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GONZO the...um...

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Fozzie Bear, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. MrMoth

    MrMoth New Member

    I think of Gonzo as an allegory of the outsider - the weirdo, the non conformer.
    Taken to a literal level perhaps he can be considered an "alien".
    I feel when Gonzo decided to stay with his friends in Muppets From Space, he made a statement regarding labels/generalisations. He refused to conform to any type of pigeonholing and embraced his status as a 'whatever' and strong enough to exist as a the outsider/freak amoungst those he loves rather than blend/fit in with those he looks like but does not know.
    "Labels are for cans - thats the only use they have! I am strong enough to be different from everyone else and choose to stay with those I love" is perhaps the statement Gonzo is making in M.F.S. in my opinion :)

    Interesting article Fozzie Bear, thanks for sharing it! :)
  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Great thoughts, MrMoth!! I like that, and it fits well with Gonzo's personality, too. I mean, why conform when you're willing to shoot yourself out of a cannon for fun?! :)
  3. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Can you elaborate more about the Lewis quote? As in, where and when it was published? Thanks!
  4. JustListen

    JustListen Active Member

    To elaborate, the movie they're talking about is Muppets from Space. In a nutshell, it's Gonzo's long lost alien brotheren who come to earth to reunite with their long lost brother. Its one of my all time favorite muppet movie because it shows a lonely side to Gonzo that you would expect from someone who is considered a 'whatever.' Its heartwarming while still upholding the rediculous humor of the muppets. But apparently it was all for farse...that makes Tutter sad...:cry:
  5. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    I think he wanted the quote from Jim Lewis elaborated on, as I'm fairly 100 percent certain good ol' scarecroe has seen Muppets from Space.
  6. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh Well-Known Member

    And even animated aliens the Irken race. You know, I think that ALF--a Melmacian--and Zim--an Irken--are the only aliens to have their races be defined cheifly.
  7. muppet baby

    muppet baby Well-Known Member

    Thank you fozzie bear that is one of the best muppet articals that i have ever read ! I mean that. Gonzo has been one of my faverites out of my all time faverite Miss Piggy anyway , up until i had seen muppets from space and they told us that Gonzo was from outter space .

    i kind of thought that all my life anyway keke :):insatiable:
  8. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh Well-Known Member

    For me, Gonzo will always be a weird whatever.
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Glad you like it. Did you read the article: The Manah-Manah Phenomena?

    You know, gang, I'm still considering Gonzo a Whatever because Jim Henson said he'd always be one (I think it was a demonstration reel that Jim, Frank, and Michael Frith were discussing Muppet characters in March 1990), and even though they said he's alien in the film, they didn't give him a species so he's still a Whatever!
  10. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh Well-Known Member

    For all we know, his species of alien IS a whatever!
  11. JustListen

    JustListen Active Member

    Oh, in that case I give my sincere appologies to the both of you. I assure you I'm not here to question anyone's muppet savvy. :concern:
  12. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Oh, no. You don't have to apologize. I think my post sounded a bit more defensive than I meant it to sound... read... what have you.

    JACK SPARROW: "Muppet... savvy?" :)
  13. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh Well-Known Member

    I like that term. It's catchy.

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