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Your Muppet mistakes

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by bingboingcutie, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I used to think that TR Rooster was a female and Gladys the Cow was a male (at the time unaware that roosters can't be female and cows can't be male).
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I used to think Oscar's trash can had no bottom (or had a hole in the bottom) and that Caroll Spinney performed Oscar from underneath the trash can. I was surprised when I saw the A&E special and saw that the hole is actually in the back of the trash can (I figured that was how it's done when Bruno carries the can, but not for the regular trash can set-up).
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I used to think that George the Janitor was originated by either Jim Henson or Richard Hunt, due to him sounding different in The Muppet Christmas Carol and me knowing that Henson and Hunt were gone by then. And I was confused, because I figured Jim Henson performed Wally, and the Muppet Hits album listed Mildred as a Richard Hunt character (why wasn't George listed in the albums performers listing???), and I knew George was associated with both characters. Of course I didn't realise how it was done in At the Dance.

    It is ironic because Frank oz still performed him (or at least the voice), despite using a different voice. I get the feeling that the script didn't specify who would say the line and Frank Oz recorded the line not knowing one of his former characters would be used. Heck, years later I incorrectly thought it was David Rudman doing the voice.

    In A Muppet Family Christmas I thought that Richard Hunt was the photographer who took Miss Piggy's pictures. It sounded so much like Scooter. But Muppet Wiki says it was David Rudman (showing what a good choice he is for Scooter, though I feel the photographer sounded more like Scooter than Scooter has since Rudman took over).
  4. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Well-Known Member

    I was compiling an article for a friend's theatre fanzine, and listede the TV special of 'John Denver and The Muppets A Christmas Together' as being one that Louise Gold had puppeteered on.
    I later discovered this is not so, because that special was filmed in America (and apart from Sesame Street she didn't puppeteer on any of their non-European fiomed stuff). The confusion arises because the album of the same title was recorded in Britain and she did sing on that.
  5. Ruahnna

    Ruahnna Well-Known Member

    I made the mistake of being genuinely enthusiastic about the frog/pig relationship on ANOTHER muppet website (which I will not name). I didn't understand at that time that you were only supposed to be snotty, sarcastic and rude about it over there....

    I LOVE the diversity of opinion HERE. Whether we agree or disagree, we are never boring....
    Convincing John and newsmanfan like this.
  6. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    LOL. I hear you.
    Convincing John likes this.
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I used to think that a number of things were "too long". I guess that might not be too much of a mistake (as anybody can determine if the length of something is "too long").

    But the first time I saw The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, I thought that was a bit too long. Or maybe I just thought the time between Kermit's interaction with Leroy and Kermit's scene at the end were too long (at the time Kermit was the only character in that special I knew). But then I rented it again a few years later, aware of it being "long"... And this time it seemed shorter to me. Maybe my attention span got longer by then.

    And I thought the end credits to The Muppets Take Manhattan were too long the first few times I saw it. I guess this was a ridiculous thought, since there's nothing visually special after or during the credits, I didn't read credits at the time, and of course I didn't have to sit through the credits, but pretty much everytime I watch the movie I watch the entire end credits regardless.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Today I remembered a mistake I had forgotten about. But I used to think Camilla made a cameo in the movie Hot Shots Part Deux. I saw a commercial for it which included the scene where the main character used a chicken as an arrow, which to me looked like a Muppet chicken (I watched the clip today and realised that it doesn't look as muppety as I remembered). The movie poster/video cover represented this scene, in fact. And I had a friend who also thought it was a Muppet chicken.
  9. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Well-Known Member

    It's not?! Well, color me embarrassed!
  10. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    this was when i was really little i saw a pic of Jim performing kermit and a lady with piggy so i used to think she was the puppeteer...then i was proven wrong a little while lady
  11. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    After the Jean Stapleton episode of Muppet Show aired, the next day i remembered that the Swedish Chef's language was "Mockingbird Swedish" and thought that until i later saw the rerun.

    Along the same lines - not a mistake...just an early attempt an fan fiction/wanking, but i had attempted to come up with an English translation of the Chef's intro song...don't remember how i started it but it ended with "We'll roast a chicken or mmm...PORK PORK PORK!"
  12. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    Well, my Muppet mistake is unique if anything.

    I was introduced to the Muppets at a very young age. Now, I learned to speak Spanish before I learned to speak English, but, when I was first learning English, things were confusing. And in Spanish, Kermit is known as La Rana Rene and in English Renee is a girl's name and for a long time I thought Kermit was a girl and I would put my Kermit plush in a dress...I was convinced Kermit was a girl until I really had a good grasp on English at about age 5 and then watched the Muppet movies and realized 'oh yeah, he's a good guy/is a male frog! '
  13. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Well-Known Member

    After skimming this thread, I must say that I was surprised not to see a single 'Fonzie Bear' or 'Ralph'.

