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Under creator Dan Harmon, Community’s cast was transformed into stop-motion creations and 8-bit video game characters. The next step is doing an entire episode with puppets.
NBC announced on Tuesday during the 2013 PaleyFest that Seinfeld star Jason Alexander will guest star in the episode. Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Danny Glover, Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown will voice their puppet versions.
Alexander will voice a mountain man the cast meets during an adventure in the woods.
Scott Johnson and Drew Massey built the puppets. The team has worked with the Jim Henson Company on Muppets wizard of Oz and also worked on MTV’s Warren The Ape. Zap2It notes that they also did the Angel episode “Smile Time.”
As Entertainment Weekly notes, the Community cast has been transformed into other media before. Season 2’s “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” was an entire episode in stop-motion animation. In season 3’s “Digital Estate Planning,” the characters were digitized for a video game at Pierce’s house. During the season 4 premiere, they were animated as babies.
The Community puppet episode will air in April.