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Beach Blanket Bingo is a 1965 film starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, the fifth film in AIP's Beach Party movie series of the 1960s. The film's title has been spoofed by the Muppets on a few occasions, which have actually been broader parodies of the beach movies as a whole.
- In The Muppet Show episode 202, Statler and Waldorf watch television from up in the balcony. At one point, Waldorf remarks that they are watching a movie titled "Beach Blanket Frankenstein".
- A fourth season episode of Muppet Babies is called "Beach Blanket Babies" and features Gonzo spoofing Beach Party series villain Eric Von Zipper.
- A movie parody poster, "Beach Blanket Beaker," can be seen on the walls outside of the theater playing Muppet*Vision 3D at Walt Disney World.
- The Elmo's World episode "the Beach" features an animated spoof of the "Beach Party" movies with "Beach Blanket Boogie", starring Crabette Funicello and Crabby Avalon.
Several people with Muppet/Henson connections were involved in the beach movie series.
- Buddy Hackett played the Rich Business Manager in Muscle Beach Party (1964)
- Paul Lynde played Bullets in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
- Vincent Price played Big Daddy in Beach Party (1963)
- Don Rickles played Jack Fanny in Muscle Beach Party (1964), Big Drag in Bikini Beach (1964), and Big Drop in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
- Mickey Rooney played Peachy Keane in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
- Nancy Sinatra played Vicki in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
- Stevie Wonder played himself in Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Bikini Beach (1964)