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Title: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 21, 2014, 03:25:43 PM
Top 50 Muppets!!
https://www.youtube.com/v/tgbNymZ7vqY
Bio
The Muppets are a group of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Having been created in 1955 by Jim Henson, they are the namesake for the Disney media franchise that encompasses films, television series, music recordings, print publications, and other media associated with The Muppet Show characters.
Henson once stated that the term "Muppet" had been created as a portmanteau of the words "marionette" and "puppet", but also claimed that it was actually a word he had coined.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 21, 2014, 03:26:15 PM
Number 50 (tie)
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Fizzgig
  5 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #22 Relaxing Dragon
First Appearance: The Dark Crystal
 Performer: Dave Goelz • (Puppeteer); Percy Edwards • (Voice)
https://www.youtube.com/v/p0iRbfxPpVY
Bio
Fizzgig, a "friendly monster", is the loyal sidekick and pet-like companion of Kira. Like most Fizzgigs, he has sharp teeth, and an intimidating growl. He joins Jen and Kira on their journey into the castle and proves to be a great addition in the battle to bring natural order back to Thra.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 21, 2014, 03:27:11 PM
Number 50 (tie)
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The Christmas Turkey
  5 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #21 Sugar Ray Dodge
First Appearance: A Muppet Family Christmas
Notable Appearances: A Muppet Christmas Carol, Bohemian Rhapsody
Performer: Steve Whitmire
https://www.youtube.com/v/UvuRo2k8rl4 (Start at 6:31)
Bio
The Christmas Turkey is invited to Ma Bear's farmhouse by the Swedish Chef in the 1987 special A Muppet Family Christmas, not realizing that he's the main course for Christmas dinner. He distracts the Chef, at first by tricking him into thinking Sprocket is the turkey, and later pointing him towards Big Bird as an even better target, and he competes with Gonzo for Camilla's attention, however during the Carol Sing Medley, the Turkey appears to have made peace with Gonzo.
The puppet returned for a cameo in The Muppet Christmas Carol, as a squawking Christmas turkey being sold by a frackle, who addresses him as Martin.
He was later recycled as Mr. Warble in the Mopatop's Shop episode, "Animal Choir", and he was seen in the Swedish Chef's clutches in the Muppet viral video for "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 21, 2014, 03:27:56 PM
Number 49 (tie)
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Herry Monster
  6 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #20 Pak
First Appearance: Sesame Street
 Performer: Jerry Nelson
https://www.youtube.com/v/scu9zzC5U3g
Bio

Herry Monster is a Sesame Street monster who doesn't know his own strength. Herry first appeared in 1970, replacing the Beautiful Day Monster in the Sesame monster troupe.
Herry was often seen in Muppet & Kid Moments, relating to real children, and in later seasons appeared in the recurring sketch Monsters in Day Care. Herry has also participated in many of Prairie Dawn's pageants, as well as appearing in such Monsterpiece Theater segments as "Chariots of Fur", "Guys and Dolls", and "ABCD Blue".
Herry hosted the Fuzzy Awards in the video Monster Hits! and he was an anchorman in We All Sing Together.
He has a mother, a father and a grandmother. He has a sister named Herriet (seen in a 1977 episode) and another named Flossie, seen in several storybooks. He also has a doll named Hercules who has been seen with him in "Guys and Dolls," "Song for Two," "Moonshine" a song with Zoe where they sing about their dollies (EKA: Episode 3910), and when he slept over at Gabi's in a 1998 episode.
*Note* I might have gotten the monster wrong, as Conor’s blog post can attest to: http://blog.rifftrax.com/2008/03/27/get-your-hairy-monsters-straight/

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 21, 2014, 03:28:35 PM
 
Number 49 (tie)
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The Snowman
  6 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #20 Sugar Ray Dodge
First Appearance: A Muppet Family Christmas
Notable Appearances: A Muppet Christmas Carol, Sesame Street (2011)
Performer: Richard Hunt
https://www.youtube.com/v/EzJR6-kRVHg
Start at 0:53
Bio
The Snowman befriends Fozzie Bear in the 1987 special A Muppet Family Christmas. Fozzie builds the Snowman, who comes to life and becomes Fozzie's comedy partner. The pair sing "Sleigh Ride" together with some woodland animals.
Hoping to cheer Kermit up, Fozzie and the Snowman attempt their comedy act, only to be heckled by Statler and Waldorf. Defeated and melting, the Snowman spends the rest of the night on the back porch. He also appears in the annual carol sing during "Caroling, Caroling".

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 21, 2014, 03:29:01 PM
 
Number 48
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The Doozers
  7 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #21 CJones
First Appearance: Fraggle Rock
Performer: Various
https://www.youtube.com/v/1abGUL626yo
Bio
The Doozers are a race of characters from Fraggle Rock who love to work. They're tiny, green creatures who usually sport construction helmets, boots, and tool belts. Doozers stand approximately knee-high to Fraggles, at six inches tall. [1]
Unlike Fraggles, Doozers love to work all day long, and they hate playing games. Most Doozers are construction workers, while others are architects or miners. With the help of various Doozer machines and vehicles, they build elaborate constructions all over Fraggle Rock, like towers, buildings, roads and bridges.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on July 21, 2014, 04:39:43 PM
I was very tempted to include Fizzgig, but I couldn't decide who to drop to make room for him.

Fun Fact: The Doozers were remote controlled. They originally tried to make them manually controlled, like every other creature on the show, but because they were so small they couldn't get the mechanics of it to work.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Tripe on July 21, 2014, 05:18:50 PM
Henson once stated that the term "Muppet" had been created as a portmanteau of the words "marionette" and "puppet", but also claimed that it was actually a word he had coined.
Those two things aren't contradictory.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on July 21, 2014, 05:29:47 PM
Wow. I totally forgot about Herry Monster. I liked him as a kid.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 21, 2014, 05:54:07 PM
The Herry Monster video made my day.  I would count with that kid all day.

Henson once stated that the term "Muppet" had been created as a portmanteau of the words "marionette" and "puppet", but also claimed that it was actually a word he had coined.
Those two things aren't contradictory.

Well, what the second sentence should say is he later said he pulled it out of thin air.  Reading the Jim Henson autobiography, initial answers to the question were the former, but later he admitted he actually didn't intend that and just made up a funny word that sounded like puppet.  It was sort of a happy accident that it seemed like the portmanteau, though really, only a few muppets (though admittedly some key ones) use the "marionette" aspects.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Tripe on July 21, 2014, 05:57:20 PM
Correct. :)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ScottotD on July 21, 2014, 06:51:01 PM
Aw, Herry!  :D
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 21, 2014, 07:31:10 PM
I can confirm that this Herry is the one I intended to vote for. Used to love that guy. :^)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 21, 2014, 07:59:34 PM
So what's his personality then? Or was he there before The Count showed up?
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 21, 2014, 08:33:59 PM
Friendly monster dude. No gimmick. I think he was a forerunner to Telly.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 21, 2014, 08:40:43 PM
Friendly monster dude. No gimmick. I think he was a forerunner to Telly.

Not a lot of people remember that Telly Savalas taught kids how to count on that show.

"So what comes after 4?"
"8?"
"Have it your way, baby!"
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 22, 2014, 03:20:55 PM
Hey guys, Had a super busy day, so I won't have any entrées today. I'll do double tomorrow.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ScottotD on July 23, 2014, 02:20:54 AM
Hey guys, Had a super busy day, so I won't have any entrées today. I'll do double tomorrow.

 :angry:
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:07:50 AM
Number 47 (tie)
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The Amazing Mumford
  8 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #18 Mattwnelson
First Appearance: Sesame Street
Performer: Jerry Nelson
https://www.youtube.com/v/dmj_5xrxu0o
Bio
The Amazing Mumford is a talented magician, but his magic tricks sometimes go awry. His characteristic magic words are "A la peanut butter sandwiches!" After saying this and waving his wand, there is a puff of smoke usually accompanied by either a "poof" noise or magical tinkling sounds, and then after clearing, it reveals how the trick has gone wrong.
Grover often appears as Mumford's over-eager assistant.
Mumford's voice is based on that of the famous comedian W. C. Fields.
On Sesamstrasse, the German co-production, Mumford is named "Mumpitz", which means nonsense or balderdash.
According to The Sesame Street Bedtime Storybook, Mumford lives in a castle, next door to the castle owned by Count von Count.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:08:30 AM
Number 47 (tie)
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Travelling Matt
  8 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #18 CJones
First Appearance: Fraggle Rock
Notable Appearances: The Muppets Take Manhattan, A Muppet Family Christmas
Performer: Dave Goelz
https://www.youtube.com/v/72DAmpVRe-Q
Bio
Uncle Traveling Matt is a brave Fraggle explorer and Gobo's uncle on Fraggle Rock. In "Beginnings," he ventured out of the Rock to explore the human world of Outer Space.
To document his exploits, Matt sends Gobo a series of postcards recounting his experiences with the Silly Creatures and their culture from the Fraggle point of view. Uncle Matt prides himself on his bravery and resourcefulness, but also tends towards clumsiness, frequently falling backwards or tripping during his travels.
Traveling Matt is the only Fraggle, and one of the few Fraggle Rock characters in general, to make solo cameo appearances in other Muppet productions, without other Fraggles.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:09:03 AM
Number 47 (tie)
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Mew
  8 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #18 Sugar Ray Dodge
First Appearance: The Christmas Toy
Notable Appearances: The Secret Life of Toys
Performer: Steve Whitmire (1986); Nigel Plaskitt (1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhTVdQsNpxI Start at 1:30
Bio
Mew is a cat toy who lives in the playroom with Rugby Tiger. Since he is a cat toy, he has difficulties being accepted in the world of "people toys". One problem is that he smells like catnip, although as he explains, "Cat toys are supposed to smell like catnip!".
He first appeared in the 1986 special The Christmas Toy, and he starred in the 1994 spin-off series The Secret Life of Toys, where he has arms and legs instead of wheels. In The Christmas Toy, it is revealed that he has a crush on Meteora.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:09:31 AM
Number 47 (tie)
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Bip Bippadotta
  8 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #18 Kete
First Appearance: The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: Sesame Street
Performer: Jim Henson
https://www.youtube.com/v/fNJy8S9C178
Bio
Bip Bippadotta is a character on Sesame Street who is the counterpart of Mahna Mahna from The Muppet Show. Although both characters are best known for performing the nonsense song "Mahna Mahna" and have the same performer and voice, they have always been portrayed by different puppets and were usually considered separate entities.
Unlike Mahna Mahna, who was almost exclusively associated with the song after which he is named (or perhaps the name after which he is songed), Bip Bippadotta has performed a variety of songs on Sesame Street, which were "Fat Cat," "Everybody's Song," "Air," "Scratch My Back," "None Some All," and "Opposite Stuff."
Bip later made a cameo appearance in a 2009 episode, where he is seen as a Lavender Anything Muppet again in the laundromat watching the race and says "Mahna Mahna".
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:10:02 AM
Number 46 (tie)
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Apple
  46 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #15 Sugar Ray Dodge
First Appearance:The Christmas Toy
 Performer: Kathryn Mullen
https://www.youtube.com/v/XhTVdQsNpxI (Start at 1:57)
Bio
Apple is a doll in The Christmas Toy. She was Jamie's Christmas Toy two years before the events of the special, and is sometimes jealous that Rugby Tiger replaced her as the Christmas Toy last year. Still, she's mature enough to help save Rugby when he ventures out of the playroom and is almost discovered by the children.
On the subsequent spin-off series, The Secret Life of Toys, Apple was replaced by Raisin.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:10:31 AM
Number 46 (tie)
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Wayne and Wanda
  46 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #15 Scott
First Appearance: The Muppet Show
Performer: Richard Hunt (Wayne); Eren Ozker and Kathryn Mullen (Wanda)
https://www.youtube.com/v/L1QoyH1lb_8
Bio
Wayne and Wanda are a singing duo who performed regularly during the first season of The Muppet Show, often introduced by Sam the Eagle, who approved of their "wholesome, uplifting, and decent" act but was constantly frustrated by their inability to get past the first verse of any song. While their sketches began as mellow and classy, they always ended in disaster, seemingly foretold by the title of their chosen song.
Wayne and Wanda, as a pair, were properly introduced in a rare backstage appearance in episode 102, in which they complained that their act had been cut. They badmouthed guest star Connie Stevens until they realized that she was eavesdropping on their conversation. Their first onstage act was "Stormy Weather" in episode 103.
The pair, who had been featured in a majority of the first season episodes, were cut entirely from the second season, due in part to the departure of Wanda's performer, Eren Ozker, and in part to the promotion of Jerry Juhl to head writer, who shifted the show's focus from running gags to character-based comedy.
In episode 406, Wanda (now played by Kathryn Mullen) returned to the show and rejoined Wayne. The pair gave Kermit such a guilt trip for having fired them that he rehired them on the spot. Once they started singing, however, Kermit remembered why he'd fired them in the first place and once again dispensed with their services.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:10:58 AM
 
