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What do the Muppets mean to you?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by dwayne1115, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I was driving to work today and Had this though and after looking through the forum briefly I did not find anything that asked this question...so I thought why not.

    I know most of us fans have a special place in our hearts for the Muppets but for some maybe most of us it's more then just being a fan or watching a TV show or movie. Here is your chance to share feelings thoughts that maybe you haven't in a while or maybe It's your first time really looking at What the Muppets really mean to you. Whichever I look forward to seeing and learning how far and deeply the Muppets have reached in peoples lives.
     
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  2. KingR76

    KingR76 Active Member

    It was the first tv show I saw. Even now I remember seeing it, and one could say that this is one of my earliest childhood memories.

    When I was in hospital at a very young age, I had to have various things done and there was a Kermit the Frog doll which I became VERY attached too, it was hospital property but I think the Nurse/Sister/Matron really called in a favour or two to allow me to keep Kermit, I still have whats left of him *

    In the eighties my Grandma would record the Muppet Show for me as she did with "Inside the Labyrinth" when it aired on telly and I would watch both over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, even now I remember having to turn down the volume when Karen (Prell) and Brian are performing the "You remind me of a babe." scene.

    After watching one particular episode of the Muppet Show I wanted to take my Beloved Kermit doll and turn him into a Muppet.

    WARNING TO COLLECTORS! THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH MAY MAKE YOU BALK!!!

    I took Kermit and a pair of scissors and well, um, took the stuffing out of him and made him into a workable Muppet even added a bit of coat hanger to his arm, as my hand grew bigger and as time went on his original eyes fell off but I had such fun playing with him.

    I Love the Muppets.

    Several- um well one or three decades from when I first saw the Muppets on telly I was still blown away from when Kermit the Frog- well when he addressed me and I couldnt help but just hug and Kiss him.

    What do the Muppets mean to me?
     
  3. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Active Member

    The Muppets are a significant part of my childhood; I watched the TV show on TNT, saw all the films and specials, watched Muppet babies, and had numerous toys. I still remember watching "The Muppets at Disneyworld" on an old VHS tape, and liking "Rockin' Around the World" by the Electric Mayhem so much that I recorded it on this clunky, oversized cassette recorder and listened to it again and again. So to me, the Muppets represent the innocence and joy of childhood.
     
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  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I think I can relate to both of your stories. I was sick a lot when I was little and in the hospital a lot as well. The hospital had Muppets take Manhattan on vhs and I would get to watch it at least two to three times a day.
    When I was not in the hospital I would wake up early every morning and watch Sesame Street and would beg my mom to go and rent a vcr and rent any of the Muppet movies.

    However the real thing for me about the Muppets is... I have had a lot of people in my life die but the Muppets have always been there. Yes I know we have lost Muppeters and Jim but the Muppets have still always been there. Through there shows and movies they have been able to make me laugh when I needed to and cry when I needed to. I love the Muppets they hold a very near and dear place in my heart. and sometimes I don't think people understand that.
     
  5. robodog

    robodog Active Member

    When I was five I had to go to day care every day. In the middle of the day we had nap time, which consisted of us laying on mats in a dark room. I hated this. I was never tired and I hated the quiet, so it was absolute misery. I'd often get very upset during these times.
    But then I found a way to get through it. I'd just think of the Muppets. I'd replay sketches from the show in my mind and this would often relax me enough that I was able to go to sleep.

    According to my parents, I was able to read by age 3. My folks would have me read sections of the newspaper for relatives who were always amazed that I could do this at so young an age. My mom credited my learning to read so early to the fact that I was constantly watching Sesame Street.

    Basically the Works of Jim Henson were a huge part of my childhood. A childhood that was often miserable. But things like the Muppets, Fraggle Rock and Labyrinth provide me with some of the few happy memories I have of growing up.
     
  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I love reading theses stories of how the Muppets bring joy to a sad or ailing child's heart. and how through out our teens and grown up years that has helps shaped who we are today as people.
     
  7. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I've only been a big fan of the Muppets for a couple years now, but I have really found that they have been very important to me and really helped me out. I've been dealing with some emotional problems for awhile now, and Fraggle Rock and other Muppet productions have helped me out, knowing that I can watch something like that and just see something warm and funny and friendly. They've been a nice help to me, and I definitely appreciate it.
     
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  8. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    My thoughts/prayers are with you Charlie. If you need someone to talk to I'm here.

    My hope for this thread that with fans sharing there personal feelings about the Muppets that some of us will become closer.
     
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  9. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    In the days of middle school and high school, when I was bullied numerous times, sometimes, I would watch the Muppets because they never judge each other, in a sense they were my friends away from cruel people I encountered. When school work and drama of high school and college became way too stressful, watching the Muppets was an easy way to forget about the bad things and find time to smile and laugh. Recently, I went through a death in the family, so I watched the Fraggle Rock episode, "Gone, but not forgotten" and Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas to feel better. When the songs "Just a dream away" and "When the rive meets the sea" played, I hoped that my grandmom heard them from heaven. It proves when bad times are too much, the Muppets make everything a little better.
     
