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Muppet Childhood Memories

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Scooterforever, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Well-Known Member

    If you're like me and were 1st introduced to the Muppets as a child, you likely have fond Muppet moment memories. Here's some of mine.

    -The Doug Henning Episode from s4. It's the episode I remember most vividly from when I was a child, don't know why. I watched it a few days ago for the 1st time in years, and I swear I remember the scenes where Doug does magic for Robin and the magic trick with Doug and the bird lady escaping from a chest shot for shot from my childhood.

    -The Muppets at Disneyland. My parents recorded this on VHS, and I must have watched it at least a dozen times as a kid. My fav scene was always when the Electric Mayhem sang "All Around the World."

    -TNT Monstervision promos terrifying me while I was trying to enjoy The Muppet Show. Yeah, Muppets reruns were on TNT when I was a kid, that's how I saw most of the show, and TNT also had a horror movie show hosted by a Texan(?) called Monstervision around that time. You'd think the tv execs would know better than to run a terrifying commercial during children's programming, but apparently not.

    What are some of your Muppets childhood memories?
  2. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    This is a little older than what you're probably looking for, but I remember watching The Muppets Christmas Carol in my sixth grade class for our holiday party and being absolutely enthralled. My friends and I went around doing imitations of Robin-as-Tiny Tim for days afterwards.
  3. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    - My brother and I used to play Muppet babies. He'd always be Kermit and I'd be Rowlf, and we'd go on adventures.

    - When I was a small child I would literally throw myself on the ground and yell "TAXI!" That was my favorite Muppet moment, and I would recreate it whenever I got the chance.

    - I can remember being six and going to see MTI in theaters. I was so scared when Piggy and Kermit were hanging upside down. I thought they were in danger!

    - Every Xmas my brother and I would watch Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree. Not a popular Henson project, I know, but we loved it. And Kermit narrated!

    - Giant Animal in TMM scared me.
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  4. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I have a lot, all of which were small elements that added up to me being the Muppet fan I am today.

    -The earliest is probably Muppet Babies. I watched that show INCESSANTLY as a kid. A neighbor who babysat me had some of the videos, and I adored it. I haven't seen it in maybe sixteen years. I miss it.

    -I watched The Muppet Show on Nickelodeon a lot at my grandma's. I specifically remember the Cloris Leachman episode, because Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo were locked in the boiler room and Gonzo started digging out with a spoon. This is my earliest memory of the show.

    -My library had VHS copies of both Muppet Family Christmas and Muppet Classic Theatre. The thing is, I only got to see either of them once because someone else either lost them or stole them! For years I looked back on both of the with utmost fondness. Now, more fondness for MFC than MCT...

    -When I was six, Muppets Tonight premiered. My dad taped all the episodes (since my parents were divorced, I was at my mom's the night the show came on) and we watched the whole first season on a Saturday. It blew my mind completely.

    -He took me to see Muppet Treasure Island when it came out. I remember being just a tad scared by Blind Pew (he's now one of the funniest post-Jim era characters for me; I know we never will but I really want to see him again - although I do wonder by Uncle Deadly didn't play him), but enthralled by the rest. This was also my first big introduction to Miss Piggy, and I've been getting "Boom Shakalaka" stuck in my head for years.

    -I got a VHS of The Muppet Movie for Christmas that year.

    The rest is history.
  5. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Well-Known Member

    I knew I wasn't the only one! Sweetums in TMM scared me as a kid too!
  6. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I think this goes double for me.
  7. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't know if Sweetums was meant to be scary or not, but I also saw Jim Henson's Frog Prince when I was a kid, and he scared me almost as much as the witch. BTW wasn't Frog Prince Sweetums's 1st appearance?
  8. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I honestly can't pin down a moment when I first discovered the Muppets. They've just always been there. :)

    I grew up with the VHS tapes of Hey Cinderella!, Musicians of Bremen and The Frog Prince. I used to sing Brave Sir Robin's song as my Dad pushed me on the swings in the backyard. But I remember I didn't really understand the lyrics and used to blend the words "andnobleofbearing" together, lol. Oddly enough I wasn't scared of Sweetums!

