Animal Tops My list of Muppets
I know many may like the two Grumpy Old Men, Miss Piggy or The Great Gonzo, but my favorite Muppet has always been Animal. He rocks, no really he rocks. Animal can the beat the skins with the best of them, and many think he was modeled after The Who drummer Keith Moon.
Animal is portrayed as an excellent drummer, playing with and/or against both Buddy Rich and Harry Belafonte in separate drum-offs on The Muppet Show as well as Questlove on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011.
Some even think he was modeled after John Bonham of Led Zeppelin fame in fact, many of Animal's physical attributes were supposedly based on Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Mitchell, a friend of Jim Henson's according to the Muppets' bio.
The other reason I love Animal is the way he hunts. On one episode that Alice Cooper was the guest star Animal had a skit where he went hunting. Did he use a Browning A-Bolt, Winchester Model 70, Ruger Model 77 or Winchester Model 70? No, Animal uses a Bazooka. That’s right when he goes rabbit hunting Animal just pulls out the big gun and blast away. It’s also a very funny episode, if you ever get a chance to check it out do so.
So who is your favorite Muppet?
Watch Animal vs Buddy Rich