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Does Animal seem to be more tame now a days?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by mupcollector1, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    What's so amazing about Animal is just how primitive he truly is. Frank said that his character is basically 2 Demention or 1 demention. Sex, Food, Drums and Pain or something like that. lol



    I was just watching this TV appearance, one of my all time favorites. I've had it on VHS years ago and transferred it to DVD a few years ago. Part of me was thinking that there's something about the characters when their original performers performed them and the replacements today as talented and great as they are, it's just not the same in my own opinion. I'm not sure if that was the right way to put it or not but it's like there's something about The Muppets around Jim's time and the original perfomers that had this special thing about them. I'm trying to say it without seeming negitive because I think the replacements again are very talented and doing a great job kepting them alive.

    Anyway. Part of me is thinking right now focusing about Animal. He used to be so wild and out of control back in the classic days.

    I just read this quote a minute ago from Frank "You Don't Mess With Animal, he eats glass man." lol

    I tried to look up this clip online but I can't find it. Rats. I would try to go through my collection and try to upload it myself but I have this thing about copyright infrigment and you know..

    One of the Muppet Video Series in 1985, Revue, Treasure or Moments...I can't remember. At the very end Kermit and Fozzie comment about the Rina Moranno spot with Animal and Kermit says "And like always Animal makes a mess of things". Animal comes running into the attic and just running around the place breaking everything and Kermit's trying to tame him. lol I'd love to see that clip again. One of these days, I might write to Disney ask if they can release those combos again. They were great. But because of Music copyright and all that, same reason why Seasons 4 and 5 are taking a long time. lol

    I remember Floyd was the only one who could tame Animal. What did he use to say? "Back, Neil, Sit" and Animal would repete. lol

    But yeah, to me it seems that Animal seems pretty tame now. It's a shame. I would love for him to eat another TV Dinner (Literally a Television Set) and go to his leisure delights of Alagator Wrestling again. lol
  2. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    That anger management class I heard did wonders for him. "IN CONTROL" :halo:"NO DRUMS!!! JACK BLACK SAID NO DRUMS!!!"
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  3. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    LOL I did have that in mind for some reason. lol Still to this day, I'm still laughing at how Jack Black got the John Clease treatment in the new movie. When I first heard Jack Black was going to make a cameo in the movie I was thinking "Ugh No, this is a nightmare!" because I never really thought Jack Black was funny because most of his original work besides being an actor was very sexual blue humor I didn't find Amusing. Then when he was an actor, he was all over the place almost like "What's the world gone too." But when I went to the movie seeing The Muppets kidnapping him and tourchering him with bad jokes and strinking his head I was laughing thinking "Have I died and gone to heaven? Is this a dream or is this actually happening in the movie, YES YES YES!" cheering silently. lol

    But yeah, Animal liked doing crazy things when he wasn't angry. Going hunting with a Bazzzoka. lol Well at least his soft side is still there with bunny rabbits. lol I think one of the final times Frank performed his Muppet characters was on the Muppet Show Season 2 DVD special features and there's a point where Animal says "BUNNY RABBIT!" then the interviewer says "Do you like bunny rabbits?" "Like Bunny Rabbit" "Do you want a big bunny rabbit?" "Small Bunny Rabbit. Pleeese" lol So cute. lol Even on the Jim Henson Hour Pitch Tape he was going crazy over the book of The Tale of The Bunny Picnic. lol
  4. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    Don't forget rabbit hunting, bowling.
    I was listening to MC Radio, and heard Animal yell "QUIET!"
  5. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, underhand bowling. lol Dancing with Carol Burnett and sneaking under her dress for a second, she hits him "You really are an Animal" "HAH HAH HAH HAH!" :halo:
  6. Hayley B

    Hayley B Active Member

    So far I think it was only for the latest movie. Maybe he'll comeback to his wild self soon. Especially since he went back to drumming. :halo:
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  7. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I'd love to see more of his craziness. Like how he did with attacking the con man in Muppets Take Manhattan "BAD MAN!" lol And how he made a mess of The Muppet Show attic in one of the Muppet Video combos around 1985, Eating TV Dinners, and Singing Wild Thing altering the lyrics a bit. lol
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  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    That's from The Muppet Revue.

    And you can see that clip again now:
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  9. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Active Member

    Actually, those pieces are old. They were taped in 1999 and were intended to air on Odyssey as part of the promotion of "Muppets From Space". It was just before Frank officially retired from performing his Muppet Show characters.
  10. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Animal is just getting old. Lol!
  11. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Active Member

    I disagree. Muppets don't really age.
  12. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I was kidding...d( ̄  ̄)
  13. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I've noticed that The Swedish Chef has been tamed down. Remember when he'd chase chickens and turkeys around with meat cleavers? Now he hugs chickens. It's a good thing Gonzo doesn't seem to notice.
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  14. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Maybe not so much the Muppets but maybe it's the puppeteers that have mellowed out over the years. Lol! Of course I better mention "I'm kidding."
  15. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    To quote Weird Al Yankovic, "I'll be mellow when I'm dead!"
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  16. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    I think Disney kind of waters down his cleaver throwing just a tad..you know...because of all that "Impressionable" stuff in the legal department...:hungry::cluck:
  17. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Active Member

    No, they don't.
  18. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure that he so much tamed down, but I do think he acts a bit different. Like you said, we're never going to see Frank's Animal again, now it's Eric's Animal, and it's obvious that each performer has a different interpretation of each character.

    I'm glad he quit chasing stuff with cleavers...I had too many of my friends asking me who the guy who runs around chopping people's heads off is...(seriously...)
  19. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Well I'm sure Dr. Bunsen Honeydew would wip up something. If 5 hour energy excists in every store in America and if Muppet Labs can make Animal a giant in The Muppet Movie, anything is impossible. Unless Beaker Explodes when he is forced beyond is will to be Honeydew's Ginnipig of course. (laughing Bunsen style, sss, sss, sss, lol)
  20. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    It does seem like Hollywood and the media is becoming more and more serious these days. But at least Crazy Harry got to do a few explosions in the movie without a hardhat or explanation for what he does best. lol But I won't mind him coming up when there's a bad pun again.
    Crazy Harry: "HEHHEHHEH ,did somebody say blast?" BOOM! Kermit: Harry! You can't keep blowing people up when people say just about anything! Crazy Harry: "Did someone say just about anything?" BOOM! lol Classic. :crazy:
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