Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jerome and Rusty Update

I know that there's been discussion about the fate of the puppets from Friendly Giant and I'm sure our Ang can give us more details, but I just wanted to let know that they are safe and back in the hands of the late Bob Homme's (aka Friendly Giant) family.

What I glean from the Globe and Mail is that the CBC had them in their museum but used them for a Gemini Awards skit without the family's permission. This was apparantly 'the last straw' for the family. The puppets were on loan to the CBC Museum, and the family has decided to remove Friendly Giant props from the museum.

This has falls under the title of "Media Mea Culpa' for the Globe and Mail.

However, until it's pulled from Youtube, we can still enjoy our favorite musical cats (giraffe and Rooster).

It's been a looooooooooong time since I curled by the fire with a chair big enough for two, but I still have fond memories.

On a side note, when I clicked on the first youtube, a related link was the 'Tootie's Bong' episode from 'Facts of Life'.


Debbie said...

Sounds like someone at the CBC either didn't know that the puppets weren't the property of the CBC or that someone asked their intern to talk to the family, but the intern was remis in their duties and just assumed that it would be ok.

The Friendly Giant certainly taught us all better manners than that.

Look up, waaaaaaaay up.

Jacqueline said...

Well, apparantly, the family was happy when Faye Blum was co-ordinator of the Museum who they regarded as 'a very conscientious woman'.

Ms. Blum was made redunant in October. She was worried about the collection and wrote a letter to Richard Stursberg about her concerns. She is quoted in the GM as saying that she feels the collection is still at risk and that those in charage 'don't have the expertise, sensitivity or love for the collection'.

This is a better plot line than most involving Kir-keh

Debbie said...

As with all other museums, I assume they have no idea what they have. Even the best museums in the world end up finding extremely valuable things they didn't know they had in storage.

For example, recently, an employee at the Royal Ontario Museum opened a drawer and pulled out an Egyptian Book of the Dead that turned out to be one of the most pristine and valuable in the world.

While the CBC probably has nothing like that, I am sure they have things that are well worth care and attention. They would need a co-ordinator who knows what they are doing.

Did they spend so much money filming the ten thousand Little Mosque on the Prarie adverts or the epic preview for the Beijing Olympics that there was nothing left in the budget to keep Ms Blum?

Ang said...

Sadly there isn't anything else I can add here. Someone messed up! and just not one someone. There would have been many meetings to discuss this skit, and you'd think someone would have piped up and said "we can't do this". There is talk of changes coming for the CBC Museum so I believe it was only a matter of time before the display was returned to the owners. I hope someday the puppets will find a new home where the public will be able to view them. It was a draw here for many just like the Mr. Dressup items are.

It was very cool to have the chance to watch some reruns with fellow co-workers, and even hear stories from people who worked on the show so many years ago.

Jacqueline said...

I got to bad was this skit? Did anyone see it? Did Rusty have a wardrobe malfunction?

Anonymous said...

This is the offending skit

I thought it was pretty mild.

Whitehorse Fan said...

I heard an interview with a representative or one of the family members from the Friendly Giant's family on As it Happens, and heard the skit. Mind you, I heard it with a two year old singing and talking right next to me, so my understanding of it may not have been perfect.

The owners objected not so much because the puppets are valuable and probably fragile, but because they didn't like the content of the script, and weren't consulted about the use. They didn't like the use of the puppets, I think basically because they were out of character. I don't think they like using the puppets for satire.

As for the skit itself, from what I heard, it was certainly not like the Bert is Evil website, but basically had the puppets talking like adults, and complaining like adults. Not funny really, but not offensive.

Still, I can totally understand when you want to preserve a certain image for your family member's creation, and then some big company comes in and steps all over it.

Jacqueline said...

Yeah, they needed to ask the family.