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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.

JibJab

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  • 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]


Mythbusters

See also: Minor TV Mentions#Mythbusters
  • In the Mythbusters aftershow for the episode of Mythbusters aired on November 23, 2011, Adam Savage remarks that he got the idea for his bright-red game-show-host suit: "The only game show hosts who wear super-loud suits are the ones on Sesame Street, which is clearly what I was influenced by." (video)

Pube Muppet

The titular character is a disembodied, homosexual Kermit head with pubic hair (represented as black scribbles). "Pube" versions of other characters feature, such as "Pube Piggy", "Pube Jason" (Gonzo), "Pube Swedish Chef", "Pube Nerd" (Scooter) and "Pube Cookie Monster".

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, Care bears 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.

Sources

  1. JibJabbin': Scene 20 – Ernie and Bert

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