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Top Annoying Misnaming People Do

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by beaker, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    What are some of the most annoying wrong names, misconceptions, etc people say when it comes to the Muppets?
    (this may sound like elitism and whining, but I thought it'd be fun)

    For me...

    * Muppets are "baby/kids" stuff. Ooof. The Muppet Babies, which isn't canon in the least, hasn't been on air in eons and people still conflate Muppets with Fisher Price Elmo Sesame baby stuff. Elmo does not equal Muppets, thanks:)

    * "such and such" Muppet Show character was from Sesame Street(personified by a recent The Office episode where Kevin Malone said "Swedish Chef is from Sesame Street) No, Gonzo was never on Sesame, though Sesame characters did routinely
    cameo in both the Muppet Show and Muppet movies of the 70's and 80's.

    * "Hey, remember those two old guys"

    * My favorite Muppet was Fonzie the bear"

    * I loved Beaker! MEEP MEEP MEEP!"
    (WHERE did that "Meep" meme come from? It's meeee meee meee, or meee mee mo, I don't recall him ever saying "meep meep")

    * Man I miss the Muppets! Too bad the Muppets never did anything after the Muppet Show"
    (*slams my own head on piano ala don music*)

    * Wasn't Jim Henson a Scientologist?"
  2. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Your list includes most of mine but i'd also add...

    --When someone calls Johnny Fiama "Guy Smiley"

    --Mixing up Grover and Elmo

    --Not as bad as "Fonzie" but when someone (especially if it's a professional writer) spells it "Fozzy"

    --Of course either of those are even worse when they really mean Rowlf

    --"Cookie Monster doesn't eat cookies anymore"

    --"Mrs. Piggy"

    --"Remember the episode when Ernie died of AIDS?"

    "Where did that MEEP MEEP come from?" Well, Henson Co itself - they've long had a tendency to spell Meep with a "P" in printed media (including an episode of Muppet Babies when they did a "follow the bouncing ball" bit with Beaker singing) So it doesn't bother me too much (since i never took a course in Beakinese, it's always possible that the "p" is silent in his language) but it does when they refer to him as "Beeper"
  3. Frogster

    Frogster Well-Known Member

    Hey, Hoots warned him to put down the duckie
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The Top 10 Mistakes I Hear:

    10. Confusing Gonzo with Grover.
    09. Misnaming Jim Henson as Hanson, Hensen, Henderson or so on.
    08. Not knowing the names of Statler and Waldorf.
    07. Mistaking the Muppet Babies for the classic Muppets when the subject is brought up.
    06. Misnaming Bunsen as Bunson.
    05. Misnaming Beaker as Beeker.
    04. Thinking Jim Henson died of AIDS rather than pneumonia.
    03. Not knowing when, how and what characters Disney purchased when buying the Muppets.
    02. Misnaming Fozzie as Fonzie, Fozzy or Fozy.
    01. Believing Kermit played by Jim Henson's son.

    (Runner up - mistaking the whole Kami the HIV positive Muppet situation)
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I have a t-shirt with Animal on it, and it annoys me when people who see it think that it's Elmo, or acknowledge that it's Animal but then say he was on Sesame Street. Heck, once somebody actually mistook him for Cookie Monster.
  6. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Well-Known Member

    That whole Jim being left handed thing. He obviously puppeteers right handed, at least in all the pictures I've seen...
  7. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Ooh - good one. Left that one out of my list.

    These are slightly annoying but i don't really get bothered by these (unless they pop up in an article by a "professional" writer)...

    Statler and Waldorf don't often refer to each other by name or get called by name as much by the other characters - i'm sure a lot of big Muppet fans learned their names last.

    The whole Disney deal was such a weird mess with lots of on-again off-again history, the whole "when DID they own the characters" topic can confuse people who even make a serious attempt to keep on top of these things.

