There are quite a lot of previous Muppet initiatives with an entire lot of potential that by no means fairly obtained the possibility to shine. Amongst these is Tales of the Tinkerdee – an unaired pilot that includes Kermit the Frog, Taminella Grinderfall, King Goshposh, and extra. The world expanded from specials like Hey, Cinderella and The Frog Prince would’ve seen extra twisted fairy story tales, and a possible new course for the Muppets in these early days. It will’ve been actual cool to see extra from these characters.
And it seems that Muppet fan artist Danny Beckwith agrees! He created a whole pitch surrounding the world of Tinkerdee, and we’re excited to share it with you! Beneath you’ll discover Danny’s pitch, a full animatic video, and somewhat rationalization in his personal phrases about what possessed him to place it collectively.
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Tales of the Tinkerdee began, as most of my initiatives do, as a problem to myself: What if Tales of the Tinkerdee was introduced again to tv? What would it not appear like? What can be the tone and theme? These through-provoking questions and extra led me down the proverbial rabbit-hole and into the wondrous land of Tinkerdee.
If you happen to haven’t seen the unique Tales of the Tinkerdee, I extremely advocate it. Jerry Juhl and Jim Henson’s unique idea is incredible. Conventional fairy tales meet the nontraditional witty humor of the Muppets. I gained’t spend time regaling you with the humor, coronary heart, and great absurdity of the unique, so go watch it now (easter egg followers – this model builds on concepts introduced within the unique. I even did some math to learn how a few years it might take to eat 67,000 peanut butter sandwiches and it seems it’s fairly a well timed yr, simply in time for a revival!)
Lots of the characters from the unique are current on this up to date model and a few could also be acquainted. Sir Winit, as an illustration, is clearly primarily based on Sir Linit from the 1967 advertisements for Linit Cloth End, as a result of the puppet design is simply so endearing to me. Different characters, like Sweetums, had been impressed by unique idea artwork. I wished to marry nostalgia with the brand new, the conversant in the unknown, and the foolish with the sacred. Fairy tales are the right car to show these concepts. Many tales began as oral traditions, they modify and alter once more primarily based on who’s telling the story. I felt like Tinkerdee is a type of Henson/Muppet oral traditions, whispered about by followers.
On the finish of the day, my model of Tales of the Tinkerdee is predicated on the theme: Dwell your story. It’s about what occurs once you attempt to stay a life that isn’t yours otherwise you’re persuaded to stay a life due to social stress. I do know, weighty stuff. However I believe the truest factor we will be is ourselves. I wished to discover that idea by means of this revival collection and display for audiences of all ages that you simply’re not alone once you don’t really feel such as you, nevertheless it’s the most effective factor you will be. I’m a powerful believer that you may “write your personal ending. Hold believing, maintain pretending.”
You see, tales change us, whether or not we all know it or not . . . and a few folks know the best way to use these tales to alter the world or manipulate others (cue evil witchy laughter)!
I hope you take pleasure in watching it as a lot as I did making it! Extra episodes are being written and explored because the land of Tinkerdee has a lot to supply.
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by Joe Hennes – Joe@ToughPigs.com