    Watched the Muppet Babies every Saturday along with Pee Wee Herman and Ernest, lol. I wanted to be a comedian like Fozzie and dressed up in a Baby Fozzie costume for Halloween. Then I went to my friend's Halloween party and it turned out she had the same costume! Lol :o

    The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan were two of the earliest films I can remember, period. I really had no idea what was going on in GMC at the time, but I somehow loved the Kermit/Piggy/Nicky love triangle, lol. MTM helped foster my fascination with the big city. And whenever I played weddings with my Barbie and Ken dolls I had them sing "He'll/She'll Make Me Happy." :) :mad:

    Henson's Place was one of the first documentaries I ever watched and to this day I often enjoy documentaries on shows more than the actual shows, lol.

    Strangely enough I had no idea The Muppet Show even existed until Nickelodeon started airing it in the '90s, and thank God it did, plus Muppet Matinee! It didn't get any better. :)
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  9. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    i remember being scared of kermit the frog on sesame street and running away when he would come on the tv......my mom how ever had watched the muppet show and muppets tonight when she was a kid so when Studio DC came along i told her and she thought this might be the muppets rise to glory again and thats what got me to start on muppets that and bohemian rhapsody then i watched all 6 muppet movies all episodes of muppets tonight and muppet show and own almost every muppet dvd and all the specials i watched

    i always remembered animal as the red guy from looney toons he was like furry
  10. PromissaFidel

    PromissaFidel New Member

    I agree with Heralde. The Muppets have just always been there.

    When I was little, my father wanted my bro and I to know the sort of things he grew up with, so he put together a whole album with all these retro songs from the 1950s-1980s. It had the Mighty Mouse Theme song, the Underdog Theme song, Girls Just wanna Have Fun, Puff the Magic Dragon, and this strange, but catchy song about starting the Muppet Show. I later learned that this was the old theme song of the original Muppet tv show!

    I remember when I first saw Muppet Classic Theatre when I was five. I loved it! I Could quote that movie backwards and forwards by the time I was six and had watched the VHS a hundred times. "Pigs In a blanket! I believe I will!! Bwahahaha!" XD

    I also used to watch Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol as a kid. I loved MCC, it was one of the films we'd watch every year at Christmas! The ghost of christmas yet to come used to freak me out!
    Also, me and my bro could do a very funny rendition of "Cabin Fever." (except I used to think it was "captain" fever for some weird reason)

    The first Muppet Movie I got to see in theaters before the new movie came out was Muppets from Space. Now I know a lot of fans denounce this movie due to lack of original songs and the revealing of Gonzo's origin, but I loved it. MFS was my all-time favorite Muppet Movie when I was a kid and it made me fall in love with Gonzo!! Yes, it needed original songs and perhaps a slightly more coherent plot line, but it was really heartfelt and funny!

    And finally, I rented this awesome TV special at the rental store with all these cool cartoons on it. It was Cartoon All-Stars to The Rescue and I loved it so much the rental store let me keep it. It had the Baby Muppets on it, and I did research on every single cartoon that showed up on that tape. So I ended up finding old Baby Muppets cartoons on YouTube and watching hours of it.

    So yeah... I can't remember a time where the Muppets haven't been in my short 17-year old life! :D
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  11. Scooterfan5

