Inspirations of Gruno…The Flute Snatcher!

The Flute Snatcher is a vintage Muppet that was made for a General Foods commercial in 1966 for three snack foods — Wheels, Crowns and Flutes.The Flute Snatcher, of course, went for the Flutes.

He appeared in the first season of Sesame Street, and my main memory of him was in this “Number 5” segment:

The Flute Snatcher is the one that breaks the window! Oh, and catch little Brian Henson, with the piggy bank!
Anyway, from that moment I always liked The Flute Snatcher, and I was disappointed that he faded from the Muppet scene.

Gruno also has a bit of blue shark in him, with the underslung jaw. I love that!


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