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Paleyfest Community Puppets
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McHale is the king of snark, which made him the perfect choice for prickly, self-obsessed Jeff Winger. But here's the surprise: As Jeff continued to…
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The study group is about to become felt and foam.

NBC will air an episode of Community this spring in which the Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and his friends are reimagined as puppets, it was announced at a PaleyFest panel for the show on Tuesday night. In the installment, the gang embark on a balloon ride, crash in the woods, and encounter an amiable mountain man (guest star Jason Alexander). Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) winds up getting the gang to discuss their adventures in the wild and work through their issues through the use of hand puppets; and in flashbacks, we see larger versions of the puppets.

This isn’t the first time that the comedy has transformed its cast into another form for the bulk of an episode: Jeff & co. were seen as stop-motion animation creations in season 2’s “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” and as 8-bit video game characters in season 3’s “Digital Estate Planning.” (Also, this briefly happened in the season 4 premiere.)

The puppets — which were previewed at the panel — are designed and operated by Scott Johnson and Drew Massey, who gave similar treatment to David Boreanaz in an episode of Angel.

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McHale is the king of snark, which made him the perfect choice for prickly, self-obsessed Jeff Winger. But here's the surprise: As Jeff continued to…
Community
Joel McHale and Alison Brie star in this comedy about a community college study group that turns into a surrogate family.
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