The Headless Nanny
Those striped green socks. That pink skirt and purple sweater. This grown woman dressed like Pippy Longstocking is easily the creepiest thing about "Muppet Babies." She was an early pioneer in the art of never showing a TV character’s face, a practice now referred to in the biz as "pulling a Wilson." Yes, this was a choice to reinforce the low to the ground perspective of the Muppet Babies, but babies can see the heads of adults! I can only assume they didn’t show us her face because she was horribly disfigured. It adds up that a lady with a terrifying face would devote her life to babysitting tiny mutant creatures, keeping them protected from an outside world that would never accept them. Also, nobody looks at your face when you’re wearing purple shoes and green striped socks.
It’s A "Muppets Take Manhattan" Spinoff
“The Muppets Take Manhattan” had a dream sequence where Miss Piggy imagines what it would be like if she and Kermit grew up together. This sequence was so successful that two months later the Muppet Babies were born. How did studios gauge the success of something like that before message boards and twitter gave people the freedom to shout their opinions into a public abyss? I’m guessing two or three people came up to Jim Henson, told him they liked that part of the movie and then he made some big dog moves that would forever impact your childhood. Because that’s how Jim Henson handled shit. Real player for real, ask somebody. RIP.
Skeeter’s Mysterious Disappearance
Skeeter, Scooter’s twin sister, is a character that only exists in the Muppet Babies. She was introduced to be a second female character (nobody wants to watch a Muppet Baby sausage fest) but then never shows up later on in the Muppet universe as an adult alongside Scooter. Did she die? Probably. Everybody dies. I can’t imagine Muppets are exempt. Maybe she was just a figment of Scooter’s imagination: his secret desire to be a woman manifesting itself as a twin that doesn’t actually exist. This theory is supported by the fact that Skeeter was voiced by men (Howie Mandel first and then the actor who played baby Kermit) and also by the fact that the whole show centered around babies with overactive imaginations creating fake realities to live in. This theory is also supported by a lot of pot and repeat viewings of "Fight Club."
Baby Gonzo’s Chicken Love
It’s pretty weird that Gonzo is a character that wants to have sex with a chicken as an adult, but we’ve all made peace with it. Sexuality has a lot of shades of grey, and I don’t even know what Gonzo technically is (besides horny for poultry), so I’m not in any position to judge. Plus, pigs and frogs don’t get it on in the wild and nobody thinks that part of the Muppets is strange so whatever. It does, however, strain the surface tension of normalcy that baby Gonzo (in his red onesie jumper getup) has a thing for chickens. It’s played off as a naïve but deep love, the kind you have for a best friend that you don’t yet know will be your first crush. It would be cute, but we know where this love goes and all we’re really seeing is a baby in the earliest stages of banging chickens. This is all made even weirder by the fact that Dave Coulier does the voice for said baby chicken. And it’s not actually a chicken, it’s a stuffed animal of a chicken. Why, you ask? Camilla the chicken wouldn’t live long enough to be Gonzo’s love interest if she was around when he was a baby! Congratulations, your brain just forgot someone’s name to make room for all of this pointless information.
Uncle Statler and Waldorf
Stattler and Waldorf are the only humans with faces you see in the Muppet Babies. That’s pretty strange. What’s even weirder is the fact that they’re nice to the Babies, hence the “Uncle” title at the beginning of their names that distinguishes them from their future selves. They bring the Muppet Babies gifts and, more significantly, don’t constantly berate the Muppets like they do in later years. Much like the disappearance of Skeeter, this raises big questions about what happened between the Muppet Babies and the grown up Muppets. It must’ve been extremely dark and heavy to turn them into such crotchety curmudgeons. Maybe "Muppet Babies" is subtly suggesting they got Alzheimer’s and forgot they’re like family, if not a direct blood relation, to these Muppets. Also, they’re both voiced by Dave Coulier. This list was originally much shorter and titled “2 Weird Things About Dave Coulier."
Where Are The Parents?
