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DEBUT 1977
Doglion opening shot TMM

Doglion becomes the first Muppet to grace the silver screen in the first few seconds of The Muppet Movie.


Concept sketch.


Doglion at The Muppets Take the Bowl.


Palisades' Mini Muppet

Doglion is a full-bodied Muppet monster who was featured on The Muppet Show and more sporadically thereafter. He first appeared in episode 209 in a recreation of the "Happy Girl Meets a Monster" routine with Madeline Kahn. Other notable appearances include an interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast" with Lesley Ann Warren, and singing with Sweetums and Cloris Leachman.

He holds the distinction of being the first Muppet to ever grace the silver screen as evidenced in the opening shot of The Muppet Movie, walking through the backlot as the camera pans down from the World Wide Studios statue. Shortly later, he "takes" a seat Miss Piggy had saved for Kermit.

He also appeared in the 1990 The Cosby Show episode "Cliff's Nightmare," alongside a number of other Muppets (mostly from The Jim Henson Hour).

He appeared in three episodes of Muppets Tonight. The most notable was in episode 107. As the punchline to a riff on the famous Mah Na Mah Na sketch, with Kermit and Sandra Bullock, Doglion manifests when Sandra says "Shave and a haircut" (to add "Two bits").

Doglion made his first appearance in nearly two decades at The Muppets Take the Bowl in 2017, participating in "The Muppet Show Theme."

Doglion has never had a consistent performer. Known puppeteers have included Jerry Nelson (episode 209), Frank Oz (episode 211), Jim Henson (episode 224), Dave Goelz (The Muppet Movie), Rob Mills (episode 112 of The Jim Henson Hour), Noel MacNeal (The Cosby Show), and Bill Barretta (Royal Variety Performance and Muppets Tonight). Bruce Connelly operated the puppet as a part of a special presentation with ABC in the 1990s.[1]

The name "Dog-lion" was previously used in a storyboard for a Wilkins Coffee commercial, drawn by Jim Henson in the late 1950s. This storyboard features Wontkins being eaten by a Wilkins-drinking creature, who is described in Henson's notes as a "monstrous dog-lion-beast."[2]


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