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What happened to Bean Bunny?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by mupcollector1, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Last time I've seen Bean Bunny was at Muppet Fest but afterwords he disappeared. Perhaps it's due to Steve performing Kermit as his main character perhaps, I'm not sure. Even Rizzo is slowly not in the spotlight as much. He didn't have much of a speaking line which is very surprising, only one verse of Life's a Happy Song near the end (Love that song lol).

    But yeah Bean, I sort of liked Bean because he was kind of this pain of the neck cutsy character than everyone hated sort of. I remember a Brian Henson quote "Everyone Loves To Hate Bean Bunny." lol and I remember Scooter said on The Muppets Go To Disney World "Well Bean's the cute one because none of us wanted the job." lol

    You know what's interesting is that Bean came from an alternative project outside The Muppets and still I have no idea who owns The Tale of The Bunny Picnic. I would think The Jim Henson Company still owns it but Disney owns Bean even though Bean kind of retired.
    The Tale of The Bunny Picnic I sort of find funny in a campy sort of way for some reason. Don't get me wrong, lot of the best Muppeteers were on there, lot of my favorites and the music for "Hello Sunshine" and the others were amazing. I'm still trying to figure out the genre. Is it like folk rock choir? Very Fraggle Rock like, same two guys that did the music from the show right?

    Anyway it's funny how he came from this very harmony positive tale and then less than 5 years later working with The Muppets and being a pest to Miss Piggy in Muppet Vision 3D. Which makes me think, he's got to be own by Disney because Muppet Vision 3D is still running strong at Disney World.

    But yeah, I figure I bring it up while it was on my mind.

    Before I forget, my favorite Bean moment was him as Beanbo on The Jim Henson Hour "Now cute has learned to kill!" lol classic
  2. Borples

    Borples Active Member

    What happened to him? Well, he got knocked over by a Christmas wreath and an old man's ill-will, he got smushed by a door during a pig's big diva entrance at breakfast, he...I'm pretty sure he got something heavy dropped on him at some point...who knows what all else. The little dude probably swore off show business and hopped home to his mommy. ;-)
  3. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Bean was in IAVMMCM, and Muppets Wizard of Oz. He hasn't been seen since then..
  4. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    He was going to be in The Muppets, but they couldn't fit him in. At least they wanted to include him! Maybe we will see more of him in future productions!
  5. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Really? I don't remember seeing him in It's a Very Merry and defenatly didn't spot him in Wizard. Where was he in wizard? Could be part of the Biker Monkeys. lol
  6. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Maybe he was in the crowd scene at the end. I know Robin was in the background. I would need to analyze it when I have time. Probably my next car ride perhaps, I have the digital copy on my ipod when I bought the big 3 pack. lol :)
  7. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I think he was designed to be a "showcase" type character and then with Jim's death kind of had to be put to the side because Steve had to take over the large responsibility of playing Kermit. I don't know what kind of niche he could find in the current arrangement of the Muppets.
  8. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps the pain in the neck cutsy character that he always has been since The Jim Henson Hour. lol Elmo was kind of like that during the 80s but of course he changed. But I would like just one Muppet in some Muppet universe to take that duty. And it's great satire because just the typical mainstream lie belief about puppets and cartoons are all cute and for children blah blah blah, Bean satirizes that whole cutsy cartoony kind of thing and The Muppets push him away from the spotlight. lol I always found that funny. There was one cold opening on The Jim Henson Hour where Kermit roughed him up by throwing him away from the camera. Perhaps it's the K.D. Lang episode I think. Amazing guest star by the way, glad she was with The Muppets :)
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  9. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I guess that work, but I could see that gimmick getting old really fast depending on how it was used, also that sort of joke about puppets/cartoons being only for children is starting to lose some of its zing since there is increasing respect for those art forms.
  10. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I never noticed him in IAVMMCM or Wizrd of Oz, (I wasn`t able to sit through the whole thing) but according to this article he was. http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Bean_Bunny
  11. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm glad. There's more respect for adult animation then puppetry. Many reasons why great shows like Greg the Bunny and Crank Yankers didn't last as long as they should have. Well okay CY lasted 3 seasons and one last short one on MTV2 but still. A friend of mine told me that many puppeteers have and still have tried to pitch tons of adult puppet shows for tv and no one will take them. I'm not sure what ever happened to Kevin Carlson and Jim Murray's Crow Police if it aired shortly or if there was just a pitch trailer made, or what. But I loved the trailer. Billy Ba****d was another, Billy West and Jim Gomez of The Ren & Stimpy Show was involved with that but it never showed the light of day. It Came Out Of The West: Zombie Western was something that floated around and it's on DVD but the english version is download online. I REALLY WANT TO SEE THAT! lol
    The only successful thing that I've seen is Apollo's Pad. AWESOME AWESOME Webshow. They have their own 10 minute TV show in Canada now. I really want the DVDs whenever they come out. I think it's genuis.

    Anyway, I'm still waiting the day for the next Spitting Image or Meet The Feebles. Even me I'm trying hard to be in the same boat wanting to pitch stuff.

    But hopefully Henson Alternative will get something out there to the mainstream on TV or Film. I can't wait for Brian Henson's R-rated Puppet Movie. I'll be there opening night when it comes out. :)
  12. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Muppet Wiki's the Best :) I love it! I go there a few times a week. But Jim's Red Book. It's like someone and the morning paper. I check it out daily. :) It's amazing, stuff like this wasn't there for us in the late 90s, early 2000s.
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  13. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    You know what I find strange is that Bean was treated like the new Muppet of the cast like Clifford. But now you don't see them anymore. But Pepe, that's another story. How long ago was Muppets Tonight, over 10 years. I still can't believe it. I was there when it was on TV. :) But yeah, I would rather see Bean then Pepe or even the other Muppets Tonight Muppets instead of Pepe but that's just my opinion.


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