Making a Muppet – "This is our green 'Anything Muppet,' which is blank. So what kind of character can we create with this?" asks Jason Weber, Creative Supervisor of Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Making a Muppet – "A lot of Sesame Street characters have eyes that are very close to each other," says Weber. "When you look straight at them they are quite cross-eyed but what they're trying to do is make contact with the camera... They are making that connection with their audience, which is quite important."
Making a Muppet – "We try to give the puppeteer as much movement as we possibly can," says Weber. "I'm just pinning this [nose] on... this one has a little bit of movement that the puppeteer can make use of."
Making a Muppet – "This is made out of various types of yarns that we've found over the years," Weber says. "He's very alive, he's very energetic, he's a little messy, he might be a young child that doesn't want to comb his hair in the morning."
Making a Muppet – "The he next step would be putting on a costume. Normally, this is a tank top but if we imagine that it's a sort of robe," he says. "And then if we give him his cape..."
Making a Muppet – "King Alex!"