A few days ago I found myself watching a plethora of old Bert and Ernie skits.
A few days ago, also, it snowed! But it was a pathetic kind of snow where it didn't stick to the ground. If you're going to snow, nature, at least make it so that I don't have to go to class.
SO, there's this one skit where they've just built a snowman and Ernie's convinced that they can't just leave him when they're done, because he'll get cold. At some point he decides to take Bert's hat and scarf to put on the snowman, and I think why I like it so much is because I've also been watching a lot of behind-the-scenes junk (BECAUSE PUPPETS AND ANIMATRONICS ARE RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS, OKAY). Anyway, there's this video of Jim Henson and Frank Oz running through their lines for this scene and one of them suggests that it'd be funny if the scarf was yanked off of him and he spun around a little bit. It just seems like such a fun and creative process, I dunno.
I think what I like about these two is that they fall into a certain character archetype duo that I'm really fond of, which is the happy-go-lucky somewhat stupid and/or eccentric character and the grumpy, boring, easily-angered or otherwise generally-unpleasant-to-be-around character. I find that a lot of my original characters fit into this category too. There has to be a name for these.... NEXT STOP, TV TROPES.
Anyway, sooooo... yes. IS THIS GIJINKA? I think they're human muppets already....right? You've got you're real people, you've got your monsters, you've got your mutant animals (wow this is kind of grotesque when I think about it), and then you've got your humanoid muppets. I guess.
I'm not going to pretend to understand this.
I wanted to make them more humanish. The more I thought about how they would look though, the more I realized just how startlingly accurate their Avenue Q counterparts are. XD
Ennnjoyyyy?edit! For the record, here's the 'behind-the-scenes' video I'd mentioned. There's a LOT of stuff in here, and it's all good... but the snowman thing comes up at around 7 minutes in: [link]
I love that in the read-through they keep performing the characters even when they're just talking technical stuff with the directors. X)
"Wh-where are you going?" "I was getting in the tight shot, Bert..."
Here's the sketch itself: [link]
And just for the hell of it, here's a youtube poop of it:[link]