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Blind Pew
PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1996
DESIGN Michael Frith designer
  Ed Christie builder

Blind Pew is a threatening pirate who hunts for Billy Bones in Muppet Treasure Island. As in the original Treasure Island, Pew is after the treasure map, accompanied by other former members of Captain Flint's crew. In contrast to the novel, where Pew's blindness enhanced his sinister qualities, his disability renders him a comic figure, grasping at a moose head and mistaking Jim Hawkins for a girl. However, he proves surprisingly perceptive upon hearing Billy Bones cocking the hammer on his gun, skillfully knocking the gun away before it can discharge and incapacitating its owner. He also speaks with a French accent.

Blind Pew visits the Admiral Benbow Inn to give Billy Bones the black spot, indicating that Bones will soon die. He later returns with a gang of pirates, searching for Bones' treasure map. A lamp gets knocked over in the ruckus, setting the inn ablaze. Pew is last seen wandering blindly through the flames, saying, "I think I smell something burning, no?"

He also appeared in the Muppet Treasure Island video game. He later resurfaced as a gulag prisoner (sans eyepatches) in Muppets Most Wanted.

For Treasure Island, Blind Pew's hands were operated by Bill Barretta.[1]

Sources[]

  1. ↑ Muppet Guys Talking Extras! - Muppet Treasure Island
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