Number 45 (tie)
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Lew Zealand
 13 Points, 3 of 13 lists, #19 Mattwnelson and Johnny Unusual
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: all of the Muppet movies except Kermit's Swamp Years
Performer: Jerry Nelson  (1978 - 2003); Matt Vogel  (2008 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/BSyxUAlbDRw
Bio
Lew Zealand’s act involves boomerang fish. "I throw them away, and they come back to me!" He has appeared in all of the Muppet movies except Kermit's Swamp Years.
Lew's first appearance was in episode 310 of The Muppet Show, where his timely boomerang fish throwing saved Kermit from being tricked into a real marriage during Miss Piggy's "wedding sketch."
Lew Zealand was meant to only appear in that one episode, and he was made from a Whatnot designed by Dave Goelz. However, after that, a more permanent puppet was built and Lew Zealand became a regular character. [1]
Aside from his boomerang fish act, Lew supplied the Muppets with paper towels in The Great Muppet Caper, played one of the merry men in the Muppets production of Robin Hood, and told Leslie Uggams how to be a great boomerang fish thrower: "Well, you gotta have sole. And if you can't get sole, use halibut."
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:11:31 AM
Number 45 (tie)
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Sprocket
  45 Points, 1 of 13 lists, CJones
First Appearance:Fraggle Rock
Notable Appearances: A Muppet Family Christmas
Performer: Steve Whitmire
https://www.youtube.com/v/T6M_DgVdhtQ
Bio
Sprocket is an intelligent sheepdog owned by Doc on Fraggle Rock. He spends much of his time in Doc's Workshop, where his bed and food dish are, observing Doc at work. As a result, he often catches Gobo in the act of retrieving a discarded postcard from Uncle Traveling Matt.
Sprocket proves the adage that dog is man's best friend. Though he is occasionally perplexed by his owner's eccentric behavior and odd inventions, the two are inseparable. Sprocket accompanied Doc when he rented Ma Bear's farmhouse in A Muppet Family Christmas.
Outside of Fraggle Rock, Sprocket was prominently featured in A Muppet Family Christmas and appeared as a member of the Organization of Muppet Dogs in episode 110 of The Jim Henson Hour. He was also part of the chorus of dogs singing "I'm Doggin' It" with Rowlf in The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Sprocket made a cameo appearance in the very beginning and the final crowd scenes of The Muppet Christmas Carol, dressed in a suit.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 23, 2014, 10:12:00 AM
Number 44
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Ludo
  14 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #12 Mattwnelson
First Appearance:Labrinth
Performer: Ron Mueck (lead puppeteer & voice); Rob Mills (puppeteer)
https://www.youtube.com/v/LSJgFzlSSz4
Bio
Ludo is a gigantic beast in Labyrinth, whom Sarah found being tortured by goblins. After she rescued him, he became one of her traveling companions. Ludo looks monstrous, but has a gentle and playful nature, and is one of the few residents of the labyrinth who is not under Jareth's control. He speaks rudimentary broken English and refers to himself in the third person. He also has the ability to summon rocks, from small stones to boulders capable of defeating an entire goblin army. This ability proved quite useful several times during the group's journey. His name is likely derived from the board game, as a copy of it is stored on a bookshelf in Sarah's room.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 23, 2014, 11:12:13 AM
You, uh, got my list, right Anais?
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 23, 2014, 04:02:26 PM
I honestly thought I'd get MAYBE 2 of my Christmas Toy picks in this. Now it looks like they're all gonna make the cut :)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 23, 2014, 04:29:38 PM
Holy crap!  I completely forgot Mumford existed until I read this.  Even looking at him it didn't click until "a la peanut butter sandwiches"!
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 24, 2014, 06:27:24 AM
You, uh, got my list, right Anais?

Yes. What did I get wrong?
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 06:51:10 AM
I wanted to wait until Cole responded to me before I continued, but it's been a day, so I will continue.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:52:54 AM
Number 44 (tie)
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Walter
  14 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #12 Relaxing Dragon
First Appearance:The Muppets   
Notable Appearances: Muppets Most Wanted
Performer: Peter Linz
https://www.youtube.com/v/pnncNfBe3G4
Bio
With his Kermit t-shirt and watch, Walter is a devoted fan of the Muppets. The lifelong resident of Smalltown, USA, dreams of meeting his heroes one day, and feels that — just maybe — he belongs with them. So when brother Gary and his girlfriend Mary plan a trip to Los Angeles, Walter joins them with hopes of realizing his dream once and for all.
The role marks the big-screen debut for Walter, and one seemingly written for him. “I play Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan,” says the star, “which is a real coincidence, since I happen to be the world’s biggest Muppet fan and my name is Walter. It’s like I was made to play this part.”
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:53:33 AM
Number 43 (tie)
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Bean Bunny
  15 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #11 Cole
First Appearance:The Tale of the Bunny Picnic
Notable Appearances:The Jim Henson Hour, A Muppet Christmas Carol
Performer: Steve Whitmire
https://www.youtube.com/v/xm1jbg5TVdc
Bio
Bean Bunny first appeared in 1986 as the star of the TV special The Tale of the Bunny Picnic. The cute bunny was part of a family headed by Father Bunny and Mother Bunny and helped make peace with the farmer's dog.
In 1989, Bean joined the cast of The Jim Henson Hour, appearing in both the control room and "televised" portions of the MuppeTelevision segments. Although his fellow Muppets often found him to be insufferably cute, the MuppeTelevision ratings were never higher than when the station featured sex, violence and/or Bean Bunny. Whenever Bean was yelled at, particularly by Kermit, he became very scared and whimpered, mostly due to his youth and his sensitivity to noise, a common trait he shares with real bunny rabbits.
An animated version of Bean Bunny was introduced during the seventh season of Muppet Babies, and a pre-teen Bean would later be featured as part of the Muppet Kids series.
Bean was active as a major character only until Steve Whitmire took over performing Kermit the Frog (following the death of Jim Henson) while Whitmire's other character Rizzo the Rat gained higher prominence in the next Muppet production The Muppet Christmas Carol. The film was Bean's only significant role in a Muppet movie, appearing in several scenes as a hapless urchin, who on Christmas morning fetches a turkey twice his size for Scrooge.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:54:21 AM
Number 43 (tie)
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Aughra
  15 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #11 CJones
First Appearance:The Dark Crystal
Performer: Puppeteer:  Frank Oz ; Voice:  Billie Whitelaw 
https://www.youtube.com/v/C4Wl7grhX2g
Bio

Aughra embodies all races, all genders, and is the very essence of the world of Thra itself. Aughra is wise and experienced enough to know the joy of the world before the takeover by the Skeksis race. It is not clear within the scope of the movie if Aughra is indeed one of a kind, the first and last of her race.
Aughra is an old hermit woman who lives in a brain-shaped observatory atop a mountain. Her home contains a complex orrery that shows the suns, moons, stars and planets of their solar system and their relative positions and motions. She is scientist, alchemist, astronomer, wise woman and witch. She is a cantankerous old woman, but has a sense of humor. She shows no fear before the Skekses, and only anger at the Garthim for destroying her home.
Aughra lost one eye witnessing the first Great Conjunction; using her ability to remove her eyes from her head, she watched the conjunction with one of her eyes, which blinded it in the process.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:54:53 AM
Number 42 (tie)
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Crazy Harry
  17 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #9 PakMan
First Appearance:The Muppet Movie
Notable Appearances: The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted
Performer: Jerry Nelson  (1977 - 2003); Matt Vogel  (2008 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/EGmot7jKYso
Bio
Crazy Harry is the pyrotechnic expert on The Muppet Show. An unkempt figure with wild eyes and a mad cackle, he delights in blowing things up. In addition to explosions, he played the triangle bell in the Muppet Orchestra during the first season opening and closing and in the second season closing. His finest hour may well have been in episode 306, accompanying Jean Stapleton on the explodaphone for a particularly frantic rendition of "I'm Just Wild About Harry." Often, when a charater mentioned a explosion related word, Crazy Harry would appear, say, "Did somebody say (explosion related word)?", and cause an explosion.
His film appearances have included, amongst others, The Muppet Movie (as the special effects expert), The Great Muppet Caper (as a resident of the Happiness Hotel), The Muppets Take Manhattan (attending the wedding), Muppets from Space (at the beach), The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (as one of the Flying Monkeys) The Muppets (where at one point, he uses explosives to carve his head into Mount Rushmore) and most recently Muppets Most Wanted, where he sets off explosions during Christoph Waltz' number.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:55:32 AM
Number 42 (tie)
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Zoot
  17 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #9 Mattwnelson
First Appearance: The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper
Performer: Dave Goelz
https://www.youtube.com/v/CgfZVNv6w2E
Bio
Zoot is the balding, blue-haired saxophone player for the Electric Mayhem. According to his performer and builder Dave Goelz, "Zoot is just a fifty-year-old burnt-out musician."[1]
One of Zoot's trademarks is blowing small notes of music at a time. He notably blew the final note of "The Muppet Show Theme" in the closing credits on every episode of The Muppet Show (except episode 123), The Muppets Go Hollywood, and The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. Although most of his appearances were with the Electric Mayhem, Zoot was more prominently featured as an individual in the early episodes, appearing with Juliet Prowse in a blackout in episode 101, and playing a reluctant duet with Mahna Mahna in "Sax and Violence" in episode 102.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:56:06 AM
Number 42 (tie)
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The Goblins
  17 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #9 CJones
First Appearance:Labyrinth
Performer: Various
https://www.youtube.com/v/88dyduvKyPI
Bio
The goblins are a remarkably diverse race, ranging from only a few inches to several feet in height. They also have drastically different physical features, displaying a diverse range of physical characteristics. Some goblins have small eyes while others have huge, protruding ones, some have horns and wild, unkempt hair while others are completely bald.
The origin of the goblins is unclear. When Jareth is outlining to Sarah what will happen to her infant brother if she fails to rescue him, he says the baby will become "one of us" if she does not reach him in time. This can be taken to mean the baby would have been turned into a goblin had Sarah lost, which in turn implies that the goblins may have once been human children themselves. Contrary to this suggestion, Return to Labyrinth indicates that Jareth found the goblins dwelling in a swamp in a dank forest over a 1000 years prior to Sarah's wishing her brother away to him. Jareth decides to make himself the King of the goblins as he finds them amusing.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:56:40 AM
Number 42 (tie)
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Telly Monster
  17 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #9 Scott
First Appearance: Sesame Street
Notable Appearances: The Muppets take Manhattan,  Follow that Bird
Performer: Brian Muehl  (1979-1984); Martin P. Robinson  (1984-present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/71J9AldIi_E
Bio
Telly Monster is a slightly neurotic young monster who lives at 1304 Sesame Street. Telly was initially conceived as a monster obsessed with watching television; his name is short for Television Monster. In recent years, Telly has often been seen in the company of his good friend Baby Bear. Telly has a great love of triangles, and owns a pet hamster named Chuckie Sue. Telly has a favorite toy doll which he named "Freddy." When Telly was a baby monster, his favorite toy was a stuffed animal horse which he named "Clark" before he got "Freddy". In the video Bedtime Stories & Songs, when Telly comes to Big Bird's nest for a sleepover, he brings a menagerie of different stuffed animals that almost overflow the entire nest. He also plays the bassoon, the tuba and, of course, the triangle. He also occasionally appears as a Monster on the Spot reporter. He also often jumps on a pogo stick, after Mr. Handford taught him how to in a 1993 episode.  
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:57:14 AM
 
Number 42 (tie)
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Sal Minella
  17 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #9 Darth Geek
First Appearance:Muppets Tonight
Notable Appearances: Muppet Treasure Island
Performer: Brian Henson
https://www.youtube.com/v/OU6ijqgl1CQ
Bio
Sal Minella is the primate flunky, bodyguard, and all-purpose sidekick to Johnny Fiama.
The puppet used for Sal originated as a generic, unclothed monkey, performing a solo line in the opening song from Muppet Treasure Island. He was performed in this instance by Jerry Nelson.
The monkey was subsequently refitted with a vest and tie, and made his debut as Sal Minella in Muppets Tonight. Sal, who has since been performed by Brian Henson, is devoted to Johnny, though some of his ideas to promote Johnny's career are a bit harebrained.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2014, 07:57:58 AM
I will try to get some more up later today as well :)

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ScottotD on July 25, 2014, 09:01:55 AM
This list is the best!  :D
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 25, 2014, 10:25:41 AM
I love Sal. And my favorite bit with him is at the beginning of that clip.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on July 25, 2014, 10:58:12 AM
Holy crap!  I completely forgot Mumford existed until I read this.  Even looking at him it didn't click until "a la peanut butter sandwiches"!

