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Crow & Tom Audition for Star Wars…

and it goes pretty well!

32 Replies to “Crow & Tom Audition for Star Wars…”

  1. Mike "ex-genius" Kelley says:

    Yeah, that’s pretty great.

    What I particularly like about it is it’s pretty obvious the guys doing Crow and Tom are getting comfortable with it. I already like their voices a lot, but more than that, I like the personalities they are doing. This is a VERY good sign.

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  2. Sean says:

    I was sold on Hampton’s Crow from the first Kickstarter vid, just for his wacky energy. I think I’m warming to Baron now. This video really gave us a real look at his Tom’s personality.

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  3. Iced Chicken says:

    This had me cracking up! I love Hampton’s Crow and am definitely warming up to Baron’s Tom. I want more!!

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  4. Grant says:

    This was a lot of fun to work on. I puppeteered Crow and Hampton and I got into a good groove so the lip sync is decent. Also very generous of Hampton to listen to my thoughts on a couple lines and very cool two of them (‘Earth vs Soup’ and ‘sorry ma’am’) made the cut. Hampton had the improv of the shoot though with, “I’ll text it to you.” Heirs a funny, funny guy. Glad folks are digging it.

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  5. Ro-man says:

    I think they are capturing the ethos of the two bots wonderfully, which I agree at this early stage portends of great things.
    This is a well-timed tease; I hope it is making the social media rounds and ends up on a KS update. It could definitely spark some more interest.

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  6. Ray Dunakin says:

    Wow, that was funny, and very much in the vein of MST3K!

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  7. cvbwe says:

    I’ll keep giving it a chance.

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  8. Matt Croc says:

    Already better than the animated series attempt from a few years back. this is promising.

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  9. Jon says:

    If they don’t like Earth vs. Soup, how about Peter Graves at the University of Minnesota?

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  10. Matt Kelly says:

    @Grant

    Was Hampton not there for the shoot?

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  11. Grant says:

    Matt Kelly:
    @Grant

    Was Hampton not there for the shoot?

    He was there. Sorry if I gave the impression he wasn’t. :-)

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  12. Sean says:

    So… Baron and Hampton don’t do their own puppeteering?

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  13. Grant says:

    Sean:
    So… Baron and Hampton don’t do their own puppeteering?

    No, they don’t. My friend Russ Walko and I puppeteered Tom and Crow respectively on this and the other stuff you’ve seen recently starting from last year’s Turkey Day.

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  14. NPC says:

    Sean:
    So… Baron and Hampton don’t do their own puppeteering?

    Perhaps Baron and Hampton haven’t been trained in Botkwando quite yet! ;-) Until things settle down with the Kickstarter, it was probably faster and more efficient to hire professional puppeteers for the various shoots. When the show actually starts filming, though, we can theorize that Baron and Hampton will take over as both the voices and controllers of the Bots. Great job on the puppeteering, Grant!

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  15. H says:

    “I’ve never met a robot that actually beeped,” eh Tom? How soon you forgot your unfortunate Beeper phase …

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  16. snowdog says:

    Hearing Crow’s language get bleeped by R2D2 makes me think of Bill’s angrier Crow. Good job!

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  17. Mike "ex-genius" Kelley says:

    Thanks, Grant, for doing a great job (and actually my all time favorite line was the callback to “E v. S” so REALLY good on you!)

    I know Joel has stated on record he didn’t want either one of them to try and emulate previous voices but to settle in to their own but I really hope Hampton doesn’t mess too much with where he’s at. It has just the right amount of the Crow we know and reminds me in so many ways to how the puppets passed on and yet were still somewhat familiar.

    It’s almost impossible for anyone to do Tom’s baritone so I’m okay with Baron’s being what it is (a *little* lower would be nice, though). But the attitude of both is just so spot on that I’m looking forward to seeing these guys again (I would hope that at least in the build up to the series we see a number of spots done like this — hate to think we have to wait more than a year to see them again).

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  18. I will agree that I think the tone of the Bots was good and they seem to be getting into the groove of the characters. I also agree that Hampton seems to have a better handle on Crow and that Baron needs a little…something. Perhaps he needs to be a bit more…”mighty”? But no deal breakers there. Very pleased to see them become active participators in the zeitgeist once again.

    The video itself I found…amusing, not laugh-out-loud (or even giggle-out-loud) funny. It’s probably because the “X auditions for Star Wars” thing has been done to death. Still, nice to see them taking opportunities to settle into the roles. Not to discount the puppeteers in these videos, but I do think it’s important (if possible) that the puppeteer and the voice actor be the same person in a show like this. It helps with the interaction and the feeling of reality. The Muppets, for instance, only do voice-over when *absolutely* necessary. (i.e. Two of the performer’s characters are in the same scene.) On the other hand, Trace and Josh didn’t puppet the Bots in “Turkey Day ’14” and that worked just fine, so what do I know?

