YOLANDA THE RAT
Karen Prell (The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Show On Tour: 2nd Edition)
Camille Bonora (Muppet Studios Presents: You’re the Director)
Julianne Buescher (Muppet Classic Theater)
Alice Dinnean-Vernon (The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Most recent appearance...
The Muppets (2011)
Also known as...
Best known role...
Rizzo the Rat’s girlfriend and occasional partner in crime; diner cook; head of production at studio Not-2B; rat
"Hey, Pete, here you go! Two zeroes on a trampoline with a side of Joan of Arc."
WHO IS YOLANDA THE RAT?
After The Muppets Take Manhattan, Yolanda appeared in the background of many major Muppet projects that decade, including A Muppet Family Christmas, The Muppets at Walt Disney World, and The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. She was also used in The Muppet Show on Tour: 2nd Edition, her vocals once again provided by Karen Prell.
WHY DO THE MUPPETS NEED YOLANDA THE RAT?
I can think of many reasons to bring Yolanda the Rat back to being a tertiary Muppet character, or even promoting her to a secondary one like Rizzo himself. More female Muppets are never a bad thing, and Yolanda has been around for a long time. Her performers are always changing, so recasting or rehiring would be a piece of cake. Other than her previously discussed stick-to-itiveness and her relationship with Rizzo, she’s somewhat of a blank slate, and thus could very easily be written to be almost anything without violating those two other characteristics. Even if she’d started off small like in The Muppets Take Manhattan, Yolanda the Rat could easily be integrated into the Muppets today.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, email@example.com