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Noel MacNeal played Bear from "Bear in the Big Blue House." The incredibly popular kid's show aired on Disney from 1997 to 2006. Today, Noel is still a puppeteer and is working on his own show "The Show Me Show," which focuses on kids with autism and special needs. Following is a transcript of the video.
Noel MacNeal: Hi I am Noel MacNeal, I am a puppeteer, yes, it's a weird word.
Noel - Bear - Bear - Big - Blue
Noel played the bear from "Bear in the Big Blue House." It aired on Disney from 1997 to 2006.
MacNeal: This happened back in 1997 so I actually went in that morning to audition for another character for a game show that they were trying to develop. I got a call from Henson saying please come back 'cause we want you to audition for this other character. I went in and I put on what's called the helix, it's like the understructure with the hoop rings and the netting and this foam head and then I realized wait a minute it is quarter to five, this is a courtesy, you're not gonna get this, so I just said forget it you know what I'm just gonna have fun. Come Monday around six o'clock, just shy of six o'clock, that's when I got the call saying Noel you got the part and I was like what? And it's like yep, so that's how it happened.
Playing the bear was harder than it looked.
MacNeal: When you're inside you put your right arm up through the neck and into the head and you put your hand inside the mouth so that the lower thumb is his lower jaw and this is up here and it was like a little trigger for me to do his eyebrows. Then my left hand was in his left arm...
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