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What Muppets scared you as a child?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Manda:-D, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    But back to the subject...scary Muppet moments...

    Yeah, that part from TMM where Piggy beats up the thugs freaked me out, too...those eyes!

    But probably the Muppet moment that freaked me out the most as a kid was when Big Mamma ATE Miss Piggy in the Carol Burnett episode of TMS! I was only 4 when I saw that, too!

    When I was little, I didn't know which episode this happened, so each time I saw the Swinetrek on the screen, I held my breath until I saw that oval window. If I didn't see the monster, I'd stay. But if I saw that brown, hairy lump with the yellow and red antennas start to come into view, I'd be gone!

    Basically any time a Muppet got ate, that freaked me out as a kid...unless I knew they escaped. Like Kermit escaped from Gorgon Heap (into Statler and Waldorf's box) in the Vincent Price episode, for example.

    There was another puppet that scared the "radish resin":smirk: outta me as a kid. Does anybody, ANYBODY remember the following puppet?:

    In the late 70's, as a little kid, I used to see glimpses of this show called "Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters". It had some Sid and Marty Krofft (I think) puppets that played with the band, including a dog that looked like Rover Joe. The puppets looked like they'd be right at home with the "Put Another Log On the Fire" farmer that looks like Jim Henson.

    Well, anyway, the band didn't bother me. What bothered me was a weird, humanoid puppet that looks like....hmmm. Anyone got their "Muppets Magic" DVD handy? Check out the Glutton. Now imagine the Glutton as a full-body puppet, with squinting eyes, bald, no ears, an even bigger and wider mouth, and two rows of HUGE square teeth that were each about maybe 9 or 10 inches square...

    His name was Munchie.

    Munchie would show up unexpectedly on the set of this show, sneak up from behind, and with a weird growl, he would gobble up Barbara Mandrell or her sisters! Carl the Big Mean Monster would have been proud of him.

    Munchie was one of the freakiest and scariest things I ever saw in my life! Does anyone else remember this puppet? I'd like to find a picture of him to show you guys. Carl may be big and mean, but he at least gave his victims a warning (most of the time) before eating them. Munchie just sneaked up from behind...and GROWMFFF! Those teeth! Brrrr!!!

    I know Munchie wasn't a Muppet, but I had to get that out of my system. Does anyone else know about this weird and creepy puppet?

    Convincing John
  2. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    Speaking of eating, when Kermit got hauled away by Yorick ALWAYS freaked me out.
  3. Trogdor

    Trogdor Member

    I'd like to see a picture of Munchie!
  4. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Are you sure you WANT to see Munchie?:eek: That thing was so SPOOKY! I've been trying to find a picture, but with no luck at all. My best guess is that he was a Sid and Marty Krofft puppet. So far, I've only found pics of Barbara, her sisters and the puppet band.

    So, in the meantime, just think of a cross between the Glutton from the Ed Sullivan Show, and Jabba the Hutt with HUGE Chiclet teeth.

    But I'll keep looking for a picture...(gulp):eek:

    Convincing John
  5. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    They made a series of Krofft figures a while back, I think. Maybe he was one of them.
  6. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    I've seen these figures, but I don't think he was one of them. They had H.R. Pufnstuf, Electra Woman, Sigmund the Sea Monster and Cling and Clang.

    No Munchie (whew!)

    Convincing John
  7. Trogdor

    Trogdor Member

    Don't you want to try and overcome your fear? Or something like that...?
  8. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

  9. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    LOL! Actually, I'd forgot about Munchie until this thread popped up. He doesn't scare me now, of course. :p He just creeped me out when I was a kid. I actually wouldn't mind having an action figure of him, if they ever made one. From what I remember, the puppet was pretty cartoony, like one of those New Zoo Revue characters. Weird how I was freaked out by something like that and I loved characters like Greedo and Jabba the Hutt that were a lot more realistic. I really thought that the Rancor and Salicious Crumb (the little monkey/lizard that sat next to Jabba) were cool, too. I still have some drawings I made of them when I was in first grade.

    A few days ago, I remembered a "Munchie moment" from back then that actually made me laugh. It was on one of those "Bloopers and Practical Jokes" specials with Dick Clark. Here's what happened:

    A whole bunch of people from the Barbara Mandrell show were carrying her lengthwise. She had a football helmet on and so did Munchie. They charged forward, Munchie opened his mouth and they shoved her in. The trouble was, they shoved a little too hard, and the puppet head flipped backwards! You could see a black lump (the cloth covering the puppeteer's head) stick up, and Munchie staggered and fell over backwards, right on his...behind. I cracked up! Wished I had a VCR back then so I could've taped it. I remember right after that they played two Wilkins commercials. Of course, I had no idea who made those commercials at the time...

