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Sopwith413
PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1978
DESIGN Michael Frith designer
  Caroly Wilcox builder
Sopwith camel concept

Concept sketch by Frith.

Sopwith the Camel was a seven-foot tall Muppet Bactrian Camel who, together with Helen Reddy, sang and danced to "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" for the closing number on episode 313 of The Muppet Show.

He also appeared in the finale of episode 413 and later in episode 518 where he (she) was referred to as "Loretta."

Sopwith appears in a deleted scene from The Muppet Movie, ridden by Statler and Waldorf. He then later appeared in "The Rainbow Connection" Finale.

In The Muppets Go to the Movies, Sopwith has a small background role during Rowlf's silent movie presentation.

Muppet builder Caroly Wilcox took two weeks to build the Sopwith puppet. It was performed by two dancers, standing up in the costume with their legs acting as the camel's. The front dancer used his arms to control the head.

The name is a reference to a WWI aircraft, the Sopwith Camel.

Since 2015, the Sopwith puppet is on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts as part of their permanent Worlds of Puppetry exhibit.

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