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|The Muppets character|
|First appearance||The Frog Prince|
|Created by||Jim Henson|
Sweetums has very thick blondish-brown hair all over his body. He has a very large lower jaw, similar to a bulldog, which juts out, revealing two pointy teeth. He has thick, brown eyebrows over his large yellow eyes, and large nose. He often wears a shabby, burlap-like brown shirt. Many are fooled by his menacing appearance, but he is very nice and humble, hence his name, "Sweetums".
Sweetums first appeared on the television special The Frog Prince (based on the story of the same name) in 1971 as the henchman of a full-bodied Taminella Ginderfall (who was previously seen in the pilots to Tales of the Tinkerdee and The Land of Tinkerdee). There he tried to eat the hero, played by Kermit's nephew Robin. He later performed a duet with Robin and the two appeared together on merchandise as best friends.
During his first appearance, Sweetums was performed by Muppeteer Jerry Nelson and voiced by voice veteran Carl Banas, but soon after, Richard Hunt made the character his own. Hunt gave life to Sweetums throughout the run of The Muppet Show and the first two Muppet movies. During the making of Muppet*Vision 3D, when Hunt's health deteriorated, Muppet creator Jim Henson's son, John Henson, did the puppetry, while Hunt did the voice. After Richard Hunt died, John Henson eventually took over both voice and puppetry.
Sweetums also played a car jack in a used-car lot in The Muppet Movie where a salesman introduced him as his Jack. When called "Jack" by Kermit, he replied "Jack not name; Jack job!" . After Kermit and his friends ask him if he wants to go to Hollywood with them, he shouts "Hollywood!" repeatedly and runs away, only to come back with his suitcase shortly after the group has left. He pursues the group for the duration of the movie, finally making it to Hollywood, bursting through the movie screen, shouting "I made it!!". There is an homage to this gag in The Muppets.
He can also be seen in The Great Muppet Caper, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, and other various Muppet specials. Sweetums was performed by Matt Vogel in 2011's The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted.
The character also appears at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Disneyland Resort's Disney California Adventure Park in Muppet*Vision 3D. He is the only Muppet to appear "live" in the show. All other Muppets that appear in the theater are audio-animatronics.
- Jerry Nelson - The Frog Prince (puppetry only)
- Carl Banas - The Frog Prince (voice only)
- Rob Mills - The Jim Henson Hour (1989)
- David Rudman - The Cosby Show ("Cliff's Nightmare", 1990)
- Ed Christie - occasionally filling in for John Henson
- Victor Yerrid - Family Feud (2001), Barnes & Noble promotion (2003), Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony (2005)
- Noel MacNeal - Studio DC: Almost Live and A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)