    But yeah, I'm curious to find a picture of Munchie, now. If I can't find a photo of him, I'll have to draw one up from memory. If I had the time and talent, he'd make a perfect Halloween costume!

    Convincing John
  10. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    Was he the puppet that got the crap beat out of him by the kangaroo? lol
  11. Comical_DrBob

    Comical_DrBob Well-Known Member

    When I was younger I was a little scared of Animal but it was mainly the big monsters that ate the other Muppets that scared me.
  12. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    LOL! I remember that, too! No, it wasn't the same one, though. That one was (I think) from an Australian kid's show. Let's see...Munchie was pretty much a Humpty-Dumpty shape, with really short arms and legs. He was always dressed in a suit that was a lot like Waldorf's. And he wasn't very tall, from what I remember, and he was human. Hmm. What else? Basically, if Waldorf shaved his hair and mustache off, gained about 800 pounds and got some dentures made out of bathroom tiles from Menard's, that's about right.

    My guess is, to operate him, the mouth was at about the puppeteer's chest height, and the jaws were opened with both hands. The arms were probably not used. The mouth, when opened, was about as big as...hmmm...probably a hula hoop, maybe a bit larger.

    I looked all over Google last night, and I still couldn't find him, just pictures of cookies and crackers and stuff like that. I found some pictures of the band that was on the show, if anyone's interested. Rats! Does anyone have that new Sid and Marty Krofft book? Would he be in there? Any other ideas on where to look?

    Convincing John
  13. jediX

    jediX Well-Known Member

    All I found of the Krofft stuff was Pufnstuf or whatever that disturbing thing is called...
  14. Trogdor

    Trogdor Member

    Woah...the Rancor scared the crap out of me, but I saw it when I was real little. It was the only thing in the entire trilogy that I couldn't watch. And speaking of scary muppets, was anyone a little freaked out by Yoda? The first time I saw him was when I was in a haunted house walk through thing and they had a little prop of him sitting on the tree branch. :o Maybe because it was so dark...?

    Anyway, didn't find Munchie when I looked for Barbara Mandrell pics on AltaVista.
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  15. frogtownhollow

    frogtownhollow Well-Known Member

    There's so much talk about in this thread!

    Vincent Twice Vincent Twice was performed by Richard Hunt

    Also, among MY most scariest Muppet moments:

    The entire Alice Cooper episode of TMS
    The moment when someone is announced murdered in the Liza Minelli episode
    The part in the Zero Mostel episode where Zero talks about his fears as the
    beastly creatures appear behind him
    Uncle Deadly
    The Riverbottom Nightmare Band's song at the end of Emmet Otter
    The Skeksis

    Although these scared me as a kid, I LOVE these moments now! :crazy:
  16. Mr.Penguin

    Mr.Penguin Well-Known Member

    Patina the baby of The Jim Henson Hour.....And that Munchie guy cracked me up! :D......Oh, and Dr.Tooth, are you going change our avatar 'cause thats like the main thing that creeps me out..... :concern: .......

    Mr. Nightmare Before Penguin
  17. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Heh heh. I wish I had that Munchie blooper on tape! I still can't find a picture of him! :rolleyes: Anybody want me to email Sid and Marty Krofft for a photo (if they have one)?

    Convincing John
  18. neoyodie

    neoyodie New Member

    I remember The Muppet Christmas Crol being the scariest thing I had ever seen up to that time. Every single ghost scared the heck out of me, but especially the last one. Just something about how it never said a word, just pointed towards the gravestone..... :eek: Antoher scary Muppet moment is the Muppet Babies episode where Skeeter is SKEETERJUICE and they get stuck on the train. That was terrifying. I don't remember Labyrinth scaring me very much.... But the Firies losing their heads was a little much for my little sis...she had nightmares for weeks.
  19. tiggie0686

    tiggie0686 Well-Known Member

    I remember there was this one thing where this old man was sitting in a library or a study or something, and he was talking about these nightmares he had. How they would come and they would go, and all these muppet ghosts would appear and then disappear when he would turn around. Then finally, I think at the end he gets eaten :eek: ! I don't remember it all too well, but I remember it scared the living daylights out of me and my dad would be cracking up, cause apparently I was too young to see that this was really funny.
  20. Show and Tell

    Show and Tell Well-Known Member

    Floyd always kinda freeked me out cause I use to think he had no eyeballs. His sunglasses looked to me like eye sockets. I could have sworn he would even blink his empty eye sockets which just made me wanna vomit. Actually I only just found out recently that those were sunglasses and not eye sockets. So I'm getting theropy now. :cool:

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