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{{character|image=Walter-whitebg.jpg|performer=[[Peter Linz]]|debut=2011|design=[[Paul Andrejco]]}}
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[[Image:Walter_watch.jpg|thumb|300px]]
 
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[[Image:Walterpuppeteers.jpg|thumb|300px|Puppeteers performing Walter]]
 
[[Image:Walterpuppeteers.jpg|thumb|300px|Puppeteers performing Walter]]
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[[Image:Walter_addresses_crowd.jpg|thumb|300px|Walter addresses the Muppets in a scene deleted from the film.]]
 
[[Image:Walter_addresses_crowd.jpg|thumb|300px|Walter addresses the Muppets in a scene deleted from the film.]]
 
[[Image:Walter_building.jpg|thumb|300px]]
 
[[Image:Walter_building.jpg|thumb|300px]]
[[File:Walter_and_rowlf.jpg|thumb|300px|Walter and [[Rowlf]].]]
 
[[Image:Walter stage.jpg|thumb|300px]]
 
[[Image:Walter-ew.jpg|thumb|300px|Walter takes his picture with his iPhone...]]
 
[[Image:Walter.self-photo-NEW.jpg|thumb|300px|...including a human head [[:Category:Goofs|goof]] behind [[Scooter]].]]
 
   
 
'''Walter''' is a Muppet character first introduced in ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]''.
 
'''Walter''' is a Muppet character first introduced in ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]''.
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Walter lives with his brother [[Gary (The Muppets)|Gary]], and both of them are huge [[:category:Muppet Fandom|Muppet fans]]. He is sweet, slightly naive, and lacking self-confidence. In the film, Walter and Gary set out to reunite the Muppets to help save [[Muppet Studios]].
 
Walter lives with his brother [[Gary (The Muppets)|Gary]], and both of them are huge [[:category:Muppet Fandom|Muppet fans]]. He is sweet, slightly naive, and lacking self-confidence. In the film, Walter and Gary set out to reunite the Muppets to help save [[Muppet Studios]].
   
[[Entertainment Weekly]] described the character in a November 2010 article, stating:
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[[Entertainment Weekly]] described the character in a November 2010 article:
{{quote|Meet the newest member of the Muppet repertory company: Walter, a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friends and roommate of [Jason] Segel's character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans. "Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit," [[James Bobin|[James] Bobin]] says. Of course, Walter's Muppet fandom is complicated by the fact that he is a Muppet himself. "Walter has a bit of a self-confidence issue because he's the only person like him that he's seen aside from the Muppets," Segel explains. "His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him." When Gary and Walter learn that [[the Muppet Theater]] is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]], [[Miss Piggy|Piggy]] and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza. <ref> Rottenberg, Josh. [[Entertainment Weekly]]. ''First Look: Exclusive Sneak Peek at the New Muppet Movie''. November 12, 2010.</ref>|}}
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:'''“'''Meet the newest member of the Muppet repertory company: Walter, a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friends and roommate of [[Jason Segel|Segel's]] character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans. "Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit," [[James Bobin|Bobin]] says. Of course, Walter's Muppet fandom is complicated by the fact that he is a Muppet himself. "Walter has a bit of a self-confidence issue because he's the only person like him that he's seen aside from the Muppets," Segel explains. "His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him." When Gary and Walter learn that [[the Muppet Theater]] is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]], [[Miss Piggy|Piggy]] and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza.<ref> Rottenberg, Josh. [[Entertainment Weekly]]. ''First Look: Exclusive Sneak Peek at the New Muppet Movie''. November 12, 2010.</ref> '''”'''
   
 
[[The Walt Disney Company|Disney]]'s official description of Walter from October 12, 2011 revealed that he and Gary are brothers:
 
[[The Walt Disney Company|Disney]]'s official description of Walter from October 12, 2011 revealed that he and Gary are brothers:
{{quote|With his Kermit t-shirt and watch, Walter is a devoted fan of the Muppets. The lifelong resident of Smalltown, USA, dreams of meeting his heroes one day, and feels that — just maybe — he belongs with them. So when brother Gary and his girlfriend Mary plan a trip to Los Angeles, Walter joins them with hopes of realizing his dream once and for all.
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:'''“'''With his Kermit t-shirt and watch, Walter is a devoted fan of the Muppets. The lifelong resident of Smalltown, USA, dreams of meeting his heroes one day, and feels that — just maybe — he belongs with them. So when brother Gary and his girlfriend Mary plan a trip to Los Angeles, Walter joins them with hopes of realizing his dream once and for all.
   
