Created by NCZ on Jun 13 2018
What is there to say about Caroll's performance that hasn't be said. He has to be one of the most dedicated voice performers in the history of VA work, let alone puppetering. He quite literally is Big Bird on every possible level. His performance has heart to it, he has a strong sense of will, and you can feel the sheer love he exudes not only for Big Bird as a character, but the children Big Bird seeks to entertain. It's one of the best performances not just in the history of children's television, but for any iconic character, ever.
His performance has evolved naturally over time as well. If you listen on his page there is an extra clip showing his earliest voice.
It's this earliest voice that Daniel Seagren is taking after. It's a little dopier in sound and kind of obvious that there was a replacement, but he only got a couple public shots in the role, so there's not a lot of the polish that Spinney and later Vogel naturally acquired.
That being said, I'm pretty happy with Matt Vogel being groomed as successor. His Kermit kind of strikes me as funny since it feels like Constantine as Kermit, but as Big Bird, he's got it down. He nails Big Bird's youthful, childlike innocence and optimism. As an impression you can tell he's not Caroll at times, but he has the spirit.
Overall, while Caroll is obviously on top, as we look to the future with Matt Vogel I think we're in a good place.