“The whereabouts of their parents are never addressed,” is all the Muppet Babies Wikipedia article has to say about that. It’s one of the more disturbing sentences I’ve read on Wikipedia, and I’ve read some insert references to disturbing and obscure Wikipedia articles here. It really lets your imagination retreat to dark places. I considered a few possibilities just now and ultimately landed on the theory that the adorable Muppet Babies are actually demon spawn from a creature that died during Muppet labor of her Muppet litter. Whatever the case is, it’s so sad that nobody will ever talk about it. The Muppet Babies have to live in a world of imagination to get away from it. I just wish their imaginations relied less on live action video clips that were licensed before contracts factored in a DVD release.
- I love Muppet Babies!
- You skipped the part where puppets could somehow grow out of babies. That always bugged me.
- This list is a little harsh on Statler and Waldorf. Sure, they're hard on the Muppets, but they never miss a show!
- Skeeter didn't get into showbiz - so what, she's probably an insurance salesperson somewhere and the only MB Statler and Waldorf have a kind relationship with.
- Statler and Waldorf were a bit younger and happier in Muppet Babies. As they get older they got more grumpier as old men are prone to do :D
- This is the first time seeing cartoon muppets with legs
- Skeeter is actually coming back in the Muppets comics. She already appeared in a couple of issues
- this is amazing .
- Skeeter was in fact, witness of an Horrible crime she was under protection, was relocated and change her name
- there was a parent, but you could only see her legs, and hear her voice I thought. In the Muppet Babies show I mean.
- This is awesome - and is causing me to ponder terrible truths of beloved childhood characters. The Muppet Babies as demon spawn.... possible movie plot?
- The character with the ugly striped-socked legs is "Nanny" - presumably the Muppet Babies'...uh, nanny. Not their parent. Unless that's another disturbingly unexplained plot point where she actually is their mother, but they don't know that and only think of her as their nanny.
- Skeeter was in a recent Muppet comic, she was an assistant to internationally known detective.
- Skeeter is alive, I understand, but after a nightmare descent into booze and pills her mind is all but gone, and she's living in her mother's home in Cambridgeshire, England. The only veiled reference to her in the later Muppet projects was a deleted scene from "The Muppet Movie" in which Kermit, Fozzie, and the rest sing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" during their road trip across America. I guess "Movin' Right Along" tested better.
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- 1: Skeeter is around again now in the Muppet Show comics. Originally it was explained that she went missing on some expidition. Well she's back now. Plus she was in the Muppets pre-teen stuff as well. 2: Regarding their parents. Fozzie's mom was in one of the christmas specials (which had another Muppet babies sequence). Kermit's mom has been seen on several occasions. Like Kermit's Early Years and Muppets Take Manhattan. Piggy's parents haven't been seen but she has 2 idiotic nephews. Animal's mom has been shown in the books. 3: You forgot Nanny's sister, aunt Fanny!!
- I'm pretty sure that if the Muppet Babies cartoon came out 2 months after Muppets Take Manhattan the scene in Muppets Take Manhattan was put there to promote the cartoon. Most cartoons take longer than 2 months to write, animate, and release.
- The weirdest thing about Muppet Babies that I remember was that they had a song in one episode where one of the babies had to go to the dentist. The song was called "Loose Tooth Boogie." It was a song sung to the tune of "Tube Steak Boogie" by ZZ Top, which is a decidedly adult tune, judging by the lyrics. At the time I had never heard this ZZ Top song, which made it especially strange when I once sang the song at home after my child had a loose baby tooth. My wife, being more familiar with the ZZ Top back catalogue flipped out. I can't wrap my head around what the writers were smoking.
- YES YES and YES
- Earliest known use of showing part of the character? Um. Yeah. There was a show called Tom and Jerry that showed a striped stocking wearing Nanny type only from the kneees down.....some time in the 30s-40s.
- As to the Skeeter situation, I think maybe her disappearance had to do with her name... Skeet-er bahaha I was thinking about that the other day lol #randomshitthatpopsintomyhead
- I'm not surprised that Gonzo's been exposed as a deviant sex fiend. Just look at the shape of his nose.
- I'm guessing that Skeeter did in fact die, and that she was both Uncle Statler's and Uncle Waldorf's favorite. Afterward, they became bitter and jaded and the grouchy old men we love them as today.