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Most Underused Muppets?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by TravellingMatt, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt Well-Known Member

    Ever like one of those characters who had so much potential, yet was sorely underused (except for ensemble numbers)?

    I have one, and I wish they had used him a lot more.

    Uncle Deadly was rarely used after the third season of The Muppet Show, and I wish they had kept him on. I can think of so many situations he could be in (case in point, the number Gorgon Heap and I conjured up where he sang "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'" while in a gothic castle with a thunderstorm brewing outside). I also thought he'd be perfect for other songs sung by baddies in Broadway shows, such as "Reviewing the Situation" from "Oliver!".

    Not only that, he is one of the coolest-looking Muppets. I've always thought that the coolest-looking Muppets (besides the Electric Mayhem) were some of the monsters. The Deadly One definitely fits the bill here. I wish we had seen more of him after Season Three.

    Plus, his original character sketch (which can be found on Henson.com) looks REALLY awesome. I've thought about getting a tattoo of it just under my right shoulder. (possibly with the words "DEADLY" or "THE DEADLY ONE" right above it, but I can't afford to get any tattoos now)

    Let's hear it for Uncle Deadly, one of the coolest Muppet monsters/baddies ever. If you need a bad guy...JUST SAY UNCLE!
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  2. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh I know! Like Elmo, Gonzo...err wait...oh most 'underused' Muppet.

    Yeah Uncle Deadly rocked. I say bring back him, Digit, Leon, Lindburgh, Zondra, Behemoth, etc! At least they brought back the two Bossmen!(Muppetfest, VMC, MT!)
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  3. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    rowlf is one of the most underused muppets. heck, he's the oldest muppet, even older than kermit the frog, not kermit the puppet from sam and friends! i mean i wasn't used that much in the first 3 movies or not that much in the muppet show. he did some songs, did vets hospital, thats about it. and it was even worse after jim henson died because they said he has been retired, but he poped up in the last 3 muppet movies and the christmas movie that was aired back in november. i think a character that can be a great character has been wasted

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  4. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member


    I agree. It would be nice to see Rowlf more often. I think Bill Barretta has done a good job with him. I would like to see a movie where he had more speaking lines. I really liked Andy and Randy, Miss Piggy's nephews. It's hilarious how dumb they were. They really weren't seen much after MT! That picture of them in MFS doesn't really count. Also, Seymour, maybe.... But I think I like Pepe better when he's on his own. Just my thoughts.

    By the way, Phil, thanks for giving me the Daffyfan2003 username.
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  5. kansasteen14

    kansasteen14 Well-Known Member

    i agree Rowlf isnt used enough or Camilla Gonzo's chicke girlfriend
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  6. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Andy and Randy were okay. The only line I remember them saying (other than in MCT) was:

    "You know the sacred language too! E-way are not orthy-way! E-way are not orthy-way!"
    - Andy and Randy

    That was hilarious! Taken straight from Wayne's World. They said that after John Goodman's "I think the ig-pays are a little upid-stay."

    I really miss Rowlf. It'd be nice to see him back. Also liked Link. He was so dumb! I think the last time Jim ever performed Link was in The Muppets Go to Walt Disney World. Man, I loved that special. It's the only Muppet special from the eighties I had ever seen. It got ruined unfortunately. Oh, well.

    You know, after writing this, it's interesting to realize just what you can spell with Goodman when you're not watching the screen while typing. Yikes!
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  7. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Goog point...it's been weird seeing ol brown ears diominish into the background. Luckily in the last 12 months, starting with Muppetfest live gala thing...through Weezer special, and now VMC...theyve started to bring him back. Im glad they have brought back a lot of characters.

