Minute 97 – Put That On Your Tombstone – The Great Muppet Caper

Muppets continue to sing and fall with words on the screen.


“The First Time It Happens” instrumental

Christine Nelson gets an on screen credit


Associate Producer

Bruce Sharman

  • The Dark Crystal (associate producer)
  • 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (production manager)
  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (production supervisor)


Costume Designer

Julie Harris

Harris won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for Darling in 1965, and the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design for The Wrong Box in 1967.[2] She also worked on the Beatles’ first two live action feature films, A Hard Day’s Night (1964), and Help! (1965), quipping that “I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked.”[3] She also worked on the James Bond films Live and Let Die and Rollerball with Roger Moore.

Assistant Director

Dusty Symonds

  • Dusty Symonds was the first assistant director for The Dark Crystal. He worked alongside co-directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
  • Little Shop of Horrors


Sound Recordist

Peter Sutton

  • Peter Sutton is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and Labyrinth (1986).
  • He won an Oscar for Best Sound for the film The Empire Strikes Back.


Rerecording Mixer

Bill Rowe

  • Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for The Last Emperor in 1988


Senior Camera Assistant

Maurice Arnold

  • Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal



John Harman

  • The Dark Crystal


Supervising Video Engineer

Ian Kelly



Art Director

Terry Ackland-Snow

  • Supermans
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Labyrinth


Construction Manager

Alan Booth

  • The Dark Crystal
  • Labyrinth
  • Superman 3
  • Return of the Jedi

Caroly Wilcox

She was also a key designer/builder for The Muppet Show and movies, notably directing the creation of a special Miss Piggy puppet for use in the underwater scenes in The Great Muppet Caper.[3] In many cases, her task involved the practical side, adding annotations to help translate character sketches by Jim Henson into physical puppets, noting how a performer should operate a character, and even coordinating the options for shooting the parachute drop in Great Muppet Caper. Wilcox was viewed as the expert Muppet maker; she trained many of the Muppet builders.


Leslee Asch

Was employed by Jim Henson as part of the NY Muppet Workshop in the late 1970s. She built characters for Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and moved on to character builds for The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Sesame Street, and other Muppet productions. Because of her very solid knowledge of world puppet history, she was recruited to be part of The Jim Henson Foundation, whose function it is “to promote and develop the art of puppetry in the United States.” She remains with the foundation as a board member.


Nomi Frederick

For many years was the designer/technician who perfected the structure & foam latex versions of Miss Piggy.


Tom Newby

Newby was primarily responsible for mechanisms (including radio control) that enhanced the Muppet characters as well as structural and mechanical components of the walk-around characters. He also supervised and designed puppet rigging for various Henson TV and film production.


Lyle Conway

his most notable post-Henson credit was his reunion with Frank Oz on Little Shop of Horrors, designing the new version of Audrey II in all of its different phases. This earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.


Ed Christie

  • He was promoted to Muppet Supervisor in charge of Sesame Street (1991-1996). He was later promoted to Vice President/NY Muppet Workshop Supervisor (1997-2004) as well as Art Director for Henson on Sesame Street.
  • He has won eight Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street


Connie Peterson

  • GM of the NY Muppet Workshop
  • Peterson is an Emmy Award winner for her work on Sesame Street.


Jane Gootnick

Built Marjory the Trash Heap


Special Assistant to Miss Piggy

Barbara Davis

was part of the costume design team at the Muppets, most closely working on Miss Piggy’s ever-expanding wardrobe. She was also part of the Photo Studio team where she constructed and styled Muppet characters for John E. Barrett’s photography. Through Muppets in Space


Miss Piggy’s Hairstyles

Christine Cooper

Christine Cooper (ca. 1949-2008[1]) worked with the New York Muppet Workshop. By 1980, was the official hairstylist to Miss Piggy. She received screen credit for the task in The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan. She was also credited with the Muppet designers on the special The Muppets Go Hollywood.


One of Cooper’s creations was Miss Piggy’s Bo Derek-inspired braid, created with Calista Hendrickson, originally for a proposed Harper’s Bzarrae spread. Cooper described it to People magazine: “It’s got a soft, fluffy fringe to be more feminine and to show off her exquisite ears.”[2] The look also surfaced in Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life. She was also responsible for Piggy’s many and varied styles in The Miss Piggy Calendar 1982, mimicking the locks of famous screen actresses and characters.


Miss Piggy’s Portfolio

John E. Barrett

Barrett was responsible for the photography used in most of Henson publications including Muppet Magazine, calendars, posters, licensing, books, press releases, advertising, corporate jobs and more. He also supplies the puppet photography for Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and Bear in the Big Blue House


(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.)