October 10, 2012
Gonzo is the lovable long
nosed character from Jim Henson's beloved
creations The Muppets. He has been in many
Muppet films such as 'The Great Muppet Caper,'
'Muppet Treasure Island,' 'The Muppet Movie,'
'The Muppets,' 'It's a Very Merry Muppet
Christmas Movie,' 'The Muppet Christmas Carol,'
Space,' 'The Muppets Take Manhattan,' and 'The
Muppets Wizard of Oz." He can also
be found in television shows such as 'Muppets
Tonight,' 'The Jim Henson Hour,' 'Little Muppet
Monsters,' 'Muppet Babies,' and 'The Muppet
Show.' In video games he can be found in Jim
Henson's Muppets, Tap Tap Muppets, Muppets Party
Cruise, Muppet RaceMania, and Muppet Monster
Adventure just to name a few. Gonzo can also be
found in other merchandise such as clothes,
vinylmations, toys, books (comic books and
regular books), and halloween costumes.
He mainly lives at Muppet
Studios, but over the years has traveled all
over depending on which Muppet movie you were
watching. He has many friends he can count on
when he needs them including Kermit, Rizzo,
Piggy, Rowlf, Pepe, Fozzie, and Camilla just to
name a few. His enemies include Tex Richman,
Trevor the Gross, and anyone else that tries to
hurt his friends or his family.
Gonzo has a very bright and
zany fashion sense. Some of his outfits include
multi colored checkered suits and purple
tuxedos. He also has a variety of Gonzo the
Great stunt outfits that he wears.
He was created by the Jim
Henson company and Dave Goelz was his puppeteer.
Dave also was the man behind characters such as
Beauregard and Bunsen Honeydew. Other people who
have voiced Gonzo over the years were Hal Rayle
and Russi Taylor. Gonzo debuted in 1976 and has
been a staple of the company ever since.
Gonzo can be found in Disney
parks around the world in the attraction Muppet
Vision 3-D. He can also be found on the Disney
Cruise Line ships in the interactive game on
board called Midship Detective Agency. In my
opinion the Muppets are underused in the theme
parks. I would love to see Disney come up with
more creative ways to get them into the parks.