The role marks the big-screen debut for Walter, and one seemingly written for him. “I play Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan,” says the star, “which is a real coincidence, since I happen to be the world’s biggest Muppet fan and my name is Walter. It’s like I was made to play this part.”
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:The role marks the big-screen debut for Walter, and one seemingly written for him. “I play Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan,” says the star, “which is a real coincidence, since I happen to be the world’s biggest Muppet fan and my name is Walter. It’s like I was made to play this part.”
   
Walter finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time — or is it the right time? — when he overhears evil oil baron Tex Richman discussing a plot to destroy Muppet Studios. With the help of Gary and Mary, it’s Walter who sets the plan in motion to reunite the Muppets and save the studio. His pure-hearted enthusiasm for all things Muppets just might save more than the studio, too.}}
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:Walter finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time — or is it the right time? — when he overhears evil oil baron Tex Richman discussing a plot to destroy Muppet Studios. With the help of Gary and Mary, it’s Walter who sets the plan in motion to reunite the Muppets and save the studio. His pure-hearted enthusiasm for all things Muppets just might save more than the studio, too.'''”'''
   
 
Walter was named after the first puppet Jason Segel ever owned.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/jason-segel-muppet-savior-movie-brings-lovable-faces/story?id=14869169&page=2 Nightline's interview with Jason Segel]</ref> In [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVSqu1xuxQw an interview] at the World Premiere, Walter claims he was swimming laps at the Beverly Hills Hilton when a talent scout discovered him for the role (he was the only person he could find 18<nowiki>''</nowiki> tall).
 
Walter was named after the first puppet Jason Segel ever owned.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/jason-segel-muppet-savior-movie-brings-lovable-faces/story?id=14869169&page=2 Nightline's interview with Jason Segel]</ref> In [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVSqu1xuxQw an interview] at the World Premiere, Walter claims he was swimming laps at the Beverly Hills Hilton when a talent scout discovered him for the role (he was the only person he could find 18<nowiki>''</nowiki> tall).
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Disney paid Walter roughly the same amount as 67 movie tickets.<ref name="geek">"[http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/07/the-newest-muppet-is-a-geek/?hpt=hp_bn8 The newest Muppet is a geek]", ''[[CNN]] Geek Out'', December 7th, 2011.</ref>
 
Disney paid Walter roughly the same amount as 67 movie tickets.<ref name="geek">"[http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/07/the-newest-muppet-is-a-geek/?hpt=hp_bn8 The newest Muppet is a geek]", ''[[CNN]] Geek Out'', December 7th, 2011.</ref>
   
In a 2012 interview with ''[[Talk Nerdy]],'' Walter revealed that his last name is Blagojevich (no known relation to [[wikipedia:Rod Blagojevich|Rod Blagojevich]]). However, he is known simply as "Walter" with the Screen Actors Guild.<ref>[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2012/03/16/muppets-avengers/ Talk Nerdy]</ref>
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In a 2012 interview with ''[[Talk Nerdy]]'', Walter revealed that his last name is Blagojevich (no known relation to [[wikipedia:Rod Blagojevich|Rod Blagojevich]]). However, he is known simply as "Walter" with the Screen Actors Guild.<ref>[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2012/03/16/muppets-avengers/ Talk Nerdy]</ref>
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Walter also appears in ''[[Muppets Most Wanted]]'', where he was the only one - aside from [[Animal]] - who knew Kermit was acting weird when [[Constantine]] replaced him.
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
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<p style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em;">In an interview with Film Journal International, director [[James Bobin]] spoke on Walter's design:</p>
 
<p style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em;">In an interview with Film Journal International, director [[James Bobin]] spoke on Walter's design:</p>
   
