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Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by beaker, Dec 16, 2009.
I hate when people confuse Telly with Elmo.
So does Telly himself. Once with the Muppet Performers were at an event having their pictures taken, some photographer kept calling out to Telly, "Hey! Purple Elmo! Over here! Purple Elmo!" So Marty had Telly lose it. "Oh, so I'm the 'Purple Elmo'? Well, okay! Don't forget Oscar over here, he's the 'Green Elmo,' and then there's Cookie Monster, he's the 'Blue Elmo'!"
Really? Purple Elmo. That's just lazy. You'd think professionals would at least do a little research before going to an event. That's like going into a Star Wars convention and shouting "Hey Spock! Over here Spock!" to Harrison Ford.
I would, unfortunately, give them some benefit of the doubt, considering I'm not entirely sure how well-known or recognized Telly is among casual lurkers, and considering that Telly's design is similar to Elmo's in they're both orange-nosed monsters, and Telly's fur is more of a fuschia/magenta-ish color than true purple. . . . it's still ridiculous, though.
This has nothing to do with the photographer since I don't know how old he was or if he watched SST on a regular basis or even at all. But another thing that bothers me is, when people who watched the show regularly in the 80s,90s and early 2000s don't know who Telly is.
I guess Telly just doesn't resonate with many kids, because even Joey said in spite of his efforts to write more for Telly that apparently kids just aren't drawn to him like they are other characters like Elmo.
Actually, I now recall a similar situation years ago when I was walking through the store wearing my Cookie Monster t-shirt, and I was passing a mother pushing her toddler in a buggy, and the toddler pointed out to my shirt and said, "Elmo! Elmo!" The mother said, "that's right, that's 'Elmo's Friend'!"
Well I guess it's excusable for toddlers, they think every SST character is Elmo.
One time I had a Bloo shirt on and a little kid said it was Grover.
This thread's been open for a long time, has it ever been mentioned that some people out there seem to get Grover and Gonzo mixed up?
Has anyone ever heard any rumors such as mistaking the Snowths for Birdo, a character from Super Mario Bros. 2?
On the left is a picture of Snowths (the ones with pink ear horns), and on the right is a picture of Birdo (the one with the red hair bow); since they look a bit similar, some confusion might ensue for those not too familiar with the Snowths:
: The question is, what is a "Mahna Mahna"?
: The question is, who cares?
---From TMS episode 101 (Juliet Prowse)
I'm surprised someone hasn't done a parody yet.
Well It's mispronounciation but a lot of people spell Janices name Janis after Janis Joplin and being that she's my fav it makes me crazy like I constantly correct people with *Janice
I've never noticed that before but you're right. Maybe she could be a distant cousin of a Snowth or something like that.
I'll admit that even I'm guilty of this crime sometimes:
Example #1: As a toddler I often watched TMTM on VHS and often didn't know the names of characters I hadn't already seen on Muppet Babies. However, when I first heard Dr. Teeth's name mentioned, my 3-year-old self somehow began referring to Janice as "Dr. Nose" (which is very ironic since she doesn't even have one). Don't ask me what I was thinking, I was 3, and didn't know her real name until I was 6!
Example #2: Somehow as an adult I've developed habit of not knowing and/or remembering the names of minor/obscure/background characters, or giving them nicknames that help me personally identify them better. For example, I've had the habit of referring to Gladys from S3 of TMS as simply, "The Diner Lady." I've also referred to the Beautiful Day Monster as "The 'Got Anything Cheaper?' Monster" because of the travel agent sketch with Paul Williams in TMS S1.
Example #3: I've frequently reffered to Link Hogthrob by the full title of "Captain Link Hogthrob" even when he's not in Pigs in Space.
I showed my little sister (she's five) a picture of Miss Piggy and she called her Mrs. Puppet.
One I absolutely can't stand is Mayor Bloomberg's of Caroll Spinney and John Tartaglia at MOMI-
"Caroll Spine-y" "John Tar-Gog-lia"
But of course, "Eric Jacobson" was no problem
Saying ''I don't watch Elmo'' instead of ''I don't watch Sesame Street''
Has he really taken over that much?
I'v seen a youtube comment and they mistook Annie sue for Miss Piggy
The average viewers aren't the only good-ups. At the Rifftrax Live showing of "Sharknado 2," Mike Nelson made a joke about Fozzie Bear, but accidentally called him "Fonzie."
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