    There was the day when my pre-school-aged self was being taken shopping for placemats. My older sister and the imposed-by-mother 'friends' all chose Smurf ones. I was already leaning a certain way at that age and chose a Muppet one. Sister referred to my choice numerous times as 'The Puppet Show', but my frustrations fell on deaf ears... so much so that when we arrived home and were reporting on our placemats, one of the imposed-by-mother 'friends' announced that "CherryPizza got a 'puppet' one".

    I guess I had a hard time accepting that the SS Muppets were puppets, and in my mind wanted to defend them against any accusations that they were not 'real'. However, the much more painful process was coming to terms with the fact that the show was scripted and that the humans were actors.
  14. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Hmmm...i thought i would have mentioned Fonzie Bear! Well if i didn't say it before, i originally thought it was Fonzie Bear - and while it took me ages to learn Gonzo's name when i did finally heard and remembered it, i heard it as Gongzo - which made sense because he always tried to hit the O in The Muppet Show like a gong.

    Then over on Sesame Street i loved the construction workers Biz and Silly.
  15. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    This is a wierd one.

    When I was about six or seven I was at the Babysitters. Bored, I picked up a magazine and started thumbing through it. There I saw what I now know was an ad for Fraggle rock. This was before the series had actually started. The ad featured a picture of the top half of Red's head. I wasn't sure exactly what I was looking at, but I managed to convince myself it was some kind of monster. I was kind of creeped out by it.
    I had no idea at the time that what I was seeing was a character from a show that would soon earn a very special place in my heart. I had a crappy childhood and things from said childhood that I still care deeply about are rare, Things from my childhood I still care about that didn't heavily involve dogs are even rarer. Fraggle Rock is the rarest of the rare. A TV show I grew up with that still holds a place in my black, cynical heart that doesn't heavily involve dog characters. It still amazes me that when I was first exposed to one of the characters, I thought it was something evil.
  16. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Like that Fraggle Rock episode, "Believe It or Not" actually!
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    With today being Halloween, I am suddenly reminded of a mistake I had regarding the Julie Andrews episode. In the Alice Cooper episode, Kermit remarks that "it wasn't spooky like this when Julie Andrews did the show". And that line made me thing the Julie Andrews episode was horror-themed.

    Of course, at the time I had not seen the episode, but had seen some of the clips with Julie Andrews. I saw a clip from the cold opening in the opening montage in the 30th anniversary special. I saw her talk spot in Muppet Weird Stuff, where although it clearly wasn't scary, Gonzo mentioned Sweetums and Thog, two of the monsters. And I saw a brief clip from the Lonely Gothered number in the promo for the Playhouse Video releases, which didn't look scary to me, but still, I assumed the episode was filled with monsters.

    Interestingly, when I first saw the episode guide at Bill Sherman's page and saw that Julie performed with the monsters in the closing number, I initially thought that was the clip in the opening montage in the 30th anniversary special. And later, when I learned the song was titled "I Whistle a Happy Tune", I expected a more pleaseant setting (with the backdrop from the talk spot) with the monsters singing. It wasn't until I finally saw the episode that I saw it had a spooky setting.
  18. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    i used to think animal was that big red looney toons character
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Back in the VHS days, pretty much all videos from Jim Henson Video and other subsidaries of Buena Vista Home Video (including Walt Disney Home Video and, I think, the Bullwinkle and Chipmunks videos) had a little survey card to fill out. Though I never filled any out or mailed them, I noticed at the bottom that it says to send any questions we have to a certain address. And in the case of the Muppet videos, I thought it meant any questions about the Muppets, so I had considered sending in questions about the names of many of the characters I did not know the names of (the only one I can remember wanting to ask the name of was "the monster who sang Under My Skin", though there were a lot of other characters I wanted to know the names of that I'm sure I was going to ask about). I also thought about asking them if they could do another Muppet special like the 30th anniversary one, and wanted to ask them to include certain clips. Of course, now I realise they probably wouldn't have known the answers I was going to ask and that it was really for questions about the videos or service (I was looking at one last night and realised it was for a Jim Henson Video Mailing List; Did anyone here ever sign up?).
  20. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    A couple years ago I bought a VHS tape of the old live action TV series Disney's Adventures in Wonderland. And it still had the original booklet advertising other tapes, including Muppet productions and Muppet watches, lol. The original survey card was also included with that "If you have any questions" part.

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