcsbeq Jvirf naq Qbabina’f Oenva. But this is a film that is creepy as heck, and also makes you think. I read somewhere that only an African-American filmmaker could have made it, and I think that’s true.

  2. Bonnie McDaniel: (1) Huh? According to this, The Expanse has already been renewed for a third season.

    Later in the article they make clear that it’s the prospect of not being renewed for a fourth season they’re worrying about.

  3. (7)

    “He wanted to use television for good,” Brill says of Henson. “This was his tool to put forth his philosophy about what’s a good person, what’s a good life, respecting nature, respecting other people. That was all who he was.”

    Yep, still miss Jim Henson.

  4. Echoing Bonnie McDaniel: my wife and I went to see Get Out today, and it is brilliant – suspenseful and disturbing and funny (sometimes all at once). Really well written and directed, and a uniformly great cast. Highly recommended.

  5. (3) VISIONS OF BEAUTY. I love SFF art, but this is an over-engineered site with performance and usability issues; I recommend going back to the drawing board. I found it sluggish. The home page has mouseover effects with a hand cursor to make them appear clickable, but they aren’t; I tried two browsers, so I figure they’re not supposed to be clickable – so why do everything to make them appear so? Or are they supposed to be, but it’s just broken? Argh, I wasted time trying to figure out if there were links that should be working. So, I turned to the Artists drop-down menu to find the one I wanted, and ran into an overly ornate font – cutesy but not very readable! Well, at least the art on the site is nice.

    I was curious about the coloring book, but the preview at Amazon has only the covers, title page, and a blank page, so I can’t see what I’d be getting. 🙁 I’ve always wondered if this is Amazon automation or under publisher control; either way, no way I’d buy a book like this without seeing any interior.

    (8) FRANKLY SPEAKING. Interesting – I didn’t know a lot of these, though not all are “dark secrets.” #9 is sad, but not Muppet-related, so I’m not sure why it’s on the list.

    BTW this Scroll item lead me to Screen Rant’s “Avengers React to Justice League Trailer in Hilarious Fan Video”, which was cute, but not as hilarious as I hoped.

    @Kip W: “You see one pixel, you’ve seen ’em all.” – Heh, ain’t it the truth, bub!

  6. (5) All terrestrial organisms die after less than a minute of vacuum exposure? Apparently that reviewer has never heard of tardigrades, aka water bears.

  7. (9) My mother loved spinach, and also fish. My father hated them both. They compromised.

    That’s how I grew up eating fish ever Friday, and never encountering spinach.

  8. My name is Inigo Montoya. You scrolled my pixel. Prepare to file.

    Have fun scrollin’ the pixel.

    I want my pixel scrolled, you Son of a Bitch!

  9. (1) WUT

    Welp, a good start on that might be to actually show season 2. Netflix have it in the UK but have yet to show any of it. I don’t know if that decision is down to Netflix or just the conditions of their deal, but I’m getting slowly spoilered despite my best efforts and that tends to dampen my enthusiasm.

  10. @Anne Sheller: Perhaps the reviewer meant a non-microscopic organism, with tentacles and eating of astronauts? But s/he should have said so. However, bacteria certainly survive, and I thought everyone knew about the mighty tardigrade. I wouldn’t rule out other things either, maybe cockroaches or some other insect. Or just something that evolved the same protective measures as water bears, which, y’know. Mars over the eons, it’s possible. Whether it could have evolved enough to cavort around with no oxygen forever, probably not. After all, tardigrades don’t do anything while they’re hibernating.

    @Mark-kitteh: we’re mid-season 2 here, and it’s the Syfy money, not the Netflix money that’ll keep it on. Of course, Syfy went over a year without showing it too.

  11. 1) Well that’s a splash of cold water. Shows like the Expanse are indeed more expensive than a three camera three room comedy, so if it doesn’t go gangbusters…

    13) Even before the rise of mobile telephones, by the 1980’s, a phone booth had become something to use in NYC for me only if one had no other choice, because they were unsanitary, used by criminals, and generally “scuzzy”. So Superman’s use of phone booths is sadly, now, a period piece affectation.

  12. Even before the rise of mobile telephones, by the 1980’s, a phone booth had become something to use in NYC for me only if one had no other choice, because they were unsanitary, used by criminals, and generally “scuzzy”. So Superman’s use of phone booths is sadly, now, a period piece affectation.

    Even the Christopher Reeve Superman movie was making fun of that–Clark tries to change in a phone booth, only to realize that 1978-vintage phone booths didn’t have doors, or even walls.

  13. @Rob I had forgotten that detail!. But that definitely fits with my pop thesis. 🙂

  14. I thought Scarlet Johansson’s breakout movie was Ghost World – so her latest outing is in line with that, both because it has Ghost in the title and because it’s derived from a comic.

    Whatever happened to Thora Birch though?

  15. (8) Long time ago Henson (HIT I think) hired the big studio at the ITV station where I worked to make some episodes of Mother Goose Stories. It was incredibly unsettling when you suddenly realised (often long after the event) that you’d just watched a muppet that was being operated by a team of three people ad-lib an apology for messing up a scene.

