This week we are celebrating the Holidays and Star Wars by chatting with the amazingly talented Nien Nunb...... Uh, Mike Quinn..... Mike started performing at young age with a professional magic act at the age of 8 and a puppet show that ended in a pie fight at aged 9! After becoming fascinated by "The Muppet Show", he knew that was the future for puppetry. He first met Jim Henson and his puppeteers as a fan in 1977, later visiting the set of "The Muppet Show" bringing along home made Muppet style puppets on a regular basis and learning and receiving much encouragement.
Upon leaving school he directly landed his first job as a Muppeteer in 1980 on The Great Muppet Caper filling in on crowd scenes and doubling up for main characters. This directly led to building Podlings and Slaves for The Dark Crystal and then actually performing the Slavemaster Skeksis for the film.
This was a really fun chat about Mike's work both as a Muppet and as an animator at Pixar.