Mr. Aloysius Snuffleupagus, or Snuffy for short, is a large woolly-mammoth like creature who is Big Bird's best friend. For fourteen years, adults wouldn't believe Big Bird's insistence of Snuffy existing, with the running gag ending with Big Bird finally showing the adults Snuffy.
Snuffy's demeanor was originally portrayed as a sullen, dour mood much like Eeyore. Over the years, he got a bout of energy and serves as the show's friendly giant.
Hello, everyone! To celebrate Sesame Street's fiftieth anniversary today (or tomorrow), we're going to take a look at everyone's favorite elephant man, Snuffy!
Jerry Nelson was the first to portray him, and if you were to look at Snuffy's original puppet design, coupled with the voice, it's.. really scary and feels like a kind of a stalker-like voice. No offense to Jerry's talent, as the voice did fit his large nature, but it doesn't sound too friendly.
Jerry gave up the role to Michael Earl to focus on the Muppet Show. Earl's take sounds more polished than Jerry, but it doesn't sound there yet, in a way. Certainly sounds much more friendly, but still too smoky.
Martin Robinson took over for Snuffy after Earl left, and he takes the best of Jerry and Earl, and does his own take with a bounce of energy. Frankly, the most memorable for me. Later on the clip, you can hear a version of Marty's Snuffy in 1989, where he was going for more of an impression of Earl and Jerry, it's not as good as his own version.