Is there anything terrible about being a Muppet fan?
I really don’t think so.
But perhaps one of the best parts is when other people know you are a Muppet fan and send you pictures from their Hollywood Studios stops, chat with you about the last movie they saw, or send you news articles relating to them.
One of my best friends (who is known to keep me mega-up-to-date on everything pop-culture-y) did just that a few days ago, alerting me that the rubber ducky joined the Toy Hall of Fame this week. Did you even know that existed? Well, the hall of fame wasn’t established until 1998 so it hasn’t been around quite that long. Right now, 54 toys have been inducted and they find their home at the Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
What’s actually funny about rubber ducks is that they have humble Disney and Muppet beginnings. When the rubber duck was first manufactured it was more of a chew toy and didn’t even float. It was our favorite duck, Donald, that actually made the rubber duck popular when Disney came out with toys resembling him. Later (and best of all), Jim Henson performed Ernie singing in a bath tub with his favorite toy to the tune of “Rubber Duckie” for Sesame Street back in the 1970s. (The song was written by Jeff Moss.)
Did you know that “Rubber Duckie” was nominated for a Grammy and found a spot on the Billboard charts in 1971?
Doesn’t this song bring you back? I can still remember seeing this clip plenty of times as a kid. And it’s true, no matter what I always think of Ernie when I hear the words “rubber duck.”
So congrats to the rubber duck on its new achievement!