"Henry the Octopus" is a fun-loving octopus who likes to make music and dance like an octopus.
He is purple with 8 tentacles. He wears plaid clothes, a boater hat, a black bow tie and even black polished shoes on the end of every tentacle.
He is the leader of the Underwater Big Band, and likes to sing and to breakdance with his eight legs. He is said to have a bubbly personality and loves a good joke!
According to Anthony Field in Everybody Clap! Everybody Sing!, Henry was named after the drummer from The Cockroaches, Tony Henry. And according to Jeff Fatt, an octopus with 8 tentacles would play the drums.
Even though at many times he is voiced by Paul Paddick, he is still occasionally voiced by Jeff.
He has had songs named after him.
Anthony Field (The Blue Wiggle) provided Henry's voice from 1992-1993 didn't sound like any later voices.
Jeff Fatt (The Former Purple Wiggle) began serving as Henry's voice in 1994.
Paul Paddick (Captain Feathersword performer) has provided the voice of Henry since the mid 2000's for concerts, although Fatt still voices the character occasionally. Paddick does the voice still sometimes
There have also been several different songs about Henry, including "Henry the Octopus", "Henry's Dance", "Henry's Underwater Big Band" "Move Your Arms Like Henry" "Boom Boom" "Let's have a dance with Henry" and many more.
Also See: Henry the Octopus Voice Comparison