Beaker and Dr Honeydew

Beaker and Dr Bunsen Honeydew 2… aka my husband and I.

It seems I had an even more tragic childhood than I imagined as I did not see even one episode of The Muppets. I had thought I was too old for them, but my dear husband tells me I’m not! When he suggested on the phone today that he was Beaker, I was completely clueless, hence the link to the lesson about The Muppets. I had been struggling today with a ‘Tuesday humour’ blog, so Beaker and Dr Honeydew might just have to be it.

When I turned 40, I felt my body was ‘oh so slowly’ catching up to the age inside my head, and then when I turned 50, I was almost there. I grew up in a rural community, and spent a lot of time with my grandparents and a great aunt, which influenced me greatly. My taste in music, television, movies and clothing was closer to someone 20-40 years older than me, until the last few years, when one girlfriend rightly declared, I am getting younger!

If watching The Muppets was or is your thing, then please join this conversation and tell me what to look out for, what amazing and funny scenes I might expect. Will it be worth my while giving up a weekend to watch some of the episodes??? I’m not a doctor, but my dear husband says in our relationship, he is just like Beaker and I am like Dr Honeydew! Obviously I’m going to have to watch at least one episode to see what we’re like…

After Richard Taylor adding so much about them I decided I’d better add this;

4 thoughts on “Beaker and Dr Honeydew

  1. I watched it a little, I think, but of course I remember nothing about it.

    But I think that you’re Kermit the Frog – because I think he was the leader, the Muppet that was directing everything …… ask hubby and if this is right, then YOU are Kermit the Frog.

    And watch this ……. this song played a large part of my life about 2 years after diagnosis while I was doing relaxation sessions …. terrible YouTube clip, but the song is what I loved…..


  2. Hello, FYI more than you probably need to know about Dr.Bunsen Honeydew and Mr. Beaker. This info is from wikipedia. If the shoe fits wear it, knowing that you can always change shoes whenever it seems appropriate.


    Dr. Bunsen Honeydew is the resident scientist on The Muppet Show, and the host of the Muppet Labs sketches. In season one of The Muppet Show he worked alone, but in season two, his assistant Beaker was added to the show. Bunsen is always eager to show off his latest scientific discovery, but his excitement about progress tends to render him short-sighted. Beaker usually ends up being harmed by Dr. Honeydew’s inventions. Bunsen Honeydew’s name comes from the scientific instrument called the Bunsen burner, and the shape of his head, which looks like a honeydew melon.

    Bunsen’s inventions have included a gorilla detector, exploding clothes, edible paper clips, a banana sharpener, hair-growing tonic, and a machine that can turn gold into cottage cheese.

    He has appeared in every Muppet movie, often with a large role contributing to the film’s plot. In The Muppet Movie, Kermit the Frog meets Bunsen and Beaker in an old ghost town, where Honeydew shows off his latest invention, “Insta-Grow Pills,” which can temporarily make things grow bigger. In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Bunsen and Beaker portray charity workers. In Muppets from Space, Bunsen invents a number of devices for the Muppets to use when they rescue Gonzo.

    Bunsen’s birthday is on the 20th of some month. In the Muppet Babies episode “Muppetland,” Bunsen invites Kermit to his birthday which is to take place “in two weeks.” Kermit circles Saturday the 20th on the calendar in a month with 31 days. This episode aired in 1987 and no months match the calendar seen.

    In a 2004 Internet poll sponsored by the BBC and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew were voted Britain’s favorite cinematic scientists. They beat Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, their closest rival, by a margin of 2 to 1 and won 33 percent of the 43,000 votes cast.

    There is a myth that Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was intentionally patterned after the real life person of Lord Grade (aka Lew Grade). Jim Henson commented on this in a 1982 interview stating:

