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Animal: Monster or... what?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by peyjenk, May 14, 2007.

  1. peyjenk

    peyjenk New Member

    So, is Animal considered one of the Muppet monsters?

    If not, what is he? :halo:
  2. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Active Member

    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.
  3. peyjenk

    peyjenk New Member

    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.
  4. Beakerfan

    Beakerfan Active Member

    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.
  5. janicegroupie

    janicegroupie New Member

    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:halo:
  6. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Active Member

    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.
  7. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. weredog

    weredog New Member

    Animal is just Animal I suppose. I've never really given much thought to his actual species.
  9. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    I don't know! That's a toughie! ;)
  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    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! :halo:
  11. superboober

    superboober Member

    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. :halo:
  12. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    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?
  13. Kar Ma

    Kar Ma New Member

    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.
  14. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Active Member

    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?"
  15. peyjenk

    peyjenk New Member

    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.
  16. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour New Member

    You and me both man I really hated that and thought it cheapend Gonzo's character allot and made him allot less special. :(
  17. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Active Member

    Always was, always will be!:)
  18. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    New question: What is Clifford? I swear he's a fish but Muppet Wiki tells me I'm wrong.
  19. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Active Member

    It did cheapen Gonzo, like, okay he's weird-looking, so lets make him an alien.
  20. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Active Member

    When I first saw Clifford on The Jim Henson Hour, I immediately thought of him as a human Muppet.


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