It's one of the few things that stuck with me from Sesame Street. :)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 25, 2014, 11:00:55 AM
When I was a kid I used to love Telly.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 25, 2014, 12:26:21 PM
I like Telly, but he didn't make my list since outside of his neurosis, he is a bit dull.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 25, 2014, 04:21:03 PM
I'm really interested to see how the rest of the list turns out.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 26, 2014, 08:22:08 AM
Number 41
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Jen
  18 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #8 CJones
First Appearance:The Dark Crystal
Performer: Puppeteer:  Jim Henson ; Voice:  Stephen Garlick 
https://www.youtube.com/v/CF-53aIU5aY
Bio
Jen, a member of the Gelfling race, thought he was the only known survivor of the Garthim massacre. Jen lived most of his life in the Valley of the Mystics, whose master assigned him the task of completing his dying wish to have the missing piece of the Dark Crystal restored, ending the evil rule of the Skeksis. Jen sets out on a remarkable journey where he meets Kira, a fellow Gelfling survivor who had spent her life among the woodland creatures and animals of the Podlings. With the missing piece of the crystal in hand, Jen, Kira and Fizzgig, take on the evil Skeksis and heals the crystal.
Jen also carries with him a small double-pronged flute called a Firca which he plays.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 26, 2014, 08:22:58 AM
Number 40
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The Junk Lady
  19 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #7 CJones
First Appearance:Labyrinth
Notable Appearances: Return to Labyrinth
Performer:  Puppeteer: Karen Prell; Voiced by Denise Bryer.
https://www.youtube.com/v/8B56YRizoTc
Bio
The Junk Lady is one of the many junk people who occupy an area of the Labyrinth known as The Junk Fields. Sarah encounters The Junk Lady while wandering around the heaps of rubbish in a daze, accidentally bumping into her. The Junk Lady is irritable to begin with, and scolds Sarah for disturbing her. Then she attempts to make Sarah forget her quest by plying her with her own possessions. Despite opposing her during her quest, the Junk Lady is one of the many creatures who appears in Sarah's room at the end of the film to celebrate her victory.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 26, 2014, 08:23:49 AM
Number 39 (tie)
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Floyd Pepper
  21 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #7 Mattwnelson
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie; The Great Muppet Caper
Performer: Jerry Nelson (1975 - 2003); Matt Vogel  (2008 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/9IGkhBHsrPc
(^Floyd performing While My Guitar Gently Weeps. It’s awesome!)
Bio
Floyd Pepper is the bass player for the Electric Mayhem band on The Muppet Show. He first appeared in the 1975 pilot The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence. One of the more vocal band members, Floyd's hip sarcasm is often directed at other Muppet Show regulars, particularly Miss Piggy. Frequently paired with Janice, Floyd also has a certain influence on Animal, or at least as much as anyone can. In picture books such as The Case of the Missing Mother, or certain installments of the Muppet comic strip, Floyd is practically Animal's keeper, pulling his chain and looking after him.
Floyd's costume and last name are a reference to the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and he lists his musical influences as including Fats Waller, Fats Domino, Minnesota Fats and David “Fathead” Newman.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 26, 2014, 08:24:22 AM
Number 39 (tie)
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Elmo
  21 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #5 Lassieface
First Appearance:Sesame Street
Notable Appearances: Elmo in Grouchland, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Nightmares involving Tickle Me Elmo
Performer: Kevin Clash (1985 - 2012); Ryan Dillon (2013 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/vSYadh2xmcI
Bio
Elmo is a Muppet character on the children's television show Sesame Street. Elmo lives in an apartment on Sesame Street with his mother Mae, his father Louie, and, in some storybooks, a sister named Daisy. He has a pet goldfish named Dorothy.  He is a furry red monster with a falsetto voice, who hosts the last full fifteen minute segment on Sesame Street, Elmo's World, which is aimed at toddlers.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 26, 2014, 08:25:10 AM
I'm really curious why Elmo wasn't on more lists. Is it because of the accusations against Kevin Clash? I just don't like him because I am not a toddler.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 26, 2014, 08:26:19 AM
Number 39 (tie)
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The Two Headed Monster
  21 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #11 Kete
First Appearance:Sesame Street
https://www.youtube.com/v/qfk_FgFtk_g
Bio
The Two-Headed Monster is, as the name implies, a monster with two heads. He speaks gibberish that resembles baby talk, and many of his skits have to do with either cooperation or sounding out parts of words that suddenly show up. Skits with the Two-Headed Monster usually take place with the monster behind a brick wall, and in at least one instance, with his mother.
The creation of this monster was inspired by performers Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt playing around on the set one day, saying that they were a monster with two heads.[1] While right-handed performers use their right hands to perform the heads of characters and their left to perform left hands, whoever performs the left half of the monster performs the head with the left hand, and the right hand with their right hand.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 26, 2014, 08:30:39 AM
Number 39 (tie)
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The Two Headed Monster
  21 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #11 Kete
First Appearance:Sesame Street
https://www.youtube.com/v/qfk_FgFtk_g
Bio
Yay!  I love the two-headed monster.  It helps that as a kid, one of the monsters looked like a neighbor of mine.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on July 26, 2014, 09:14:43 AM
I'm really curious why Elmo wasn't on more lists. Is it because of the accusations against Kevin Clash? I just don't like him because I am not a toddler.

Thoughts?

I disliked Elmo long before any puppeteer scandal. His voice irritates me.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 26, 2014, 10:01:58 AM
I'm really curious why Elmo wasn't on more lists. Is it because of the accusations against Kevin Clash? I just don't like him because I am not a toddler.

Thoughts?

I disliked Elmo long before any puppeteer scandal. His voice irritates me.

Me too. His dumbing down of the series is a disservice to children.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 26, 2014, 10:29:08 AM
I think Elmo came along too late for most of us to become wrapped up in his charms. I doubt Abby, the Flying Fairy made many lists either for the same reason.

And, yeah, like Sugar Ray said, the series feels a lot less educational since Elmo hit it big.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:52:17 PM
Number 38
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Camilla The Chicken
  22 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #12 Lassieface
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Muppets from Space
Performer: Jerry Nelson (1978-2003); Matt Vogel  (2008-present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/bRY-eAxHyqY
Bio
Camilla the Chicken is the love of Gonzo's life. Her proper introduction on The Muppet Show is in episode 318 when she and Gonzo have their first date. She was previously seen and mentioned in episode 309 when Gonzo attempted to audition her and another chicken named Nellie for Liberace's concert (he eventually agrees to sign them on for his Las Vegas act).
The Muppet Movie marked Camilla's big screen debut, introduced as Gonzo's companion in his plumbing business. In The Muppets Take Manhattan, she's briefly taken hostage by Martin Price, an incident that requires Gonzo to giver her mouth-to-beak resuscitation. Performing in The Muppet Telethon in The Muppets, Camilla leads a group of chickens in singing "Forget You".
Camilla lives alone in a gazebo-like house called "Camilla's Place", where she sits on a nest in the middle of an otherwise empty floor. However, she appears to spend a good deal of time at the Bide-A-Wee Trailer Court.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:52:49 PM
Number 37
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Guy Smiley
  23 Points, 5 of 13 lists, #19 Scott
First Appearance: Sesame Street
Performer: Jim Henson  (1969-1990); Eric Jacobson  (2005-present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/PnrjzFvhFI4
Bio
Guy Smiley is, by his own account, America's Favorite Game Show Host. He has hosted such Sesame Street game shows as "Beat The Time", "Here is Your Life", "What's My Part?", and others. He approaches every hosting gig with a near-frantic level of excitement and enthusiasm.
Guy Smiley has occasionally demonstrated his musical talent on Sesame Street. His song performances include "Air" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (with Cookie Monster). His singing voice at times can go very low, very similar to Link Hogthrob's, as in "I'll Love You in Springtime" and his tribute to the winner in "The Letter of the Day Pageant." He also sang "Gone with the Wind" in the first season.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:53:31 PM
Number 36 (tie)
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Chuck Stoat
  24 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #2 Cole Stratton
First Appearance: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie
Performer: Frank Oz
https://www.youtube.com/v/eFJ2jxIe4CQ
Bio
Chuck is the stoat gang leader of the Riverbottom Gang and is the keyboard player of the Riverbottom Nightmare Band in the 1977 special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.
Chuck is an intimidating bully; he often growls that he's hungry to scare his friends into doing whatever he wants them to do.
The character's is referred to as "Chuck" in the original special; his full name has been used in the 2008 Goodspeed Opera House's stage adaptation.
On stage, the role of Chuck was spilt between a traditional hand-rod puppet and a live actor. Leo Daignault originated the role for the world premiere production.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:54:01 PM
Number 36 (tie)
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Meteora
  24 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #2 Sugar Ray Dodge
First Appearance: The Christmas Toy
Performer: Camille Bonora
https://www.youtube.com/v/yzijRD0BDS0
Bio
Meteora appeared in The Christmas Toy. As self-proclaimed Queen of the Asteroids, Meteora is an imposing action figure toy and is to be the Christmas toy for that year. She does not initially understand the concept of being a gift, and briefly menaces Rugby Tiger and the other toys. In that same special, it is revealed that Mew has a crush on her.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:54:31 PM
Number 35
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’80s Robot
  26 Points, 4 of 13 lists, #12 Kete
First Appearance:The Muppets
Performer: Matt Vogel
https://www.youtube.com/v/oe4Nbx_3iog
Bio
'80s Robot is a new character who debuted in the 2011 movie The Muppets. Unlike the principal Muppet characters, '80s Robot was designed and built by Legacy Effects. He lives in Kermit's mansion, working as a valet or manservant to Kermit after the break up of the Muppets.
'80s Robot also functions as a chauffeur, and uses his databanks and search engine to locate the Muppet troupe. As his name implies, the character resembles the many robots who dominated the toy, novelty, and pop culture landscape in the 1980s. He uses slang from the era, and offers such beverages as Tab and New Coke. (80s Robot bears an uncanny resemblance to Omnibot 2000, a robot toy made by Tomy in the 80s.)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:55:10 PM
Number 34
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The Newsman
  31 Points, 3 of 13 lists, #7 Relaxing Dragon
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances:The Great Muppet Caper, A Muppet Family Christmas, Muppets Most Wanted
Performer: Jim Henson (1976 - 1989); Steve Whitmire  (2008 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/_GTIejJnHkw
Bio
The Newsman is the weary, bespectacled Muppet News Flash anchor on The Muppet Show, debuting in the second episode. The Newsman always tried to deliver the news with accuracy, but was visibly flummoxed on camera by the day's latest bizarre story or interview. Interviews were a more common part of the News Flash in its first season, where the interviewees were portrayed by the show's guest star. From the second season onward, he suffered from a nasty streak of bad luck that usually culminated in some person or object - somehow related to the day's story - falling on his head.
For example, a plea to return missing library books results in a pile of books falling on the Newsman from seemingly out of nowhere, and a stock market report that beef is falling dramatically causes a cow to plummet upon his person. One Muppet Show episode had random objects falling on another Muppet, which causes Kermit to question what is happening, as "things are only supposed to fall on the Newsman!"
One would think the solution would be to give up the news after so many mishaps (but that would obviously end the sketches), but due to either dedication to his craft or a limited sense of self-preservation, the Newsman keeps plugging along.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:55:39 PM
Number 33
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Emmet Otter
  32 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #1 Cole Stratton
First Appearance: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Notable Appearances:
Performer:Jerry Nelson
https://www.youtube.com/v/6uFy_LDrgm4
Bio
Emmet Otter is the protagonist of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Emmet has been raised by his mother, Alice Otter, ever since his Pa passed away. He does odd jobs for money using Pa Otter's old tool box - including mending Old Lady Possum's fence and Sam Turtle's stairs.
Emmet would love to own that guitar with the mother of pearl inlays he saw at The Music Store in Waterville. However nothing would make him happier than to buy his Ma a decent Christmas present, something he was never able to give his Pa.
Emmet enjoys singing, and he plays the washtub bass as a member of the Frogtown Jubilee Jug Band. After participating in the annual Waterville talent contest, the Band (along with Alice Otter) were hired by Doc Bullfrog for a permanent gig singing and playing at the Riverside Rest.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:56:26 PM
Number 32
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Robin
  38 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #4 Anais
First Appearance:The Frog Prince
Notable Appearances:The Muppet Christmas Carol, Rocky Mountain Holiday
Performer: Jerry Nelson  (1971 – 2003); Matt Vogel  (2008 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/HAdSQjkA-FU
Bio
Robin the Frog is Kermit's nephew, a kind and clever kid who sometimes feels unnoticed because of his small size. Robin likes to spend time with his uncle Kermit, his friend Sweetums, and his boys' club, the Frog Scouts.
Robin made his debut in the 1971 television special The Frog Prince, as the prince-turned-to-frog. In this special, while he was voiced by Jerry Nelson, the puppetry was performed by Frank Oz.  Although he made a few appearances on The Muppet Show's first season, his relationship to Kermit was not established until episode 212. The episode's story involves Robin's plans to run away until Bernadette Peters encouraged him to believe in himself by singing "Just One Person."
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 27, 2014, 12:57:10 PM
Number 31
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Link Hogthrob
  41 Points, 5 of 13 lists, #5 Darth Geek
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances:The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted
Performer: Jim Henson  (1977 - 1990); Steve Whitmire  (2000 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/lCUWwKqWVU0
Bio
Link Hogthrob is the blonde, cleft-chinned pig with a high opinion of himself on The Muppet Show. He debuted in the second season as the not-so-fearless captain of the Swinetrek, where his unbridled machismo was often a source of conflict with his co-star, First Mate Piggy.
Unlike Dr. Julius Strangepork, whose role on The Muppet Show would be primarily relegated to the Pigs in Space sketches, Link would feature regularly both in the show's on stage acts and backstage mayhem. When numbers were consisted of assorted pigs, Link was usually with them.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 27, 2014, 01:29:48 PM
OH YES! A BUNCH of my picks just made the cut. Since Meteora was my #2 and Rugby CERTAINLY wasn't my #1, I'm interested to know where he ends up on this thing and who else had him on their list. :)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 27, 2014, 05:40:22 PM
Link is AWESOME! He's my Dad's favorite. It's all in the voice and the pomposity. Unfortunately the new person who voiced him (for only one line) in Muppets Most Wanted was terrible. It didn't sound like him at all.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 27, 2014, 06:34:57 PM
I thought about '80s Robot (My favorite gag from The Muppets) but he just didn't quite feel like a proper Muppet to me.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on July 27, 2014, 08:05:27 PM
I, on the other hand, wish I had thought of 80's Robot. Being a child of the 80's and all. I can't even remember what TAB tasted like. But I remember the fiasco with New Coke. I was at Six Flags over Atlanta that year, and they were handing the stuff out for free. Unfortunately, "Classic" Coke isn't really Old Coke either. High fructose corn syrup is not the same thing as sugar.

