The Muppet Movie Minute 28 – A More Flamboyant Muppet

We are introduced to each member of the Electric Mayhem.

NOTES AND RESEARCH

Dr. Teeth

PIANO

PERFORMER : Jim Henson 1975-1990

He has very long arms so additional puppeteers are required to guide them; this design enabled Henson to work the Teeth puppet while another performer acted as Teeth’s “hands” in order to play the keyboard.

the live hands version has five fingers on each hand, while the rod arm version has four on each hand.

Dr. Teeth sketch from Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal

Floyd Pepper

BASS

PERFORMER : Jerry Nelson 1975-2003

At a Museum of Television and Radio seminar in 1992, performer Jerry Nelson said:

“I always thought of Floyd as a character who had probably been a beatnik first, and then — just like real life — probably been a beatnik, and then he was into jazz and poetry, and then he probably went along with the chase into rock and roll, because he needed a job. He drew the line at punk, as I probably did myself, I think. That’s why I can relate to Floyd, I guess because he’s all those things.”

His original outfit was a suit similar to the ones worn by The Beatles on their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, along with a green hat, though he sometimes wore the Muppet Show’s signature purple tux as well.

Floyd Pepper sketch from Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal
Floyd Signature (Muppet Wiki)

Zoot

SAX

PERFORMER: Dave Goelz

For the run of The Muppet Show, Zoot’s musical “voice” was Frank Reedy. For The Muppet Movie, sax player David Garland performed the duties.

Zoot was designed by Bonnie Erickson after seeing Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri.

 

Janice

LEAD GUITAR

PERFORMER: Richard Hunt 1977-1991

Michael Frith’s original sketch of the character indicates that she was intended to be a male character, a takeoff on Mick Jagger’s emaciated frame and prominent lips.

Janice sketch from Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal

Animal

DRUMS

PERFORMER : Frank Oz 1975-2000

Animal was the mascot of the U.S. snowboarding team for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Frank Oz says that he had his character down to five words: Sex, sleep, food, drums and pain.

Animal Sketch from Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal

Scooter: Don’t forget about me

(These are mostly my thoughts and observations. I have occasionally added some of Annie’s thoughts after the recording. I have done my best to attribute info where needed. Many of the more common facts about the film and The Muppets are not directly attributed to any one source. It is not my intention to claim all of the above information as my own. If you find a place that needs attribution, please contact me with the source and I will be happy to add it.)