The Great Muppet Caper Minute 10 – The Birds and The Bunny

A Bear, a Frog and a Whatever discuss the flight accommodations before getting tossed from a moving plane by a flight attendant.


Fozzie in a box marked Bear

Confusing Fozzie and Kermit again

Kermit in box marked Frog

9th Class

  • $12 for the flight
  • Flight from NY to London would cost about $600 each way in 1981

Gonzo in a Whatever box

Watching movie

Gonzo the “Whatever”


It was in 1981 during The Great Muppet Caper that Gonzo solidified himself as a formal “Whatever.” When Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo were shipped to England in crates. Kermit’s crate was labeled “Frog”, Fozzie’s was “Bear”, and Gonzo’s crate read “Whatever.”

“Whatever” was used thereafter whenever Gonzo’s species came into question. In one of the later Muppet comic strips, Gonzo is seen walking past a “Men” and “Women” bathroom to enter a third door labeled “Whatevers” (The strip can be seen in Jim Henson: The Works). He was called a “Whatever” in The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppet Treasure Island. In Muppets from Space, Gonzo told Noah to put him down as a “Whatever” in his dream.

Plane lands in Italy

  • You land in England
  • Semi impressive since they just pick the Fozzie box up and toss it
  • Must be Gonzo’s greatest dream

Jay Tarses Cameo

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