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  19. Gummo says:

    Just like with the new Muppets series, the most important thing is that they get the characters right — and in both, I think they’ve succeeded.

    Very funny!

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  20. Satoris says:

    Baron and Hampton already seem so comfortable as their alter egos. This just gets me more excited for the upcoming episodes. I was cracking up.

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  21. Goshzilla says:

    Even if he doesn’t get involved in any other way (though I think he probably will), Trace must at least spend a day giving Hampton and Baron PuppetBot lessons. Considering that (as far as I know) Trace had no experience with puppets before he picked up Crow, and that there were no Puppeteering Pointers YouTube videos in 1988, his puppeteering skills are phenomenal. Muppet performers train for years and years before they show the aptitude that Trace displayed within a couple of seasons of MST3K. I know he was already pretty good making with his hands, but the man must be some kind of puppeteering savant.

    For proof, watch the Bots Get Presents sketch from Giant Gila Monster, when Tom gets the car and Crow gets a nice pair of slacks, with the sound muted. Trace’s physical performance is amazing. The amount of disappointment Crow demonstrates through body language without making a sound is incredible. And with a heavy, inflexible plastic puppet! Jim Henson couldn’t have done much better.

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  22. Kenneth Morgan says:

    So, when will the ‘bots audition to be the Doctor’s new Companions next year?

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  23. Mitchell 'Rowsdower' Beardsley says:

    That was funny, but boy those voices are gonna take some getting used to. Crow is kinda there, but Tom seems like a completely different ‘being’. I’m all in on the new series, but boy, Tom’s voice is jarring right now.

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  24. SoCalChevy says:

    Why aren’t they doing their own puppeteering?

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  25. David J says:

    I’m very curious whether they were making a vague reference to Beeper from the MST3K pilot for those in the know or whether it was strictly poking fun at Star Wars R2 units.

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  26. SoCalChevy says:

    David J:
    I’m very curious whether they were making a vague reference to Beeper from the MST3K pilot for those in the know or whether it was strictly poking fun at Star Wars R2 units.

    I also got the impression they were referencing Beeper.

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  27. Gobi says:

    I HATE TOM SERVO’S NEW VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. crowschmo says:

    “…went on to make over 25 new Star Wars films, each as equally beloved as the original.”

    That had me laughing.

    I must say, I already like these guys, that’s a good sign. The personalities are good. No, Baron’s voice isn’t as deep as Kevin’s, but he has a smoothness about him – he’s a cool, little red dude. I like the voice. And Hampton seems to have found a nice happy place between Trace’s and Bill’s Crows while still being his own ‘bot. Can’t wait to see what they do in the actual episodes once they start.

    *Happy Dance* :)

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  29. Darkknight08 says:

    Loving Crow’s voice, but Tom’s is definitely going to take some getting used to. I think the attitude is there, but for me the voice just isn’t there. We had the same voice for Tom for the entire MST3K run, and to me it’s a huge part of Tom. At least with Crow there were a couple of times I thought, “wow, this sounds like the old Crow! (the Trace Crow, not Bill’s version which I also love).

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  30. digital_trucker says:

    That’s not Sinbad! Err….I mean, that’s not Servo!

    Something about him just doesn’t gel for me. It’s only partly the voice, mind you…something just feels off.

    Dat Crow though….I’m diggin’ him!

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  31. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    Goshzilla:
    Even if he doesn’t get involved in any other way (though I think he probably will), Trace must at least spend a day giving Hampton and Baron PuppetBot lessons. Considering that (as far as I know) Trace had no experience with puppets before he picked up Crow, and that there were no Puppeteering Pointers YouTube videos in 1988, his puppeteering skills are phenomenal. Muppet performers train for years and years before they show the aptitude that Trace displayed within a couple of seasons of MST3K. I know he was already pretty good making with his hands, but the man must be some kind of puppeteering savant.

    For proof, watch the Bots Get Presents sketch from Giant Gila Monster, when Tom gets the car and Crow gets a nice pair of slacks, with the sound muted. Trace’s physical performance is amazing. The amount of disappointment Crow demonstrates through body language without making a sound is incredible. And with a heavy, inflexible plastic puppet! Jim Henson couldn’t have done much better.

    I believe that sketch was in Killer Shrews.

    Thank you for the pants.

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  32. Angelwind says:

    I’m surprised no one commented that Crow’s arms seem to be working now.

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