Ironically, Dr Pepper celebrated a recent anniversary by selling "real" Dr Pepper (with sugar). My dad was right, it was much better than the current stuff. And now Pepsi is doing the same thing.

To soft drink companies: USE REAL SUGAR. Soft Drinks made with corn syrup taste like Karo syrup. I used to think my dad just had delusions of the past as he wanted to remember it. I was wrong. 
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: The Lurker on July 27, 2014, 08:15:32 PM
There's some places that sell Coke with sugar, like grocery stores with a latin foods section.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2014, 07:34:41 AM
Number 40 (Updated)
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Marjory (The Trash Heap)
 19 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #7 CJones
First Appearance: Fraggle Rock
Performer:Jerry Nelson
https://www.youtube.com/v/AKXfSNDggi4
Bio
Marjory the Trash Heap is a large, matronly, sentient compost heap from Fraggle Rock. According to her rat-like companions Philo and Gunge, who serve as her shills, the Trash Heap knows all and sees all. In fact, Marjory is all: "I'm orange peels, I'm coffee grounds, I'm wisdom!" She serves as an oracle to the Fraggles, dispensing advice and wise sayings, and the Fraggles stand in awe and reverence of her. However, the trash heap lives outside the caves of Fraggle Rock, residing in a corner of the Gorgs' Garden. This makes any journey to seek her wisdom perilous, as the Fraggles must sneak past Junior Gorg.
Marjory's pronouncements "sound a little like Dear Abby on a bad day," according to the presentation booklet used to pitch the series. Her advice usually proves beneficial, though her audience occasionally mistakes practical suggestions for magic spells. She does occasionally supply the Fraggles with "magic" objects such as a lucky blanket or Love Potion No. 9, and does appear to have some magical ability, such as the ability to teleport objects or Fraggles and to speak to someone telepathically, either while awake or in their dreams. Though Marjory enjoys her work, she frequently attempts to offer not just temporary solutions but to encourage the Fraggles and the other species to come together in harmony, and to become more self-reliant.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2014, 07:35:27 AM
Number 30
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Rugby the Tiger
  42 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #4 Cole
First Appearance:The Christmas Toy
Notable Appearances:The Secret Life of Toys
Performer:Dave Goelz
https://www.youtube.com/v/ctp3B9fXveg
Bio
Rugby Tiger is a plush tiger doll. He's the star of the 1986 special The Christmas Toy, and the 1994 spin-off series The Secret Life of Toys.
Rugby is one of the newest toys in the playroom. He is young, mischievous, adventurous and quite self-conceited. He was Jamie's favorite Christmas toy in The Christmas Toy.
In The Secret Life of Toys, Rugby takes great pride in being "plush". His tail is detachable.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2014, 07:36:06 AM
Number 29
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Hoggle
  44 Points, 3 of 13 lists, #9 Anais
First Appearance:Labyrinth
Performer: Shari Weiser (body); Brian Henson (face and voice)
https://www.youtube.com/v/uzsrucXl2uM
Bio
Hoggle is a dwarf who is a resident of Jareth's Labyrinth. He has various odd jobs, such as exterminating fairies, and collects shiny objects.
Although at first he acts callously toward Sarah, when she tricks him into helping her through the labyrinth, they develop a budding friendship, and soon Hoggle finds that he has to overcome his cowardice and choose between that friendship and his fear-induced loyalty to the Goblin King. Hoggle is also terrified of the Bog of Eternal Stench, which makes it Jareth's most effective threat against him.
In the film, Jareth and Sarah often have difficulty remembering Hoggle's name, so he is referred to as Higgle, Hogwart, Hedgewart, and Hogbrain, to which he retorts "(It's) Hoggle!"
The full-bodied Hoggle puppet is currently on display at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2014, 07:36:51 AM
Number 28
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Yoda (Y-O-D-A, Yoda)
  49 Points, 4 of 13 lists, #7 Scott
First Appearance:The Emperor Strikes Back
Notable Appearances:The Return of the Jedi
Performer:Frank Oz
https://www.youtube.com/v/xMpDHEVaI1k
Bio
Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars space opera franchise created by George Lucas, first appearing in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. In the original films, he trains Luke Skywalker to fight against the evil Galactic Empire. In the prequel films, he serves as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order and as a High-ranking General of Clone Troopers in the Clone Wars.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2014, 07:37:31 AM
Number 27
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Scooter
  50 Points, 3 of 13 lists, #5 CJones
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances:The Muppet Movie, Muppet Wizard of Oz, The Muppets
Performer: Richard Hunt  (1976-1991); David Rudman  (2008-present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/NOZRcJiRQ3g
Bio
Scooter serves as a "gofer" backstage on The Muppet Show, and appeared from the first produced episode through the end of the series. Possessing glasses with eyes embedded in the lenses and generally wearing a green track jacket, Scooter is a vaguely humanoid character of unknown heritage (as cited in Of Muppets and Men, when pressed about his family, he explained that his mother was a parrot but he didn't know about his father).
Although occasionally seen in production numbers, his primary role lay in the backstage plots. From the second through the fourth seasons, Scooter appeared in the opening, acting as call boy and delivering a brisk "15 seconds to curtain" to the guest star. According to The Muppet Show Style Book, Scooter is about 14 years old.
Scooter's position at The Muppet Theater is as general aide and gofer ("...I'll go fer coffee; I'll go fer sandwiches; I'll go for anything you need...") Although initially hired because his uncle, J. P. Grosse, owns The Muppet Theater, Scooter holds on to his job through both nepotism and efficiency. Scooter had been around since the first (production) episode, but his proper introduction, including his hiring and identification as J. P. Grosse's nephew, occurs in episode 106. Scooter's family connections served as a running gag, especially during the first season.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2014, 07:38:07 AM
Number 26
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Rizzo the Rat
  52 Points, 6 of 13 lists, #6 Cole
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances:Muppets Take Manhattan, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island
Performer:Steve Whitmire
https://www.youtube.com/v/-qyE2cbplGc
Bio
Rizzo the Rat is a rat who has a tendency to crack mocking jokes at others or make fun of them. Sometimes, as seen in The Muppets Take Manhattan, he tries to cheat people into getting something he wants. However, he also has a sensitive side (according to Tim Hill and Gonzo during an audio commentary for Muppets from Space) and is good friends with a couple of characters. He was created by Steve Whitmire after he took a fascination to a bunch of old rat puppets made from bottles by Don Sahlin for The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. Whitmire made costumes for Rizzo, and the Muppet Show Fan Club newsletter (vol. 2, no. 4, 1980) claimed that "It is Rizzo's greatest ambition to wear a different costume every time he appears in a shot! Watch out for this well-dressed rodent -- he has every intention of succeeding. Rat on, Rizzo!"
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2014, 07:39:01 AM
Number 25
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Sweetums
  53 Points, 8 of 13 lists, #11 Johnny Unusual
First Appearance:The Frog Prince
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Muppet Show
Performer: Richard Hunt (1975 - 1991); John Henson (1991 - 2005); Matt Vogel  (2009 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/XDm0ZOpGy1o
Bio 
Sweetums is a large, hairy ogre who towers above his human and Muppet co-stars. His bulldog-like lower jaw, thick eyebrows, shabby brown shirt, and threatening expression belie his more or less genial nature.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 28, 2014, 08:48:30 AM
I love Sweetums. Though he might be the most physically imposing, he's a monster who seems nice, gentle and a good guy to hang out with.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on July 28, 2014, 09:08:24 AM
Number 40 (Updated)
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Marjory (The Trash Heap)
 19 Points, 1 of 13 lists, #7 CJones
First Appearance: Fraggle Rock
Performer:Jerry Nelson

Thanks for that Anais. You really are the coolest butterfly  :)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 28, 2014, 09:40:30 AM
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I can't beleive I forgot Yoda.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 28, 2014, 11:50:22 AM
Number 30
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Rugby the Tiger
  42 Points, 2 of 13 lists, #4 Cole
First Appearance:The Christmas Toy
Notable Appearances:The Secret Life of Toys
Performer:Dave Goelz
https://www.youtube.com/v/ctp3B9fXveg
Bio
Rugby Tiger is a plush tiger doll. He's the star of the 1986 special The Christmas Toy, and the 1994 spin-off series The Secret Life of Toys.
Rugby is one of the newest toys in the playroom. He is young, mischievous, adventurous and quite self-conceited. He was Jamie's favorite Christmas toy in The Christmas Toy.
In The Secret Life of Toys, Rugby takes great pride in being "plush". His tail is detachable.
YES YES YES! He was my #6 and I was SURE I'd be the only one with him on my list. And it turns out Cole ranked him higher than I did. I feel kinda bad now BUT STILL! HOORAY RUGBY!
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 28, 2014, 12:01:27 PM
I have vague memories of "A Christmas Toy." I remember liking it, but then being horribly traumatized by something and never wanting to watch it again.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: RoninFox on July 28, 2014, 12:05:00 PM
The prospect of the toys becoming "frozen forever" if the humans see them move might have done it, I remember that scaring me when I was very young seeing it for the first time.  They really treated it like a death in the show, even if the frozen toys came back at the end.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 28, 2014, 12:52:48 PM
That sounds about right. Did one of the main characters get frozen? I think I might have watched up to that point, turned the channel in horror, and never found out that everyone was OK.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 28, 2014, 01:17:29 PM
I heart Rugby the Tiger! I really love a lot of Dave Goelz muppets. Speaking of -- if you guys are in the San Francisco Bay Area at all, we are doing a 35th Anniversary Family Matinee Screening of The Muppet Movie with Dave Goelz in person at the beautiful Castro Theatre. It's only ten bucks! It's Saturday, August 16th at 11 am. Info at sfsketchfest.com!

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Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 28, 2014, 03:01:42 PM
Oh, I wish I could.  That would be sensational.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 28, 2014, 05:52:20 PM
Me too! Goelz is one of the very very original puppeteers and he must be just full of interesting stories.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 29, 2014, 12:30:18 AM
Just ordered tickets to that. Should be a great time.

In the meantime, I'm finally back after a long weekend, and I can finally start commenting on the list. Which looks good so far! Especially with all the ties, which means there's a whole lot more to see (something I normally don't go for in LoCs, but dammit, I just can't say no to more Muppets). Plus it just reminds me how big the Muppet family is, and how each and every one of them is so delightful. Also, I think a lot of you are being too hard on Elmo. I think he does good work for his 2-3 year old target audience, even if he's no match for the likes of Big Bird or others when it comes to learning down the line.

I personally believe that the Muppet Newsman should've been higher, and actually regret not placing him higher on my own list. He had that perfect tone for deadpan absurdity, and I'd say that some of the funniest Muppet moments come out of his News Flashes. Much of it coming from his barely-contained frustration at dealing with the aforementioned absurdity.

And much like Darth Geek, I can't believe I forgot Yoda. I guess I just entirely forgot that he counts at all, since he just seems so far from what I consider a true Muppet.

I have no real excuse for forgetting Crazy Harry, though. That's just a bad move on my part.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 29, 2014, 05:55:34 AM
That clip with the Muppet Newsman segments didn't include my favorite. Which was just him coming in "Here's a Muppet News Flash" and the paper he is holding quickly goes up in flames. "There it was, folks."

Also, I don't know where SRD got those descriptions (probably the Muppet Wiki), but this was hilarious:
but due to either dedication to his craft or a limited sense of self-preservation, the Newsman keeps plugging along.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on July 29, 2014, 09:22:29 AM
There's some places that sell Coke with sugar, like grocery stores with a latin foods section.
Yup, Mexican Coke. I order it by the case once a month from my local store. Frigging incredible.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: RoninFox on July 29, 2014, 09:34:17 AM
That sounds about right. Did one of the main characters get frozen? I think I might have watched up to that point, turned the channel in horror, and never found out that everyone was OK.

Yeah it was Mew, the toy mouse, they pretty much had a funeral for him where he was carted to the side of the room with the other frozen toys on a train, then those toys came back on Christmas morning.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 29, 2014, 09:37:53 AM
That sounds about right. Did one of the main characters get frozen? I think I might have watched up to that point, turned the channel in horror, and never found out that everyone was OK.

Yeah it was Mew, the toy mouse, they pretty much had a funeral for him where he was carted to the side of the room with the other frozen toys on a train, then those toys came back on Christmas morning.
Yeah, I saw that movie for the first time a few years ago and I really liked it. Except for that part of the ending. That was bullshit.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on July 29, 2014, 09:56:51 AM
There's some places that sell Coke with sugar, like grocery stores with a latin foods section.
Yup, Mexican Coke. I order it by the case once a month from my local store. Frigging incredible.

Oh yeah, I remember that from the Top 50 Beverages list (the first list I contributed to).
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 29, 2014, 03:20:38 PM
That clip with the Muppet Newsman segments didn't include my favorite. Which was just him coming in "Here's a Muppet News Flash" and the paper he is holding quickly goes up in flames. "There it was, folks."

Also, I don't know where SRD got those descriptions (probably the Muppet Wiki), but this was hilarious:
but due to either dedication to his craft or a limited sense of self-preservation, the Newsman keeps plugging along.

