Oscar the Grouch Puppet

Description (Brief)
Puppeteer Jim Henson created this delightfully disagreeable Muppet character in 1969 for the children’s TV series, Sesame Street. In Jim’s original sketches, Oscar was purple; in the first episodes of Sesame Street, his fur was orange. By 1970, he had evolved into a green creature, a final color change that resulted, as Oscar explained, from the dampness at his vacation spot, Camp Mushy Muddy. Oscar’s gruff, no-nonsense voice was created by puppeteer Carroll Spinney, who also enacts another beloved Muppet, Big Bird.
Oscar resides in his own battered aluminum trash can. In the back of the trash can is a crescent-shaped opening, which allows entrance and egress for the puppeteer. Oscar is animated by a metal rods attached to the character’s arms, which are manipulated by the puppeteer. The puppeteer moves the head by inserting an arm inside the puppets torso.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
puppet
date made
ca 1989
user
Children's Television Workshop
maker
Muppets, Inc.
Henson, Jim
Measurements
overall: 3 ft x 2 ft x 1 ft; .9144 m x .6096 m x .3048 m
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1989.0540.01
accession number
1989.0540
catalog number
1989.0540.01
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Puppetry
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Children's television programs
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
Television
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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