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Piggy-sesame
Miss Piggy's picture in the background of a Sesame Street sketch. A picture of Joe Raposo can also be seen on the left.

Muppet scenes mentioning names of performers, Henson employees, other Henson productions and other pieces of inside information.

Sesame Street

Count It Higher
Joe Raposo's "cameo" in Count it Higher.
Fbiondo
Real-world Sesame cameraman is credited in a sketch.
AlphaChatJStone
J. Stone directs an Alphabet Chat episode.
Martians-pigsinspace
Martians encounter pigs in space.
Monster venice book
Maria catches up on an old Monsterpiece Theater story.
MPTDrTeeth
Dr. Teeth's "cameo" in an episode of Monsterpiece Theater.
PiggyOatmealBook
Miss Piggy in Don't Forget the Oatmeal!
HooperDollar
Mr. Hooper on the dollar bill

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

The Muppet Show

306Bert
"Contact Bert of S.S." on The Muppet Show.

The Muppet Movie

TMM-EMBus-BigBird
Big Bird on the Electric Mayhem Bus.

Fraggle Rock

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The Dark Crystal on Fraggle Rock.
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Kermit and Piggy costumes on Fraggle Rock.

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Dogs
Jim and Frank in The Muppets Take Manhattan.
Babyrowlf-bigbird
Baby Rowlf's Big Bird toy in The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Muppet Babies

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Baby Gonzo on The Muppet Show stage in "The Incredible Shrinking Weirdo."
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Jim Henson, Bert and Ernie in This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood.
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Big Bird in the Muppet Babies episode "Get Me to the Perch on Time."
Muppetbabies-labyrinth
A Labyrinth-ian scene in Nice to Have Gnome You.
Masquerade ball
Illustrated cameos of Henson employees in 'Baby Piggy's Night at the Ball.
  • As the curtain rises on Baby Piggy in "Musical Muppets," the college auditorium audience scene from the beginning of The Muppets Take Manhattan is used as a backdrop for the animated characters.
  • In "Muppets Not Included," a live-action Dr. Teeth appears as one of the hundreds of celebrities in Baby Piggy's game show, "Celebrity Circles."
  • In "Bug-Busting Babies" the babies become bug exterminators and set out to recruit members for the team. Their first recruit is Kermit the Frog, who they find working at a diner off of Sesame Street.

Follow That Bird

Little Muppet Monsters

  • The door to the basement has a picture of the cast from Pigs in Space.

Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series

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Big V on Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series.

The Jim Henson Hour

  • When Digit has a case of "the reruns" in Episode 101: Science Fiction and strings together a number of television catch phrases, one of the sentence fragments he utters is "Today's show is brought to you by the letter--", a reference to the sponsor letters on Sesame Street.

Ghost of Faffner Hall

The Muppets at Walt Disney World

  • When Miss Piggy takes control of the army tank in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Kermit calls out to her: "How are we going to explain this to Big Bird?"

Shalom Sesame

Dinosaurs

Good Morning America

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Statlershopsign
"Statler and Waldorf" haberdashery in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
  • Amidst the shops in Victorian London, one sign reads "Duncan & Kenworthy, Booksellers."
  • There is a store called "Micklewhite." Michael Caine's real name is Maurice Micklewhite.
  • Another sign, on a haberdashery near the end of the film, says "Statler & Waldorf."
  • Louise (chicken) was named in an adlib by Dave Goelz after fellow Muppeteer Louise Gold, who had been assisting him with Gonzo. [2]
  • Although part of the gag reel, there is a scene where Gonzo and Rizzo are sitting on the shelf with the busts. Rizzo takes one look at the bust of Shakespeare and exclaims, "Hey! It's Frank Oz!". Gonzo adds, "They coated him with plaster! Frank, speak to us!"

Dog City

Muttstakemanhattan

The Animal Show

Muppet Classic Theater

Muppets Tonight

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Bobo reads the newspaper featuring an ad for Muppet Treasure Island.

Big Bag

Muppets from Space

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Sesame's stoop in Muppets from Space.
  • According to the book Muppets from Space: The Making of Muppet Movie Magic, the "door in a jar" provided by Muppet Labs was intended to be a replica of the front door of 123 Sesame Street. As realized, there are several differences. 123 Sesame Street's stoop has 6 steps and the "door in a jar" had 7, and the window above the door differs from the Sesame design. The "door in a jar" was also red whereas 123 Sesame Street's door was green (the door of 123 Sesame was red for a period of time but that did not happen until 3 years after Muppets from Space was released). However, the door is a replica of the the door used in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, which was filmed concurrently with Muppets from Space.
  • The newspaper that Kermit reads during the breakfast scene is called the "Hensonville News Observer".

Farscape

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Sesame Street on Farscape.

Kermit's Swamp Years

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Ahead of its time: Wilson's Animal keychain.
  • There are several behind-the-scenes references in the pet store, including Muppet performer names and an ad for "Salmon Friends" (Sam and Friends) fish food.
  • Wilson's license plate is JMH-924 -- James Maury Henson, September 24 (his birthday).
  • Wilson also has an Animal keychain on his truck keys.
  • When Kermit speaks to the star from the swamp, he says, "You called my name," a reference to the lyric from "The Rainbow Connection."
  • The Hartis movie theater is name after Muppet builder Paul Hartis, who was heavily involved with this film.
  • In the bloopers, Kermit messes up his line in the opening scene, and does a Swedish Chef imitation.

