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This article is about the Muppets character. For the Parks and Recreation episode, see Sweetums (Parks and Recreation).
The Muppets character
First appearance

The Frog Prince
Created by

Jim Henson
Portrayed by

Voiced by

Species Muppet Ogre
Gender Male

Sweetums is a very large, imposing and hairy Muppet ogre about nine feet tall. Despite appearing menacing, he is often depicted as friendly and harmless.


Sweetums has very thick blondish-brown hair all over his body. He has a very large lower jaw, similar to a bulldog, which juts out, revealing two pointy teeth. He has thick, brown eyebrows over his large yellow eyes, and large nose. He often wears a shabby, burlap-like brown shirt. Many are fooled by his menacing appearance, but he is very nice and humble, hence his name, "Sweetums".


Sweetums first appeared on the television special The Frog Prince in 1971 as a witch's ogre. There he tried to eat the hero, played by Kermit's nephew Robin. He later performed a duet with Robin and the two appeared together on merchandise as best friends.

During his first appearance, Sweetums was performed by Muppeteer Jerry Nelson and voiced by voice veteran Carl Banas, but soon after, Richard Hunt made the character his own. Hunt gave life to Sweetums throughout the run of The Muppet Show and the first two Muppet movies. During the making of Muppet*Vision 3D, when Hunt's health deteriorated, Muppet creator Jim Henson's son, John Henson, did the puppetry, while Hunt did the voice. After Richard Hunt died, John Henson eventually took over both voice and puppetry.

Sweetums also played a car jack in a used-car lot in The Muppet Movie. After Kermit and his friends ask him if he wants to go to Hollywood with them, he shouts "Hollywood!" repeatedly and runs away, only to come back with his suitcase shortly after the group has left. He pursues the group for the duration of the movie, finally making it to Hollywood, bursting through the movie screen, shouting "I made it!!". There is an homage to this gag in The Muppets.

He can also be seen in The Great Muppet Caper, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, and other various Muppet specials. Sweetums was performed by Matt Vogel in 2011's The Muppets.

The character also appears at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Disneyland Resort's Disney California Adventure Park in Muppet*Vision 3D. He is the only Muppet to appear "live" in the show. All other Muppets that appear in the theater are audio-animatronics.

The character was seen in an episode of Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony. His most recent appearances were in the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day ads.

Casting history

Main Performers

Alternate Performers

External links

  • Sweetums ] on Muppet Wiki, an external wiki]
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