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Since I was a little kid, I have LURVED The Muppets. The one thing that always disappoints me, however, is that my favorites are always the characters that aren't ever really featured. I mean sure--Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo...they're fine, whatever, you know. But my faves aren't usually in the spot light and in the past few Muppet specials, have barely been seen at all. Last night's special, however, I got to see a bunch of my faves that I haven't seen in a while and it made me laugh, made me cry, and really made me miss being 7 years old. And while watching it, I realized I have never sat down and figured out who my top ten Muppet characters are. So now, without further ado, I'd like to present to you my Top 11 Muppet characters. And yes, 11, because I couldn't pick just 10.
8. Dr. Teeth
BORK BORK BORK!! Do you guys remember The Muppet Show episode when The Swedish Chef is going to make a Lobster, and all of a sudden the gang of lobsters show up in cowboy hats and wielding guns to save their friend from the pot? Ugh. Classic. There are SO MANY great Swedish Chef moments, it's hard to pick just one. The character is absolutely ridiculous, and completely fantastic. Trivia note--on the show, the Chef's hands are the performer's real hands. It is only in publicity photos that they are Muppet hands.
4. Miss Piggy
I wish I could have Miss Piggy up higher on the list, because she is fabulous, but the top three really are my top three. I do believe, however, that Miss Piggy is what turned me into a gay man. She was the very first fag hag, as we alllll know someone like Miss Piggy. There are too many great moments of hers to name just one. The moment in Manhattan with Joan Rivers. Whenever she gets mad at Kermit she hits him with that giant "hiiiii-yah!" The bike riding scene in Caper. The dancing scene in Caper. Piiiiiigs In Spaaaaaaaace. I love it all. She is one hot diva.
I don't know why I love Sweetums so much. I really don't. He has had small roles in both the show and the movies. But I think I love him because he looks so scary, so menacing, but he's just a big sweetie underneath. My favorite moment with him was in The Muppet Movie when he chased Kermit and Fozzie all over town. Or in The Great Muppet Caper when he fell in the pot hole and yelled out "hey a movie!" Lame, I know. But he cracks me up!
"Wo-man! Wo-man! Wo-man! Woman..." Animal is fruckin' awesome. My second favorite member of The Electric Mayhem, Animal is probably the most popular of the group. From eating his drums on the show to growing fifty feet tall in The Muppet Movie, Animal has consistently made laugh year after year. My most vivid memory of him (besides running down the aisle chasing the girl in Manhattan) is when he played the drums for Rita Moreno when she performed "Fever" on the show and he kept upping the tempo. Good times.
And my number 1 member of The Muppets is.........
Oh Janice, what is it about you that I love so? For me she has the best one liners in all the Muppet universe. Take these two examples, for instance. In The Muppets Take Manhattan: "So I told him 'Look, man, I don't take my clothes off for anybody, even if it is artistic.' Another example is in The Great Muppet Caper when everyone is talking and they quiet down and she says: "Look, Mother. It's my life. OK. So if I want to live on a beach and walk around naked..." So perfect. She's stylish, she's artistic, she's musical. She's Just Janice.
So I'm curious to know--who are your favorite Muppet characters? Did I miss anyone? Or am I the only one who still, as a grown up, is in love with the Muppets?