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Herry with sneakers?
Hey, did anyone notice in one of the Sesame Street Paegants (the one with that girl substituting for Prairie), that when Herry Monster, playing a butterfly, is hoisted up on a cable, he is short and squat and is wearing white sneakers? This could be because they hadn't developed a Herry puppet with legs yet, and so they added sneakers at the bottom of Herry so he would appear like a squat little character? --Wile e2005 02:29, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
Photo of Jerry with Herry
Hi there. On this page, there used to be a black-and-white picture of Jerry Nelson operating Herry, I seem to remember it being among the first versions of Herry in 1970.
Was it taken down for a reason? -- David H. User:Splurge
- I just looked at the history... Scott took that picture off the page. It might have been because there isn't enough text on the page right now to support two big pictures. -- Danny (talk) 20:05, 14 May 2006 (UTC)
For several months I've been thinking that Herry Monster is a caricature of the late great Jimmy Durante. (Think about it: big nose, gruff showbiz voice.)
Does anyone else agree?--MuppetVJ 09:26, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
- I'm not feeling it. I can see what you mean, but Durante's personality was very different from Herry's, even in the early days. -- Danny Toughpigs 15:43, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
- More than that, the cadences are completely different and there's no use of "Durante-isms." Compare to The Amazing Mumford, whose voice has W. C. Fields' characteristics, in the cadences and especially the "Ah yes!" which was a Fields' trademark, as well as the showman personality. Even then while there's clearly elements of Fields which were intentional, I wouldn't say he's a full-blown caricature, though the influence would be worth noting. The Durante/Herry connection is weaker than that. It's possible that to a certain extent Jerry Nelson took *elements* of Durante's voice in developing the character, and I don't suppose there's harm in noting a similarity in tones, but a deliberate caricature seems at best coincidental. Ming on the other hand deliberately evokes Durante, in voice, showbiz tendencies (the tap dancing), and a "hotchachatchacha". A more recent example, but that just seems to me to further suggest that the Durante/Herry connection is even less likely as an intentional overall model than Harvey Kneeslapper being an intended spoof of Rip Taylor. --Andrew, Aleal 15:48, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
- Yeah, but what about the older, wilder Jimmy Durante? ;) -- TomH 03:15, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
- The secret, Kickstarter-backers-only production blog for I Am Big Bird just posted this quote from Jerry: "I basically would take a character from the attitude of the character and then I would try to find some old character actor that had an attitude like that in the movies and I would just do a bad impression of that character. You can probably see that in my characters. Herry Monster (doing Herry Monster’s voice) is basically Jimmy Durante." --GrantHarding (talk) 19:05, September 7, 2012 (UTC)
- Yeah, that confirms what we thought on the voice, but not that the puppet itself was a caricature of Durante (especially as the puppet existed before it gradually coalesced into the Herry we know). There's an early Mumford skit I need to write about later where Jerry Nelson doesn't use the Mumford voice, but instead imitates Fred Allen. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 19:12, September 7, 2012 (UTC)
What did Herry Monster look like with his blue Nose instead of his trademark purple nose? Was he somewhat an early verison of him?--2009Crbeverlin 11:30, 6 April 2006
Merchandise with Herry's pants!
Check these out I found on a Google search...
They all depict Herry Monster wearing the pants he has in illustrations! So I added a bit to that part of the article so it says "...known for appearing in illustrations (and some merchandise) wearing..." --Wile e2005 11:51, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
According to the Jim Henson Database Richard Hunt once perfromed Herry in the movie. Is that true?--
Munchlax129 1:42, 30, October 2006 (UTC)
- I don't know if it's true, but it's definately not Jerry Nelson. He doesn't really sound like a Richard Hunt character to me in that scene. I read a post by Terry Angus at Muppet Central where he said that Jerry Nelson never actually performed in the scenes that Terry Angus performed in in Follow That Bird (and Angus only performed in the street scenes in that movie, so Nelson could have physically performed in some scenes). However, he didn't say who performed Herry in that scene. --Minor muppetz 22:03, 30 October 2006 (UTC)