    The 80's got ruined or your vhs? I would have to agree, the 80's got ruined in the late spring of 1990. As for your tape, ack! Someone get this kid a replacement copy! I consider M@WDW one of the finest, coolest Muppet things ever right under Muppet Family Xmas and Muppets Take Manhattan(oh and the JHH)
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  8. I wish that Lenny the Lizard was used more.
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  9. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    Also liked Link. He was so dumb! I think the last time Jim ever performed Link was in The Muppets Go to Walt Disney World. Man, I loved that special. It's the only Muppet special from the eighties I had ever seen. It got ruined unfortunately. Oh, well.

    ya i liked link, he was funny and dumb at the same time and was used a lot in sketches and stuff. he was supposed to say something in muppets from space but it got edited out.....dang it

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  10. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    If you need a copy of the Disney World special let me know and I'll be glad to get a copy to you... green_jedi_x@yahoo.com
  11. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member

    i'm keeping my copy...YOU CAN'T GET IT FROM ME! OVER MY DEAD BODY!

  12. Thijs

    Thijs Well-Known Member

    Thog! rebuild Thog!
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  13. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    i think another underused character would be dr. teeth. the only thing he did on the muppet show was sing songs. he was back stage sometimes and even did a few skits here and there but he was diminshed to only singing or playing songs. he still hasn't said anything other than shalom in muppets from space. he's been in all of te muppet films, the muppet specials, and even uttered a huh in the muppet christmas movie back in novemeber, but dr. teeth has also been wasted.

    what is it about jim hensons characters that the henson people just don't want to use. they use richard hunts beaker and sweetums(sometimes), and statler, and we got a good part of scooter and janice finally said some stuff in the christmas movie, but jim hensons characters particually rowlf and dr. teeth seem to be fading in the background......

    bottem line: just like rowlf, dr. teeth, who could have become a major character, has been reduced to cameo roles...

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  14. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets Well-Known Member

    Crazy Harry - hilarious. love him. i've only seen him a few times in the Muppet Movie, and once in Great Muppet Caper and VMMCM.....

    Pops The Doorman - only seen him in Muppet Christmas Carol and Great Muppet Caper, and sort of in VMMCM, and MFC

    Beauregard - only heard him speak in the Great Muppet Caper.

    Thog - Only seen him in the Alice Cooper "School's Out" clip i downloaded

    Link Hogthrob - never even heard him speak at all...

    Seymour (he wasnt even in VMMCM or MFS) - i used 2 love him when i was in 4th grade when I'd watch Muppets Tonight every week. but i havent seen him since........so in my opinion, that so called elephant should be in more muppet movies and continue on as Pepe's partner!

    Lew Zealand - because he throws boomerang fish. he throws the fish and it comes back to him.

    Lewis Kazagger - idk why...he's just cool

    Bobo The Bear - cuz he makes me laugh so hard my gut hurts!!!
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  15. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    I wonder whatever happened to Leon... Any of the 'Land of Gorch' characters from SNL would be interesting to see again. And I can't recall ever seeing that yellow trumpet player from the Dr. Teeth band after the Disney World special. Does this guy even have a name?

    And the Koozebanians?!?! Where did those guys go?!

    By the way, I've spotted Thog a couple other times...he's also in the Muppet Valentine Show dancing with Mia Farrow. It's quite disturbing to watch......
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  16. SillyRed

    SillyRed Well-Known Member

    Elmo is no longer an underused Muppet.;)
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  17. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    By the way, I've spotted Thog a couple other times...he's also in the Muppet Valentine Show dancing with Mia Farrow. It's quite disturbing to watch......

    What's disturbing about that? I think it's cute, in my biased, pro-Thog opinion.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
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  18. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    elmo hasn't been underused in 10 years!!!!!

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  19. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    Well, the Thog part wasn't really the disturbing part...mostly the furry green guy with the long nose guy who eventually became that coffee-addicted 'Nigel' guy on Muppets Tonight blathering on about how he is in love with Mia Farrow was the part that most creeped me out. lol
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  20. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    Droop said he was in love with Mia Farrow or Nigel? It wasn't Droop, not in the copy I have.

    They're not the same character, just the same basic design. I actually started thinking of a plot where Nigel was Droop's son, the complete opposite of his father and thus there's some tension and disagreement between them.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole

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