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Missing Muppets: The Ones You Miss

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Muppet Master, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Throughout the years there have been well over 1,000 muppets or at least what I think. Most originated on TMS, some in the feature films, and others on MT and JHH. Some have become break out stars like Pepe the King Prawn and Rizzo the Rat, while others dwelled for a while trying to grasp popularity, but ending up dying out which leads us to MISSING MUPPETS. Which missing muppets do you miss, do you think they will ever come back, what is your theory or educated fact on their disappearence. Just to clear up, a missing muppet is one that has not appeared in TM'11 or MMW, and has not been seen in at least half a decade. So, which missing muppets do you miss?
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Muppet Wiki has pages for 2,834 Muppets, and pages for 913 "The Muppets" characters. Of course, there's a number of character groups where not all characters have their own individual pages, which lowers the number at Muppet Wiki.
  3. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    I did not say I was sure, but that is not that far away from 1,000.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    And as I said, there are a number of characters who don't have individual pages. There's not individual pages for every member of The Gogolala Jubilee Jugband, Geri and the Attrics, the Muppets Tonight Band, or the Extremes. And several Frackles do not have their own pages. And who knows how many individual identical/generic penguins, chickens, rats, pigs, or frogs there are?
  5. Mr Sweetums

    Mr Sweetums Well-Known Member

    I miss Polly Lobster, Clueless Morgan and Mad Monty, I really hope these three make a comeback someday. He's not my favourite Muppet but it has been a long time since we saw Lewis Kazzager :fanatic:
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  6. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    It seems like Louis Kazzager was retired with muppet sports besides GMC. Actually what I realized is that tons of muppet show sketches were basically cancelled while others went on for too many episodes to count, sort of like prime time television. Pigs in Space, Vet's Hospital, and Muppet Labs were among the ones that were renewed and the most popular while Muppet Sports had few installements after the third season indicating that his show was on the cutting board. Other sketches like A Poem By Rowlf lasted two episodes before getting the axe or An Editorial by Sam the Eagle which is among one of my favorites got cut only after four episodes. Anyway that is just me rambling.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I have to admit. Once they brought back Link Hogthrob, I pretty much stopped caring about anyone else. I mean... it's ...Link...Hogthrob!

    But I'll admit that there are those who I'd like to see again.

    Marvin Suggs- I am so disappointed by the fact that, while he's a puppeteer and regularly works for Henson, that Paul Rugg never got to play that character. Why, you ask?

    Try and listen to that and not think of Marvin's voice. I think that he could very well have outhammed Frank Oz in that role. And that's really saying something to say someone could out ham him!

    Sal Manila, and by extension Johnny Fiama- They certainly can have Johnny without Sal. But as every Muppet Action Figure collector can tell you, it's just not the same.

    Dr. Strangepork- they have him, he's been recast... it's time to make some Pigs in Space shorts!

    Clueless Morgan- I'm glad they found a place for him and Polly in MT. And that was generous.

    Constantine- I miss him already. He needs to join the cast somehow.
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  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Characters I most want to see return are Louis Kazagger, Fleet Scribbler, Seymour, Gaffer, Doglion, Timmy, Mean Mama, Gorgon Heap, and most of the Jim Henson Hour characters, most importantly Digit, Leon, Lindbergh, and maybe Vicki, Waldo, Flash, Beard, and the Solid Foam Drummer. In fact we should probably add Bean and Clifford to the list (it hasn't exactly been ten years since we last saw them in a new production, but we're getting close).
  9. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    I think that'd be a possibility, if Kevin Clash returns.
  10. Mr Sweetums

    Mr Sweetums Well-Known Member

    I wonder why Bean never stuck around, one could argue that Steve had to much responsibility when he took over Kermit but Eric took over Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Animal. Was Bean just too cute to continue alongside the Muppets? it's a shame they didn't use him more during MT, I know Bean was never a big player but I'm surprised he didn't reach the ranks of Lew Zealand, Link Hogthrob and Crazy Harry.

