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Scooter Through the Years

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The evolution of Scooter.

Image As seen in / Year Notes
Scooter photo
The Muppet Show
(1976-1991)
The original Scooter has a triangular head shape with rounded points, both in head height (with a rounded point on top) and mouth length (with a rounded point towards his nose area). This head shape, in contrast to later versions of the puppet, gives his face a more diamond shaped appearance in front view.

His skin color is a vibrant orange. His hair consists of a patch of heavy-duty dark orange yarn hanging down close to his ears. He wears a shiny, light green track jacket.
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Muppet View-Master reels
(1979 only)

For the View Master reel Meet Jim Henson's Muppets (as well as consecutive promo shots, later used for posters such as this one) a photo puppet of Scooter sports considerably shorter hair, a slightly thicker frame for his glasses, and a more pale, yet still shiny jacket.

Scooter also had this look for (most of) the second half of Season 3 of The Muppet Show (starting with episode 314).

MFS-NewScooter-1999-NEW
Muppets from Space
(1999-2002)
For Scooter's first appearance since Richard Hunt's death, his head shape has changed noticeably. His lower jaw has been lengthened, but even more prominently, his head has lost height towards his hair-patch point and the triangular-rounded shape towards his nose area has lost it's inward curve on the sides of his face, providing him with an overall flatter, rounder appearance.
VMX-FlatScooter-2002-NEW
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
(2002-2010)
Scooter's head shape has further changed, making him appear even more flat-faced. His eyes are tilted farther back, giving him a more upward look when talking, rather than allowing him to focus on his counterpart. His track jacket has changed from the shiny, light green fabric to a dull, darker green material.
NewRetroScooter-(2010)-NEW
Entertainment Weekly photo shoots
(2010-present)
As first seen in several two-page spreads, published in Entertainment Weekly to garner interest in the The Muppets, Scooter's head is modified to it's original taller, triangular shape with rounded points. Through this, his eye focus is restored.

He also once again wears his shiny, signature track jacket.
Images Comparison / Year Notes
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Flat-face effect comparison
(1983 vs. 2008)
Illustrating the changes of Scooter's head shape over time, especially his loss of facial height, the gained length and width of his lower jaw, and the resulting loss of inward curves on the sides of his mouth, through the examples of his appearances on Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983) and A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008).

The effect was reversed in late 2010 (see above).

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