Scroll down on this list of “15 Dark Secrets About the Muppets” to number ten. The others aren’t really that interesting, anyway, nor are they particularly “dark.” The one we will concern ourselves with is the one relating to Animal, described by puppeteer Frank Oz in five words: sleep, food, drums, sex, and pain. (Not necessarily in that order, I’m guessing.) Did you ever think of Animal as a werewolf? I ask you to contemplate it now. If many of the Muppets are supposed to be representations of human beings—the Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth, Statler and Waldorf, etc.—and if Animal is one of the same, then he represents the savage, uncontrolled, unevolved, animal-istic side of human nature (as opposed to just a wild animal). He chases women, when all the other Muppets are asexual. (Well, there is Piggy and Kermit, but they don’t really count.) He constantly craves food. He’s violent; it could be said that his preference for the drums is because he gets to pound on them violently. These are all attributes of a werewolf, are they not?
It doesn’t surprise me at all that Animal is the favorite of so many Muppets fans. Sure he’s cute and funny, but he’s also uninhibited in a way that we all secretly wish we could be. Plus he does a mean drum solo.