Who is the coolest Muppet Baby?

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Naysayers, I know what you’re thinking right now: “That’s a trick question. The Muppet Babies are not cool.” But I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. Muppet Babies introduced a generation of kids to both Jim Henson’s beloved creations and a host of other pop culture milestones — who else saw the cartoon’s parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark long before they saw the movie itself? That alone earns the series some serious cool points. Furthermore, Muppet Babies taught us that when our rooms looked kind of weird, the best thing to do was close our eyes and make believe. This is still my general coping strategy. Finally, the babies were part of a cartoon dream team that successfully convinced children that smoking marijuana is akin to committing a triple homicide. They saved lives, people!

So even though the Muppets’ older selves are grabbing all the headlines these days, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember the menagerie at Nanny’s house. Read through the members of the crew, then let us know: Which Muppet Baby is the coolest one of all?

Kermit
You identified with him if: People looked up to you because you were genuinely nice.
Line in the theme song: “I like adventure!”
Greatest musical moment: “Green Ranger”
Grows up to be: Kermit the Frog, head Muppet and all-around good dude.

Piggy
You identified with her if: You were obnoxious.
Line in the theme song: “I like romance!” (Way to be a positive feminist role model, Piggy.)
Greatest musical moment: “Biggest Little Pig in Hollywood.” She was ripping off Madonna way before Gaga stopped wearing pants.
Grows up to be: Miss Piggy, Kermit’s narcissistic, camp-tastic soul mate.

Gonzo
You identified with him if: You never quite felt like you belonged, and you had a schnoz that could be seen from orbit.
Line in the theme song: “And I’ve got blue hair!”
Greatest musical moment: “Semi Weirdo,” a plaintive ballad about not being quite odd enough.
Grows up to be: Gonzo The Great, noted iconoclast and chicken fetishist. He also starred in a crappy Muppets movie that almost killed the film franchise… until Jason Segel came around.

Rowlf
You identified with him if: The other Muppet Babies’ high-pitched voices got on your nerves, or you desperately wanted a dog.
Line in the theme song: “I’ll play the piano!”
Greatest musical moment: “Rolfgang Amadogus,” or maybe “You’re Special To Me.” Man, now I’m tearing up.
Grows up to be: Rowlf the Dog, musician extraordinaire.

Fozzie
You identified with him if: Your favorite part of a popsicle was the groaner written on the stick.
Line in the theme song: “I love great jokes!”
Greatest musical moment: “Wocka Wocka Wocka,” obviously.
Grows up to be: Fozzie Bear, amiable tomato target.

Animal
You identified with him if: You were either a total savage or a big fan of Joey Gladstone. Because apparently, Dave Coulier voiced Animal from 1986 to 1991.
Line in the theme song: “Animal dance!”
Greatest musical moment: “Booka Booka”
Grows up to be:
The crude, neanderthalic drummer for Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. This is why we should teach our children boundaries.

Scooter
You identified with him if: You also liked Donatello best.
Line in the theme song: “I’ve got my computer!”
Greatest musical moment: “Look At Me Now.” No, not the Chris Brown song,.
Grows up to be: The Muppet Show‘s nebbish gofer.

Skeeter
You identified with her if: You were a girl, but not obnoxious.
Line in the theme song: “I flip through the air!”
Greatest musical moment: “He’s My Hero”
Grows up to be: Nobody. Skeeter was invented for the cartoon just so there’d be one non-Piggy female character. Lamesauce!

Nanny
You identified with her if: You were endlessly calm and understanding, and also didn’t have a torso.
Line in the theme song: “Is everything all right in here?”
Greatest musical moment: Legs can’t sing.
Grows up to be: Something terrifying, most likely.

Which baby/disembodied pair of gams gets your vote?


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  • Jean

    Rowlf, hands down. I’m glad I’m not alone.

    • LOL

      Hillary Busis is the coolest Muppet Baby.

    • pickle t1ts

      Is that a muppet babies tattoo?

    • ebola

      YEAH ROWLF! GET IT

    • Laurie

      I thought I alone would pick Rowlf. This vote has happily surprised me.

      • bryan norton

        fonzie is faritot muppet baby i liked his waka waka waka lagh

  • Peter

    Fail! You left out Beaker and Bunsen.
    “Me like inventions”
    “Mee mee mee MEEEEEEEE!”

    • Hillary Busis

      There are so many characters on the show, and Bunsen and Beaker weren’t in every episode—so I felt like I had to draw the line somewhere. Plus, if Beaker had been included, the poll would have been moot (he’s obviously the coolest).

      • Peter

        But they’re in the opening.

        You have a point about Beaker, however.

      • Andy

        Beaker was my favorite!

      • Amy

        I would have totally voted for Beaker if he was in the poll. Instead, I had to go for my second favorite: Fozzie Bear. Wokka wokka!

    • MysterWright

      EPIC fail! Beeker for honorable mention! Like Chewbacca at MTV awards getting the medal he didn’t in Star Wars.

  • Kevin

    Rowlf!!! Easily the coolest Muppet Baby! However, my favorite was Gonzo (my love for Gonzo does not extend to the “adult” muppets… he’s OK, but baby Gonzo was awesome!).

  • Cody

    Now we just need to have a rally to get Muppet Babies out on DVD! F’reals!!

    • JessInPortland

      I would sign that petition. Although it was my favorite cartoon when I was little. What if its awful now??

      • josh

        You got that right.I’ve had several experiences recently where several movies that amazed me as a child seen unbearably dreadful today!LOL!

  • Mr. Holloway

    Rowlf and his toy piano (and his already gruff-ish voice) were the coolest, and it’s not close.

    Glad to see he’s getting the love in the poll so far.

  • Annie

    Baby Gonzo with Carmela, his baby chick!!!

    • Tony

      Actually, it’s Camilla.

  • Francisco

    Where the heck is Bunsen and Beaker???? MMMEEE MEEEE MEEEEPP!!!

    • llevinso

      Adult Beaker was always my fave. I loved the way his puppet mouth looked and his meeping!

  • Allison

    LOVE the Muppet Babies. I had Kermit and Miss Piggy stuffed animals. But I chose Skeeter for the poll. She was the only cool girl.

    • carly

      Oh my God, you just reminded me of the stuffed Rowlf toy I had as a child. I think it came in a happymeal.

  • Evan

    I have never met anyone who said Muppet Babies were not cool! It would be great to get a complete series DVD or maybe Teletoon Retro could start showing it…or both! Difficult to pick the best baby though. I will have to think about this.

  • Stefanie

    Robin – Kermie’s tadpole nephew.

    • Ms. Chanandler Bong

      He was the best! Out of all the episodes I remember him the most.

  • S

    I honestly remember more about Muppet Babies than the actual Muppets

    • Gina

      Seconded!

  • Tom in STL

    Nanny was voiced by June Cleaver!

  • Emilee

    The episode where Animal was missing and they actually got to leave the nursery to look for him is my favorite!

  • Gina

    Muppet Babies is my favorite cartoon of ALL TIME! Count me in on the DVD rally. I want to watch all of these episodes so bad. And I’m 25, for crying out loud!

  • BK

    Gonzo!
    And, for the record, I liked Muppets From Space.

    • RYAN JAMES NEUFELD

      BINGO BANGO, FOR BK…

      re: i totally agree with him-her!

      i too identify with the great gonzo and have his movie on vhs!

      *it is hard to be a freak from outer space*

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