Happy Birthday to Muppet Performer Caroll Spinney, who turns 80 years old today!!
Caroll is one of the most talented and devoted men to ever perform on television. He has been bringing life to Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 44 years. Thank you Caroll, for all you’ve done. We love you!
The various things that Jareth does with the crystal balls (rolling them around his arms and in his hands and so forth) are not camera tricks or any other kind of special effect. They are actually done by choreographer Michael Moschen, who is an accomplished juggler. Moschen was actually crouched behind Bowie with his arm(s) replacing Bowie’s. Unlike a typical Muppet performance, however, he had no video screen to view his performance. In other words, his manipulations were performed completely blind.
Camera test for The Muppet Movie - Not really a blooper reel, but if you want Frank and Jim just dicking around and being silly with their characters, you’ll love this. Kermit explaining to Fozzie that he’s not a real bear is beautiful. They did this to see if the Muppets could be filmed outside (since they had only been filmed in a studio before), so they wanted to test filming outdoors before they did The Muppet Movie. But this is great because it’s just Jim and Frank trying to make each other laugh and succeeding. Plus Fozzie’s telling jokes to cows and Frank’s just cracking up.
More camera test footage for The Muppet Movie - This one has Kermit, Fozzie, AND Sweetums! It’s more of Frank and Jim goofing around (not sure who’s in the Sweetums costume? It might be Richard, but it could be someone else). Fozzie and Kermit in the car is my favorite bit. “Is there a stove in this car? Is there a bathroom here? Maybe it’s next to the stove. I’m going to go in the stove.”
Blooper reel for The Muppets at Disney World - This is SUCH a good one. It’s just the Muppet performers basically having the Muppets beat each other up whenever one of them messes up. The ending when they’re doing the dance it’s just the Muppets continually wailing on whichever Muppet mess up. Plus you get to see Frank, Jim, Steve, Jerry Juhl, and Kevin in the behind the scenes at the tale end.