{{quote|We based Walter’s design on the same one they used for Kermit—he’s basically a hand puppet with a more advanced mouth. That design gives the puppeteer’s hand maximum freedom of movement, so with the smallest amount of finger change, he or she can create a huge range of expressions. With a few flicks of his left finger, Peter can make Walter look incredibly different all the time and because the camera is close enough in, you swear you can hear this puppet thinking and that conveys the emotion of the movie.<ref>[http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/news-and-features/features/movies/e3i5a1aae932afbe5fbe6d5fc45f6e1adca Muppet mania: James Bobin guides return of Kermit & Co.] Alter, Ethen. October 26, 2011</ref>|}}
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:'''“'''We based Walter’s design on the same one they used for Kermit—he’s basically a hand puppet with a more advanced mouth. That design gives the puppeteer’s hand maximum freedom of movement, so with the smallest amount of finger change, he or she can create a huge range of expressions. With a few flicks of his left finger, Peter can make Walter look incredibly different all the time and because the camera is close enough in, you swear you can hear this puppet thinking and that conveys the emotion of the movie.<ref>[http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/news-and-features/features/movies/e3i5a1aae932afbe5fbe6d5fc45f6e1adca Muppet mania: James Bobin guides return of Kermit & Co.] Alter, Ethen. October 26, 2011</ref> '''”'''
   
 
==Performance==
 
==Performance==
Six puppeteers were considered for the role of Walter during an audition process, but it ended up going to Peter Linz.<ref name="nytimes" />
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Six puppeteers were considered for the role of Walter during an audition process, among them were [[Kevin Clash]], [[Joey Mazzarino]], [[Matt Vogel]], and [[Bill Barretta]],<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNwEol29XYs Linz, Peter. Dragon Con (2012)]</ref> but the part ultimately went to Peter Linz.<ref name="nytimes" />
   
 
==Life in photographs==
 
==Life in photographs==
A bookending theme in ''The Muppets''are the photographs taken throughout Walter's journey:
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A bookending theme in ''The Muppets ''are the photographs taken throughout Walter's journey:
<gallery widths=150 spacing=small position=center captionalign=center hideaddbutton=true>
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<gallery widths="150" spacing="small" position="center" captionalign="center" hideaddbutton="true">
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter&Gary-Elementary-MissGordonsClass.jpg|[[Schools|Smalltown Elementary]]<br>Miss Gordon's 1st grade
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter&Gary-Elementary-MissGordonsClass.jpg|[[Schools|Smalltown Elementary]]<br>Miss Gordon's 1st grade
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter&Gary-JPA-Troop274.jpg|[[Scouting|Junior Pioneers of America]]<br>Troop 274
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter&Gary-JPA-Troop274.jpg|[[Scouting|Junior Pioneers of America]]<br>Troop 274
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Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Life'sAHappySong-Merchandise.jpg|Photos including<br>[[Vaudeville]] and [[:Category:Religion|Religion]]
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Life'sAHappySong-Merchandise.jpg|Photos including<br>[[Vaudeville]] and [[:Category:Religion|Religion]]
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter&Gary-Cleaners.jpg|Gary & Walter<br>Cleaners
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter&Gary-Cleaners.jpg|Gary & Walter<br>Cleaners
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<gallery widths=315 spacing=small position=center captionalign=center hideaddbutton=true>
 
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter-Muppet.jpg|Walter, [[:Category:The Muppets Characters|Muppet]]
 
Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-Walter-Muppet.jpg|Walter, [[:Category:The Muppets Characters|Muppet]]
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File:Walter-ew.jpg|Walter takes his picture with his [[Apple Computer|iPhone]]...
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Image:Walter.self-photo-NEW.jpg|...including a human head [[:Category:Goofs|goof]] behind [[Scooter]].
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
 
==Filmography==
 
==Filmography==
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[[Image:Walter_and_rowlf.jpg|thumb|300px|Walter and [[Rowlf]].]]
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[[Image:Walter_stage.jpg|thumb|300px]]
 
*[[The Muppets (2011)|''The Muppets'']]
 
*[[The Muppets (2011)|''The Muppets'']]
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*''[[Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular]]''
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*''[[Muppisodes]]''
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*''[[Muppets Most Wanted]]''
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*''[[Disney Drive-On with The Muppets]]''
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* [[The Muppets 2015 Presentation Pilot]]
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*"[[Kodachrome]]"
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===Appearances===
 
===Appearances===
 
*''[[Jake the Movie Guy]]'' (November 5, 2011)
 
