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Prell with Red Fraggle.


Prell with Red Fraggle in 2013.


Prell (left) and Brian Muehl (right) perform Deena and Pearl on the set of Sesame Street.


Prell (left) and Dave Goelz (right) perform Sir Didymus on the set of Labyrinth.

Henson Kermit Red

Prell with Red Fraggle (left) and Jim Henson with Kermit the Frog (right).


Prell with Kathryn Mullen at DragonCon 2013.

Ali Eisner and Karen Prell

Prell with Ali J. Eisner and Red Fraggle

Karen Leigh Prell (b. July 26)[1] is a puppeteer and animator. Born in Florida, she first worked with Jim Henson in 1979, performing Deena and other small roles on Sesame Street. She subsequently worked on the final season of The Muppet Show, assisting and playing various bit parts (such as the title character in "Rockin' Robin"). However, Prell made her greatest contribution performing Red Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, a role she has reprised for various events and ancillary productions.

Prell also performed on the Creature Shop films Dreamchild and Labyrinth. During the latter film, she first became romantically involved with future husband Mike Quinn, as they made each other's goblins flirt during lulls in shooting. She was later one of the Creature Shop unit's Falcon puppeteers on Stuart Little 2.

In 1997, Prell transitioned into computer animation, working on several Pixar projects, including the shorts Geri's Game and For the Birds and features A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. Other credits have included some of the CGI animation in Disney's Enchanted, work for Tippett Studio on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Son of the Mask, and Frank Oz's The Stepford Wives.

Demonstrating that her affection for the Muppets has not waned, however, Prell attended MuppetFest in 2001, resplendent in a homemade Red Fraggle cap, and also participated in the Fraggle Rock: Complete First Season bonus features. Prell, along with Dave Goelz, is a co-executive producer of the Apple TV+ series Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock. She also made a brief return to Sesame Street for its 50th season.

She later worked as an animator with video game company Valve Corporation, where she was able to apply her experience with puppets to bring realistic movements to the robot characters of the award-winning game Portal 2.

Henson/Muppet credits[]

for a complete character gallery, see Karen Prell characters


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