    “ Bunsen Honeydew was not specifically Lord Grade when we did him. It would have been easy to make him much more like Lew Grade if we had tried to and, in retrospect, I wish that we had. The character that owns the Muppet theatre only appeared a couple of times and I always — in looking back — wished that I had made that to look just like Lew Grade because he’s very caricaturable. ”
    The Muppet Show
    “The Muppet Show Theme” (Seasons 2-5)
    Episode 108: Paul Williams (Muppet Labs: All-Purpose Tenderizer)
    Episode 112: Peter Ustinov (Muppet Labs: Robot Politician)
    Episode 114: Sandy Duncan (At the Dance with Pink skinned Whatnot Muppet)
    Episode 115: Candice Bergen (“Look at That Face”)
    Episode 116: Avery Schreiber (Muppet Labs: Gorilla Detector)
    Episode 118: Phyllis Diller (Muppet Labs: Exploding Clothes)
    Episode 202: Zero Mostel (Muppet Labs: Steel Rabbit)
    Episode 208: Steve Martin
    Episode 212: Bernadette Peters (Muppet Labs: Bunsonium)
    Episode 215: Lou Rawls (Muppet Labs: Nuclear Shaver)
    Episode 216: Cleo Laine (Audience)
    Episode 217: Julie Andrews (Muppet Labs: Hair-Growing Tonic)
    Episode 219: Peter Sellers (Muppet Labs: Teleporter)
    Episode 221: Bob Hope (Muppet Labs: Automatic Wastebasket)
    Episode 222: Teresa Brewer (Muppet Labs: Electric Nose Warmer)
    Episode 301: Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (Muppet Labs: Elevator Shoes)
    Episode 304: Gilda Radner (Muppet Labs: Super Adhersive)
    Episode 305: Pearl Bailey (Muppet Labs: Edible Paper Clips)
    Episode 306: Jean Stapleton (Muppet Labs: Shrinking Pills)
    Episode 307: Alice Cooper (Muppet Labs: Germ Enlarger)
    Episode 308: Loretta Lynn
    Episode 318: Leslie Uggams (Muppet Labs: Fireproof Paper)
    Episode 319: Elke Sommer*
    Episode 402: Crystal Gayle (Muppet Labs: Banana Sharpener)
    Episode 407: Dudley Moore
    Episode 414: Liza Minnelli
    Episode 415: Anne Murray
    Episode 416: Jonathan Winters (Muppet Labs: Luggage Compressor)
    Episode 418: Christopher Reeve (Muppet Labs: Milking Machine)
    Episode 420: Alan Arkin
    Episode 422: Andy Williams (Muppet Labs: Pet Converter)
    Episode 504: Shirley Bassey (Muppet Labs: Alchemy)
    Episode 506: Brooke Shields
    Episode 510: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Muppet Labs: Electric Sledgehammer)
    Episode 514: Mac Davis (Muppet Labs: Copying Machine)
    Episode 515: Carol Burnett
    Episode 522: Buddy Rich
    The Muppet Movie
    The Great Muppet Caper
    I Love Liberty
    The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show
    The Muppets Take Manhattan (Wedding Finale)
    The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years
    A Muppet Family Christmas
    The Jim Henson Hour
    Episode 107: Health and Fitness (Muppet Labs: Exercise Shoes)
    The Muppets at Walt Disney World
    The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
    Muppet*Vision 3D
    The Muppet Christmas Carol
    Muppet Treasure Island
    Muppets Tonight
    Episode 101: Michelle Pfeiffer (performed by Bill Barretta)
    Episode 106: Tony Bennett
    Episode 107: Sandra Bullock
    Episode 108: Jason Alexander (Murder on the Disoriented Express)
    Episode 202: Rick Moranis (Muppet Labs: Micro Shrink-o-Matic Machine)
    Episode 203: Heather Locklear
    Episode 204: Pierce Brosnan
    Episode 206: Paula Abdul (Muppet Labs: Robot Abraham Lincoln)
    Episode 208: The Cameo Show (Little Richard impersonation)
    Episode 211: Andie MacDowell (Star Trek cruise)
    Muppets from Space
    Bunsen (the scientist) and Beaker (the guinea-pig)
    Bunsen (the scientist) and Beaker (the assistant)
    “Keep Fishin'” music video
    It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
    “We Are Family” music video
    The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz
    Muppets TV
    The ESPYs
    A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
    D23 Expo (2009)
    Give a Day. Get a Disney Day. commercials
    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
    America’s Funniest Home Videos
    Disney Xtreme Digital
    Muppet Labs Tech Support
    What’s a Whatnot?
    “Do Not Touch” button
    Muppet viral videos
    Muppet Labs Experiment 2Q975: Carve-O-Matic
    Muppet Labs Experiment 5T832: Ghost Hunt
    “Bohemian Rhapsody”
    The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora
    Movie Night
    The Muppet Show Theme Music Video
    UL Labs commercial
    WWE Raw SuperShow
    The Muppets
    Dancing with the Stars
    Kermit’s Party – Episode 3
    The Case of the Stolen Show
    Just for Laughs
    Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular
    Album appearances

