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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Muppet engineer Kermit Love has passed away

Ain't It Cool News is reporting the sad news today that Kermit Love, who designed Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus for Sesame Street in addition to many other Muppets after an already renowned costuming career, has passed away at the age of 91.

Love (who insisted that he was not the namesake inspiration for Kermit the Frog, yeah I checked) also did a lot of commercial work, including the creation of Snuggles Bear and the very strange La Choy Dragon:

I'm telling you, folks back then thought and imagined on a whole 'nother scale than we can do nowadays.

Thanks for all your years of wonder and dedication, Mr. Love. You helped bring joy to millions of children, of all ages. And we won't forget that.


qemuel said...

Well, I growled when I read the Supreme Court ruling, and then laughed out loud repeatedly at the antics of the La Choy Dragon.

Little sugar, little salt.

Chris Knight said...

How much of that damage was intentional and how much was from the poor guy trying to move around in that HUGE suit and still work the arms, mouth etc.? :-P