But liking the Muppets hasn't always been easy for me. I may have mentioned this on here before but when I was a kid I was secretly scared of the Muppets. I didn't tell anyone because I knew they would just say the Muppets weren't real which I knew in my head but also wasn't totally convinced of. It just seemed like I wouldn't want to run into a Muppet in a dark alley. (Except Kermit of course.)
The thing about the Muppets is that they were always working in that old theater which kind of scared me as a kid. I felt like they were always one failure away from a life on the streets. And some of them seemed like they had already lived a rough life. Matted fur, a feeling of desperation, wild hair, language problems, I could go on and on.
I mean, look at Gonzo:
He looks like a bookie. Or a drunk. Or a junkie. Or a used car salesman. Or a con artist. He definitely looks shifty. That much I know for sure.
And then there's Fozzie Bear:
I like Fozzie. He has a real grandfather vibe to him. Which makes it even harder to stomach the fact that he looks like a toy that was on the bottom of your toy box for years and you just discovered. His fur is super matted, and the scarf? That belonged to your grandmother and you tied it around Fozzie when you were a kid. Fozzie looks like a down on his luck old man bear which is just so sad. His life should be better by now. It worries me.
And onto Rizzo:
I mean, he's a rat. And where did he get that pizza!? That was my pizza!
And this guy:
|Sidenote: I never liked that the guy with glasses didn't have eyes.|
I don't know his name but his head really freaks me out! It kind of reminds me of the worst part of Beetlejuice - the part with the shrunken heads. I mean, really. What IS this thing????
The rest of the Muppets, I guess I'm ok with. I'll never understand the relationship between Kermit and Ms. Piggy. It's confusing and physically impossible. But Kermit is great. Definitely the best Muppet.
Who is your favorite Muppet? Do you find any of them scary? Or do you think my childhood discomfort with them was totally unfounded?