Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Minimalist Muppets

As a general rule, I am a fan of minimalism. Add pop culture to that, and you just got your name put on my Christmas Card list! (Ed. Note - You're name will not actually be added to my Christmas Card list - unless you are my mother. Hi mom!)

There have been some really terrific Minimalist Movie Posters circulating the internet in the recent past, and I even did one of my own which I will probably be posting whenever I feel like it. (Planning ahead is for nerdz)

In the spirit of trying new things, I wanted to try some minimalism that wasn't a movie poster. Throw in my recent trip to the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry, and the ever-expanding buzz around the new Jason Segel helmed Muppet Movie, and it was pretty much a no-brainer:

Minimalist Muppets.

(click image for full size)

Can you figure them all out? Well if you can't, it may be time to blow the dust off of your VHS copy of Muppet Treasure Island and pop that sucker in, (Ed. Note - An acceptable alternative to this would be the Muppet Christmas Carol) and feel free to use the cheat sheet below. (CHEATER!)

(L to R)
Row 1

Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Swedish Chef, Scooter, Waldorf, Statler, Rizzo the Rat

Row 2
Dr. Teeth, Zoot, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Janice, Animal, Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker

Row 3
Sweetums, Sam the Eagle, Gonzo the Great, Camilla the Chicken, Miss Piggy, Rowlf the Dog


Update: 11-28-10

This post was featured on The Muppet Mindset, one of the internets top blogs for everything Muppets! Thanks to Ryan Dosier, of Muppet Mindset, for posting it.

Update: 11-30-10

This post was featured on the Cheezburger Network site The Daily What.

Update: 12-02-10

Prints of this piece are now available! Please refer to this post for details, or just go straight to the site to purchase! Thanks!

Update: 12-05-10

This post was featured on the hotlink section of

Update: 12-22-10

This post was made into a quiz and featured on the homepage of


  1. Turns out the only one I wasn't really sure of was Miss Piggy. I knew it had to be her, but that's the only reason I got it right. Very interesting, but I hope they don't make a movie with these. lol

  2. Are you selling this? It's really cool and I would love to give it as a Christmas gift!

  3. The most acceptable choice of Muppet movies is THE Muppet Movie.

  4. Love it!

    Okay from left to right from memory: Kermit, Fozzie, The Swedish Chef, Scooter, Waldorf, Statler, Rizzo, Dr. Teeth, Zoot, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Janis, Animal, Dr. Bunson Honeydew,
    Beaker, Sweetums, Sam the American Eagle, The Great Gonzo, Camilla, Miss Piggy, Rowlf.

    p.s. I'm a huge muppet fan! LOL!

  5. Oh my. You have to make prints of this.

  6. This is excellent. You'd make a mint selling prints of this - I'd buy one :-)

  7. I just showed this to my wife, who said "can we buy it--I'd definitely hang it!" So add me to the list looking for prints!

  8. Yes. Please. Let me buy this on high quality archival paper. Feel free to contact me!

  9. Hey everyone! Hopefully I will prints available for this design in a few days. Keep checking back and I will keep you posted!


  10. Yeah, I'm ready to buy too! Super rad!

  11. Add me to the print list pls!

  12. Hey everyone!

    Check out my newest post for information on getting prints!


  13. This is super cool and reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing.

    xxx C

  14. Just another person saying, prints please! I'm also doing my master's thesis on the Muppets so thank you for your contribution!

  15. Could you make it so people could download individual muppets. id love to make one my wallpaper on my phone.

  16. @Chappa & any others interested in images of the individual muppets:

    If you use any of the links in the side bar to send me a message, I will send you images of whichever individual muppets your heart desires!

    Thanks, and remember, if you are interested in purchasing a print, you can find more information here:

  17. These are awesome! I recently designed a "Minimalist Christmas Story" poster and in searching to confirm someone else hadn't already done something similar I came across your illustrations. Really fantastic.

    (Mine can be viewed/downloaded here if you're interested:

  18. Nice job Eric.
    Linked to your artwork from my new blog.

  19. Surely you know this already, but this is featured on the front page of today:

  20. Can I still be a minimalist if I have one box filled with old keepsakes/memories ?

  21. What was the name of the tv series from around 2005 featuring adults in serious situations and muppets?

    1. Crank Yankers (real prank phone calls acted out with muppets)

  22. How well do you think the new Muppets film coming out in November will do at the box office?

  23. Are there any minimalist shoes that have good arch support and cushy soles?