  16. Re Ann Leckie’s new book: How long until we hear that a certain Anne Elky is coming out with a book called Providence at the same time?

    But in all seriousness that’s a very nice cover.

  17. @Joe H

    Mmmm, that’s very pleasant news, and due this year too.


    Don’t even joke….

  18. Oneiros on March 27, 2017 at 8:47 am said:
    Re Ann Leckie’s new book: How long until we hear that a certain Anne Elky is coming out with a book called Providence at the same time?

    She’ll probably appreciate the publicity and sales boost that VD’s impotent feuding would give her.

  19. Joe H. on March 27, 2017 at 7:15 am said:
    Kobo has it available for pre-order, so I assume the others also do

  20. 13) The new trailer for DEADPOOL 2 has the character change in a phone booth. Since he doesn’t wear his costume under his clothes, he needs to change everything. The phone booth is glass, and the viewers are given generous views of the moon.

  21. @James Moar, @Peter Card: Birch continued acting after Ghost World, she just wasn’t getting particularly good roles or high-profile projects… not unlike many other actors. There was a lot of speculation that unusually intrusive parental management had hurt her career (it’s briefly mentioned in that 2014 interview, but more here). Then she completely left film and TV for a few years, but came back last year to do a recurring role in the SF series Colony, and it looks like she’s in three or four movies being released this year.

  22. (1) That’s a really pointless article, unless the point was just to get a lot of fans worried and forwarding it around, which it seems to have succeeded at. There’s literally one verifiable piece of information in it: the Nielsen ratings for this show are not super impressive. Whether Nielsen ratings are actually what cable networks base their cancellation decisions on these days, especially for shows that are largely watched via on-demand or DVR or streaming, is an interesting question that they. Even the guy whose blog they based most of the story on acknowledged some of those issues: “…it has trended up since then and has also seen decent delayed viewing gains (I’m also guessing that its digital viewing numbers are good, but Syfy does not share those stats)”.

    The dumbest thing in the podcast wasn’t included in the text piece: the host speculated that maybe the show would’ve become more popular if it had used the word zombie, as the book did, to refer to protomolecule victims. Because people are into zombies these days.

  23. Editing mistake in my last comment: “an interesting question that they.” should be “an interesting question that they don’t address.”

  24. Getting nothing but “WordPress > Error” on the Screenrant/Muppets Dark Secrets link in Firefox. Disabled all the protective add-ons and got nothing for my troubles but a browser crash.

  25. So, in Germany there is this kids program called Die Maus. They always start with a rundown of the show, which they then repeat in a different language (which they disclose at the end).
    Now they twittered this:

    And here is the original link to the show, which contains spoilers (which explain why Im telling you this).

  26. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little: Getting nothing but “WordPress > Error” on the Screenrant/Muppets Dark Secrets link in Firefox. Disabled all the protective add-ons and got nothing for my troubles but a browser crash.

    I’m sorry for that. Just tried it myself, without a problem, but I’m not using Firefox.

  27. @Iphinome
    I want my pixel scrolled, you Son of a Bitch Fifth!


    I had not realized that it needed fixing. But it did!

  28. Oneiros on March 27, 2017 at 8:47 am said:
    Re Ann Leckie’s new book: How long until we hear that a certain Anne Elky is coming out with a book called Providence at the same time?

    I’m assuming it would contain a theory about a brontosaurus, which is her theory and belongs to her?

  29. @Robert Whitaker Sirignano: I saw that trailer; since Marvel movies take place in real cities rather than creations, I wonder how long it will take for somebody to determine whether there’s a phone booth in anything that looks like even the scuzzy neighborhood(s) the movie happens in. (I assume they didn’t actually shoot in NYC, which I’ve read is horribly expensive and difficult; e.g., the home-street scenes in the early Spider-Man movies were shot in ?Toronto?)

  30. @12: Interesting if superficial, and IIRC off on one point they should have gotten:didn’t we see her in Lycra in Iron Man 2, 2 years before Avengers Assemble? It will be interesting to see what she does once she gets tired of bouncing around a set; her work for Woody Allen shows that she has acting chops, but I haven’t heard anything about what she’d like to do that’s less splattery.

  31. (1) Currently just over halfway through Cibola Burn, and [no spoilers] thinking: “That’s going to be expensive to film.”

  32. @Peer
    Loved seeing the classic Die Sendung mit der Maus intro in that language. And the show had a real life astronaut, Alexander Gerst, as a guest star, too. But then, Alexander Gerst is a big Maus fan (like everybody of that age, sincewe all watched the Maus) and even took a toy Maus to the ISS.

    It’s interesting BTW that there apparently is no word for mouse and elephant in that language, since they used the German words.

  33. As in this youtube clip where a muppet malfunctions.

    Like that, yes, but with more arm movements. From ancient memory for a moving Muppet like Fozzie in that clip there’s one person doing voice and mouth, one doing head movement and one arm, and a third doing the other arm and supporting most of the weight.

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