|PERFORMER||Jerry Nelson puppeteer|
|Francois Klanfer voice|
|DESIGN|| Michael K. Frith,|
Jim Henson designers
|Don Sahlin builder|
Rover Joe is a hound dog who first appeared in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. In that special, he was Mean Floyd's dog, thrown out after the superstitious farmer mistook Rover Joe for a ghost. Befriended by Leroy the Donkey, Rover Joe plays the trombone in the animal band, though he initially confuses the instrument with a hambone. Rover Joe is a tired old dog, rejuvenated by the companionship of the other animals and the hope of finding a new family.
The puppet was rebuilt during Season 4 of The Muppet Show, with small beady eyes replacing the nearly-closed ones.
In later years, he made cameo appearances alongside his Muppet Musicians bandmates in the first issue of Muppet King Arthur and The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Illustrated Holiday Classic.
- The Muppet Musicians of Bremen
- One to One
- The Muppet Show
- The Muppet Movie ("Rainbow Connection" finale)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan
- Muppets Tonight (Audience member)
- Falk, Karen. "Jim Henson's Red Book", 4/26/1972 – Air "Muppet Musicians of Bremen".