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The Missing Link Hogthrob

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by LinkiePie<3, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Wasn't the only lines link had was in that Nirvana cover Barbershop style with Jack Black? Still it was nice to see Link hit the Gong again in Muppet Treasure Island, too bad he couldn't swing around and slam into it like he did in Muppets Go To The Movies. :D

    Though it seems like he talked more in Muppet Race Mania (The PlayStation 1 game) I might have mentioned before but I would like to see Link and his old from Macho to Whimpy personality again. Especially Miss Piggy keeping him in line.

    Which makes me wonder, did Link find Miss Piggy attractive? I know that Gonzo in the early pre-Camila episodes of The Muppet Show found Miss Piggy attractive (didn't he in Muppet Babies too?). I remember on I think either one of The Muppet Show DVD sets or on the Muppet Treasure Island DVD. There was a filmed scene from the 2000s where Rizzo and Gonzo are hanging around a Movie theater and Rizzo says "Didn't you have a think for Miss Piggy?" and Gonzo lightly said "I don't want to talk about it." Anyway, it's hard to tell with Link and Miss Piggy. They were in some sort of romantic numbers together, well at least the one that sticks in my mind was that Jungle one where the Jungle Animals upstage her "KNOCK IT OFF!" :)

    It would have been interesting if there was an episode where Miss Piggy tricked Link to be her boyfriend just to get Kermit jealous and Kermit was really okay with it and Miss Piggy struggles more and more. It's such a classic situation. It's seen in movies like Some Kind of Wonderful and TV shows I can't remember specifically off hand. Miss Piggy bribed the audience and got Scooter involved well in general a few times in her schemes to get Kermit interested in her. Personally I've always enjoyed the struggle with Miss Piggy trying to win Kermit's heart and not so much currently where Kermit and Miss Piggy are a couple. Some like it, some don't. Call me old fashioned, but that's just my opinion.
    But yeah, that would have been a real funny episode. I remember reading fan fiction of Kermit trying to stop the Wedding of Miss Piggy and Link but I don't see Kermit worrying about something like that. It's like what Frank Oz once said about Miss Piggy "She's fat, she's a pig, she's not talented, Kermit doesn't love her. All odds are against her so she covers her pain with karate and fantasies pretending she's something she's really not." When I heard Frank say that, I never looked at her the same way again. :)
     
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  2. LinkLady77

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  4. LinkLady77

    LinkLady77 Member

    Hi! Haven't posted in a while! The above 2 pictures are from "Of Muppets and Men" by Christopher Finch...it's a great rare hardcover book about the making of the Muppet Show. There are lots of pictures of Link in the book (mostly stills of him in classic Pigs in Space and Bear on Patrol sketches as well as several behind-the-scenes pics of the "I Get Around" leather-clad number!). I posted the above pics since they are rarely seen pics of Link and I thought everyone here would like them (I highly recommend "Of Muppets and Men" for the avid Muppet collector). I wonder if the newly released Jim Henson bio book has any pics of him with Link...anyone let me know if it does!
     
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  5. Nasubionna

    Nasubionna Active Member

    Haven't posted in awhile, but I just had to come on and celebrate because we can see Link in the new trailers! Only for a few brief seconds, but still, I am very happy to see him back. One of the appearances is during Gonzo's "Indoor Running of the Bulls", and Link appears to be wearing some sort of Spanish-inspired outfit, which I always enjoy. Maybe he'll get some non-singing lines?? (though i'd be happy to have him sing again as well!) Someone posted some screencaps over on the trailer thread, I am too tired/lazy to repost them here. But rest assured, he is there! :D
     
  6. Nasubionna

    Nasubionna Active Member

    Wow, love that there are new book appearances by Link! Very unexpected! Love that he appears to be stuck in the 70's, fashion-wise, LOL!
    Thanks for sharing this!
     
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  7. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ah Link, how he has made a comeback in recent years has sure made me happy!
     
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  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Back when the Muppet Comics were coming out, Link was all over them. I think there was a Pigs in Space related comic in every issue, but I can't quite recall without sorting through them all. But it really seems Langridge had an affinity for the Pigs to have their segment appear more frequently than any other. There was even that full Pigs in Space issue.
     
  9. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Active Member

    That issue even had Crow T. Robot, Joel Hodgeson and Tom Servo in a bar with the pigs.
     
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  10. Nasubionna

    Nasubionna Active Member

    May I draw your attention to the DIVINE outfit that Link is rocking in the latest Muppets Most Wanted New Year trailer? This appears to be from a wedding scene (I saw Piggy back there in a bridal gown..) and I am LOVING that tie and vest combo! Looks like Link may finally have dragged himself out of the 70's! ;) So this in addition to his Spanish costume getup seen in the previous trailer makes two excellent Link fashion statements already. How many more to come??? LOVE IT.

