Wim T. Schippers (b. 1942) dubs the voices of many lead characters on Sesamstraat, the Dutch co-production of Sesame Street, most notably Ernie and Kermit the Frog, and has also been heard in the Dutch dub of The Animal Show. Schippers is a popular Dutch comedian, best known for his particularly high voice. He is also an artist and a writer, and he hosted the Nationale wetenschapsquiz (National Science Quiz) from 1995 to 2002.
Schippers has been dubbing Ernie since the first Sesamstraat season in 1976, with Paul Haenen as Bert. The Dutch Bert and Ernie are extremely popular. Jim Henson was so impressed by Haenen and Schippers' performances that they are the only Bert and Ernie in the world who are allowed to write their own material. The duo have recorded a whole series of self-written Bert and Ernie record albums, and they also appear as Bert and Ernie in interviews.
Wim T. Schippers made a guest appearance on Sesamstraat in the 25th season, as one of the celebrities reading a bedtime story. He also hosted the 25th anniversary New Year's Eve special Sesamstraat In Paradiso.
In the 1990s, he performed Kermit (as a voiceover) in "Indoor Groceries" interviews with Tommie, who had to find three objects beginning with the same letter of the alphabet. He also supplied Ernie's voice in four sketches, in which Ernie asked Tommie to play outside, but with a shadow puppet used for Ernie's silhouette. In the beginning, Schippers' Ernie voice was an imitation of Jim Henson's Ernie. In later seasons, when the American sketches became a little more fast-paced, his voice grew a lot higher and more energetic.
In November 2008 Schippers announced in De Wereld Draait Door (a Dutch television magazine) that there will be new Bert and Ernie CDs available soon with new songs, introductions and sketches. Another CD that's in progress will be filled with duets sung by Ernie and several famous Dutch singers.
Outside of his Muppet work, Schippers has been the Dutch voice of Mickey Mouse during the 1970s and 1980s, and dubbed Happy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He wrote and produced Hoepla, a 1967 youth-targetted series that was the first in the Netherlands to show full nudity, causing a national controversy.
- Sesamstraat: Ernie, Kermit (Kermit de Kikker), Count von Count (Graaf Tel), Guy Smiley (Henk Glimlach), The Amazing Mumford, Simon Soundman, Biff, Mr. Johnson, Showered Rosell, Evil Prime Minister, Granny Fanny Nesslerode's Announcer, Toothbrush, Cavity
- Maak Er Wat Van! and other albums: Oscar the Grouch
- Grover Gaat Naar School: Cookie Monster, Mr. Hooper, Luis
- Ernie Heeft Rommel Gemaakt: Cookie Monster, Luis, David, Herry Monster
- In Een Uur de Wereld Rond: Mrs. Van der Grijp
- Sesamstraat en Melkweg: Ernie
- Stinkie en Boudewijn Show (The Animal Show): Yves St. La Roache
- The Muppets (The Netherlands): Kermit de Kikker