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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. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Well, that's true...
    But you've also got a one-of-a-kind, homemade full-bodied puppet version of Mahna Mahna that you've lovingly created yourself. You could include that in the article as well, if for only purely comparative reasons. Hope this article works for both of you guys, have a good day, and I applaud the honor conferred upon you to make this article happen if it does at all!
  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    I think it'd be cool to have it at both places!! I'm sure there is a way to variate the way it's written to make it exclusive to both sites, eh?

    So, it looks like you're all for it which, in that case, I'm all for it, so, in the words of the mysterisously wise Dr. Teeth:

    "Ain't nothin' to it but to do it!"

    I'll work on editing some of this stuff here, submit it to you to add to or whatever, we'll work up a draft and plan and get this show on the road.

    So, now, back to post one. Oh, look who it is! My friend, the Scarecroe.

    "How do you do?"
    Count, I didn't consider doing it full bodied, but with legs you think? Hmm...I'll think about it. I'll have to check at Palisades' site because I have no other resources to see his legs and feetses.

  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Oh, thanks for the update, Kev. Just assumed that your homemade version would be a puppet of Mahna Mahna with all its extremities, but you can go ahead and make it as you feel best. Perhaps it might look cooler with legs and feet, but again proceed as you feel most comfortable since it is after all your own personal project. Hope this helps and have a good day.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Mayhaps there will be more, since Henson owns Henson...

    We can only hope...

    Kermit back on Sesame street... we need it!
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  6. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

    I've long had my eye on this one hoping to pick it up someday, but I've never heard it. I do have about 20 different versions of the song as covered by others though.
  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I'm going to order this one then and I'll copy it for you if you can drop the other 20 you got onto CD for me?

    I have about 20 versions of "Ghost Riders In The Sky" on CD that one of my friends made me!

    BTW: I think I may have found the green fur needed to complete the puppet!! YAY!! $12/yard isn't bad!!
  8. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Great! Where'd you find it?
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Just someone who had some.

    Really, it's a company but they said they didn't want to be inundated with calls about fur, but they were making an exception for little old me because they liked the other puppets I had done.

    I don't want to lose out on my possibility of getting more fur in the future, but if I can get it for you indirectly if you need some, I'll try to help.

  10. Beakie

    Beakie New Member

    I seem to remember the "Give Me Lots Of Air" version of Mahna/Bip singing Mahna Mahna on Sesame Street in the late 80's or early 90's, with a black background like the Opposites song, and with backup singers who looked a lot like him, only with different-colored hair. Or maybe I'm just crazy... :confused: I'm pretty sure he did a few different songs with that black background though, but I don't remember what they were...

    And that brown-haired version of him is one of the scariest things I have ever seen. :eek:
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Well, I think the Brown Haired version was a different character, not necessarily Mahna Mahna (TMS, etc) or Bip Bipadotta (SS).

    Why there were so many different variations of him for The Muppets' use, or so many different Bips, is still beyond me.

    Keep in mind that Mahna Mahna is the character used when NOT on SS.
  12. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I'm still working on our article...
    Here's what I've found on MC so far:

    Mikealan: “Season Five Premiere (#536)-Fat Cat by Mahna Mahna-D and 2”
    I have the Muppet Show version of Mahna Mahna on the Juiet Prowse episode of The Muppet Show on Time-Life Muppet Show video volume number 15. I, of course, have the original Sesame Street version of Mahna Mahna from 1969 on the Rainstorm episode from 1972 of Sesame Street Unpaved.
    The different Mahna Mahna on Sesame Street wears sunglasses and sings Everybody's Song and Scratch My Back. I have the Scratch My Back song with Mahna Mahna on tape that has parts of the 1987-88 season of SS ("My first Sesame Street").
    I surely do remember seeing the other different Mahna Mahna singing Fat Cat Sat Hat on Sesame Street Unpaved-episode #536 at the Museum of Television & Radio, too!


    Mahna Mahna, who appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970.
    Danny Horn, Toughpigs.com


    Phillip Chapman noted:
    Mahna Mahna first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1968, Sesame in 1969, then the Muppet Show in 1976.

    So, was the Ed Sullivan show appearance in 1970 or 1968.
    What was the release date of the Juliet Prowse ep?
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Two more questions:

    Anybody know the date of Mahna's appearance with Sandra Bullock on Muppets Tonight? I was looking at episode guides of MT and did not see where Mahna was listed in that episode, or even Sandra doing the song. Sup?

    What was the dates of Mahna's "BIP" appearances on SS and songs? Anybody know? FOZZIEMUP@aol.com
  14. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Member

    Since TMS episodes could be aired in any order across the country, there's no way for sure to know the original airdate for the Juliet Prowse ep. The date listed at Kermitage.com is Apr. 25, 1977.

    As far as I know, Mahna does not actually appear in the Sandra Bullock episode; instead Kermit and Sandra do a quick reindition with the Snowths. This episode first aired Jun. 23, 1996.
  15. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    According to someone on here, Mahna Mahna didn't make it to Muppets Tonight for this episode. Only the Snowths with Kermit singing the "Phenomenon" parts. I believe Sandra Bullock played a psychiatrist that Kermit was telling about the "Phenomeon", but I can't remember. It's been a long time.

    I thought Mahna Mahna was on the episode too!
  16. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member


    Didn't realize you'd already posted, Chilly Down.

  17. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Member

    No problem. We must have posted at the same time. :)
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys!!

    Now, back to Ed Sullivan:

    I was shown 11/20/1969 for Mahna's date there, and I get two other dates:
    Phillip Chapman says 1968, and on SS in 1969
    MikeAlan shows it on SS in 1969
    Danny Horn (TP) shows it in 1970

    The Muppet Show date is listed as:
    The date listed at Kermitage.com is Apr. 25, 1977.
    Phil said he was on the Muppet Show in 1976.

    Henson.com shows the date created as the 1960's.

    What's the correct date for the Ed Sullivan appearance for SURE??
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Also, I'm doing research on Mahna Mahna, and I found this website:

    So, what does all this stuff translate into? Anything I can use regarding OUR Mahna Mahna??
    "Letzte Aktualisierung: 10 April 2003 um 14:47:24"
  20. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Member

    I have no idea what any of it said, but it sure is fun to click on links when you have no idea what they lead you to.

    Sprocken de deutch de "Mahna-Mahna"!

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