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The Muppets are puppet characters created by Jim Henson. The characters include Kermit the Frog and the Muppet cast of Sesame Street. Jim Henson started work with the Muppets in the 1950's and continued until his death in 1990. The Muppets are known for an absurd burlesque and humorous style of variety-sketch comedy.

The Muppets are now owned by The Walt Disney Company. The term "muppet" is trademarked and owned by The Walt Disney Company. Puppets used in Sesame Street are still called muppets at times, and have special permission to use that name from The Walt Disney Company.

Jim Henson said the name "muppet" came from combining the words "puppet" and "marionette," but he also said that he just liked the way the word sounded. There is no defined difference between a muppet and a puppet other than the link to Jim Henson. Many of Jim Henson's muppets have large eyes, round noses, and large mouths that go from one end of the face to the other (almost ear to ear). Muppets are often made out of foam with felt on top. Puppeteers usually control the muppet with one hand in the head and the other hand controls the muppets arms. Sometimes the arms have a stick that is used to move the hand and arm - this is called the "arm rod." Puppeteers hold the arm rod at one end and the other end touches the muppet hand. Some muppets have hands that are gloves. Puppeteers put their hands in the gloves of these muppets so the muppet can move its fingers. For this reason, most muppets appear to favor their left hands.

Muppeteers and their characters

Main Muppeteers


  • Jim Henson - Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, Ernie, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth, Link Hogthrob, Guy Smiley, Waldorf, Various
  • Frank Oz - Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Marvin Suggs, Various
  • Jerry Nelson - Floyd Pepper, Robin the Frog, Gobo, Emmet Otter, Count von Count, Crazy Harry, Mr. Johnson, Pa Gorg, Various
  • Richard Hunt - Scooter, Janice, Beaker, Statler, Don Music, Sweetums, Gladys the Cow, Junior Gorg, Various
  • Dave Goelz - Gonzo the Great, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Beauregard, Boober, Traveling Matt, Rugby Tiger, Digit, Various
  • Steve Whitmire - Rizzo the Rat, Bean Bunny, Wembley Fraggle, Sprocket, Waldo C. Graphic, Various


  • Steve Whitmire - Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat, Ernie, Statler, Various
  • Eric Jacobson - Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Marvin Suggs, Bert, Grover, Guy Smiley, Various
  • Dave Goelz - Gonzo the Great, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Waldorf, Various
  • Bill Barretta - Pepe the King Prawn, Bobo the Bear, Johnny Fiama, Various
  • David Rudman - Baby Bear, Cookie Monster, Scooter, Janice, Various
  • Matt Vogel - Floyd Pepper, 80's Robot, Constantine, Various
  • Peter Linz - Walter

Cast and characters in adaptations

Characters Films
The Muppet Movie
The Great Muppet Caper
The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppet Treasure Island
Muppets From Space
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
The Muppets
Muppets Most Wanted
Kermit the Frog Jim Henson Steve Whitmire
Miss Piggy Frank Oz Frank Oz (voice)
Peter Linz
Eric Jacobson
Fozzie Bear Frank Oz Frank Oz (voice)
John Kennedy (puppetry)
Eric Jacobson
Gonzo Dave Goelz
Rowlf the Dog Jim Henson N/A Bill Barretta N/A Bill Barretta
Scooter Richard Hunt N/A Adam Hunt Brian Henson Rickey Boyd David Rudman
Statler Richard Hunt Jerry Nelson Jerry Nelson (voice)
Steve Whitmire (puppetry)
Steve Whitmire
Waldorf Jim Henson Dave Goelz
Rizzo the Rat N/A Steve Whitmire
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Dave Goelz
Beaker Richard Hunt Steve Whitmire
The Swedish Chef Jim Henson David Rudman Bill Barretta
Sam the Eagle Frank Oz Frank Oz (voice)
John Kennedy (puppetry)
Kevin Clash (voice)
John Kennedy (puppetry)
Eric Jacobson
Robin the Frog Jerry Nelson N/A Jerry Nelson N/A Jerry Nelson Jerry Nelson (voice) N/A Matt Vogel
Animal Frank Oz Frank Oz (voice)
Rickey Boyd (puppetry)
Eric Jacobson
Dr. Teeth Jim Henson N/A John Kennedy Bill Barretta
Floyd Pepper Jerry Nelson N/A Jerry Nelson (voice) John Kennedy Matt Vogel
Janice Richard Hunt N/A Brian Henson Tyler Bunch David Rudman
Zoot Dave Goelz N/A Dave Goelz
Lips N/A Steve Whitmire N/A Steve Whitmire
Sweetums Richard Hunt N/A John Henson Matt Vogel
Lew Zealand Jerry Nelson N/A Bill Barretta Matt Vogel
Beauregard N/A Dave Goelz N/A Dave Goelz
Pops N/A Jerry Nelson N/A Jerry Nelson (voice) N/A Matt Vogel
Crazy Harry Jerry Nelson N/A Rickey Boyd Matt Vogel
Camilla the Chicken Jerry Nelson N/A Jerry Nelson N/A Alice Dinnean Matt Vogel

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