Whatnot (Muppet)

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The Whatnots are a type of character that is associated with The Muppets.


The Whatnots are Muppets extras[1] with blank heads and customizable faces, clothes, and hair[2] that are similar to the Anything Muppets from Sesame Street. Like the Anything Muppets, each of the Whatnots are customized for different roles. There were many different Whatnots that appeared in The Muppet Show:

  • The first versions of the Whatnots that appeared in the first two seasons have heads that are similar in design to the Fraggles from Fraggle Rock.
  • The second versions of the Whatnots that appeared in later seasons had humanoid appearances with sculpted noses.

The Muppets once took over The Today Show with some Whatnots[3][4] to promote the Muppet Whatnot Workshop. The Workshop in FAO Swartz[5] allows people to purchase a custom Whatnot[6][7][8] with chosen clothes and facial features.[9] Whatnot kits were later sold through Toy 'R' Us after FAO Schwartz was acquired by it.[10][11]

There were some Whatnots that have been redressed and refurbished for Puppet Up! by Julianne Buescher.

Known Whatnots[edit]

Some of the known Muppet characters started out as Whatnots:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Muppet Whatnot". Fao.com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ "What's a Whatnot?". YouTube. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  3. ^ ""The Muppets Take Over Today" (1/5) - Send in the Whatnots!". YouTube. 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  4. ^ "TODAY gets Muppet-ized!". TODAY.com. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  5. ^ Shelley Frost, Demand Media. "Things to Do With Little Kids When It Rains in New York | USA Today". Traveltips.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Muppet Whatnot Workshop, Design Your Puppet - FAO SchwarzŽ". Fao.com. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  7. ^ Ries, Brian (2008-12-02). "The Muppet Whatnot Workshop at F. A. O. Schwarz". NBC New York. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  8. ^ http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/01/a-muppet-entirely-your-own/?_php=true&_type=blogs&apage=1&_r=0
  9. ^ "New York Fashion Week - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - New York Runway Photos". Runwaynewyork.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  10. ^ Ralliarct. "FAO Schwarz Muppet Whatnot Puppet Kit - Orange - FAO Schwarz". Toys "R" Us. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  11. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/business/economy/27toy.html