Minute 83 – Grab and Toss – The Great Muppet Caper

Animal bites through the bars and Miss Piggy finds a ride.

NOTES AND RESEARCH

Impressively, Animal actually bites through the fence!

What are they really thinking though? The guards are right there!

Piggy and the truck driver

  • Classic Piggy
  • Sweet and Deadly
  • Tosses driver out by the trash cans

Peter Ustinov
A truck driver, who has his truck stolen by Miss Piggy when she gets indignant over his arrogant rudeness of refusing to give her an emergency ride.

He guest starred on The Muppet Show in episode 112. This is the second time someone else, instead of Kermit, says, “See you next time on The Muppet Show!” at the end of the episode. The first time was episode 111. In this episode, Peter Ustinov says it in his Kermit impression. According to the Muppet Morsels on The Muppet Show: Season One, Ustinov enjoyed his guest appearance so much that he was invited back for a cameo in the movie The Great Muppet Caper as a truck driver.

In 1999, Ustinov played the part of the Walrus in the Creature Shop-effects film, Alice in Wonderland and voiced Old Major in Animal Farm. The multilingual Ustinov often dubbed his own voice into other languages, and re-dubbed his Alice in Wonderland dialogue into German.

He won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, for his roles in Spartacus (1960) and Topkapi (1964), and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990.

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