Check Out the ‘Periodic Table of Muppets’
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[Source: Mike BaBoon Design]This must make Count von Count’s day. Artist Mike Boon has designed a colorful tabular arrangement of Jim Henson & Co.’s imagination. “The Periodic Table of The Muppets” is a comprehensive classification of both memorable and not-so-memorable Muppet characters who made their homes in our living rooms over the years. And, in keeping with the Mendeleevian rule of elements residing in the same periods (horizontal) and groups (vertical) have a shared chemistry and exhibit trends in properties, so similar traits exist for the Muppets (ie. Big Bird’s group). Clever.
Here’s a breakdown for deciphering:
Each square represents a different character and indicates the primary Muppeteer(s) for that character, as well as the year and production in which the character made its debut. Borders align with hair/hat colour, background aligns with skin/fur colour, and colour of the abbreviated name represents nose colour (for characters with noses that is).
It should come as no surprise that Kermit (Kr) is the Hydrogen of the table, the most abundant Muppet, so to speak. The Swedish Chef’s stache is present, as are the fine characters from Fraggle Rock. While we’re not sure who Thog (Th) is, that creepy-as-hell Uncle Deadly (Un) made the cut.
Who’s your favorite Muppet?