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Miss Piggy Through the Years

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The evolution of Miss Piggy.

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Piggy Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
(1974)
The original Miss Piggy puppet here is the same one that would be used on the first season of The Muppet Show. She wears a silver silk gown with pearls and gloves. Blue cloth is attached to her gloves, possibly to hide the rods connected to her arms. Jim refers to her as "Piggy Lee."
Piggy.herbalpert
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
(1974)
The same puppet appears with Hoggie Marsh, who also introduces her as Piggy Lee, the girl who he discovered whilst waiting at a train station.
PiggySV
The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
(1975)
Piggy is more of a generic pig in the Muppet Show pilot. She has beady eyes and possesses hooves instead of hands.[1]
Miss Piggy season 1
The Muppet Show
Season 1
(1976-1977)
Her beady eyes are replaced by large blue eyes with lashes and eyelids. She is commonly seen wearing the same apparel she wore in her variety show appearances.
Piggy ZeroMostel
The Muppet Show
Season 2
(1977-1978)
Her head has a new shape, with a much shorter snout. Her eyes also change and are larger in comparison to her new smaller head. In the second half of season two, her tongue changes from red to pink.
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Piggy HelenReddy
The Muppet Show
Season 3
(1978-1979)
Miss Piggy's head has been entirely resculpted and flocked for the very first time: it is a bit taller, with her snout on a strong downward angle. Her eyes are a little bigger and her hair is updated to a much more realistic, less tangled-up look.

She sports a larger variety of new costumes, slowly phasing out her previous standard silver dress.

Even though the first foam latex Miss Piggy was introduced in The Muppet Movie, one of the first foam latex versions could apparently have appeared part way through this season on the show as well.[2]

PiggyTMM
The Muppet Movie
(1979)
Her eyes change once again, getting fuller lashes. Her hair becomes a bit longer, sometimes with curls. Her head is resculpted yet again, her nostrils are darkened slightly, and her skin has more of a pink hue. This movie was the first time a foam latex Miss Piggy was used.
Tmspiggylindalavin
The Muppet Show
Season 4
(1979-1980)
Miss Piggy's head is resculpted yet again, sporting a larger snout. The shape of her eyes is different than in The Muppet Movie, with a possible mean look to them. Her hair is fuller.
MissPiggy-Season5
The Muppet Show
Season 4/5
(1980-1981)
Piggy has a different head shape, her eyes are repositioned, and she has a lighter skin color. Different hairstyles and more outlandish costumes become more common through the final two seasons of The Muppet Show. Her hair reaches its longest stage.
Piggyinprison
The Great Muppet Caper
(1981)
Piggy's head shape is slightly updated and her hair is mostly a darker blonde than on The Muppet Show. Several full body and "stunt" Piggy puppets appear throughout the movie, with various design differences.
PiggyTMTM
The Muppets Take Manhattan
(1984)
Piggy begins to sport a perm. She gets larger, her head is reshaped, and her eyes change position slightly.
PiggyMFC
A Muppet Family Christmas
(1987)
Piggy still has the perm.
Psa.nwf1988
National Wildlife Federation PSA
(1989)
Piggy sports the short, straight do for the very first time. The perm reappears only sporadically, such as in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, though promotional material shows the straight do.
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The Disney Christmas Special
(1989)
An entirely unique, much skinnier head was used for Piggy's appearance on The Disney Christmas Special, which aired in the UK. Her eyes were oddly placed, drooping downward for this appearance, and her appearance on The 1989 Emmy Awards only.
MTVEurope-1996-05-21--05
Various appearances until the mid-1990s
(1996)
Piggy's head shape is back to something more familiar. Her hair varies in length but stays mostly short and straight throughout the early to mid-1990s.
PiggyMT
Muppets Tonight
(1997)
Piggy's hair stays shorter, and even though the perm is back, it often stays more wavy rather than tightly curled throughout the run of the show. Her eyes have been re-adjusted to focus slightly outward and up, rather than forward, for most of her appearances on the show. The same can be seen during an earlier appearance at the 1996 Academy Awards.
PiggyMFS
Muppets from Space
(1999)
Piggy's hair is still short, but straight again. Her eyes are moved closer together again.
PiggyVMX
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
(2002)
A few different Piggy puppets pop up around this time, one with obviously larger eyes (not shown). Piggy also begins wearing a flipped up shorter hairdo (not shown).
PiggyMWOO2
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
(2005)
Miss Piggy sports a shorter hairstyle. Also in the movie, she has long black curls, white hair, and brown hair.
PiggyBrown
Debut of The Muppets Wizard of Oz
(2005)
Piggy has brown hair.
Piggy
America's Funniest Home Videos
(2005)
Miss Piggy's hair is back to being long and blonde.
Miss Piggy on Late Late Show 0001
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
(2007)
Piggy goes back to curly hair. Occasionally, a puppet head with a shorter/tighter snout is used.
Letters to Santa (4)
A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa
(2008)
Miss Piggy gets a rounder, fatter head. Her hair is changed to a whiter blonde and bangs are added. She begins sporting longer, fuller eyelashes.
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Disney Xtreme Digital
(2008-2010)
Miss Piggy's head remains round and fat, but her hair is short and looks layered. It is also flipped up at the end, and she still has bangs. There are also many photos of a curly haired Miss Piggy on Disney Xtreme Digital (not shown).
Miss-piggy-1
The Muppets
(2011-present)
Miss Piggy's head is modified with light blonde hair; commonly either long and curled, or short and straight with bangs.
Alternate Piggy Puppets
Disney'sHonoraryVoluntEarsCavalcade-PiggySkin
Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade
(2010 only)
A slightly larger "weatherproof" version of Piggy, covered in fleece skin (rather than flocked), with a glued-on wig and thicker, sturdier eyelashes was built for Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade parade that ran in early 2010.

The puppet was later re-used for special sing-along performances at the El Capitan Theatre, preceding screenings of The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted.

See also

Sources

  1. ToughPigs.com - An Interview with Bonnie Erickson: Part 2 of 4
  2. Talk: Proof of earlier transition to foam latex Piggy

Start a Discussion Discussions about Miss Piggy Through the Years

  • Earless Piggy

    2 messages
    • Should Earless Piggy that has been seen a few times be included on here? (http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Today) Austinmuppet (talk) 05:04, March ...
    • It's not an evolution of the puppet. It's just an appearance mistake.
  • Piggy

    2 messages
    • Anyone notice that, starting on the video I've posted below, Miss Piggy has became skinnier? 00:32 Muppets Most Wanted...
    • Yeah, she does look trim there. But her weight tends to fluctuate a lot from one project to another.

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