How The Muppets Made A Comeback On YouTube

When I was little, nothing put a smile on my face like the Muppets – particularly Beaker and the Swedish Chef – but I was surprised to learn that until recently a lot of today’s youth had no idea who Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Scooter, Animal or Miss Piggy were! The Muppets had gone out of style somewhere between Muppets from Space and It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. But starting last November the Muppets have been making a triumphant comeback – not on television, not on the silver screen, but on YouTube.

It all started on November 23, 2009, when a Muppet cover of Bohemian Rhapsody appeared on a new Muppets Studio YouTube channel. The video, which starred Muppets Gonzo, chickens, Rowlf the Dog, Animal Pepe the King Prawn, Bobo the Bear, Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Rizzo the Rat, Mahna Mahna, Lew Zealand, Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and more, received over 10 million views within the first two weeks and took home two Webby Awards.