    Beaker is a Muppet character from The Muppet Show. He is the shy, long-suffering assistant of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and is likewise named after a piece of laboratory equipment.
    During the first season of The Muppet Show, Bunsen Honeydew presented the Muppet Labs segments by himself; Beaker was added as his lab assistant from the second season on. Beaker has bulging eyes, a shock of red hair, and a drawbridge mouth. He was originally puppeteered and voiced by Richard Hunt until Hunt’s death in 1992, when the role was taken over primarily by Steve Whitmire.
    Beaker is a magnet for misfortune; his appearances typically involve him being blown up, electrocuted, eaten by large monsters, or losing body parts. Beaker communicates in a nervous, high-pitched squeak that sounds like “Mee-mee-mee mee”. In books and merchandise, the sound is spelled “Meep”. In The Muppet Movie he appeared to say something other than “mee” or “meep” (he “meeps” Honeydew’s previous line “sadly temporary”). His tone or expression helps to communicate his meaning. “Meep” and “mee” are pronounced to rhyme with “beep” and “bee”, respectively.
    Contents [hide]

    Beaker rapidly became a favorite with audiences, who both sympathized with and enjoyed laughing at his humorous sufferings. Occasionally, Beaker was able to take revenge, particularly a segment in which he inadvertently made several copies of himself and spent the rest of the episode chasing Dr. Honeydew around the theater. In the 2008 TV special, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, Beaker is even more fortunate when he tests a wish machine and gets the company of model Petra Němcová, and not only refuses Honeydew’s order to send her back, but then also successfully teleports away with her to apparently enjoy his first wish for the rest of the story…
    Beaker has also appeared as a musical performer, amazingly singing “Danny Boy” and “Carol of the Bells” with the Swedish Chef and Animal, and “Feelings” solo. He also sang “Ode to Joy” with his clones who were accidentally formed by Dr. Honeydew’s copying machine, and Beaker has also performed “Habanera (aria)” with the Swedish Chef, and Animal, in which Swedish Chef appears to swallow Beaker in the end, maintaining the tradition of Beaker’s comedic mishaps. The “Danny Boy” performance was marked by the Chef’s singing in his trademark gibberish and Animal’s inability to remember anything but the first three words. For “Feelings,” Animal had to shush the increasingly unruly crowd (who abused the Muppets throughout the episode) so Beaker could finish: “QUIET!!…Thank you.” In the 2011 film The Muppets, Beaker sang a comedic a cappella version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as part of a barbershop quartet with Sam the Eagle, Rowlf the Dog and Link Hogthrob. Because of Disney’s designation of the Muppets franchise as being for family audiences, Beaker was given a crucial role replacing the song’s more questionable lines like “a mulatto” and “my libido” with “mee-mee-mee-mo.”[1]
    The two scientists were later incorporated into the Muppet Babies animated series. Howie Mandel (during early seasons) and Dave Coulier voiced Bunsen, and Frank Welker provided Beaker’s squeaky meeps. Beaker was performed by Kevin Clash in The Muppet Show Live. An animated Beaker was also voiced by Richard Hunt, his usual performer during that period, when he appeared in the short lived Little Muppet Monsters series.
    Ode To Joy(01:41)
    Ode to Joy is the common term used to refer to the fourth and final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In choral performance, the piece used the text from the poem An die Freude (Ode to Joy).

    Beaker performed the movement in an online video. To be more specific, six Beakers perform the number: one on violin, one on timpani, one keeping time with the metronome, and three vocalists, all replacing the lyrics with extended “Meemeee”-ing. Inevitably, disaster ensues. The video was nominated in the Music category of the 2009 Webby Awards, as well as the ‘People’s Voice’ award. Beaker won the Webby Award, and accepted the award at the June 8th ceremony.

    This song is used for episode 209 of Muppets Tonight during the montage of “Greatest Hits” on the show.

    An upbeat version of the song is used as chase music at the end of a Monsterpiece Theater segment, Conservations with My Father.



    • Hello Richard… I love it that you added almost the whole Wikipedia entry for me to increase my severely lacking knowledge aout The Muppets and my new alias Dr Honeydew!! Huge hugs my friend xox


You are very welcome to respectfully join this global conversation.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.