    Aside from Henson/Oz (and now Kevin Clash to a smaller degree), the Muppeteers are pretty anoymous to most people - even casual fans (the ones that love them throughout their life but not to the degree where they follow Muppet sites or join forums). I HATE seeing the "Jim's son" myth in print from someone calling them a journalist or writer but when it comes from just a random person from the general public, i just shrug it off as a testiment to Steve's talent.
  8. Frogster

    Frogster Well-Known Member

    I'm glad I got away with that lol
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  9. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Part of the time it's ignorance, but other times it may just be a regional/accent thing - i'm sure i've heard Brian Henson pull a few "Ralph"'s himself!
  10. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    the name thing fonzie or ralph

    and the whole muppets are for kids
  11. ohtherain

    ohtherain Well-Known Member

    Whenever I talk about the Muppets with non-Muppet fans, someone will always butt in with "You know, Cookie Monster is now Veggie Monster." When I try to say "No, he's still Cookie Monster" they go "Have you seen him? He's orange." Do they mean Frazzle?

    It's fairly annoying when people call Pepe "Peepee". Then again, not too many people know who he is anyhow, so I've only heard a few people say that.

    Calling Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Beaker.

    When you go to a store, you ask for any Muppet stuff, and the clerk says "Elmo?" No, Elmo is not the only Muppet...
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  12. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    I laughed quite heartily reading that. Not so good at 7 in the morning with half the house still asleep.

    Oh, and one that I find annoying is when people say that Rainbow Connection was written by Jason Mraz.
  13. Baby Gonzo

    Baby Gonzo Well-Known Member

    I had that problem for the longest time. The worst thing was, I couldn't remember which one was Statler and which was Waldorf. Of course I do now, but I have always been bad with names and faces. Even if those faces happen to belong to a Muppet.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I didn't learn their names last. That honor goes to A. Ligator, the announcer from Muppets Tonight. :)
  15. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I've also seen it spelled "Rolf" alot too - which makes me think of rolling on the floor laughing, which I know abbriviates to ROFL, but still, it's close enough!
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I kinda get annoyed when people pop in here and ask for merchandise of characters that never had merchandise and never will. I swear someone asked for merchandising of This Character[/quote], and I couldn't help but think... when? When did we ever see that character in merchandise? I know they mean well, but when people ask if a character was in any commercially available merchandise that doesn't exist... well, it gets me annoyed that it doesn't exist myself.

    I think that was the worst one of all. Not so much the whole "Sesame Street is teaching AIDS" bullcrap that kept getting kicked around, but the whole notion that we're the only country that has problems, and ignoring the fact it was to educate people in Africa, where the disease spread wildly and is still a problem today. I don't wanna get into the whole thing, and we know what I'm talking about... it doesn't upset me just as a Muppets/Sesame Street fan... it upsets me as someone that genuinely cares that other people in less fortunate countries have these sorts of problems and no one wants to read the whole 2 inch article in the papers about it.

    I don't think I've ever had that problem... but I've been lucky myself. Again, every Saturday Morning, they actually re-ran olsd TMS episodes before the network took over and broadcast their cartoons... so I was able to see Muppet Babies and The Muppet show on the same day.

    I never liked that. That's like saying that Fred Flinstone was a member of the Scooby-Doo team, and not a general sense of something bigger. They are made by the same people, and they do enjoy the occasional crossover segment (Movies, specials...etc.) but Miss Piggy's Sesame Street appearance was a picture on a desk. Same with Dr. Teeth's photo in the Upstairs/Downstairs skit.
  17. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Me too, because it was absolutely hilarious. :coy:
  18. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    For me:

    -When my friend calls Animal "Monster"
    -When people call S&W "the two old guys from the Muppet Show" My second grade teacher thought their names were "Heckle and Jeckle"
    -When people call it "Elmo's Wolrd" instead of "Sesame Street"
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  19. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Heckle and Jeckle! I love that! (I'm also thinking it would be awesome to see Statler and Waldorf as Dr Jekyl and Mr Heckle...HA!)

    I spelt Statler as Stadler for years and years. I only learnt it when it was in MCC on the store-front. I also originally signed up to MC with the name: "Bovegard." *shudder*

    -It annoys me when people think Elmo is a girl.
    -It annoys me when people call the Swedish Chef, the Danish Chef (Yes, this happened :p)
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I agree with the confusing characters from other shows thing... I remember several years ago when Animal Planet did a special counting down the top 50 TV animals of all time (Big Bird was 16, Kermit was 2); there was celebrity commentary, but half-way through the special, there was a brief segment where the celebrities talked about their specific favorites (Big Bird mentioned Snuffy was his favorite "am-i-nal") - David Hyde Pierce said "I like Animal on Sesame Street... you know, the *Immitates Animal*? That guy... between him or the Cookie Monster".

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