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Gonzo's Family


Gonzo's "Croutonian" parents.


Gonzo's grandma, aunt Grace and cousin Gander.

Gonzo's family has long been a canonical conundrum within the Muppet universe. Members of Gonzo's family are rarely seen or even mentioned, and the family history of Gonzo is a bit of a mystery -- even to Gonzo himself.

Gonzo's Family

Muppet Babies showed an infant Gonzo, like many of the Muppets, raised exclusively under the care of Nanny. No parents or other relatives were visibly present in the little weirdo's life. However, a fantasy segment in the third season episode "Fozzie's Family Tree" showed Gonzo tracing his family tree back to the planet of Crouton located in the Soup Galaxy. In that sequence, a parody of Superman's backstory, Gonzo learned that Crouton, where millions of weirdos lived, was in the process of quickly becoming normal, so his parents Sor-Elbow and Weirda sent him in a rocket to Earth to be raised by chickens.

However, according to the Muppet Kids book series, an adolescent Gonzo was raised by his grandmother and his aunt. Gonzo's grandmother is the same species as Gonzo, as is his aunt, and cousin Gander. Gonzo's parents are not shown or mentioned nor is there a stated reason as to why Gonzo is in the care of his grandmother.

In both Muppet Babies and Muppet Kids, the young Gonzo seems to have no contact or interaction with his mother and father. However, other productions imply otherwise.

It was in episode 210 of The Muppet Show that Gonzo first mentions his parents. Gonzo explained that his mother died before he was born. However she left a note to Gonzo’s father regarding Gonzo's name. (His father was mentioned by Gonzo during a panic on a 1994 Larry King Live appearance: "I've always been pre-recorded, my father was pre-recorded, and my grandfather before him was transcribed!")

But the issue of an absent mother in Gonzo’s life (especially a deceased one) was contradicted in episode 108 of Muppets Tonight when Gonzo claimed his mother liked the unique interpretation of Death of a Salesman he produced during his years at college.

Dave Goelz responded to the question of "What exactly is Gonzo?" in an Ask entry stating, "Nobody knows except his parents, and they're not talking. It was always one of those taboo subjects around the dinner table."

However Muppets from Space showed a very different take on Gonzo's whole family situation. Similar to his situation on Muppet Babies, Gonzo lamented that not only did he not know where he came from but he also didn't truly know what he was. Contradicting other mentions of Gonzo's youth, it is established that Gonzo has never known any member of his family (or anyone else of his species). In the film Gonzo is contacted by aliens channeling his breakfast cereal, and a pair of Cosmic Fish soon reveal to him that he is, in fact, an alien from outer space. It is later revealed that many "zotons" ago Gonzo was lost, and his family has ever since been looking for him. These alien bretheran has been trying to contact him for sometime by placing the message "R U There" all over Earth. After they make contact with Gonzo, they make plans (via a sandwich) to rejoin with their long-lost brother and take him home. They arrive at Cape Doom in their giant spaceship (guided by an egg-like light beacon). These aliens displayed the same general physical characteristics as Gonzo's. They are a musical culture, and their "most ceremonious of ceremonies" includes blowing the honoree out of a cannon. Gonzo is ecstatic to discover what he is and, for the first time, meet others of his family and species. He does consider going with them, however in the end he realizes his true home is on Earth with his Muppet family.

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Gonzo's Grandma tucks him in

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