    Scooterfan5 Well-Known Member

    Growing up, I remember watching all of the Muppet movies. I had a VHS tape of MTI sing-along songs :p and I still have my kermit plush, that my grandpa gave to me.
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  12. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    That is so cute! My first Muppet Memory was watching The Muppet Movie on VHS when I was about 4 years old. I loved them all ever since!
  13. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I can slightly remember watch TMM when I was a kid, but I don't think I watched it all too much. When I got back into The Muppets this last January there was a lot of TMM that I didn't remember. But I know I watched a ton of GMC. I'm pretty sure my brother and I had it constantly playing many times.
  14. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I used to have the junior book version, read that all the time (or at least looked at the pictures, hehe). I tried to buy it once on Amazon but it supposedly got lost in the mail, heh. Will have to try again someday!
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  15. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    When I was five my favorite toy was my Fisher Price plush Scooter. I had many of the Fisher Price plush. Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, the Miss Piggy puppet. But Scooter was my favorite. When my best friend would come over I would allow him to play with Kermit but never Scooter. Nobody touched Scooter. Only I held that privelage. By the end of it his shoes were chewed, he had been restitched multiple times and his glasses had been glued and reglued multiple times as well. Scooter was once mistaken for a Fraggle by some friends at Day care.

    The first toy I remember wanting desperately was Fisher Price's Rowlf puppet. My mom could never find it, nor could my grandfather several states over. I wanted it so badly that my mom used to sing me to sleep with a song she made up about me wishing for a Rowlf dog. I have a sneaking suspicion that had I gotten Rowlf poor Scooter would have been quickly left in the dust.

    I remember reading the comic book adaptation of The Muppets Take Manhattan to pass the time while waiting for time to go over to my grandmother's for Christmas to open presents.

    I remember being given the choice to go to the carnival a second time or get a Fraggle plush. I chose the carnival. I chose poorly. Very poorly.

    I was watching the muppets in my room when my mom came in and told me she had to have our dog put to sleep because he was so sick there was nothing that could be done for him. The same dog who saved my life by beating the crap out of another dog who attacked me when I was playing in the driveway. I was too young to really understand that he was gone for good. It hit me a bit later and I bawled.
  16. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I watched all of the Muppet Movies a lot. I remember my Grammy A brought over a Great Muppet Caper tape for my birthday, but she teasingly gave it to my mother. Of course I was more interested in it than her. Ha ha ha!:)
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  17. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing both TMM and GMC several times as a child, I don't think I saw MTM until much later. I love how all three movie have seemingly separate continuities. Weren't Kermit and Fozzy actually brothers in GMC?
  18. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    I have quite a few :)

    When I was a baby I had a rattle with Baby Kermit on it and even though I didn't remember it, my dad has told me that was probably the only rattle I actually liked/played with.

    And the Christmas before I turned 4, I got a Kermit plush and he became my other half and he was forced to play tea party and dress up like all the other dollies and he used to ride with me in my little red car <3 (you know, those little cars kids can drive around)

    I used to get 'Best Of The Muppet Show' tapes in the mail and watched them all day long :)

    I watched Muppet Babies on Nickelodeon (re-runs I think) and at age 4, I still couldn't say my Aunt Veronica's name and The Muppet Babies is why I started to call her Nanny because she used to call me her 'little frog' and Skeeter <3 And although my cousins call her 'Nanny' as well, she's my Nanny because only the both of us understand the Muppet-y significance behind our names for each other (I still get called little frog and Skeeter) This is one of the best memories I have as a child! It just made me feel so important that there was at least one adult that got the magic I felt from Muppets <3

    And I would watch MTM, GMC and Muppet Classic Theater in constant rotation and when I wasn't watching any of them, I would try and play out GMC with my Barbie dolls and I remember that I used to make this Ken Doll in this dorky white suit be Kermit...He just fit in the role! And then I remember my cousin confusing with this: 'You know, his name is Ethan but I guess he could play Kermit' and then I'd say something like: 'No Marcia's he's not playing with Kermit! Kermit is with my big dollies!' But even though I'd act out GMC with my Barbies I always thought the Barbie I picked to be in Miss Piggy's role was never pretty enough.

    I also remember my dad taking me to see 'Muppets From Space' in the theater and I remember Nanny making sure I got all of the toys from Wendy's!

    And soon after Muppets From Space, I got a Rizzo The Rat plush and he became my transitional object, he was my best friend and well, I'm very proud to say that I still have him this day!
  19. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    One thing I always remebered was the Muppet- Vision 3D probably becuase I was in DisneyWorld so much
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  20. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Yep they were! They were twins in fact.

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