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Clodhoppers
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Concept art for The Muppets at Lincoln Center.

The Clodhoppers are a group of dancing blue monsters who first appeared in the 1970s.

Each full-figured puppet is manipulated by a single performer whose feet are attached to the characters' feet, while their hands operate the puppet's head and hands. The puppeteers were dressed in black to hide themselves against the black background, bunraku-style.

The Clodhoppers were designed by Jim Henson in 1972 for The Muppets at Lincoln Center which never went into production. They first appeared on the TV special Julie Andrews: My Favorite Things in 1975, where they were identified as the Klunks.

On The Muppet Show, where they were first called the Clodhoppers, they danced with Valerie Harper in episode 120 and appeared as a Dixieland band in episode 324.

Years later, they appeared live on stage for the 1980 World Puppetry Festival and the 1993 Royal Variety Performance, and three members of the group danced with Paula Abdul as she sung "Opposites Attract" in episode 206 of Muppets Tonight.

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