Muppet Action Figures

  • The regular variant of Sam the Eagle Action Figure Series 8 by Palisades Toys includes a book titled "Standards and Practices - The code of Ethics and The Standards of Professional Conduct, 118th Edition". Inside the book is the "Nudity" speech from episode 206 and The Muppet Show 2 album.
  • The "shifty-eyed" variant of Sam the Eagle Action Figure Series 8 by Palisades Toys includes a book titled Strategies for the All-American Campaign: Sam the Eagle 2004. Inside the book is a list of "Important people to mention in speeche" (sic). The list includes Wayne and Wanda.

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

MirrorMask

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A book on Muppets in Space on Mirrormask.
  • One of the books that fly off the library shelves is entitled "Muppets in Space."

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

Plaza Sésamo

PSPartySupplies
Susana uses official Plaza Sésamo merchandise.
PSElmoBook
An Elmo's World book in Pancho's recording studio.
PSRoosaveltPhoto
Pancho complement's Roosevelt's hair.

Sesame Beginnings

Unstable Fables

3 Pigs and a Baby - Swinetrek
Lisa Henson's credit with the Swinetrek on Unstable Fables.

Sid the Science Kid

  • Arnie, Sid's stuffed dinosaur, is similar in design to Dog from Living with Dinosaurs (albeit much larger and with a horn on his nose).
  • In the episode "Sid's Amazing Lungs", Gerald pretends to be various characters during playtime; when pretending to be a baby he looks directly into the camera and exclaims "I'm a baby, gotta love me!" with the same style and tone as the baby on Dinosaurs.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

Pajanimals

Squacky
Squacky's copy of It's Not Easy Being Green on Pajanimals

Emmet Otter musical

  • While sifting through a box of old objects, Jane's dad pulls out an old Elmo doll.
  • A piano and guitar amp are branded as "Henson" manufactured.

Disney Xtreme Digital

  • In the bottom right corner of the main stage, among a box and other clutter, sits the original version of Ernie's Rubber Duckie.

Muppet Peter Pan

MuppetPeterPan-Comic-ForTheBirds
A comic book that's "For the Birds"

Muppet Robin Hood

Muppet King Arthur

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"Sale, yes? Bargain, yessss?"
  • The Dave Álvarez covers for issues #1 and #2 depict Delbert the La Choy Dragon on Kermit's shield, as does the interior for issue #1.
  • A Skeksis can be spotted at the Festival, selling Gelfling essence.
  • Leroy, Rover Joe, T.R. and Catgut from The Muppet Musicians of Bremen can be seen insulting King Arthur along with Sam in issue #1.
  • In Issue #4, Arthur and Percival watch Sam the Eagle, Sir Cumnavigate and Sir Mount ride off into the sunset. When Percival asks if they'll reach their destination, Arthur replies, "Sure. They just keep going straight and when they hit the fork in the road they bear left." Percival replies, "Are you sure they aren't supposed to frog right?" This is a reference to 2 famous lines from The Muppet Movie .

The Muppet Show Comic Book: Family Reunion

  • In issue #1, when the Muppets are reunited with Skeeter, Animal is seen wearing a bonnet, like he did when he was a baby.
  • In issue #2, Bunsen and Scooter can be seen looking down the Big V's mouth, undoubtedly looking for a victim of the Glow Worm sketch.
  • In issue #4, Delbert the La Choy Dragon can be seen eating up a building.

Muppet Snow White

  • In issue #1, Rizzo expresses surprise that he and Gonzo are supposed to be playing brothers. Gonzo counteracts, pointing out that the brother thing worked with Kermit and Fozzie in The Great Muppet Caper.
  • In issue #2, Happy (Janice) meets Snow White (Spamela). She tells her Snow White is her favorite fairy tale character next to Wendy from Muppet Peter Pan.
  • In issue #3, one of the suggestions for the new name of the Seven Dwarfs was Solid Foam.

Muppet Sherlock Holmes

The Muppets

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  • The Hollywood Walk of Fame's Jim Henson pole banner can be seen during the dance routine on Hollywood Boulevard. A framed photo of Jim also appears on Kermit's office wall among other celebrities.
  • The movie features many references to the original Muppet movie:
    • The vehicle that Mary and Carlos work on in her classroom is the same one the gang gets from Mad Man Mooney's.
    • "The Standard Rich and Famous Contract" Kermit signs in the movie is used.
    • Mad Man Mooney's makes a re-appearance, now renamed "Mad Man Mooney's and Son." Sweetums is shown working there again and is forced to chase after the gang's car again.
  • At the beginning of the film, a few Playhouse Videos are seen on top of Gary and Walter's TV. Later in the opening, a copy the Muppets From Space DVD is sitting on top it. During "Life's a Happy Song", DVD copies of The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Movie and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz are seen on their shelf.
  • Clips from The Muppet Show are used during Walter's origin story at the film's beginning. Later, short audio clips are used when Kermit first enters the dilapidated Muppet Theater.
  • When Tex Richman reads in a magazine that the Muppets have gotten together again, Uncle Deadly and Bobo begin to sing Together Again. Later, Walter plays a few bars from it on a backstage piano.
  • The Muppet Theater's curtain rail system is branded with its installation date - September 24, 1936, Jim Henson's birthday.

Kermit's Party

Sources

  1. "What's Really On The Shelves In Hooper's Store?" Sesame Family Robinson. May 9, 2011
  2. Personal communication, from Dave Goelz, to Emma Shane, April 2003.

See also

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