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry for you loss... "When the River Meets the Sea" is a great song to think of loved ones I also love the song "if Just One Person" both songs have touched me in a wonderful way. The messages in a lot of the songs the Muppets have done over there years have been so moving. If I really sat down and worked at it I could list a lot of the songs and how they have affected my life and what was going on with me when I heard them.
     
  11. Elisha

    Elisha New Member

    Like most of you, I have grown up with the Muppets... Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock (my fav), Labyrinth, the Dark Crystal, all the Muppet movies etc. Being someone who grew up getting picked on and feeling "different" than everyone else, I loved their messages of friendship and tolerance. Being musically inclined, I also LOVE how much music is infused into pretty much all things Muppets. I think that's one of the reasons that Fraggle Rock has a special place in my heart; because music is so central and integral to it. The Muppets can make me laugh, make me cry, and even as an adult make me think and challenge myself to be a better person. I love them for that and that's why I will always be a Muppet fan.
     
  12. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    I am a so-called 90s baby and well, I had a pretty sucky childhood and I felt really alone but I watched video tapes of The Muppets and re-runs (which I didn't know were re-runs) of The Muppet Show on Nickelodeon amd it made me feel a heck of a whole lot less alone.

    Miss Piggy is pretty much why I have a backbone and always stand up for myself! I didn't have a great picture of male or female representation but, Kermit and Miss Piggy helped with that and they even showed me that every one has flaws and that that's okay too.

    In addition, The Muppets helped me to learn English (I spoke Spanish first) and I know I've shared that numerous times but, even now I process in Spanish and because I speak Spanish at home all day I tend to forget menial English words now and then but, really, The Muppets helped me to get a pretty good grasp of English and helped me to phrase things beautifully with their music and lyrics!

    In fact, in my college intro letter, the quote that starts it off is: "Life's like a movie, write your own ending."

    The Muppets have had such a big impact in my life and they will always be very special to me :)
     
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  13. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Wow these stories are so touching.... I love it!
     
  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I know I'm double posting here but I don't care.

    I changed my avatar last night and was thinking back to my childhood. I then recalled that I use to pretend that I had an imaginary friend...who just happened to be Ernie from Sesame Street. I would pretend and daydream for hours that Ernie and I would do all the things he always wanted to do that Bert would complain about. I would get so loud and nosey that my mom in the next room would sometimes think that there where really two young boys just having the time of there lives. Now unlike most kids who have imaginary friends because they are an only child. I had a younger brother who never really like the Muppets like I did and never really understood me for who I really was. Through out the years Ernie and Bert taught me that even though my brother and I didn't like the same things or understand each other all the time we could still get along and have fun.
     
  15. beatnikchick300

    beatnikchick300 Well-Known Member

    The Muppets mean a great deal to me. I got into them when I was about 12, and like a lot of preteen girls, was shy and unsure of myself (not just because people picked on me all the time, although I'm sure that didn't help). At a time in my life like that, being a fan of the Muppets helped me begin to see that it was okay to be quirky, and even a little weird, because that's what makes you stand out.
     
  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    When I think of what the Muppets mean to me, the first thing that came to my mind was a lyric from the song "Through the Years:"

    And I'm glad that I don't have to. :)
     
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  17. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    The Muppets to me represent the best in everyone. No Muppet is perfect at what they aspire to be. They're not particularly talented at anything, but they can still entertain you because they refuse to give up trying.

    Just look at Fozzie Bear. He's a horrible comedian, but you love him anyway because he has so much heart and he is endlessly loyal. Piggy can't sing, but her confidence in herself keeps her on her feet. Scooter is reliable, but sometimes he can be a bit of a push over and Gonzo is......well, Gonzo!

    Kermit may be a fantastic host and leader, but he still makes mistakes. This is what I love about these guys! They. Are. Not. Perfect! They have room to grow as people. They have holes in their personalities and characteristics and it is that above all else that makes them so real to all of us!

    Am I right or am I right?
     
  18. Janice+Floyd<3

    Janice+Floyd<3 Well-Known Member

    They mean so much to me! I know they're just puppets and I've never met them but I think of them as my family and mentors when I have a bad day I turned to the muppets for motivation and encouragement. kermit always has a postive thing to say about anything. They've helped me when I had dealt with bullying in grade 4 and 5 and they're been there for me as I am fighting thro high school and anxiety and depression they're prob the only reason I'm able to smile through life. One day I wanna come face to face with all of then and hug then and kiss em and thank them for my amazing childhood and helping me have a postive attitude
     
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I had forgotten about this thread, until your wonderful post Kylie. I think during the holidays the Muppets mean something special to me. It's a time of sharing and caring for one another, and that is kind of what the Muppets are about. I love al lot of the Christmas songs they have put out over the years, and they always seem to put a warm Christmas sprit in my heart every time I hear them.
     
  20. Janice+Floyd<3

    Janice+Floyd<3 Well-Known Member

    Yea! They've been there when no else was
     
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