Something hit me the other day as my son watched his Elmo toilet training video for the three thousandth time. We don’t see a lot of the Muppets’ home lives, but what we do see is generally pretty traditional. Baby Bear lives with his parents. Abby Cadabby talks about her mom all the time. Prairie Dawn tells a story about underwear shopping (no, really) with her mommy on the DVD. Cookie Monster has referenced both his mommy and his daddy, Grover has a mommy and a daddy too. Elmo definitely lives with his mommy and his daddy, although I suspect the Muppet he calls mommy is secretly daddy’s second wife.
Basically all the Muppets have at least one parent around who they refer to every now and again. Generally it’s a mommy, but there’s always at least one.
Except for Big Bird.
I have seen four thousand episodes of…
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