The Bios are from Muppet Wiki, and I didn't see that Muppet News Flash you mentioned, but please post it if you find it :)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 29, 2014, 03:21:09 PM
Number 24
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Sir Didymus
  57 Points, 3 of 13 lists, #3 Anais
First Appearance:Labyrinth
Performer: Dave Goelz  (puppeteer); David Barclay (puppeteer); David Shaughnessy (voice)
https://www.youtube.com/v/rUYib78wuiU
Bio
Sir Didymus is a fox-terrier in Labyrinth, as specified by the presskit, who believes he is a great and chivalrous knight. He has a canine steed named Ambrosius, and has the job of guarding the bridge that crosses over the Bog of Eternal Stench.
Didymus is brave to a fault, being the first to rush into a dangerous situation and the last to back out (if he ever does back out), with no regard at all to personal safety. He follows a strict chivalric code and once he sets his mind to something, one would be hard-pressed to get him to stop (although asking nicely seems to work).
Didymus is not one of Jareth's underlings. After some persuasion from Sarah, he and Ambrosius joined her group of comrades, referring to her as "my lady."
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 29, 2014, 03:21:48 PM
Number 23
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Pepe the King Prawn
  59 Points, 5 of 13 lists, #1 Lassieface
First Appearance:Muppets Tonight
Notable Appearances: Muppets from Space, Muppets Most Wanted
Performer: Bill Barretta
https://www.youtube.com/v/Pa_HT9vQiLw
Bio
Pepe the King Prawn, whose full name is Pepino Rodrigo Serrano Gonzales, started life in Madrid, Spain. He worked as a chef, before moving to Hollywood and following his true calling in show business. In a TVGuide.com chat in 1999, he remarked, "There were one too many close calls in the kitchen. I was mistaken for an appetizer, okay."
The four-armed Pepe is very proud of being a king prawn, and takes great offense if anyone refers to him as a shrimp ("I am not a shrimp! I am a king prawn, okay?"). He speaks with a heavy Spanish accent, often punctuating his sentences with "...okay?" Due to his sometimes impenetrable accent, Pepe calls the Muppets "Muffins" or "Muppens", and he regularly calls Kermit "Kermin", Fozzie Bear "Fotzie", and Rizzo "Ritzo". He also referred to Scooter as "Scooper" in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz and promos for Muppets Most Wanted. He doesn't even pronouce Walter correctly, and instead calls him "Howard."
Pepe is in love with Hollywood, and expects he will earn several Oscar nominations (for good looks, acting and choreography. And foley.). His influences include Dick van Dyke, Marlon Brando, Ruth Buzzi, Topo Gigio, and Mighty Mouse.  He has also referred to Ricky Martin on at least two separate occasions. In his TVGuide.com chat, he challenged the pop star to a sing-off, and in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, he was invited to shake his "bon bons" at Ricky Martin's South Beach Christmas party.
Pepe is the author of the book It's Hard Out Here for a Shrimp.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 29, 2014, 03:22:21 PM
Number 22
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Janice
  61 Points, 7 of 13 lists, #6 Anais
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan
Performer: Richard Hunt  (1977 - 1991); David Rudman (2008 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/hsG5p-Hsmrg
Bio
Janice is the lead guitar player in the Electric Mayhem on The Muppet Show. She also portrays Nurse Janice in Veterinarian's Hospital, and appears in various other sketches, frequently as a chorus member. She is occasionally seen in the orchestra during the fifth season of the show. She has a very close relationship with the Electric Mayhem's bass player, Floyd Pepper (although, in the first season of The Muppet Show, she's involved with Zoot in the At the Dance sketch).
In addition to the guitar, Janice has also played the tambourine with the Mayhem, and the trumpet or trombone with the orchestra. In personality, Janice is generally laid-back, noted for her Valley girl "Fer sure" and "Rully" dialogue and behavior (such as tanning herself in The Great Muppet Caper). Twice in the Muppet movies, when caught short during a loud and confusing group discussion, Janice has inadvertently revealed her attitudes towards nudity. In The Great Muppet Caper, she's interrupted while justifying a willingness to walk along the beach naked to her mother, while in The Muppets Take Manhattan, she claims that she doesn't pose naked, "even if it is artistic." Janice also has an affinity for baking, at least during the holidays: in A Muppet Family Christmas, she makes Christmas cookies that are eaten by Cookie Monster, while she brings cupcakes to the party in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. She lists Tina Turner and Joan Jett among her musical influences, and Weezer and OK Go as some of her favorite current bands.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 29, 2014, 03:22:46 PM
Number 21
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The Yip Yips (The Martians)
  66 Points, 5 of 13 lists, #3 Relaxing Dragon
First Appearance: Sesame Street
Notable Appearances: Elmopalooza
Performer: Multiple performers have taken on the characters, including Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Martin P. Robinson, Kevin Clash, David Rudman, Julianne Buescher, John Tartaglia, Eric Jacobson,Matt Vogel and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph.
https://www.youtube.com/v/4qxWGr8VhzQ
Bio
The Martians, sometimes called "the Yip-Yips", are interplanetary visitors, presumed to be from the planet Mars, who are terrified by things like clocks, telephones and computers on Sesame Street. They rarely come face-to-face with other characters on the show.
In their skits, these creatures, with squid-like tentacles, large eyes, and antennae, materialize into a room and converse with each other in their native tongue: "Yip-yip-yip-yip... Uh-huh. Uh-huh," done in monotone voices. They often come across common objects and, curious as to their names and functions, the Martians will consult a book presumably containing information about things on Earth. In one skit, for example, the Martians call a computer a television and a typewriter before deciding what it actually is.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 29, 2014, 03:23:24 PM
Number 20
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Skeksis
  66 Points, 5 of 13 lists, #4 CJones
First Appearance: The Dark Crystal
Performer: Various
https://www.youtube.com/v/WVIrGONcCu4
Bio
The Skeksis is the villainous race in The Dark Crystal, one of two species to emerge when the Crystal cracked and divided the urSkeks.
The creatures are described in detail in the book The Making of the Dark Crystal: "For every Mystic there was a corresponding Skeksis... The Skeksis had control of the castle where the Crystal was kept; in its chamber they practiced their evil arts, hating each other as much as they hated the rest of the world."
Possessing all of the negative attributes of society, and none of the positive ones, the Skeksis live out a superficial existence of intrigue and plots against each other while struggling to retain their grip on Thra. They keep essence-drained Podlings as slaves, have their own personal army in the Garthim, and absolutely despise Gelflings, a race they think they have completely exterminated. There were originally eighteen Skeksis, but by the time of the Great Conjunction when they rejoined the Mystics, only eight remained. Skeksis is both singular and plural, but the plural form is pronounced 'Skek-sees'.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: The Lurker on July 29, 2014, 03:39:40 PM
Number 20
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Skeksis
  66 Points, 5 of 13 lists, #4 CJones
First Appearance: The Dark Crystal
Performer: Various
https://www.youtube.com/v/WVIrGONcCu4
Bio
The Skeksis is the villainous race in The Dark Crystal, one of two species to emerge when the Crystal cracked and divided the urSkeks.
The creatures are described in detail in the book The Making of the Dark Crystal: "For every Mystic there was a corresponding Skeksis... The Skeksis had control of the castle where the Crystal was kept; in its chamber they practiced their evil arts, hating each other as much as they hated the rest of the world."
Possessing all of the negative attributes of society, and none of the positive ones, the Skeksis live out a superficial existence of intrigue and plots against each other while struggling to retain their grip on Thra. They keep essence-drained Podlings as slaves, have their own personal army in the Garthim, and absolutely despise Gelflings, a race they think they have completely exterminated. There were originally eighteen Skeksis, but by the time of the Great Conjunction when they rejoined the Mystics, only eight remained. Skeksis is both singular and plural, but the plural form is pronounced 'Skek-sees'.

That scene freaked me out when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on July 29, 2014, 04:22:27 PM
Interesting fact about the Skeksis. They originally had their own language. But the studio decided that having the Skeksis speak in subtitles would hurt their core demographic. I can't say I blame them for that.

However, there are a few scenes that were recorded before this decision was made.

https://www.youtube.com/v/qUryY7oN7kg

 
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 29, 2014, 04:23:55 PM
I didn't include any of the creature workshop creatures but I might have if I remembered Sir Didymus.  The Yip Yips didn't make my list either but they were on my top 50 aliens list from way back when.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 30, 2014, 07:31:48 AM
I must be the only contributor who didn't have a single Dark Crystal entry on his list. That's okay, though, to each his own. I was more focused on A Christmas Toy and Muppet Family Christmas.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ScottotD on July 30, 2014, 07:36:48 AM
Late on this but Wayne and Wanda (as well as the Newsman) I think started my love of dark comedy, still remember laughing as 'church people' died in a variety of ways.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 30, 2014, 10:26:03 AM
I think my list had a specific Skeksis on it (the Chamberlain I believe), I wonder if that was counted towards the species as a whole. Which is fine by me, since I love all those creepy, kinda beaky, kinda scaly, kinda feathery bastards.

As for the Yip-Yips, they are just great. Both as surprisingly-simple-yet-effective cosplay outfits and for producing just the right sort of gibberish that can come up organically in conversation with just about anyone, who will then start to chant along with you (be it "noope nope nope nope nope" or "yip yip yip yip").

Also also, I love you Sir Didymus! Best knight there ever was, and probably the only non-Bowie part of that movie that really made an impression on me.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 30, 2014, 04:32:46 PM
I don't get why people love Sir Didymus. I always found him annoying. Same thing with Reepicheep in that awful TCON: Prince Caspian movie.
I can appreciate not letting your enemy's size make you fearful, but he just leaps headlong into fights without a thought. There's a fine line between bravery and foolishness, and it's about a foot above your head!
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on July 30, 2014, 08:56:40 PM
But it's a fox... on a hound...

Yeah, I didn't really like him either.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 06:24:04 AM
like Sir Didymus because of his loyalty to Sarah...and because he is a fox riding a dog. LOVE IT!
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 07:02:07 AM
Number 19
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Dr. Bunsen Honeydew*
  87 Points, 8 of 13 lists, #8 Darth Geek
First Appearance: The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, Muppet Christmas Carol
Performer: Dave Goelz
https://www.youtube.com/v/4QrelL9fOjY
Bio
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew is the resident scientist on The Muppet Show, and the host of the Muppet Labs sketches. In season one of The Muppet Show he worked alone, but in season two, his assistant Beaker was added to the show. Bunsen is always eager to show off his latest scientific discovery, but his excitement about progress tends to render him short-sighted. Beaker usually ends up being harmed by Dr. Honeydew's inventions. Bunsen Honeydew's name comes from the scientific instrument called the Bunsen burner, and the shape of his head, which looks like a honeydew melon.
Bunsen's inventions have included a gorilla detector, exploding clothes, edible paper clips, a banana sharpener, hair-growing tonic, and a machine that can turn gold into cottage cheese.
He has appeared in every Muppet movie, often with a large role contributing to the film's plot. In The Muppet Movie, Kermit the Frog meets Bunsen and Beaker in an old ghost town, where Honeydew shows off his latest invention, "Insta-Grow Pills," which can temporarily make things grow bigger. In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Bunsen and Beaker portray charity workers. In Muppets from Space, Bunsen invents a number of devices for the Muppets to use when they rescue Gonzo.
*The answer to “Who is Beaker’s boss? A question which got Brett killed (Archer reference)

