Pepe is a Muppet
who appears in Muppets Tonight
and Muppets from Space
. He is not just a prawn
but a king prawn
, and is a touch smaller than Rizzo the Rat
Pepe seems to part of a rather unfortunate attempt to make the Muppets more multicultural
, since the only other recent addition to the Muppet core is an "black
" muppet named Clifford
(no relation to the dog
). Although he doesn't "look" Hispanic (understandable, since he's a crustacean), Pepe talks with a ridiculous
accent of some Latin-American variety.
The worst part is that he's actually funny. Perhaps I'm going soft in the head, but I can't help but laugh at a line like, "you tell him, and I will smack you. I will smack you like a bad, bad, donkey, okay?" It's that, and his upper lip...
An update: Pepe appeared in commercials for some fast food fish chain, which is in particularly bad taste considering that the Muppet Movie
made Kermit the Frog
's refusal to take on a similar project the spiritual core of the film. But it's OK, since they had to put out a new commercial in which Pepe apologized...