Paul Fierlinger (b. 1936) created many animated segments for Sesame Street, including the "Teeny Little Super Guy" series, which began in 1982. Though ostensibly a superhero, Teeny Little Superguy was actually more of a practical problem solver. Writer Jim Thurman provided the character's gravelly voice. The segments were distinguished by Fierlinger's unique method, wrapping cels around transparent plastic cups, so that a movement cycle could be achieved by simply rotating the cups. This also allowed Fierlinger to use a kitchen counter and assorted dishes and kitchenware as props.