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 07:02:42 AM
Number 18
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Snuffleupagus
  88 Points, 7 of 13 lists, #8 PakMan
First Appearance: Sesame Street
Notable Appearances: Follow the Bird
Performer: Jerry Nelson  (1971 - 1978), Michael Earl (1978 - 1980), Martin P. Robinson (1980 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/iHHAQ01eijQ
Bio
Mr. Snuffleupagus is a full-bodied Muppet character who lives with his family in a cave just off of Sesame Street. Snuffleupagus is his species as well as his last name.
His full name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus, although his friends call him Snuffy. He is eternally 4 years old, and celebrates his birthday on August 19. Snuffy's best friend is Big Bird, who he affectionately calls "Bird." His favorite foods are cabbage and spaghetti. In the fifth season premiere, he revealed that he also drinks sasafrass tea. He has a little sister named Alice and a friend named Rosalyn.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 07:03:14 AM
Number 17
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Dr. Teeth
  89 Points, 7 of 13 lists, #1 Mattwnelson
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper
Performer: Jim Henson (1975-1990); Bill Barretta (2005-present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/8nrSfC76lLI
Bio
Dr. Teeth is the leader of the Electric Mayhem, the house band on The Muppet Show. Originally performed by Jim Henson, Dr. Teeth plays the keyboard and is also lead singer of the band. He first appeared in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence in 1975, and had a prominent role in Muppet productions until Henson's death in 1990.
Dr. Teeth is green-skinned and red-haired with, as his name suggests, a large grinning mouth of teeth, including one gold tooth on his upper jaw. He wears a scruffy beard, a fur vest, a striped shirt, and a floppy purple top hat, though during the 1980s he switched to wearing a black leather vest. He has very long arms so additional puppeteers are required to guide them; this design enabled Henson to work the Teeth puppet while another performer acted as Teeth's "hands" in order to play the keyboard.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 07:04:12 AM
Number 16
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Bert and Ernie
 91 Points, 7 of 13 lists, #1 Sugar Ray Dodge
First Appearance:Sesame Street
Notable Appearance: Follow that Bird
Performer: Bert: Frank Oz (1969 - present); Eric Jacobson  (1997 - present)
Ernie: Jim Henson (1969 - 1990); Steve Whitmire (1993 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/YpozspIMH9E
Bio
Ernie and Bert are two Muppet characters who are major characters on the popular U.S. children's television show Sesame Street that appear together in numerous skits.
Bert is Ernie's best friend and roommate on Sesame Street. The pair share the basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street. In contrast to the practical-joking, extroverted Ernie, Bert is serious, studious, and tries to make sense of his friend's actions. His own passions include reading Boring Stories, collecting paper clips and bottle caps (especially the rare Figgy Fizz), consuming oatmeal, and studying pigeons. While Ernie's best companion outside of Bert is Rubber Duckie, Bert has his pet pigeon, Bernice. True to his detail-oriented, organized mind, Bert is president of the National Association of W Lovers. Unfortunately for Bert, his nose has come off of his face on a number of occasions. He has a distinctive, bleating laugh.
While Ernie has appeared in many of scenes without Bert, Bert has not been seen without Ernie quite so often. Notable exceptions include the songs "Doin' the Pigeon," "The Subway," "Bert's Blanket," and "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello" with Rick Moranis, as well as occasional Muppet/Kid scenes, such as discussing emotions with John John.
Ernie has been one of the stars of Sesame Street since its first episode in 1969. Ernie and his best friend Bert share the basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street. Together they form a comic duo that is one of the program's centerpieces, with Ernie acting the role of the naïve trouble-maker and Bert the world-weary foil.
Ernie is well known for his fondness for baths with his Rubber Duckie, and for trying to learn to play the saxophone although he wouldn't "put down the duckie." Ernie is also known for keeping Bert awake at night, for reasons such as wanting to play the drums, wanting to count something (like sheep), to observe something like a blackout, or even because he is waiting for his upstairs neighbor to drop his shoes.
He has a distinctive, chuckling laugh (a trait he shares with his baby cousin Ernestine).
Many Ernie and Bert sketches involve Ernie wanting to play a game with Bert, who would much rather do something else (like read). Ernie keeps annoying Bert with the game until Bert joins in -- and usually, by the time Bert starts enjoying the game, Ernie is tired of playing the game and wants to do something else. Other sketches have involved them sharing some food by dividing it equally, only for one of them to have a bit more than the other, leading Ernie to make it even by eating the extra piece.
Ernie has also frequently made appearances without Bert. He has regularly appeared in skits with Cookie Monster, Sherlock Hemlock and Lefty the Salesman.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 07:04:37 AM
I will post 15-11 later today :)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 31, 2014, 07:51:10 AM
Bunsen Honeydew is AWESOME! I see a lot of myself in him.
I think the most brilliant part of the Muppet Labs segments is that sometimes his inventions work, and sometimes they don't. The best example of this is the segment which has both Non-flammable Paper, which does NOT work, and catches on fire, and Flammable Water, which DOES work, and catches on fire. To Beeker's detriment, of course.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ScottotD on July 31, 2014, 07:53:15 AM
Can't believe I forgot Dr. Teeth  :'(
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 31, 2014, 07:54:54 AM
And the Dr. Teeth clip anais posted is definitely my favorite song he did.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 31, 2014, 08:36:37 AM
Number 16
 (http://www.thewrap.com/sites/default/files/bert-and-ernie.jpg)
Bert and Ernie
 91 Points, 7 of 13 lists, #1 Sugar Ray Dodge
First Appearance:Sesame Street
Notable Appearance: Follow that Bird
Performer: Bert: Frank Oz (1969 - present); Eric Jacobson  (1997 - present)
Ernie: Jim Henson (1969 - 1990); Steve Whitmire (1993 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/YpozspIMH9E
Bio
Ernie and Bert are two Muppet characters who are major characters on the popular U.S. children's television show Sesame Street that appear together in numerous skits.
Bert is Ernie's best friend and roommate on Sesame Street. The pair share the basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street. In contrast to the practical-joking, extroverted Ernie, Bert is serious, studious, and tries to make sense of his friend's actions. His own passions include reading Boring Stories, collecting paper clips and bottle caps (especially the rare Figgy Fizz), consuming oatmeal, and studying pigeons. While Ernie's best companion outside of Bert is Rubber Duckie, Bert has his pet pigeon, Bernice. True to his detail-oriented, organized mind, Bert is president of the National Association of W Lovers. Unfortunately for Bert, his nose has come off of his face on a number of occasions. He has a distinctive, bleating laugh.
While Ernie has appeared in many of scenes without Bert, Bert has not been seen without Ernie quite so often. Notable exceptions include the songs "Doin' the Pigeon," "The Subway," "Bert's Blanket," and "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello" with Rick Moranis, as well as occasional Muppet/Kid scenes, such as discussing emotions with John John.
Ernie has been one of the stars of Sesame Street since its first episode in 1969. Ernie and his best friend Bert share the basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street. Together they form a comic duo that is one of the program's centerpieces, with Ernie acting the role of the naïve trouble-maker and Bert the world-weary foil.
Ernie is well known for his fondness for baths with his Rubber Duckie, and for trying to learn to play the saxophone although he wouldn't "put down the duckie." Ernie is also known for keeping Bert awake at night, for reasons such as wanting to play the drums, wanting to count something (like sheep), to observe something like a blackout, or even because he is waiting for his upstairs neighbor to drop his shoes.
He has a distinctive, chuckling laugh (a trait he shares with his baby cousin Ernestine).
Many Ernie and Bert sketches involve Ernie wanting to play a game with Bert, who would much rather do something else (like read). Ernie keeps annoying Bert with the game until Bert joins in -- and usually, by the time Bert starts enjoying the game, Ernie is tired of playing the game and wants to do something else. Other sketches have involved them sharing some food by dividing it equally, only for one of them to have a bit more than the other, leading Ernie to make it even by eating the extra piece.
Ernie has also frequently made appearances without Bert. He has regularly appeared in skits with Cookie Monster, Sherlock Hemlock and Lefty the Salesman.
I didn't know we were counting them as a pair, which is totally fine, so I ranked Bert #1 and Ernie #3.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 09:27:03 AM
We had a discussion about counting Bert and Ernie together on the other thread. For people who ranked them separately, I counted them as one entry for the highest number.

So for Sugar Ray, they got the points for #1. Then Sugar Ray just didn't have an entry for #3.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 09:27:23 AM
Number 15
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Grover
 96 Points, 8 of 13 lists, #8 Kete
First Appearance:Sesame Street
Notable Appearances: The Monster at the End of this Book (Best Book Eva!)
Performer: Frank Oz (1970 - present); Eric Jacobson (1998 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/VnGzpoDK_xQ
Bio
Grover is a Sesame Street character who describes himself as a "cute, furry little monster". Grover rarely uses contractions when speaking, giving him a distinctive vocal pattern, in comparison to many other television characters. His character is multi-talented, taking on many different roles and professions throughout the series' run. He loves to help people, but is extremely bad at it.
Grover appears in several recurring Sesame Street segments, including Waiter Grover; Super Grover; and Global Grover. He also frequently appears in Monsterpiece Theater and the Spanish Word of the Day segments. He was one of the hosts of Play With Me Sesame, with his main roles being in interactive music sequences, as the self-proclaimed "moving and grooving monster".
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 09:32:59 AM
Number 14
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Count Von Count
  99 Points, 8 of 13 lists, #2 Kete
First Appearance: Sesame Street
Performer: Jerry Nelson  (1972 - 2012); Matt Vogel  (2013 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/2AoxCkySv34
Bio
Count von Count is a mysterious but friendly vampire-like Muppet on Sesame Street who is meant to parody Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Count Dracula. He first appeared on the show in the Season 4 premiere in 1972, counting blocks in a sketch with Bert and Ernie.
The Count has a compulsive love of counting (arithmomania); he will count anything and everything, regardless of size, amount, or how much annoyance he causes others around him. In one song he stated that he sometimes even counts himself. When he finishes counting, The Count laughs and announces his total (which sometimes appears on screen). This finale is usually accompanied by a crash of thunder and a flash of lightning. (According to The Sesame Street Bedtime Storybook, the Count has a personal cloud that hovers over his head and provides the thunder and lightning.)[1]
When the Count sings, the music that accompanies him resembles Roma music, no matter what the song.
The Count lives in an old, cobweb-infested castle that he shares with many bats. Sometimes he counts them. Some of the pet bats are named, including Grisha, Misha, Sasha, and Tattiana. He also has a cat, Fatatita, and an octopus named Octavia. He also plays a large pipe organ, and in some illustrations he is seen playing the violin. In recent years, the Count has appeared on each episode to announce the Number of the Day, playing notes on his organ to count up to the featured number.
The Count's most recent girlfriend, Countess von Backwards, is known for counting backwards. He had previously been linked to Countess Dahling von Dahling and shared a brief romantic tryst with Lady Two. His brother and mother have made appearances on the show, and he also has an Uncle Uno.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 09:37:27 AM
Number 13
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Name
 109 Points, 8 of 13 lists, #2 Anais
First Appearance: The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted
Performer: Frank Oz (1976 - 2002); Eric Jacobson  (2001 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/aRG-Nh2Swbc
Bio
Miss Piggy is one of the central characters on The Muppet Show. She is a force of nature who developed from a one-joke running gag into a complex, three-dimensional character.
Miss Piggy is a prima-donna pig who is absolutely convinced that she's destined for stardom, and nothing is going to stand in her way. Her public face is the soul of feminine charm, but she can instantly fly into a rage whenever she thinks she's insulted or thwarted. Kermit the Frog has learned this all too well; when she isn't smothering him in kisses, she's sending him flying through the air with a karate-chop.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 09:44:59 AM
Number 12
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Rowlf
 113 Points, 10 of 13 lists, #1 Scott
First Appearance:The Jimmy Dean Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper
Performer: Jim Henson (1962 – 1990); Bill Barretta (1996 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/_yaP_kc3y9w
Bio
Rowlf the Dog is a Muppet character, a scruffy brown dog of indeterminate breed with a rounded black nose and long floppy ears. He was created and originally performed by Jim Henson. Rowlf is the Muppet Theatre's resident pianist, as well as one of the show's supporting cast members. Calm and wisecracking, his humor is characterized as deadpan and as such, is one of few Muppets who is rarely flustered by the show's prevalent mayhem. He is very easy going and a fan of classical music (particularly Beethoven) and musicals.[citation needed]
Though Kermit the Frog is often credited as the icon of Henson's Muppets, Rowlf was actually the first true Muppet "star" as a recurring character on The Jimmy Dean Show, first appearing in a show telecast on September 19, 1963.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 31, 2014, 09:46:22 AM
I'm just very glad she isn't #1 or 2, like I thought she would be. Miss Piggy is the only Muppet I actively dislike. Although she does occasionally have funny moments like her hilarious bit with John Denver about camping. "Alley-ga-TORS?!"
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 09:54:05 AM
Number 11
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Sam Eagle
 116 Points, 9 of 13 lists, #2 Relaxing Dragon
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Great Muppet Caper, Muppet Wizard of Oz, Muppets Most Wanted
Performer: Frank Oz (1975-2000); Eric Jacobson (2005-present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/skkM2zPFPy0
Bio
Sam the Eagle is an American eagle who feels his species and role as national symbol have placed certain responsibilities upon his shoulders. He has taken it upon himself to promote and protect wholesome American morals and values, and he works behind the scenes of The Muppet Show as self-appointed censor and advocate of cultural, educational acts such as Wayne and Wanda.
Sam is appalled by the nonsense that passes for entertainment on the series, and does his best to keep things in check, even though his pleas for an end to madness are usually ignored. As noted in the first issue of The Muppet Show Fan Club newsletter, Sam's overpowering burden is to act as the "moral center" of The Muppet Show. He would, in fact, like to concern himself with the morals of the entire world, but "regrets that it takes all his time and energy just to keep up with The Muppet Show."
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 31, 2014, 09:54:36 AM
I'm done for the day. You get the top 10 tomorrow.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2014, 10:15:17 AM
Yeah, I like both Ernie and Bert but I always preferred Bert.  Also, I had a Bert Christmas ornament as a kid,  it still goes on my parent's tree.

I love Grover.  I don't hate Elmo like other people, but I think Grover is the much more lovable monster and with much more personality.

Also love the Count.  He better show up if we ever do a top 50 vampires list (coming this Halloween, perhaps).

Miss Piggy at number 13?  What a crime.  She's such a great character.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 31, 2014, 10:22:09 AM
Sam Eagle is great. I especially liked his segments when he would give speaches at a podium. His diatribe against "nudity" is brilliant, culminating with him realizing that he himself is naked.

I was very happy when I saw he was going to have a bigger role in Muppets Most Wanted. But ironically his bits with Ty Burrell just didn't really work for me as much as they should have.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 31, 2014, 12:22:58 PM
"You are all weirdos." -- Sam the Eagle, reading this thread
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 31, 2014, 01:18:06 PM
Really thought Miss Piggy would be top 5 at least. Not that she's in MY top 5, but she's such a Muppets staple.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on July 31, 2014, 01:29:04 PM
We had a discussion about counting Bert and Ernie together on the other thread. For people who ranked them separately, I counted them as one entry for the highest number.

So for Sugar Ray, they got the points for #1. Then Sugar Ray just didn't have an entry for #3.

Ah. I wasn't part of that discussion. JU was the one who tipped me to the existence of this LoC. I can live with this result ;)
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on July 31, 2014, 02:19:33 PM
A little sad that Dr. Teeth didn't crack top ten, but top twenty will do. I have always loved the Electric Mayhem and Teeth specifically. His line "Golden teeth and golden tones, welcome to my presence." has stuck with me since I was a little kid, and that gravel-road voice just kills me. Also, "Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem" is the best band name ever, full stop.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2014, 03:14:17 PM
Damn straight.  Dr. Teeth is like rock n roll incarnate (70's rock in particular).  Plus it's a cool name.  Much better than his actual working title name of Doctor Eltonjohn Dontshoot (the Pianist).

https://www.youtube.com/v/hAPxsaRB30M
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on July 31, 2014, 03:36:40 PM
I did this for fun either early this year or later last year. Always liked how it came out.
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Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 31, 2014, 07:19:14 PM
I am going through The Muppet Show from beginning to end, and made a thread about it:

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=29279.0
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 31, 2014, 11:50:14 PM
"You are all weirdos." -- Sam the Eagle, reading this thread

He jumped five points on my list for that remark. It's the ultimate bit to use pretty much anywhere on the internet at any time. Truly, Sam was ahead of his time.