*''[[Jake the Movie Guy]]'' (November 5, 2011)
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*''[[Attack of the Show!]]'' (November 17, 2011)
 
*''[[Attack of the Show!]]'' (November 17, 2011)
 
*''[[Kevin McCarthy's Nerd Tears]]'' (November 21, 2011)
 
*''[[Kevin McCarthy's Nerd Tears]]'' (November 21, 2011)
*''[[Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]]'' (November 21, 2011)
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*''[[Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]]'' (November 21, 2011, February 7, 2014)
 
*''Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'' Web Video: [[NBC Pipes|Walter at the NBC Pipes]] (November 22, 2011)
 
*''Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'' Web Video: [[NBC Pipes|Walter at the NBC Pipes]] (November 22, 2011)
 
*''[[Mark at the Movies]]'' (November 26, 2011)
 
*''[[Mark at the Movies]]'' (November 26, 2011)
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*''[[Omelete]]'' (November 30, 2011)
 
*''[[Omelete]]'' (November 30, 2011)
 
*''Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'' (December 22, 2011)
 
*''Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'' (December 22, 2011)
*''[[Good Morning America]]'' (March 13, 2012)
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*''[[Good Morning America]]'' (March 13, 2012, March 14, 2014)
 
*''[[Talk Nerdy]]'' (March 14, 2012)
 
*''[[Talk Nerdy]]'' (March 14, 2012)
 
*''[[MTV.com's Musical March Madness]]'' (March 14, 2012)
 
*''[[MTV.com's Musical March Madness]]'' (March 14, 2012)
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*''[[Entertainment Weekly]]'' (March 21, 2012)
 
*''[[Entertainment Weekly]]'' (March 21, 2012)
 
*''[[Just for Laughs]]'' (July 26, 2012)
 
*''[[Just for Laughs]]'' (July 26, 2012)
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*"[[All I Need is Love]]" video (November 26, 2012)
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===Book Appearances===
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[[Image:Walter_white.png|right|300px]]
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*''[[The Muppets Character Encyclopedia]]''
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*Walter said in an interview by Jake Hamilton that he still watches ''[[Sesame Street]]''.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb0nYeBemHY#t=334s Video]</ref>
 
*Walter said in an interview by Jake Hamilton that he still watches ''[[Sesame Street]]''.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb0nYeBemHY#t=334s Video]</ref>
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*Although Walter appeared in [[The Muppets 2015 Presentation Pilot|the presentation pilot]], he has yet to appear on ''[[The Muppets (2015)|The Muppets]]''. When asked, [[Bill Barretta]] explained, "Well, Walter, you know, when we first started the show, I think there were certain ideas about what the show would be about and certain jobs or certain places for certain characters. I think at the moment this first season I would say, Walter was just kind of someone that we felt, you know, I guess didn’t have a place yet in this arena."<ref>[http://therebelchick.com/find-out-what-its-like-on-the-set-of-abcs-the-muppets/ Baretta, Bill therebelchick.com interview 12/1/2015]</ref>
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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==Sources==
 
==Sources==
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[[Category:The Muppets (2011) Characters]]
 
[[Category:The Muppets (2011) Characters]]
 
[[Category:The Muppets Characters]]
 
[[Category:The Muppets Characters]]
 
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Latest revision as of 22:50, December 26, 2015

Walter-whitebg
PERFORMER Peter Linz
DEBUT 2011
DESIGN Paul Andrejco
Walter watch
Walterpuppeteers

Puppeteers performing Walter

TheMuppets-Behind-The-Scenes-Interviews-Walter

Behind the scenes on the set of The Muppets

Waltermovie
Walterscream
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Walter addresses crowd

Walter addresses the Muppets in a scene deleted from the film.

Walter building

Walter is a Muppet character first introduced in The Muppets.

Walter lives with his brother Gary, and both of them are huge Muppet fans. He is sweet, slightly naive, and lacking self-confidence. In the film, Walter and Gary set out to reunite the Muppets to help save Muppet Studios.

