The Great Muppet Caper Minute 12 – Are Bears Allowed in Those Fountains

Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo take a double decker bus tour as they head for The Happiness Hotel.

Special Guest: Dustin

NOTES AND RESEARCH

Trafalgar Square, London

Nelson’s Column

William Railton designed the column and statue to honour Admiral Nelson, after his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The granite statue was sculpted by E. H. Baily. It is five metres high and stands on a bronze platform made from old guns from the Woolwich Arsenal Foundry.

The four bronze panels at the base of the column depict some of Nelson’s battles. The lions, designed by Sir Edwin Landseer, are said to protect Nelson’s Column.

Gonzo: Is that the Eiffel Tower?

Fozzie: Yes

Kermit: No

 

Wide shot: Facing outside of circle

  • Close up: Facing inside; toward the fountain
  • They switch sides every time the camera moves inside.

 

Fozzie: Are bears allowed in those fountains

I couldn’t understand him either

 

London Bridge

Fozzie: The English River

Gonzo: It adds human interest

Fozzie: But I’m a bear

 

I LOVE how you can see the camera flash!!!

Flash from behind a window is bad

The three of them conversing and looking around is sooooo real

Double Decker Bus

 

Tommy Godfrey

Bus Conductor

Godfrey made his film debut as a different bus conductor, in the 1949 Ealing Studios comedy Passport to Pimlico.

A British actor, usually cast as working class types

(These are mostly my thoughts and observations. I have occasionally added some of Annie’s thoughts after the recording. I have done my best to attribute info where needed. Many of the more common facts about the film and The Muppets are not directly attributed to any one source. It is not my intention to claim all of the above information as my own. If you find a place that needs attribution, please contact me with the source and I will be happy to add it.)