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The following is a list of Muppet Mentions made in notable productions produced for the internet outside of the Henson/Sesame fold, all of which are too brief or minor to constitute having their own page in the Internet Mentions category.

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Fred

  • In Fred Goes to the Movies!, Fred goes to see an R-rated movie titled Nightmare on Sesame Street.

How It Should Have Ended

How The Phantom Menace Should Have Ended

JibJab

  • In their 2011 Year in Review video "2011, Buh-Bye!", popsicle stick puppets of Bert and Ernie appear singing "We told the whole world, 'We're not gay!'" Caricatures of Kermit the Frog and Jason Segel are also seen briefly.
    • The original gag intended for Bert and Ernie (pictured below) was that they would pop up with female pigeons and a female Rubber Duckie.[1]
  • The 2012 Year in Review video, "The End is Here!," features Jerry Nelson in Heaven, holding an angelic version of The Count. A small doll of Big Bird also appears in Mitt Romney's box as he's booted from the White House premises.

RowdyC.com

  • In Rowdy C.'s TV Trash review of Sonic Underground, he criticizes the show's music, saying that the Muppet Babies sing better than them.
  • In the TV Trash review of Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills, Rowdy comments on the show's puppeteering, "The fact that I just saw the new Muppet movie only makes this more painful."
  • For the first week of his TV Trash Summer Spectacular about dinosaurs in 2013, Rowdy reviewed Dinosaurs.

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

  • In "A Scotsman who can't watch a movie without shouting..." the title character watches The Muppet Movie and yells at Kermit for not using his brain to make decisions such as taking a Studebaker to Hollywood, and picking up other puppets on the way.

Slate

  • June 7, 2012: Simon Doonan writes about his own narcissism, comparing himself to Miss Piggy: "Like Miss Piggy, I am completely in the thrall of moi, and I happily acknowledge the fact. When she said, 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye,' Miss P. spoke for us both. There are two pink follow spots up in the sky: one is pointed directly at Miss Piggy, and the other one is drenching yours truly in flattering light." [1]
  • June 8, 2012: Dahlia Lithwick espouses the Muppet Theory, a paradigm that divides the world into two types of people: Chaos Muppets and Order Muppets.
    • "Chaos Muppets are out-of-control, emotional, volatile. They tend toward the blue and fuzzy. They make their way through life in a swirling maelstrom of food crumbs, small flaming objects, and the letter C. Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and—paradigmatically—Animal, are all Chaos Muppets. Zelda Fitzgerald was a Chaos Muppet. So, I must tell you, is Justice Stephen Breyer."
    • "Order Muppets—and I’m thinking about Bert, Scooter, Sam the Eagle, Kermit the Frog, and the blue guy who is perennially harassed by Grover at restaurants (the Order Muppet Everyman)—tend to be neurotic, highly regimented, averse to surprises and may sport monstrously large eyebrows. They sometimes resent the responsibility of the world weighing on their felt shoulders, but they secretly revel in the knowledge that they keep the show running. Your first grade teacher was probably an Order Muppet. So is Chief Justice John Roberts."
    • "Be it 'Pigs in Space,' Oscar’s garbage can, or producing a hit Broadway show in 19 hours, it’s always crucial to get the ratio of Order-to-Chaos exactly right."
  • August 29, 2012: Jeremy Stahl reports on what Swedes think of The Swedish Chef. The verdict: they think he sounds Norwegian, and they wish we'd stop asking them. He also discusses the claim of an actual Swedish chef, Lars "Kuprik" Bäckman, that he may have been Jim Henson's inspiration for the character, an idea that Jerry Juhl categorically dismissed. [2] In a separate item, Stahl posts videos created by a Swedish YouTube user who has "translated" the Chef's gibberish into the Swedish words he thinks they sound like. [3]
  • October 9, 2012: Rachael Larimore points out that while Big Bird is currently causing a bit of chaos in the Presidential race, he is in fact an Order Muppet; Dahlia Lithwick (originator of the Unified Theory of Muppets) confirms. [4] In a separate item, Brian Palmer explains why Sesame Street isn't on a commercial television network. [5]

Ted

Foggy bear

Ted takes on "Foggy Bear."

As a tie-in for the 2012 movie Ted, a browser game was launched called "Fists of Furry," where Ted fights parodies of other famous talking bears like Yogi Bear, a Care Bear, and Fozzie Bear.

Tiny Fuppets

A cartoon created by Scott Gairdner satirizing both Muppet Babies and hastily-produced foreign knockoffs of American cartoons, supposedly an original Portuguese creation whose creator is apparently unaware of the existence of Muppet Babies.

Funny or Die

  • In the video "Jean Dujardin's Villain Auditions," one of his auditions is for "Muppets 2", which has him saying "Kermit..." in a menacing way.
  • The song "Handjob, Blandjob, I Don't Understand Job" features references to Elmo and Statler and Waldorf. And, in the end, two people appear in Statler and Waldorf masks.

Annoying Orange

  • In a Let's Play of Flappy Birds featuring Orange he says maybe it would help if he sings to the tune Rubber Duckie while playing the game and the background used in the video has Orange as Ernie & Grapefruit as Bert

Sources

  1. JibJabbin': Scene 20 – Ernie and Bert

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