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Rizzo the Rat is a sly Muppet rat who loves to eat and play tricks on others. He speaks with a Brooklyn accent and is often paired with Gonzo and the two have been best friends ever since.

Background

Rizzo the Rat is a rat who has a tendency to crack mocking jokes at others or make fun of them. Sometimes, as seen in The Muppets Take Manhattan, he tries to cheat people into getting something he wants. However, he also has a sensitive side (according to Tim Hill and Gonzo during an audio commentary for Muppets from Space) and is good friends with a couple of characters. He was created by Steve Whitmire after he took a fascination to a bunch of old rat puppets made from bottles by Don Sahlin for The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. Whitmire made costumes for Rizzo, and the Muppet Show Fan Club newsletter (vol. 2, no. 4, 1980) claimed that "It is Rizzo's greatest ambition to wear a different costume every time he appears in a shot! Watch out for this well-dressed rodent -- he has every intention of succeeding. Rat on, Rizzo!"

Since The Muppet Christmas Carol, Rizzo and Gonzo have been best pals. However, that wasn't their first pairing together. They had previously interacted in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, and appeared in a sketch together on Good Morning America, broadcast March 10, 1992. Rizzo and Pepe the King Prawn also seem to have a strong friendship in Muppets from Space. Although Rizzo has no lines in the 2011 film The Muppets, he and Gonzo were interviewed together behind the scenes. In an interview, Nick Stoller explained that they tried to include as many characters as possible, but couldn't find a spot for him (or Bean Bunny) in the movie. His absence is referenced in Muppets Most Wanted, in a scene where he and Robin point out that the previous film replaced older characters such as themselves with the new character Walter.

Rizzo is named after Ratso Rizzo, a character from Midnight Cowboy portrayed by Dustin Hoffman. This name was suggested by Frank Oz.

Rizzo also tried to impersonate Mickey Mouse in Muppet*Vision 3D to get money from Sam the Eagle, though his disguise didn't work.

Trivia

  • Rizzo the Rat's film appearances in The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets from Space are both owned by Sony Pictures, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is owned by NBCUniversal, the other Muppet movies are owned by Disney (along with the rest of the Muppet franchise).

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Muppet Treasure Island: Treasure IslandShiver My TimbersSomething BetterSailing for AdventureCabin FeverBoom ShakalakaLove Led Us HereLove PowerLove Led Us Here
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Muppet Babies: Muppet Babies Theme


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Season Two: "The Froginizer / My Fair Animal" • "Starship Piggy / My Buddy" • "Finders Keepers / Monster Next Door" • "The Great Muppet Cook-Off / Animal and the Egg" • "Tagalong Polliwog / Sparkly Star Switcheroo" • "Mystery on the Muppet Express / Mister Manny" • "The Karate Cub / Don't Over Duet" • "Run Fozzie Run / My Brother Vinny" • "Beaker 2.0 / When You Wish Upon a Rizzo" • "Chicken Round-Up / Summer's Snow Cone Stop" • "Wock-a-bye-Fozzie / Gonzo's Clean Sweep" • "Meatball Mayhem / Bunsen Honeydew, Show Stopper" • "Best Friends Fixer Uppers / Gonzo's Coop Dreams" • "Win a Twin / Skeeter and the Super Girls"
Songs
Muppet Babies ThemeStart Up Your ImaginationWhat's So Scary About the Dark?Never Have to Say Goodbye (To the Summer)Get Back in the GameMe and My PotatoSuper FabulousGood Things Come to Those Who WaitYou Can Be a Dancer!Muppet Pirate ShantyThe Rules of the KingdomI'm on the CaseThe Lily Pad BluesWhat This Frog Likes to DoCar WashDirty ZoneSummer's Square DanceHopalong Froggy and the Buckin' BroncoDo You Wanna Rock?You Can Be a StarUpside-Downsy CongaYou're Not AloneFozzie's Tooth Fairy SongI've Been There, BuddyHow to Grow a Rubber Chicken TreeLaughter is the Best-est MedicineI Don't Know But I've Been ToldSuper Spooky HalloweenTry Something NewImproviseA Very Muppet Babies Christmas SongFamilyThere Are Lots of Ways to Be GreatJust Like MeFrogs and DogsToo Much MePuppy Come HomeTo Get You LaughingMeanzo Fabulous • My Fair Animal • Starship Piggy • My Buddy and Me • Must Be a Monster • Steppity Steppity • Slow Down • Penguin with a Plan • All Aboard the Muppet Express • Open Your Mind Up (To Something New) • Kick it Up a Notch • Happy Birthday Miss Nanny • Getting Away from it AllI Gotta Be Me • A Beautiful Friendship • Genie in a Lamp • You'll Get There Soon • Muppet Rocksplosion • We Can Fix It • Two of a Kind • You'll Get Better • Let's Get on the Bus • Follow Me Little Floofle • (So You Wanna) Be a Frog
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The Muppets
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