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The Complete History of Mahna Mahna and his alter ego Bip Bipadotta

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by scarecroe, Apr 25, 2003.

  1. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    I realize there are a good number of threads dedicated to Mahna Mahna and his appearances, but there are some aspects to Mahna Mahna/Bip Bipadotta that elude me.

    First of all, this is the version that appeared on Ed Sullivan and perfoemed the song "Mahna Mahna." He has blinking socket eyes.

    Second, this is the most famous version who appeared on the Juliet Prowse epsiode of The Muppet Show and performed the song "Mahna Mahna" with two Snowths just like he did on Sullivan (and probably the same or similar one that Bill Barretta performed in The Muppet Show Live). He has blinking socket eyes, but longer facial hair than the Ed Sullivan version.

    This pupil eyed version appeared on Sesame Street and sang the song "Fat Scat Cat."

    He sang "Give Me Lots of Air" on Seseame Street wearing shades like this after I believe he was renamed to Bip Bipadotta.

    I wonder then, who is this, who performed the song "Mahna Mahna" on Sesame Street?

    Also, my "Jim Henson: A Sesame Street Celebration" CD credits the song "Air" (different than the one I mentioned above... it's the one that goes "Air, air, air, come for your suply today. Air, air, air, from Maine to Monterey) to Guy Smiley. I seem to remember MC Radio once crediting this song to Bip Bipadotta. Was this an error, or is there another version?

    Feel free to add any instances of other variants of Mahna Mahna/Bip Bipadotta.
  2. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe Well-Known Member

    This character (was he supposed to be a hippie?) also performed "Mahna Mahna" in the 1969-1970 season of SESAME.

    However, he did it with two Anything Muppet girls and not cows.

    He also wore a striped purple shirt, and no shades.
  3. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    So do you know when this guy performed it on Sesame Street and what his name is?
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    WOW! Scott!!

    You did some amazing research there, bud. The one I'm making of Mahna Mahna is based on the Juliet Prowse episode of TMS; I am NOT making the othrs! LOL!! They're ugly, especially the giraffe necked one from "Gimme Lotsa Air" or whatever the song was.

    Doing the studies of the character, these are the colors we have determined so that I can make him

    Fuscia toned 'skin'
    Bright orange ostrich feather hair
    Red mouth interior with black throat and pink tongue
    Pink nose
    Yellow-green 'lashes' around orange (ext) black (int) eyes
    Emerald Green Fur body vest
    Orange fur (hairline and beard

    Soon, I'll begin making a second Mahna Mahna to auction off (except NOT under that name). I lack orange fur (which Anders is sending some) and emerald green fur.
  5. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    You finished your first one? Where are the pictures?
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I didn't mean it's finished. I still need the orange and emerald green furs to get it completed. Right now it's the body, nose and eyes, and I've not even got the feather hair down on it yet, not til I get the orange fur. I'm just going to begin working on the second one and have it ready for when the time comes to get it done.

    BUT! It (so far) looks superb, if I do say so myself!

    The orange feather hair won't be as long as it is on the show, but it will look super anyhow. I can't WAIT for it to be done so everyone can see it.

  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I'd also love to see Mahna Mahna (the name I prefer to give him, to heck with Bip Bippwhatever) from the Sex and Violence sketch with Zoot.

    I think he was just a recurring anything muppet. Looks like he could have also been Roosevelt Franklin? Just different eyes and hair etc attached to him.

    Hmm...Roosevelt Franklin. I could do that...
  8. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    Just a speculation, but probably just an Anything Muppet who didn't have a name. If he did have a name, he was probably just called "Mahna Mahna".

    He's kind of scary - but a cool kind of scary.
  9. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    Take note of the Giant Manha Manha from The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years !

    They couldnt find the original Puppet, So they rebuilt him and made him very large.

    see ya
  10. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    So they must have built a new one for The Muppet Show Live? I thought it was old because one of the eyes started to come off during the performance!

