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Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by peyjenk, May 14, 2007.
So, is Animal considered one of the Muppet monsters?
If not, what is he?
I never thought of Animal as a monster. I always considered him...well...an animal. I don't know what kind of animal...maybe an escapee from the Island of Dr. Moreau, but an animal all the same. Floyd seems to be his main handler, and often keeps him on a leash. He tells Animal to "sit" and "stay," as if he were a dog. And isn't Animal sometimes chained to his drumset? So if I had to guess, I'd say he was a highly intelligent animal (and the Muppets are full of highly intelligent animals). But I wouldn't consider him a monster.
Okay, but most of the Muppet animals are specific, recognizable animals. Anything that is otherwise is usually considered a monster, alien, etc. The line seems to be really fuzzy around Animal, though.
He seems pretty Neanderthal-ish to me... but I think - because of his teeth, and the way his hair grows, mostly - he is a monster.
Ahh... the age old question. I really have no idea I just kinda accept that he's Animal and don't really think of him in a specific group. He's just himself. Sorry I'm not very helpful
Yeah, I guess that's what I was trying to say in my post. I never thought about it one way or another. He's just Animal.
I agree that when it comes to Animal. He is just that, a personification of all that is our animal nature. I can see Neanderthal in him (although I don't believe in Evolution), it's possible that he's throw-back to then? I can also see, Muppet Monster traits in him...although they are usually more specifically monsterish than Animal.
A lot of people speculate that he is humanoid, the same as Zoot, Floyd, and Marvin Suggs.
Animal is just Animal I suppose. I've never really given much thought to his actual species.
I don't know! That's a toughie!
Animal kinda fits the scientific description of what we say Neanderthals would have looked like. Yeah, I've always seen him as just a very primitive, primal creature. Like, the name says it all!
Perhaps Animal's another species of Whatever, one that several thousand years ago broke away from Gonzo's race and evolved into an Animal-esque being.
An alien? Ooh, I don't know about that. It's possible that he was a result of a test-tube experiment, however?
And have we considered the possibility of interspecies dating?
Animal might be not be specifically descript physically but we do not question his animal nature. If we want to talk shop, aka recognizable puppet features, then we should discuss Gonzo. How long did it take to figure out who he was and where he came from? At least with Animal his name and character are represenational of his personality, no matter what he looks like. Or, perhaps, we're trying to read too deeply into the animal of Animal. Even so, that's okay. It's fun to speculate.
Not to get off subject, but I never considered Gonzo an alien, despite what MFS tells us.
Back on subject...(Leach *just* manages to hop on the bus before it pulls away)
Yeah, as I said before, I think Animal is Animal. It may not be much of an answer, but hey, neither is "a blade of grass" when one asks "what do you use to cut steak with?"
Yeah, I don't really think he "is" anything specific, either, I just thought it would be a fun discussion.
And, Leach, I agree with you: No matter what Muppets From Space tries to pull, Gonzo is still a whatever.
You and me both man I really hated that and thought it cheapend Gonzo's character allot and made him allot less special.
Always was, always will be!
New question: What is Clifford? I swear he's a fish but Muppet Wiki tells me I'm wrong.
It did cheapen Gonzo, like, okay he's weird-looking, so lets make him an alien.
When I first saw Clifford on The Jim Henson Hour, I immediately thought of him as a human Muppet.
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