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Pocket Hails Animal as UK's Favourite as The Muppets Arrive on Mobile Phone

Manic Muppet drum roll please A survey published on today revealed that mobile gamers have voted for Animal - the Muppet drummer inspired by rock musicians of the 1960s, including Keith Moon - as the UK's favourite Muppet, with a third of all votes cast. The Great Gonzo and his shiny trumpet came second with 21 per cent and Fozzie Bear came a close third with 19 per cent of all votes cast. The survey was commissioned by the Walt Disney Internet Group to mark the launch of Muppets Dance Party - an original and entertaining take on the classic dance game genre - aimed at all the family, casual and frequent mobile phone gamer alike. Across 1,000 votes, the full vote breakdown was as follows: - Animal - 33 per cent - The Great Gonzo - 21 per cent - Fozzie Bear - 19 per cent - Kermit the Frog - 15 per cent - Miss Piggy - 5 per cent - Waldorf - 3 per cent - Statler - 1 per cent "Animal has always been one of the most popular Muppets and his charisma and raw energy really shine through in Muppets Dance Party," commented Sunil Gunderia, vice president of mobile, the Walt Disney Internet Group Europe. "Muppets Dance Party is a great mobile game that will appeal to all the family." Featuring all The Muppet favourites, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, Animal and Fozzie Bear, Muppets Dance Party sees the cast thrown off their own show and having to compete in dance auditions to get back on. The Muppets are given dance performance ratings and detailed player feedback, as well as trademark insults from the disgruntled duo Statler and Waldorf, the original grumpy old men of The Muppet Show. No wonder they received so few votes. Muppets Dance Party is available now on and across O2, Orange and T-Mobile. About Walt Disney Internet Group Europe Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) provides strategic leadership, business execution support and a world-class technology platform for all The Walt Disney Company's Internet properties, including 14 country-specific Disney websites across Europe, reaching five million unique visitors each month. WDIG is a market leader in developing and distributing entertainment and informational content to new platforms. The company creates and delivers products for broadband distribution including Disney Connection and Toontown Online, the world's first massive multi-player online game for kids and families. Through relationships with some of Europe's largest mobile operators, WDIG distributes content and services to wireless users under the Disney brand. About The Muppets The Muppets deliver smiles and laughter to the world through heart-warming characters and stories - inspired by the art of puppetry. Led by Kermit the Frog, the Muppets are a broadly appealing global brand franchise built on 50 years of original, award-winning entertainment that includes a BAFTA, 44 Emmy nominations, 6 feature films, and The Muppet Show which captured over 235 million weekly viewers world-wide. The Muppets are true celebrities, with Kermit the Frog having his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. These original, comical, and heart-warming characters will continue to entertain audiences around the world through many new expressions in film, TV, music, and beyond. For more information visit

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