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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 11 May 2020 at 8:10pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


Free special event coming up this Saturday, May 16th at 4:00pm EST:

http://www.MuppetGuysTalking.
com/jim


Fran Brill, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta and Frank Oz will livestream this discussion
about Jim Henson on the 30th anniversary of his death. I loved the MUPPET
GUYS TALKING movie and am glad this is happening amid all the doom and
gloom.




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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 15 May 2020 at 1:29pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply



While this weekend's talk is about Jim Henson, I have been thinking a lot about
Frank Oz lately.

I saw KNIVES OUT for the first time this week, and Oz popped up as a lawyer in
a familiar cameo - the same kind of "official" he did for John Landis in BLUES
BROTHERS and TRADING PLACES. Oz doesn't need to do stuff like this, so I
assume he and Rian Johnson hit it off while doing the Yoda scene in THE LAST
JEDI.

All disagreements about THE LAST JEDI's quality aside, props to Johnson for
insisting that Yoda not be digital for the reunion with Luke, so Oz performed
Yoda on set as a working puppet. It comes off great, and I love the behind the
scenes clips of it. Oz doesn't perform Muppets anymore, so it was a great
moment.

And beyond Muppets, he's one of my favorite directors - DIRTY ROTTEN
SCOUNDRELS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, WHAT ABOUT BOB?, and
BOWFINGER are all excellent.

I recall a story of Marlon Brando mocking Oz on the set of THE SCORE - the
easy cheap shot "hand up Miss Piggy's ass" type of nonsense. An easy target
considering his history with family friendly material that I am sure he and
Henson had heard before. Kudos to Henson, Oz, and all the Muppet
performers for taking puppetry to the next level with THE MUPPET SHOW and
subsequent films, and then Oz carving out a role for himself as a director.






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