The Muppet Movie Minute 79 – Real Life Hands

Kermit meets Bunsen and Beaker. Floyd and Animal are introduced to Insta-Grow pills.


Musical Rotating Rain Barrel

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

Dave Goelz


According to his laboratory door seen in the “Flowers on the Wall” music video, Dr. Honeydew is a certified Ph.D., esquire and a C.S.I.O.E (Chief Scientist in Charge of Everything).

There is a myth that Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was intentionally patterned after the real life person of Lord Grade (aka Lew Grade). Jim Henson commented on this in a 1982 interview stating:

“Bunsen Honeydew was not specifically Lord Grade when we did him. It would have been easy to make him much more like Lew Grade if we had tried to and, in retrospect, I wish that we had. The character that owns the Muppet theatre only appeared a couple of times and I always — in looking back — wished that I had made that to look just like Lew Grade because he’s very caricaturable.”


Richard Hunt 1977-1991

Steve Whitmire 1992-2016


Prior to Beaker’s debut, Dr. Honeydew appeared in Muppet Labs segments by himself, but the timid assistant added a new level of comedy to the sketches.

In a 2004 Internet poll sponsored by the BBC and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew were voted Britain’s favorite cinematic scientists. They beat Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, their closest rival, by a margin of 2 to 1 and won 33 percent of the 43,000 votes cast.*Vision_3D

Bunson and Beaker in MuppetVision 3D (Photo from Jim Hill Media)


  • “useful” inventions?
  • laboratory inside the old general store
  • describe lab
  • interesting lab location

animal and floyd walk in

not surprised more people; excited; they don’t get many people stopping by

insta-grow pills

(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.)