Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Bunsen's the resident scientist on The Muppet Show, and the host of the Muppet Labs sketches. In season one of The Muppet Show he worked alone, but in season two, his assistant Beaker was added to the show. Bunsen is always eager to show off his latest scientific discovery, but his excitement about progress tends to render him short-sighted. Beaker usually ends up being harmed by Dr. Honeydew's inventions. Bunsen Honeydew's name comes from the scientific instrument called the Bunsen burner, and the shape of his head, which looks like a honeydew melon. He has appeared in every Muppet movie, often with a large role contributing to the film's plot. He is voiced by Dave Goelz, who also does Gonzo and other muppets.
Beaker is the hapless assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. Prior to Beaker's debut, Dr. Honeydew appeared in Muppet Labs segments by himself, but the timid assistant added a new level of comedy to the sketches. Dr. Honeydew's experiments and inventions always seem to go awry, and Beaker is their perpetual victim. He has been shrunk, cloned, punched, deflated, zapped, turned invisible, and blown up, but he always comes back for more. Kermit the Frog describes Beaker by saying "If somebody has to get hurt, it's almost always Beaker." He was voiced by Richard Hunt, who also did Scooter and other muppets, up until his death in '91. Now he's voiced by Steve Whitmire, also does Kermit, Rizzo, and other Muppet characters.
- Bunsen and Beaker will join Barney the Dinosaur and meet Holly Hobbie, Vanellope von Schwartz, Charlie Brown, Dipper and Mabel Pines, the Kids Next Door, and their friends in Barney Joins The Muppets, where it's revealed that Miss Frizzle's a huge fan of theirs.
- Bunsen and Beaker will join Barney and friends again in some of the other Barney/Muppet films.
- Beaker is #4 on WatchMojo.com's Top 10 Muppets from The Muppet Show.