Snarl, the Cigar Box Frackle, appeared in the 1970 Christmas special The Great Santa Claus Switch as one of Cosmo Scam's henchmen. In one scene, he pops out of a cigar box to hand Cosmo Scam his cigar. Later, he appears in Santa's workshop as one of the Frackles who take the Elves' place.
By 1974, this puppet rose from the ranks of the Frackles and became a character in his own right. In 1976 he was reworked and renamed Gonzo, and the rest is history.
Snarl is the only Frackle who asks Santa for a present during the special at the beginning: A baseball mitt.