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Muppet questions you were afraid to ask...

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Vic Romano, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    I consider myself a fairly avid fan, but I have to admit, I have some questions I'm a bit ashamed to ask, so I thought, let's start a thread where we can come to terms with our fears and lay it out on the table, so here we go, can you answer these character questions... without mocking me?

    Thanks to MFS, we know Gonzo is an alien... but here are some Muppets I'm not sure what they are. What is Beauregard? He squints a lot, so I thought he was a mole.

    Despite his name, I don't think Animal is an animal, is he from the monster family as is Grover, Dog-Lion, Herry, Sweetums, Cookie, Elmo, Frazzle, etc.?

    Scooter, Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, Lew Zealand, Bunsen, Beaker, Crazy Harry... they're all "human" Muppets... right?

    And finally, for now, aside from Kermit, I have never seen any species of frog that has a collar, it just wouldn't be Kermit without it, but where'd the idea for it come from?

    Now here comes the part where Phil learns me by directing me to the FAQ page...
  2. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Beauregard I belive is a Frackle.

    In a story about him I wrote, however, he was a creatures from Raenbu, a land you get to by walking through a rainbow. It was a god story. I never finished it.

    Animal, I belive is technically a humanoid, but I always thought he was a monster.
  3. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Okay, next embarrassing question then... what's a frackle?
  4. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    A frackle is a monster-like creature created for a special that was made during the late 60s, early seventies called The Great Santa Clause Switch. The puppet later used for The Great Gonzo was in this as a frackle named Cigar Box Frackle (because he lived in a cigar box).

    Other frackles would include Boppity and Gloat from The Muppet Show.
  5. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    • So I'm watching "The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson", and they show this clip of Jim wearing the Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge glasses and huge Kermit feet dancing on a lighted tile floor like in Michael Jackson's Billy Jean video... what's this from?

    • I once heard a rumor NOTHING MORE THEN THAT! That Jim and Steve weren't the best of friends and that Jim wasn't pleased with Steve for whatever reason. Why would such a rumor exist? (No flaming on this one please!!! I honestly mean NO harm!!!)

    • More of a Palisades question then anything else; is there a complete checklist of the Muppet line of figures including exclusives, repaints etc.?

    Thanks everybody :)
  6. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    I'll bet Ed could make you a checklist easily if you ask him.
  7. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    It came from :Muppet Babies Music Video: "I'm Gonna Always Be Lovin' You" ;)
  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    "Despite his name, I don't think Animal is an animal, is he from the monster family as is Grover, Dog-Lion, Herry, Sweetums, Cookie, Elmo, Frazzle, etc.?"

    Animal could well be a human....but otherwise I'd say monstor.

    "Scooter, Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, Lew Zealand, Bunsen, Beaker, Crazy Harry... they're all "human" Muppets... right?"

    Yup. All human. Some say that Teeth is a spider...why?
  9. Harvey Towers

    Harvey Towers Well-Known Member

    Some say some are rodents... Beaker is a guinea pig and Scooter is a gopher .. but that's occupation not species...

    As for Kermit, I don't know of any other frogs that sing or dance...
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought that monsters are animals.

    According to the Muppet Morsels on the muppet show first season DVD, Fozzie wears his scarf to hide the cut between where his head meets his neck, and Miss Piggy wears a necklace for the same reason. Maybe Kermit wears a collar to hide the crease between his head and neck.
  11. Uncle deadly

    Uncle deadly Well-Known Member

    yes,but kermit was the only with a collar. Other frogs like Robin had no joints to hide.
    It's just what makes Kermit Kermit! :)
  12. Docnzhoss

    Docnzhoss Well-Known Member

    Okay, I've got one...

    How does Lew Zealand get his fish to boomerang? I've bought fish and thrown them hoping they would come back but all I got was a big mess. So I guess what I'm asking is...Is it the fish or the wrist technique?
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Beau is a humanoid, as are Scooter and the rest. Animal is a humanoid, but with animal instincts. He's been described by Frank Oz as Sex, Drugs, Rock-n-Roll at some point. Kermit's collar? I dunno. It's detachable, though, as he takes it off when he's wearing a tux or shirt or some other such thing. Please see the FAQs. :p

    Jim liked to do short films, too. I'm no archivist, but I bet he was probably just playing with video footage. Jim not like Steve? That's crazy. Who couldn't like Steve?! He's cooool!! Besides that, Jim wouldn't have been picking him out of the litter as his Kermit understudy if he didn't like him, don't you agree? If you go to palisadestoys.com, at the bottom of the homepage you'll see "Muppets" and a little picture of Kermit, and there you can see ALL the ... well, EVERYTHING!

    Scooter is NOT a gopher, he's a "Go Fer," go fer coffee, go fer sandwiches...

    Slight of hand, illusion, magic...or just pure talent! I don't think it's meant to be physically possible, not nearly so much as it is to be funny. And it works.
  14. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    I know of other frogs that sing and dance. Robin, for example. But Robin doesn't have a collar. Neither do any of the other Muppet frogs.

    ...<lightbulb> Maybe Kermit has a collar as a way to identify him. Sort of like his eyes. No other frog has lines through his eyes, but Kermit does. No other frog has a collar, but Kermit does. Therefore, in a group of Muppet frogs, anyone can easily pick out Kermit. As well they should be able to, since he's such a main character. That way it's not just "Well, Kermit is this shade of green," which could get confusing. Especially on a black-and-white tv, or any situation where the color could get distorted.
  15. Mickey Moose

    Mickey Moose Well-Known Member

    Plus the gophers stole it from him during the Crystal Gayle episode. I loved Scooter's line after it happened "Gee boss, I've never seen you naked before".
  16. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    LOL! Poor Kermit! :) He was so embarrassed!
  17. That Announcer

    That Announcer Well-Known Member

    The joint theory is correct. This is often used in puppets of many kinds to disguise the seam where the neck meets the body. If you've ever seen "Chicken Run", you'll notice all the chickens wear scarves for the same reason. Smaller puppets like Robin are usually made as one piece, so no collar or whatever is needed.
  18. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    I got one, why does Zoot always never talk and seem so lifeless. he look slike he's about to go to the afterlife. I wish he was a bit more lively.

  19. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Originally Dave Goelz wasn't comfortable with Zoot. He couldn't quite figure out the voice and personality, so whenever Zoot had lines, Dave would try to hand them off to another character. Well after awhile, Zoot just had a reputation for being the saxaphone player who didn't really talk much at all. People started coming up to Dave saying "I know a saxaphone player who's just like Zoot," so Zoot just sort of stayed relatively silent. However, off the top of my head, I can think of at least two full sentences he has said:

    1.) "Oh, he's just upset about missing the Rembrandt exhibit at the National Gallery"- The Great Muppet Caper, talking to Kermit, refering to Animal.
    2.) "Hey man, I can't figure out what side we're on. Are we with the pirates, or the frog captain?"- Muppet Treasure Island, talking to Floyd, refering to... um... well, he sort of sums it up himself...
  20. That Announcer

    That Announcer Well-Known Member

    I think Zoot was supposed to be some musician who'd had a life of drugs and alcohol, and according to Goelz, was "living in a succession of hotels". It's a darn good caricature of many musicians like that, though. :)

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