- Jan 5, 2014
Frank Oz is not "the voice of Miss Piggy."
I saw this article from the website Toughpigs that mentioned how Muppet performers are not voice actors. As mentioned in the article, they do provide unique voices, but they also do quite a bit of physical work in order to give great performances. Some examples include Frank Oz actually being underwater to do Piggy's number in The Great Muppet Caper, Steve Whitmire & Eric Jacobson being inside some sofa chairs when guest starring on a talk show as Kermit and Piggy, or Caroll Spinney being inside the Big Bird suit for almost 2 hours during a parade in Australia.
This makes one wonder if puppetry can be considered a form of animation. On the one hand, it's not uncommon for these puppet shows to have the puppet characters interacting with live action humans, and thus the actors would need to be more physical in order to make their interactions feel genuine. On the other hand, there are some projects that do question this. Take for example, The Book Of Pooh and Scooby Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map. While they do use puppeteers, the voice work for the characters is still done by the regular performers, such as Jim Cummings, John Fielder, and Ken Sansom for the former, and Frank Welker, Grey DeLisle Griffin, and Matthew Lillard for the latter. Plus, unlike other shows that use puppets, these two projects use traditional animation voice directors (Ginny McSwain and Collette Sunderman respectively). Plus, there have been some cases where puppeteers do voice work in non-puppetry projects. For example, Stephanie D'Abruzzo (who was Kessie in TBOP and Velma & Shirley in SDATMM) has done voice work for shows that are obviously animated (Wallykazam and Welcome To The Wayne), while David Rudman did voice work for a show he co-created (Nature Cat).
What do you think?