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 , ridden by The Muppet Movie Statler and Waldorf. He then later appeared in "The Rainbow Connection" Finale.
, Sopwith has a small background role during The Muppets Go to the Movies Rowlf's silent movie presentation.
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
Since 2015, the Spopwith puppet is on display at the
Center for Puppetry Arts as part of their permanent Worlds of Puppetry exhibit.
Steve Whitmire performing Sopwith
Caroly Wilcox building Sopwith
Behind the scenes
on The Muppet Movie