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The Missing Link Hogthrob

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

  1. snichols1973

    snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    According to the Origins section of Dr. Strangepork's MuppetWiki profile:

    Dr. Nauga, a character bearing a striking resemblance to Dr. Strangepork, appeared in a sketch called "Return to Beneath the Planet of the Pigs" on TMS: S&V.

    The puppet, refurbished with brown hair and eyebrows, was part of the pig ensemble in the first season of TMS and appeared in various At The Dance and Panel Discussion sketches, among others.

    The pig's white hair was restored for the second season, and he was thereafter known as Dr. Strangepork. His name and German dialect is a likely nod to the title character (played by Peter Sellers) of the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
  2. snichols1973

    snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    Link has also been known for starring in the animated "Pigs in Space" segments of Little Muppet Monsters, as well as an animated cameo in the "Eight Flags Over the Nursery" episode of Muppet Babies; the footage was borrowed from the second aired episode of LMM.

    These reference links (no pun intended) have a bit more info on the animated Link Hogthrob
    (voiced by Bob Bergen):


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  3. Whatnot1988

    Whatnot1988 Well-Known Member

    Interesting, snichols1973. When I had an idea for a "new" Pigs in Space animated series, I'd always picture Jeff Bennett voicing Link (essentially a drowsier version of his Johnny Bravo voice). I'll have to check this one out.

    Anyways, it's nice to know an old favorite character of ours has returned. Whoever did his voice in the recent QVC spots sounded spot-on, IMO.
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  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    That is Steve Whitmer who is now voiceing Link, and doing a great job!
  5. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    You know now that I've seen a lot of TMS episodes, when I watch the muppet movies, I kind of miss Link. He was somewhat of a secondary character on TMS, but he didn't even have a role or even a line in TMM, GMC, MTM, MCC, MTI, or MFS.
  6. Mr Sweetums

    Mr Sweetums Well-Known Member

    I've been happily shocked at the return of Link Hogthrob in the recent years, I did not expect to ever see him again and now he's back and I'm so happy. Am I wrong to say that until The Muppets (2011) came out Link had not been seen since his brief cameo in MTI? :):attitude::concern::shifty::o:confused::eek:
  7. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Actually, Link's last appearence before The Muppets (2011) was a cameo in the boarding house in MFS.
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  8. Mr Sweetums

    Mr Sweetums Well-Known Member

    You're right lol I actually feel embarrassed that i didn't remember that, now I remember him wearing his dressing gown during Brick House.

    thanks :sympathy:
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  9. LinkLady77

    LinkLady77 Well-Known Member

    Did you catch a glimpse of Link on the intro to America's Got Talent last night?

    He was only on a few seconds but it was totally worth it!! :flirt:
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  10. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Yes, I did, it was cool, but you could barely see him, and the muppet appearance was rather dull in my opinion.
  11. LinkiePie<3

    LinkiePie<3 Well-Known Member

    Holy maracas! Why am I keep missing all the good stuff? ;A;

    And my sentiments exactly, Muppet Master; his appearance wasn't prominent to be noteworthy but the opening per se was amazing! <3
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014
  12. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    I sure do love the amount of screen time Link's having these days!!:) Steve is doing an excellent job with him as well!!

    Is it just me, or is Link getting handsomer and handsomer during one appearance after another?:)
  13. Gonzo14

    Gonzo14 Well-Known Member

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Link been in every Muppet Movie with the exception of The Great Muppet Caper? Most of these were silent cameos though.
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  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I don't think he was in Muppet Christmas Carol.
  15. Gonzo14

    Gonzo14 Well-Known Member

    He was in the background of the Scrooge Number.
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  16. Mr Sweetums

    Mr Sweetums Well-Known Member

    That's true, Link wasn't in TGMC, I had realized this until now and the thing is I always believed TGMC had the entire (later seasons) TMS cast. I wonder why Link and Dr Strangepork didn't get thrown in the background of the Happiness Hotel.
  17. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    To me, being in the background and doing nothing is as good as not being in the movie, the only muppet movies I can say he did something are MTI though he did not speak, and TM'11 and MMW, Link is more of a TMS character, he had PIS, numbers, and occasional sketch or backstage involvement.
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