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  11. Dr TeethFan

    Dr TeethFan Active Member

    I loved Link in macho man

    Also in the Barbershop Quartet he did with Sam,Rowlf and Beaker in the 2011 movie
     
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  12. LinkLady77

    LinkLady77 Member

    Just got the Muppet's Character Encyclopedia and I love it! My only minor quibble is that they didn't do a featured page for Bear on Patrol (which is disappointing since it was a recurring sketch on TMS...but I digress). Here's the Link pics:

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  13. LinkiePie<3

    LinkiePie<3 Well-Known Member

    Hello, Link babies! :flirt:

    I apologize for my lack of activity within the group and this thread per say, but I finally caught the Muppets on QVC on Youtube this morning, and, sakes alive, Link never looked so handsome and debonair that I squealed giddily with thrills and chills!

    If I knew he was going to make an obscure appearance on QVC earlier, then I would have been glued to the TV in one sitting just to catch a glimpse of Rock Demeier's porcine doppelganger the irrepressible; brawny charismatic hunk of meat himself.
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    Hogging the mirror, as usual.

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    Introducing "Beauties Most Wanted"

    Seriously, Jacque Gonzales' expression at Link's flattering introduction is utterly adorable. <3

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    Yep. They dated.

    Regarding that this personally has to be the cutest selfie ever. Your argument is invalid.
     
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  14. Nasubionna

    Nasubionna Active Member



    Hahaha! Terrific! My heart is soooo happy at Link getting to appear in something like this and speak a few lines (he sounds fantastic!!!) , and his resemblance to that fellow is uncanny (I died at the 'cured ham' line). Thanks for posting these pictures, LinkiePie<3! :)
     
  15. LinkLady77

    LinkLady77 Member

    Thanks for posting these pics...having him on QVC made me feel "LinkedIn"...hee hee! If I were one of those QVC girls, I would have flirted SHAMELESSLY with Linkie Babe and taken a selfie with him that I would treasure for life. So happy right now!!!
     
  16. LinkiePie<3

    LinkiePie<3 Well-Known Member

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    Excuse moi for hijacking the thread with a photo of my ugly hand, but my self manicure is, indeed Pigs in Space/Link Hogthrob-inspired. They were painted for the Muppets Most Wanted premiere tomorrow night with the Toughpigs league in NYC. So psyched! <3
     
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  17. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Part 1: Beginnings, the secondary character (1977- Early 1981) Link was always supossed to be a secondary-character like Rowlf. He appeared in the many Pigs in Space sketches and also had some hilarious skits (Peter Sellers), then when they were writting the script for TMM (Jack Burns and Jerry Juhl) and they couldn't find a real legit role for him. I mean besides 'Space" Link is unfortunately forgotten in muppet history. Part 2: Chilling Out in the Background (1981-1988) Then after The Muppet Show ended and the script for GMC was being written by Jay Tarses and Tom Patchett, those two probably didn't know who he was, and then MTM and Link was over, just another background character with a case of Hilda-ittes, and it was over UNTIL... that fateful day in 1989 when Link got his groove back unlike Hilda. Part 3: The Short-Lived Link Renaissance (1989- May 1990)When JHH started for whatever reason, Link was in 7/13 episodes. Then his fame contiued in 1990 when he was given a secondary role in The Muppets At Walt Disney World, but alas the short ressurection would not last for poor old Link. Part 4 : The Final Frontier? (June 1990-2010) Shortly after Wlat Disney Link's performer Jim Henson died unfortunately, and if they wouldn't recast Rowlf, a bigger player than Link, he was doomed. Link was back in the back only ever appearing in the background for over 20 years in MCC, MTI, MT, MFS, ect. This was alas when fans stopped believing that Link would return, boy were they in a surprise. Part 5: Ressurection (2011-Present) The Muppets came out in November 2011 and Steve Whitmire took Link and he was in it. Like legite. He was in a full "Barbershop Quartet" scene. Though the only line he said non-singing was "Entertain Us" he appeared prominently in the background. Then when the muppets were on QVC he had his own B-plot, and his role in MMW was not too shabby, so hopefully Link won't be going anytime soon... or will he?
     
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  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    If you just count the MuppeTelevision segments, then that's 7/9.


    Then again, Rowlf was also a bigger character than Statler and Waldorf, and they were both recast soon after Richard Hunt had died. And their recast voices were a lot different from the voices Jim and Richard had given them. Considering both performers died around the same time and Waldorf wasn't recast until after Richard died, they could have easily just retired those characters (in MCC Jacob Marely could have been played by Pops, Dr. Strangepork, or J.P. Grosse).
     
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm calling it. Link is missing no longer!'​
    Why a Jim Henson originated character has more screentime in a movie made after he died is... well... it's indescribable is what.​

    Multiple scenes? Multiple lines? That whole QVC thing? Link is back, man. Heck, the Chef didn't get as much screen time! ​
     
  20. LinkLady77

    LinkLady77 Member

    Per Wikipedia, Brooks Brothers did some 200 costumes for the male cast of Muppets Most Wanted...I assume this was one of their creations? It looks ravishing on Link, doesn't it?
     
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