    Henson.com says he also appeared in the Sandra Bullock episode of Muppets Tonight, but I've only seen the clips with the Snowths, Kermit and Sandra.
  11. muppet_dk

    muppet_dk Well-Known Member

    I can't remember him in that either.
    You forgot Doglion, he appears in the end of it.
  12. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Re: Guys,

    Oh yeah, he is bigger isn't he?


    I don't think they used the same puppet for The Muppet Show Live though because he wasn't this big. They either found the original or rebuilt it (with sloppy eye stitching :p)
  13. sweet201

    sweet201 Member

    Fozzie, if you made a Roosevelt Franklin, you would totally be my new idol. I love him!!! There was a vintage rubber RF puppet on eBay who just ended today. A real Roosevelt would be so awesome!!

    And Splurge - I agree. I love Mahna Mahna, but my 1 1/2 year old son is scared to death of him in *any* of his incarnations. When he sees that muppet, he runs for mommy every time. :eek:
  14. MIKEB97

    MIKEB97 Well-Known Member

    Bip Bipadotta sang a song called "Opposites" in the mid to late 1980's. He was in a black backround running up and down a staircase, He yelled, "LOUD!" When a trumpeter and a Drum player played and whispered, "Soft." When all was quiet. He also hollered, "NEAR! FAR!"

    In 1987, Bip sang a song about two monsters trying to scrath each other's backs and he ended up scratching both their backs.

    Ol' Pupil eyes(Fat cat) Sang "Everybody's Song" with the oinkersisters in 1979. There was another song he sang called "Some of Us are Here" with cameos of Herry, Praire, Cookie Monster, Frazzle and Guy Smiley.

  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thought that Bip Bippadotta sang Everybody's Song with the Androoze Sisters. Were those the backup singers names? Or were they really the Oinker Sisters? Reason I ask is cause I remember that someone here posted that the record credits the song to Bip and the Androoze Sisters. Please provide the correct answer to the best of your knowledge, if possible. Thanks for the help and have a good day.
  16. MIKEB97

    MIKEB97 Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think you're right.:cool: I wonder if Bip Bipadotta was Mahna Mahna's brother:smirk:?
  17. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Yes. Mahna Mahna appeared on that episode. I think the one from Muppet Show Live was probably the one that appeared there. He performed "Phenomenon," which is "Mahna Mahna" with different words.

    Doo doo doo doo.
    Doo doo doo doo.
    Doo doo doo doo doo
    Doo doo doo
    Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo!
  18. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Okay this is really complicated.

    The song "Everybody's Song" was on an album called Everybody's Record, which was done in 1979. It was sung by Bip Bippadotta and the Ambrooze Sisters. But apparently, it was never done on the show until 1984, and they were called the Oinker Sisters. But it is the exact same recording.
  19. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the clarification, ssetta. Now can you please answer this one? We know that there's a clear difference between both Mahna Mahna and Bip Bippadotta, and that there are existing Muppet versions of both characters. By that, I mean that there's an actual puppet that is named Mahna Mahna and a second puppet who's named Bip Bippadotta. But are there actually existing Muppets of both the Oinker Sisters and the Ambrooze Sisters? I mean, are there one set of puppets which are used for the Oinker Sisters and a second set of puppets used for the Ambrooze Sisters? Or if the same puppets are used for both characters, are there any differences when they're used as the Oinker Sisters and the Ambrooze Sisters? What are these differences, if any exist? Or do the Ambrooze Sisters exist only in name on the 1979 record? And is "Ambrooze" their correctly spelled name, not "Androoze"? Sorry for the rush of questions sent your way, but I just want to make sure that both characters exist to give them full credit amongst my Muppet Listings. Please answer these to the best of your knowledge when you get the chance. Thanks for your help and have a good day.
  20. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    I don't ever recall the Ambrooze Sisters being on the show. There was a lot of stuff on those old records that was never on the show.

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