Frank Oz was born on May 25, 1944. He is a legendary puppeteer who worked with Jim Henson on many beloved Muppets characters. He created and performed the characters Miss Piggy and Fozzie the Bear. Both can be found in the Muppets 1 Vinylmation series. He also created and performed Animal and Sam the Eagle. Collectors eagerly look forward to the 9″ Vinylmation versions of these Muppets.
Frank Oz with Miss Piggy
The Muppets and Disney have had a solid partnership since 1989, when Disney announced they would purchase the Muppets characters from Jim Henson. One of the first Disney Theme Park attractions featuring the Muppets was the Here Come the Muppets stage show at MGM. It was eventually replaced by the Little Mermaid stage show. Muppet Vision 3D is a current attraction at a Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Muppet Vision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Frank Oz is also well known for performing the voice and puppet for Yoda in Star Wars. Frank has also lent his voice to Yoda in the recently opened Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction at the Disney Theme Parks. A Yoda Vinylmation can of course be found in the Star Wars set.
Frank Oz on the set with Yoda
Check out Frank Oz’s IMDB page here.