- Jun 14, 2010
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She was in episode 106 of MT. There was a King Artur-themed segment of "Great Moments in Elvis History," and Scooter was repurposed for Lady Guenevere.
The problem with the Muppet Babies concept was that Piggy was a terrible role model for potential young female viewers but is the only female character among the immediate portion of the Muppets. Other official Jim Henson characters were considered including Janice, even Fraggles and Sesame Street but not only would mixing franchises have caused confusion, it was decided that the second female character needed to counter Piggy. Not only to keep that bossy diva attitude in check but also to represent a defiance of gender stereotypes. Hence Skeeter was created as a twin sister of Scooter whose tomboyish style constantly challenged Piggy, it was suggested at times that she even challenged Piggy's affections for Kermit. At the same time Skeeter was established as a strong character who could stand well on her own hence the fan response to her absence from the live action films. There was a loose explanation offered by the Henson company that she'd become an explorer and disappeared in the Amazon.
Janice was still given an appearance in one episode of the animated series but she wasn't received well. Her unique deep toned voice was not translatable to child form. I'd like to add that personally I felt that she also had more of a teenage appearance which is not the most believable as relatable to the Muppet babies.
Excellent point! This hadn't crossed my mind but is absolutely true. There was something of a 90's trend of presenting both sides of the female spectrum. The Muppet Babies was certainly no exception.If anyone knows 80's cartoons like I know 80's cartoons, there always had to be a sporty kid. Group of kids type shows always recycled the same character tropes, and this carried well into the series Arthur, a cartoon that premiered in 96.
Honestly I had no idea when I posted it, I'd Youtube-d "Muppet Babies Skeeter' looking for fun fan made theories like they have for a certain non-canon Lion King character and it was one of the first results. The only theory I ended up finding was the morbid Adult Swim video in my first post.Slackbot said:Heh, that video does get around! Yes, that's me and the Skeeter I made. She won a prize in the costume contest at that event despite not wearing a costume at all.
When Amy Mebberson posted a picture of that puppet on her tumblr I just about died of sheer artistic validation. That said, I plan to rebuild her, giving her a better-shaped head, the next time I find myself between commissions.
Because the shows were done well. Pink Panther and Son, on the other hand, the tropes were obvious and played so mechanically. The thing just comes off as a bad knockoff of the Get-allong-Gang (which, in hindsight wasn't that good either), and the stock personalities outweigh the characters. Not to mention how incredibly tricky it is to get a female character right without making it a Mary Sue or an insulting stereotype one way or another.As a child I was a fan of both series and stereotypes were NOT something even in my knowledge.
A Sam & Janice "shipping" experiment was one of the background stories in the "Pig Out" episode of TM2015....She was in one episode,named ,,who's tale is it,anyway?" But she had opened eyes,ever wondered why!I would love to see Skeeter later,she is such a nice girl!