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From the Muppet Show Fan Club newsletter.

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Miss Piggy with Foo Foo on The Muppet Show.

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Foo Foo in Kermit's Swamp Years.

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Foo Foo in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

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Miss Piggy, Kermit and Foo-Foo, in the illustration that accompanied People Magazine's 2011 article revealing the sad news that Foo-Foo needs therapy.

Foo-Foo is Miss Piggy's dog, who appeared in the fourth and fifth seasons of The Muppet Show. She speaks only in barks and other typical dog sound effects.

Foo-Foo was performed by Steve Whitmire, but according to Whitmire:

I think [getting the part] was largely because Dave was going to do it but he didn't really want to do it. Foo-Foo was kind of a prop for Miss Piggy in a lot of ways. It was just something for her to play off of. [1]

In 2011, during the promotion for The Muppets, Miss Piggy told People Magazine that she has had to "re-home" Foo-Foo. As Piggy told People, "[Foo-Foo] really didn't much care for Kermit, it seems... She seems to be prejudiced against green people. Anything the color green, she would nip at. So in order to have a future with my Kermie, I had to make that sacrifice." Piggy assured People that she is sending Foo-Foo to pet therapy, and she'll be happy to welcome her dog back home when she gets over her aversion to Kermit. [2]

Performance

On The Muppet Show, Foo-Foo was portrayed both by a puppet and a live dog. A 1979 issue of The Muppet Show Fan Club newsletter (vol. 2, no. 2) provided a behind-the-scenes scoop: "Can you tell which is the live dog and which is the puppet? Miss Piggy's new dog, Foo-Foo, is not really one puppy, but two. The one on the left is a puppet, modeled on the live dog on the right. It took a long time to find a puppy small enough to be in scale with Miss Piggy. The live Foo-Foo was born on December 13, 1978. She is a special sort of toy poodle and is one of the last ten of her particular line, a line bred down to the smallest possible size from a standard poodle. Foo-Foo is still growing, and as she grows, the puppet Foo-Foo will be rebuilt to match. When fully grown, she will still be less than nine inches tall. Watch carefully when Foo-Foo is next on the show -- if she's running around, it will probably be the live version. If she's reacting in close-up, it will probably be the puppet... but you can't be sure...!"

The Foo-Foo puppet made a few appearances on The Jim Henson Hour, where the dog was called Freddie. She later made a cameo in Kermit's Swamp Years.

Filmography

Book appearances

References

  1. Plume, Kenneth. "Ratting Out: An Interview with Steve Whitmire", Muppet Central. July 19,1999.
  2. Jones, Oliver and Raftery, liz. "Muppet Mess: Miss Piggy Forced to Choose Between Her Dog and Her Frog", People.com. Nov 11, 2011.

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