Entertainment Weekly described the character in a November 2010 article:

Meet the newest member of the Muppet repertory company: Walter, a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friends and roommate of Segel's character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans. "Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit," Bobin says. Of course, Walter's Muppet fandom is complicated by the fact that he is a Muppet himself. "Walter has a bit of a self-confidence issue because he's the only person like him that he's seen aside from the Muppets," Segel explains. "His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him." When Gary and Walter learn that the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting Kermit, Piggy and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza.[1]

Disney's official description of Walter from October 12, 2011 revealed that he and Gary are brothers:

With his Kermit t-shirt and watch, Walter is a devoted fan of the Muppets. The lifelong resident of Smalltown, USA, dreams of meeting his heroes one day, and feels that — just maybe — he belongs with them. So when brother Gary and his girlfriend Mary plan a trip to Los Angeles, Walter joins them with hopes of realizing his dream once and for all.
The role marks the big-screen debut for Walter, and one seemingly written for him. “I play Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan,” says the star, “which is a real coincidence, since I happen to be the world’s biggest Muppet fan and my name is Walter. It’s like I was made to play this part.”
Walter finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time — or is it the right time? — when he overhears evil oil baron Tex Richman discussing a plot to destroy Muppet Studios. With the help of Gary and Mary, it’s Walter who sets the plan in motion to reunite the Muppets and save the studio. His pure-hearted enthusiasm for all things Muppets just might save more than the studio, too.

Walter was named after the first puppet Jason Segel ever owned.[2] In an interview at the World Premiere, Walter claims he was swimming laps at the Beverly Hills Hilton when a talent scout discovered him for the role (he was the only person he could find 18'' tall).

Disney paid Walter roughly the same amount as 67 movie tickets.[3]

In a 2012 interview with Talk Nerdy, Walter revealed that his last name is Blagojevich (no known relation to Rod Blagojevich). However, he is known simply as "Walter" with the Screen Actors Guild.[4]

Walter also appears in Muppets Most Wanted, where he was the only one - aside from Animal - who knew Kermit was acting weird when Constantine replaced him.

DesignEdit

The script only specified that Walter had the look of “an old dishrag” and wore a blue suit. Puppet Heap Workshop president Paul Andrejco drew 14 possible Walters, and later, 25 different combinations of color and fabric texture.[5]

In an interview with Film Journal International, director James Bobin spoke on Walter's design:

We based Walter’s design on the same one they used for Kermit—he’s basically a hand puppet with a more advanced mouth. That design gives the puppeteer’s hand maximum freedom of movement, so with the smallest amount of finger change, he or she can create a huge range of expressions. With a few flicks of his left finger, Peter can make Walter look incredibly different all the time and because the camera is close enough in, you swear you can hear this puppet thinking and that conveys the emotion of the movie.[6]

PerformanceEdit

Six puppeteers were considered for the role of Walter during an audition process, among them were Kevin Clash, Joey Mazzarino, Matt Vogel, and Bill Barretta,[7] but the part ultimately went to Peter Linz.[5]

Life in photographsEdit

A bookending theme in The Muppets are the photographs taken throughout Walter's journey:

FilmographyEdit

Walter and rowlf

Walter and Rowlf.

Walter stage

AppearancesEdit

Book AppearancesEdit

Walter white

TriviaEdit

  • Walter said in an interview by Jake Hamilton that he still watches Sesame Street.[8]
  • Although Walter appeared in the presentation pilot, he has yet to appear on The Muppets. When asked, Bill Barretta explained, "Well, Walter, you know, when we first started the show, I think there were certain ideas about what the show would be about and certain jobs or certain places for certain characters. I think at the moment this first season I would say, Walter was just kind of someone that we felt, you know, I guess didn’t have a place yet in this arena."[9]

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. Rottenberg, Josh. Entertainment Weekly. First Look: Exclusive Sneak Peek at the New Muppet Movie. November 12, 2010.
  2. Nightline's interview with Jason Segel
  3. "The newest Muppet is a geek", CNN Geek Out, December 7th, 2011.
  4. Talk Nerdy
  5. 5.0 5.1 Brooks Barnes, "Wocka, Wocka, Wocka! Muppet Antics Resume", New York Times, November 16, 2011.
  6. Muppet mania: James Bobin guides return of Kermit & Co. Alter, Ethen. October 26, 2011
  7. Linz, Peter. Dragon Con (2012)
  8. Video
  9. Baretta, Bill therebelchick.com interview 12/1/2015

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