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Achilles the Shark
PERFORMER Mak Wilson
DEBUT 1994

Achilles the Shark is a character in The Animal Show, appearing in the season one episode "Shark & Sea Lion".

Achilles told Stinky the Skunk and Jake the Polar Bear all about sharks. Before Achilles was brought out in a water-filled tanks with wheels, Stinky was a bit wary about a shark as a guest, even scaring Ollie the Tapir and Armstrong the Chicken Hawk. However, Jake told them that Achilles is a nice shark.

The puppet was later used for Shula the Shark in the Mopatop's Shop episode "Sea Tree House."

The Muppets

Unnamed, the shark started appearing with The Muppets family of characters in episode 107 of Muppets Tonight. The predator appears when Johnny Fiama sings "Mack the Knife", responding to the lyrics, "the shark has pointy teeth, dear." Sal Minella, justifying his role as Johnny's body guard, chases after the shark, calling him Jaws 3-D. Sal is still trying to pull the shark off of Johnny's tail in the following number, Bill the Bubble Guy blowing a deuce during "Flight of the Bumblebee".

Later, in "Kermit's Party: Gonzo Stunt Spectacular", one of several commercials for Bounty, Gonzo balances the shark swimming in a bucket of fingerpaint on top of a pole on his head. When a chicken distracts him, Gonzo drops the shark who (covered in yellow paint) bites him and Statler on the bum.

The shark next appeared in a trailer for Muppets Most Wanted chasing The Swedish Chef on the Muppets' tour train, but didn't make the final cut of the film.

In July 2015, Kermit the Frog appeared in a video on Facebook to remind his followers that it was Shark Week. Wondering why it's called that, Kermit is chased through a park by the shark. In the end, the shark turns on the camera to attack the viewer. video

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