Also, I forgot Rowlf on my list. I feel bad about this, but at least I can talk solace in the fact that Rowlf will be totally cool about it. I would also like to say that I kinda agree with Darth about Miss Piggy, in that I generally find her more irritating than not. Sure, she has her moments, but by and large, she's a bit too shrill for me tastes (also, Kermit can do better. There, I said it).

*The answer to “Who is Beaker’s boss? A question which got Brett killed (Archer reference)

At least he died doing what he loved. Getting shot.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 08:05:29 AM

*The answer to “Who is Beaker’s boss? A question which got Brett killed (Archer reference)

At least he died doing what he loved. Getting shot.

*high five*
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on August 01, 2014, 08:16:58 AM
Did I just forget Sam the Eagle? Apparently  :grr: Flippin hell.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:40:06 PM
Number 10
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Big Bird
 120 Points, 9 of 13 lists, #5 Relaxing Dragon, #5 Scott
First Appearance:Sesame Street
Notable Appearances:Follow that Bird; The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland; The Muppet Movie; The Muppets Take Manhattan
Performer: Caroll Spinney (1969 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/aJGU1wI70Ng
Bio
Big Bird is an 8-foot, 2-inch yellow bird who lives on Sesame Street. Since Sesame Street premiered in 1969, Big Bird has entertained millions of pre-school children and their parents with his wide-eyed wondering at the world. Big Bird is also a bird who makes friends easily.
The world-famous bird has been a central character on Sesame Street for the program's run, premiering in the first episode. The big yellow bird can roller skate, ice skate, dance, sing, write poetry, draw, and even ride a unicycle — pretty talented for a character described in the TV show's writer's guide as a 6-year-old. But despite this wide array of talents, he's prone to frequent misunderstandings, like thinking that the alphabet is one long word.
Big Bird lives in a large nest behind 123 Sesame Street and next to Oscar's trash can, and he has a teddy bear named Radar.
Big Bird helps children feel all right about not knowing everything because he himself does not know everything, and encourages them to inquire: a common Big Bird phrase in recent years has been "Asking questions is a good way of finding things out!" He also teaches other life, alphabet, and numerical lessons: "I guess it's better to be who you are. Turns out people like you best that way, anyway."
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:40:38 PM
Number 9
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Oscar the Grouch
 132 Points, 11 of 13 lists, #5 PakMan
First Appearance: Sesame Street
Notable Appearances: A Muppet Family Christmas; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Performer: Caroll Spinney
https://www.youtube.com/v/Z1SiSUrvUnk
Bio
Oscar the Grouch is a furry, green Grouch who lives in a trash can on Sesame Street, in between 123 Sesame Street and Big Bird's nest. In fact, he loves trash so much that he's rarely seen outside of his trash can. His trademark song, explaining his passion for refuse, is "I Love Trash".
Like all Grouches, Oscar's mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can -- invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task -- Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he's left entirely to himself, he's dissatisfied -- there isn't anybody around to irritate or complain to.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:41:20 PM
Number 8
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Beaker
 138 Points, 10 of 13 lists, #5 Anais
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan
Performer: Richard Hunt (1977 - 1991); Steve Whitmire (1992 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/yQj2NP25TIo
Bio
Beaker is the hapless assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. He is a Live-Hand Muppet who made his first appearance in Muppet Labs sketches during the second season of The Muppet Show. Kermit the Frog describes Beaker by saying "If somebody has to get hurt, it's almost always Beaker.
Prior to Beaker's debut, Dr. Honeydew appeared in Muppet Labs segments by himself, but the timid assistant added a new level of comedy to the sketches. Dr. Honeydew's experiments and inventions always seem to go awry, and Beaker is their perpetual victim. He has been shrunk, cloned, punched, deflated, zapped, turned invisible, and blown up, but he always comes back for more.
On The Muppet Show, Beaker has sung "Feelings" and, accompanied by The Swedish Chef and Animal, "Danny Boy."

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:41:45 PM
Number 7
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Animal
 149 Points, 10 of 13 lists, #4 Lassieface
First Appearance:
Notable Appearances:
Performer: Frank Oz (1975 - 2000); Eric Jacobson (2002 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/FKR6T85ghnI
Bio
"You don't mess with Animal. He eats glass, man."
- Frank Oz
Animal is the wild drummer on The Muppet Show, performing with Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Animal is a crazed percussionist with three styles of music -- loud, louder, and deafening. He speaks in a guttural shout, often repeating a few simple phrases, such as "BEAT DRUMS! BEAT DRUMS!" or "WO-MAN!" In relatively calmer moods, he is capable of more coherent conversation, but these instances are infrequent.
Frank Oz says that he had his character down to five words: Sex, sleep, food, drums and pain. Occasionally, two of those essentials, food and drums, are interchangeable. In The Muppet Movie, Dr. Teeth had to remind Animal to beat, and not eat, his drums. In The Muppet Show episode 110, when asked by Kermit if he preferred drumming to food, Animal replied that drums are food.
It is a popular legend that Animal was inspired by Keith Moon, the wild drummer of the Who. Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac is also sometimes cited as the inspiration for Animal. However, there is no evidence in the original sketches for the character that suggest that he was based on anybody in particular.
However, it's not surprising that Animal is often compared with famous drummers -- as Buddy Rich said in his Muppet Show episode, "All drummers are animals." Animal himself considers Rich one of his musical influences, along with Gene Krupa, Keith Moon of The Who and Ginger Baker of Cream and Blind Faith. The actual drumming for Animal was performed by Ronnie Verrell, a veteran drummer and member of Jack Parnell's house band for The Muppet Show.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:42:08 PM
Number 6
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Cookie Monster
 165 Points, 10 of 13 lists, #1 Kete
First Appearance:Sesame Street
Performer: Frank Oz (1969 - present); David Rudman (2001 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/dhUFxaauNTE
Bio
Cookie Monster is a voracious monster and one of the main characters on Sesame Street. Covered with blue fur and possessing a pair of googly eyes, Cookie Monster has an insatiable appetite. As his name implies, his primary craving is cookies, but he can (and often does) consume anything and everything, from apples and pie to letters, flatware, and hubcaps. When Cookie Monster eats something, he makes a very distinct, loud munching "noise", often interpreted as "OMM-nom-nom-nom..."
Cookie Monster has a deep, growly voice, and generally speaks with simplistic diction, saying everything with "me" - for instance, "Me want cookie!", as opposed to "I want a cookie!" (though in early seasons, Cookie spoke the other way around, and only occasionally would "me" slip in). Cookie occasionally displays an unexpectedly complex vocabulary, however, and is at his most gentrified when in his Alistair Cookie persona, hosting Monsterpiece Theater.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:42:49 PM
Number 5
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Swedish Chef
 165 Points, 10 of 13 lists, #1 Kete
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances:The Muppet Movie; The Great Muppet Caper; The Muppets Take Manhattan
Performer: Jim Henson (1975 - 1990); Bill Barretta (1996 - Present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/sY_Yf4zz-yo
Bio
The Swedish Chef is the incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs from The Muppet Show. A rather literal variation of the Live-Hand Muppet concept, the Swedish Chef is a humanoid character, with human hands rather than gloves. On The Muppet Show, Frank Oz performed the character's hands. The chef first appeared in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence in 1975, with Chinese subtitles for his dialog, and Richard Hunt performing the hands. Only in photo puppets used specifically for photo shoots does the Swedish Chef have standard Muppet hands.
According to Brian Henson in one of his introductions for The Muppet Show, "Jim Henson had this tape that he used to play which was 'How to Speak Mock Swedish'. And he used to drive to work and I used to ride with him a lot. And he would drive to work trying to make a chicken sandwich in Mock Swedish or make a turkey casserole in Mock Swedish. It was the most ridiculous thing you had ever seen. And people at traffic lights used to stop and sort of look at him a little crazy. But that was the roots of the character that would eventually become the Swedish Chef". Jim Henson had previously explored the idea of a funny foreign chef at the US Food Fair that took place in Hamburg, Germany in 1961, where Sam and Friends character Omar prepared a flaming salad while speaking in some quite comprehensible mock German that Henson and Jerry Juhl had previously scribbled down in phonetics.
Nearly all Swedish Chef sketches begin with him in a kitchen, waving some utensils while singing his signature song in a trademark mock Swedish, a semi-comprehensible gibberish which parodies the characteristic vowel sounds of Swedish. The last line of the song is always "Børk! Børk! Børk!" and is punctuated by the Chef throwing the utensils over his shoulder to crash into the crockery behind him. (Although the letter "ø" does not exist in Swedish—it is a Danish/Norwegian letter whose Swedish equivalent is "ö"—the Chef's trademark word is nearly always spelled "Børk.")

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:43:14 PM
Number 4
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Statler and Waldorf
 194 Points, 11 of 13 lists, #1 Relaxing Dragon
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: Muppets Tonight, A Muppet Family Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol
Performer: Statler's performer: Richard Hunt (1976 - 1991), Jerry Nelson (1975; 1992 - 2003), Steve Whitmire  (2002 - present)
Waldorf's performer: Jim Henson (1975 - 1990), Dave Goelz (1992 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/SK6TVqbsKVk
Bio
Statler and Waldorf share the stage left balcony box in the Muppet Theater, and the two delight in heckling every aspect of The Muppet Show. Statler and Waldorf are especially unforgiving to Fozzie Bear. However, it is revealed in A Muppet Family Christmas that the two critics were friends with Fozzie's mother, Ma Bear. They always have the last word, with a final comment at the end of each episode.
Waldorf is the one with the pug-like face, mustache, and whiter hair. In almost all productions, Statler appears on the audience's right and Waldorf on the left. A helpful mnemonic is that Waldorf has the wide face.
Statler and Waldorf first appeared as a pair in the 1975 pilot The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.
On the first season of Muppets Tonight, Statler and Waldorf are seen watching the show from the living room of what appears to be a retirement home. In the second season, they watch the show on a portable television from various locations, including a golf course and a ski lift.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:43:43 PM
Number 3
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Fozzie Bear
 219 Points, 11 of 13 lists, #1 Darth Geek
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Performer: Frank Oz (1976 - 2000); Eric Jacobson (2002 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/eH2coWVi9Vg
Bio
Fozzie Bear is The Muppet Show's resident comedian. He's an orange-brown, fuzzy Muppet bear who tells bad jokes, usually punctuated with his catchphrase laugh, "Wocka wocka wocka!" Fozzie's best friend is Kermit the Frog, although they occasionally have differences of opinion.
During the first season of The Muppet Show, Fozzie's monologues usually consisted of Fozzie telling simple setup/punchline jokes, while being heckled by his mother's old friends, Statler and Waldorf. After the first season, most of his monologues relied on gimmicks such as telling jokes on roller skates. A common schtick in many episodes is that Fozzie would attempt to imitate the guest star's most famous act to attempt to emulate their success, only to comically fail completely at the attempt. For instance, Edgar Bergen inspired him to try ventriloquism while stage magician Doug Henning inadvertently convinced Fozzie to try his hand at being a magician.

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 12:44:20 PM
Number 2
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Kermit the Frog
 229 Points, 12 of 13 lists, #1 Johnny Unusual
First Appearance:The Muppet Show, Sesame Street
Notable Appearances: All the movies
Performer: Jim Henson (1955 - 1990); Steve Whitmire (1990 - present)
https://www.youtube.com/v/r3Va6aLbLHk
Bio
Kermit the Frog, arguably Jim Henson's most famous Muppet creation, was the star and host of The Muppet Show, played a significant role on Sesame Street, and served as the logo of The Jim Henson Company. He continues to star in the Muppet movies and makes numerous TV appearances.
Kermit grew up with thousands of siblings, and has talked occasionally about other members of his family. His childhood adventures were chronicled in the 2002 video Kermit's Swamp Years. Kermit also has a nephew named Robin.
Miss Piggy insists that she and Kermit were married in The Muppets Take Manhattan, and that they're very happy. Kermit disagrees, claiming that it was just a movie and that in real life, they have a "professional relationship" (meaning he thinks they're professionals and she thinks they're in a relationship).
Kermit's most well-known catchphrase is "Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!" He typically introduced acts on The Muppet Show by waving his arms wildly and shouting "Yaaaay!" (a technique he learned from his old acting coach, Mr. Dawson).
Kermit has been credited as the writer of three books: For Every Child, A Better World; One Frog Can Make a Difference; and Before You Leap.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 01:06:39 PM
Number 1
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The Great Gonzo
 232 Points, 12 of 13 lists, #1 PakMan, #1 CJones, #1 Anais
First Appearance:The Muppet Show
Notable Appearances: All the Movies
Performer: Dave Goelz
https://www.youtube.com/v/6AWhwuPkTcg
Bio
Gonzo, formally known as "The Great Gonzo" or "Gonzo the Great," is the resident daredevil performance artiste on The Muppet Show. He is an odd looking, unclassifiable creature with blue fur, bug eyes, and a long crooked nose. He takes pride in his uniqueness and enjoys everything that he does -- no matter how painful or ill-advised it may be.
The notion of Gonzo, as a character who performs terrible acts but considers them artistic, was devised by Jerry Juhl. As Dave Goelz recalled, the character might have been forgotten were it not for Jack Burns, the show's original head writer, who during an early meeting suggested Gonzo perform "these crazy acts like eating a tire to 'Flight of the Bumblebee!'" So, in the show's first episode, Gonzo did exactly that, and the character grew from there.  Burns also coined the character's name.
Gonzo's acts frequently attempted to combine bizarre performance art with high culture: "I shall now eat a rubber tire to the music of 'The Flight of the Bumblebee'...music, maestro!" Another famous performance is best summed up by his quote, "I shall now defuse this highly explosive bomb while simultaneously, and at the same time, reciting from the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley." Other acts include dancing "Top Hat" in a vat of oatmeal, hypnotizing chickens, and being hammered feet first into a railway tie by two American Gladiators on Muppets Tonight.
Gonzo's musical performances include his song from The Muppet Movie, "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday", and his affecting rendition of "My Way" that he sang as his finale when he decided to leave the Muppet Theater in Episode 411.
Gonzo had a prominent part at the start of each Muppet Show episode, playing the final trumpet note of the opening theme. In each episode, something different would happen -- for example, the trumpet would explode, or spray water, or blow up a balloon. In the first season, Gonzo did not use a trumpet, but instead attempted to hit the white space within the "O" in the "Muppet Show" sign like a gong, usually with bad results.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 01, 2014, 01:09:20 PM
That's it folks!