    If I'm correct his last speaking role was MCC?
  11. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    I just can not see Bean as a very popular muppet, I think if they did bring him back it should only be for physical comedy, because he really represents the cute side of the muppets, and that never is a good thing when Jim Henson never really wanted it that way, maybe he belongs on SS.
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  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Jim Lewis once said that the running gag of him being hired just to be cute wasn't exactly a strong enough running gag to last too long. And Frank Oz once said that he was created to get people to stop thinking of the Muppets as cute, but people continued to view Muppets as cute.

    His last speaking role was in the video game Muppet Party Cruise. Additionally, Bean has spoken in an episode of Muppets Tonight, in Muppet Race Mania, and I think he had dialogue at Muppetfest.
  13. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Lewis Kazagger made a reappearance in 1992 when the Muppets were doing weekly guest spots on Good Morning America in Olympics themed sketches.

    Fiama and/or Sal are on my list and as heartbreaking as it is for me to say it because i LOVE Brian as a performer (and the Henson/Baretta chemistry), it may be the time to recast Sal. I also want to see Fleet Scribbler again. I know he was fazed out shortly after he was created but (a) he was always laugh out loud funny in each of his appearances and (b) with today's celebrity gossip culture, now's a perfect time for him where he may have been a tad ahead of his time in 1977.
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  14. Mr Sweetums

    Mr Sweetums Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info everybody, Bean Bunny on MT that sounds interesting, it'll be fun to watch out for him next time I have an MT marathon which now I think is going to be pretty soon ;) I really enjoyed Bean in MCC but I think MFS used him correctly, Bean is simply the cute Bunny that gets slammed behind the door although my favourite Bean Bunny moment has to be in MCC.

    I was never really a big fan of Fleet Scribbler but dwmckim makes a very good point and I must say I fully agree with this. I could actually see Fleet Scribbler being a rival to Walter. Walter goes fan crazy over the celebs on TMS whilst all Fleet Scribbler cares about is exposing their dirty secrets which in turn angers Walter.

    Anyone want to join my bring back Fleet Scribbler and help Bean Bunny move to Sesame Street Campaign?:fanatic: :laugh:
  15. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Actually, I am pretty sure that Bean Bunny only appeared in one episode of MT which was Episode 106: Tony Benett and it was a very quick cameo, though at least he got some lines out in the process.
  16. los

    los Well-Known Member

    I really miss Hilda
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  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't Walter be more crazy about being around all the Muppets than being around the celebrities?

    Actually, his line was in episode 110 with Martin Short. He also made a few non-speaking background appearances. I think he was even attacked by Heather Locklear.
  18. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    I never thought Hilda was the greatest character, but I do feel sorry for her. Did they really have to wipe her off the face of the earth just because her performer left? Besides two background cameos she was wiped out for good, they could not have at least used her for cameos here and then? It seems strange that one of the secondary characters would be wiped out just because of a performer's departure.
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  19. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Yes, I know Beauregard now fills the role of janitor, but I'd still like to see George show up again somewhere. I always found him to be pretty funny in the first season of The Muppet Show. Didn't he and Mildred Huxtetter have a thing going? I got so excited just seeing Mildred in the background in "Muppets Most Wanted"- maybe George could show up as her boyfriend or maybe husband at this point?
    I also wouldn't mind seeing Bean Bunny return, along with more of The Jim Henson Hour characters like Digit, Leon and Vicki particularly- Clifford too, for that matter. And some of the Muppets Tonight cast like Johnny Fiama, Sal Manilla, Seymour and Bill the Bubble Guy.
    And definitely any of the Muppet monsters that haven't been seen in a while- I love seeing those guys. :)
  20. Gonzo14

    Gonzo14 Well-Known Member

    I know the chances of getting him back are slim, but I miss Clifford.

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