Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a French sculptor. In 1880, he was awarded the commission to create a portal for the planned Museum of Decorative Arts. Although the museum was never built, Rodin worked for 37 years on this monumental sculptural group, "The Gates of Hell", depicting scenes from Dante's Inferno in high relief.
Many of his best-known sculptures, like "The Thinker" (Le Penseur, representing the poet Dante), "The Three Shades" (Les Trois Ombres), and "The Kiss" (Le Baiser) were designed as figures for this monumental landscape of eternal passion and punishment, and only later presented as works in their own right.
- In 1984, Miss Piggy and Kermit spoofed "The Kiss" as "The Smooch" in Miss Piggy's Art Masterpiece Calendar.
- For the exhibit The Art of the Muppets, promotional posters featured Kermit spoofing Rodin's "The Thinker."
- In Episode 2870 of Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch posses a skunk fountain based on "a famous Grouch statue of a skunk in deep concentration...The Stinker."
- In an animated Sesame Street insert, an animated version of Rodin's "The Thinker" is shown. In the animated segment, the statue thinks about the letter N, eventually getting up to nibble some noodles. (First: Episode 3978)
- In a "Global Grover" segment, Grover and his burro Roberto return from Mexico with some clay, from which Roberto sculpts Grover in a parody of Rodin's "The Thinker." (First: Episode 4081)
- "The Chewer" is featured in The Cookie Thief.
- Baby Gonzo suspects The Thinker of stealing Baby Fozzie's lunch box in the 2018 Muppet Babies episode "You Ought to Be in Pictures."
- Mr. Statler later appeared in the same pose, covered in sand by Baby Animal, in the same show's episode "Farewell, Statler and Waldorf."