Also, are the videos working on your end? They aren't on mine, but that happens on this computer sometimes. If they are not working, my apologies. I don't know what to do to fix them.


Anyway, it's been fun!
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on August 01, 2014, 01:13:05 PM
Number 10
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Big Bird
 120 Points, 9 of 13 lists, #5 Relaxing Dragon, #5 Scott
Also #5 SRD, if you please :P
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on August 01, 2014, 01:14:24 PM
My list.

1.   Bert - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Bert
2.   Meteora - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Meteora
3.   Ernie - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Ernie
4.   Cookie Monster - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Cookie_Monster
5.   Big Bird - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Big_Bird
6.   Rugby - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Rugby_Tiger
7.   Oscar - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Oscar_the_Grouch
8.   Fozzie – http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Fozzie_Bear
9.   Kermit - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Kermit
10.   Snuffy - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Snuffleupagus
11.   Yoda - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Yoda
12.   Rowlf - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Rowlf
13.   Gonzo - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Gonzo
14.   Swedish Chef - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Swedish_Chef
15.   Apple - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Apple
16.   Link Hogthrob - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Link_Hogthrob
17.   Sam the Eagle - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Sam_the_Eagle
18.   Mew - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Mew
19.   The Yip-Yips - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Yip-Yip
20.   The Snowman - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Snowman
21.   The Christmas Turkey - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Christmas_Turkey
22.   Guy Smiley - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Guy_Smiley

23.   Brad - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Brad
24.   Slimey - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Slimey_the_Worm
25.   '80s Robot - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/%2780s_Robot
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2014, 01:29:32 PM
Great list and great entrees.  Wow, it looks like Gonzo one by a... a... hmm... there's a word that seems to be eluding me.

Gonzo also has one of the most beautiful, sweetest saddest yet also most hopeful song in any muppet movie or show.  Listen to the Nerdist podcast where Paul Williams talk about how he came up with the song, which is pretty great.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ryEjm3k6uY0

But my favourite is Kermit.  I know that to some he might seem a little more dull, but I think of him as one of the great straight men in the vein of Bob Newhart.  He's the real anchor to the regular muppet franchise.  I also read the Jim Henson biography, which starts by simply recounting one of his greatest moments on Sesame Street.  And keep in mind, much of this is improvised by the muppet and the kid.  It really sums up the magic of the muppets.

https://www.youtube.com/v/lYIRO97dhII

I also love Oscar so very much.  Despite his bad attitude he is completely lovable.  Interestingly, early on there was disagreement about who Oscar really is: is he just some jerk for the kids to laugh at or is he a good guy who just happens to have different values.  I put him in the latter, and I think he is one of the most interesting muppets on Sesame Street.  Yes, there's no doubting that he's a rude curmudgeon but he's not a bad person and not only does he help provide an edge to the show, I think he also shows that people you disagree with or behave badly aren't just villains, like a lot of kids shows do.

Oh, and Cookie Monster.  It's amazing that these days they are able to downplay the very thing that defined him (cookie gluttony) and he's still as strong a character as he ever was (and now does for movies what Weird Al is for music.  That Hunger Games: Catching Fire parody?  Classic)

Thanks so much for a stellar list Anais!  Fantastic all the way through.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on August 01, 2014, 03:44:45 PM
My list:

1. Dr. Teeth (In all honesty, I'd like to put the entire Mayhem at number one, but...)
2. Rowlf
3. Fozzie
4. Kermit
5. Gonzo
6. Animal
7. Floyd
8. Janice
9. Zoot
10. Miss Piggy
11. Hoggle
12. Ludo
13. Sir Didymus
14. Statler & Waldorf
15. Sam the Eagle
16. Count Von Count
17. Oscar the Grouch
18. The Amazing Mumford
19. Lew Zealand
20. Sweetums
21. 80's Robot
22. Constantine
23. Skeksis
24. Garthim
25. Fizzgig

Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 01, 2014, 05:08:54 PM
Good job with the list, Anais!

I didn't expect Gonzo to win #1, that's cool.

I've heard people talk about Kermit as "the boring one" and that's entirely untrue. It's just that unlike the other characters his quirkiness isn't as out in the open as the other characters.
My favorite bit about that was when Lesley Ann Warren told him "You know, Kermit, I thought you were the only person on this show who wasn't crazy." To which Kermit replied "Me, not crazy? I hired the others."

Here's my list:
Top Muppets


1. Fozzy
2. Swedish Chef
3. Gonzo
4. Sam Eagle
5. Link Hogthrob
6. Skeksis
7. Beaker
8. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
9. Sal Minella

10.Statler and Waldorf
11.Grover
12.Animal
13.Cookie Monster

14.Kermit
15.Sweetums
16.Dr. Teeth
17.Rowlf

18.The Count
19.Oscar the Grouch
20.80s Robot
21.Rizzo
22.Janice
23.Clifford
24.The Doozers
25.Ernie and Bert



Runners up:

Andy and Randy Pig
Dead Tom
Dr. Phil van Neuter
Walter
Bobo the bear
Pepe the Prawn
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on August 01, 2014, 08:29:34 PM
Yes, I must agree. Great job, Anais.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: mattwnelson on August 01, 2014, 09:56:20 PM
Concur, Anais.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on August 01, 2014, 10:11:53 PM
Another fine list. I, like others, am a bit surprised at seeing Gonzo take home the top spot, but only because I was certain that slot would go to Statler and Waldorf (those two are the patron saints of internet commentators, after all). Still, hard to argue with a top three like that, what with them being essentially the first ones anyone thinks of when they think The Muppets.

To echo other sentiments about Kermit: he's great. Johnny put it best with him being a Bob Newhart-esque straight man (uh, frog). He's the calm center in a crazy storm, but he's still wacky enough to be funny. He's also the sweetest and most sincere character of the lot, and easily the most trusting. Best spokesfrog a show could ask for, frankly.

Anyway, on to my list:

1. Statler and Waldorf
2. Sam Eagle
3. Yip Yips
4. Kermit the Frog
5. Sir Didymus
6. Beaker
7. The Muppet Newsman
8. skekSil the Chamberlain
9. Gonzo
10. Cookie Monster
11. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
12. Walter
13. Scooter
14. Fozzie Bear
15. Oscar the Grouch
16. Dr. Teeth
17. Pepe the King Prawn
18. Big Bird
19. Miss Piggy
20. Rizzo
21. Animal
22. Fizzgig
23. Count von Count
24. Sweetums

25. Bill the Frog

Whoa. I don't think I've ever come that close to a perfect set before. Poor Bill, the only one this board didn't see fit to love (perhaps they all just forgot him...).

Anywho, another great list, and one I'm glad I finally participated in. Cheers ya'll!
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 01, 2014, 10:27:23 PM

25. Bill the Frog
Poor Bill, the only one this board didn't see fit to love (perhaps they all just forgot him...).

Is he one of the other marketing frogs from Muppets Take Manhattan? Along with Gil, Jill and Phil?
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on August 01, 2014, 10:44:10 PM

25. Bill the Frog
Poor Bill, the only one this board didn't see fit to love (perhaps they all just forgot him...).

Is he one of the other marketing frogs from Muppets Take Manhattan? Along with Gil, Jill and Phil?

One and the same! Admittedly had I not forgotten a few obvious choices (Yoda...) then he wouldn't have made my list, but I still like the little bugger. And those strange "Hmmm" noises he and the others made.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ScottotD on August 02, 2014, 02:07:10 AM
I'm not sure if I can even explain how much each of my picks mean to me.

1. Rowlf the Dog
2. Kermit the Frog
3. Fozzie Bear
4. Gonzo
5. Big Bird
6. Grover
7. Yoda
8. Bert & Ernie
9. Telly Monster
10. Robin
11. Cookie Monster
12. Mr. Snuffleupagus
13. Sam the Eagle
14. Statler and Waldorf
15. Wayne and Wanda
16. The Electric Mayhem
17. Miss Piggy
18. The Newsman
19. Guy Smiley
20. Link Hogthrob
21. Beaker
22. Swedish Chef
23. The Skeksies
24. Sweetums
25. The Yips Yips
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on August 02, 2014, 05:06:20 AM
1 Gonzo
2 Statler and Waldorf (gee, I wonder why I like them so much)
3 Kermit
4 The Skeksis / The Chamberlain (The Dark Crystal)
5 Scooter
6 Big Bird
7 Marjorie, aka The Trash Heap
8 Jin (The Dark Crystal)
9 Goblins (Labyrinth)
10 Fozzie Bear
11 Augra (The Dark Crystal)
12 Animal
13 Sprocket
14 Hoggle
15 Oscar the Grouch
16 Miss Piggy
17 Rowlf
18 Travelling Matt
19 Emmett Otter
20 Rizzo
21 Doozers (Fraggle Rock)
22 Dr Teeth
23 Sweedish Chef
24 Dr Honeydew & Beaker (or just Beaker)
25 Wembley

Honorable Mention to Yoda. Although not actually part of the Jim Henson Company, he was voiced and operated by Frank Oz. And Henson was called in as a consultant for the design.


Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 02, 2014, 05:57:41 AM
1.   Kermit
2.   Fozzie Bear
3.   Dr. Teeth
4.   Miss Piggy
5.   Statler and Waldorf
6.   Oscar the Grouch
7.   Cookie Monster
8.   The Swedish Chef
9.   Count von Count
10.   Rowlf the Dog
11.   Sweetums
12.   The Great Gonzo
13.   Bert
14.   Animal
15.   Beaker
16.   Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
17.   Janice
18.   Ernie
19.   Lew Zealand
20.   Two-Headed Monster
21.   Grover
22.   Guy Smiley
23.   Big Bird
24.   Snuffleupagus

25.   Don Music

I often imitated Music on my mother's piano.

https://www.youtube.com/v/q1Ugqh471IE
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: ColeStratton on August 03, 2014, 02:52:27 PM
Fantastic list! Here's mine:

1.   Emmet Otter (Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas)
2.   Chuck Stoat (Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas)
3.   Fozzie Bear
4.   Rugby the Tiger (The Christmas Toy)
5.   The Great Gonzo
6.   Rizzo the Rat
7.   Statler and Waldorf
8.   Sam Eagle
9.   Kermit the Frog
10.   Pepe the King Prawn
11.   Bean Bunny
12.   Beaker
13.   The Swedish Chef
14.   Miss Piggy
15.   Animal
16.   Grover
17.   Oscar the Grouch
18.   Rowlf the Dog
19.   Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
20.   Count von Count
21.   Bert and Ernie
22.   The Muppet Newsman

23.   Lew Zealand
24.   Janice
25.   Yoda


Also, for our Muppet Movie screening with Dave Goelz, we just confirmed that Goelz is BRINGING GONZO WITH HIM! I'm crazy excited.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 03, 2014, 09:37:51 PM
My list:

1. Gonzo
2. Fozzie Bear
3. Swedish Chef
4. Cookie Monster
5. Oscar the Grouch
6. Animal
7. Count Von Count
8. Snuffleupagus
9. Crazy Harry
10. Scooter
11. Big Bird
12. Yip-Yips
13. Statler and Waldorf
14. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker
15. Sam the Eagle
16. Kermit the Frog
17. Miss Piggy
18. Grover
19. Herry Monster
20. Rowlf
21. Sherlock Hemlock
22. Guy Smiley
23. Link Hogthrob
24. Mr. Johnson
25. Rizzo the Rat

I ended up seperating Bunsen and Beaker, but I forget how that shook out and didn't keep that version of the list...
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: CJones on August 03, 2014, 11:42:40 PM
"Activate Traveling Matt(e)" - Richard Dawson, from the Running Man.

I've wondered for years whether that was intentional or just a coincidence. So I finally decided to look it up... Jim Henson is a genius. He died way before his time
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: PsychoGoatee on August 15, 2014, 11:23:04 PM
Gotta love the Muppets! Good to see a lot of Dr. Teeth love, he's always my go-to Muppet. An Electric Mayhem movie would be incredible.
Title: Re: Top 50 Muppets! (LoC #80)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 16, 2014, 08:35:24 AM
Or a live show.  Or a Parappa the Rappa type video game.  And the Electric Mayhem is the best name for a band ever.