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Doglion becomes the first Muppet to grace the silver screen in the first few seconds of The Muppet Movie.

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Concept sketch.

Doglion is a full-bodied Muppet monster who was featured on The Muppet Show and more sporadically thereafter. Notable sketches include an interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast" with Lesley Ann Warren, singing with Sweetums and Cloris Leachman, and filling the role of destructive monster in the Happy Girl Meets a Monster sketch with Madeline Kahn.

He holds the distinction of being the first Muppet to ever grace the silver screen as evidenced in the opening shot of The Muppet Movie, walking through the backlot as the camera pans down from the World Wide Studios statue.

He also appeared in the 1990 The Cosby Show episode "Cliff's Nightmare," alongside a number of other Muppets (mostly from The Jim Henson Hour).

He appeared in three episodes of Muppets Tonight. The most notable was in episode 107. As the punchline to a riff on the famous Mahna Mahna sketch, with Kermit and Sandra Bullock, Doglion manifests when Sandra says "Shave and a haircut" (to add "Two bits").

Doglion has never had a consistent performer. Known puppeteers have included Jerry Nelson (episode 209), Frank Oz (episode 211), Jim Henson (episode 224), Dave Goelz (The Muppet Movie), Kevin Clash (episode 112 of The Jim Henson Hour), Jim Martin (The Cosby Show), and Bill Barretta (Muppets Tonight).

The name "Dog-lion" was previously used in a storyboard for a Wilkins Coffee commercial, drawn by Jim Henson in the late 1950's. This storyboard features Wontkins being eaten by a Wilkins-drinking creature, who is described in Henson's notes as a "monstrous dog-lion-beast."

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