Friday, October 20, 2017

Off the Rack: The Ultimate Retro Collection

We're back with another "Off the Rack" installment where we take a look at Muppet references in magazines and newsstands. 

Today, we look at the UK magazine "The Ultimate Retro Collection," which celebrates everything 80's. 

First off, if the title isn't familiar fear not, this is a collectors special edition magazine and not an issue of an ongoing periodical. 

Despite the complete lack of Muppets on the cover, there's a surprising amount of Muppet/ Henson love inside. 

As part of their top 100 80's movies, Labyrinth came in at 76. That's more then a little disappointing especially considering that no other Muppet, Henson, or Sesame Street films made the list.  

Later in the issue however, they give two page shout-outs (only 1 page is seen here) to both Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock

It's interesting that they give these two shows major shout outs, but none of the Muppet movies, specials, or even The Muppet Show itself. 

The magazine is worth buying, but since it's an import and a special release, the price tag is a bit high. It's definitely worth looking through to see the rest of their Henson coverage.

You can get an idea of what else is included by watching Retro Gamer's video review of the magazine below:

You can find it at Amazon, and at Barnes and Noble locations. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fresh off The Boat's "Hideous Kermit Mug"!

Anyone see this week's episode of Fresh of The Boat?

Notice anything familiar on the top shelf?

How about now?

If calling Sigma's Reporter Kermit mug "hideous" wasn't bad enough, the grandmother asks for it purposefully so that her grandson will drop and break it!

A more shocking death then anything you'll see on Game of Thrones death by far. 

The whole episode can be seen here (the scene is at the 12:21 mark). 

Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera Now Available!

As we first reported back in AprilPenguin Workshop will be releasing a new series of Muppet books under the "Muppets Meet the Classics" banner. The first book in the series, Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera is now available. 

What do you get when you cross the Muppets and the classics? A monster hit! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this gripping tale of mystery and suspense to life in their own hilarious way.
This classic tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, which has thrilled readers, musical lovers, and movie goers for more than a century, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Readers will gasp, cry, laugh, and laugh again as Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christine), Uncle Deadly (as the phantom), and the chickens (as the ballet corps) give a whole new meaning to the word "classic." This imaginative tale is sure to win the hearts of all Muppets fans, as well as fans of literary classics.

You can get your copy today from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other local book stores. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Coming Soon - Irregular Choice Muppet Line!

Fashion designer Irregular Choice announced a new line of Muppet inspired products!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Expect glamorous shoes and fabulous bags featuring the one and only Miss Piggy, whose diva style absolutely radiates across her trés magnifique collection.
You’ll love the world’s most famous frog, Kermit, dancing footloose and fancy free in glitter and sequins.
Feeling fearless!? Join The Great Gonzo as he shoots for the stars across Irregular Choice styles!
And if you want to get LOUD!!!! then make some NOISE with Animal, going wild....wilder...and wildest!
So now let's get it started – it’s (nearly) time to get things started cause this Disney Muppets collection from Irregular Choices is sensational, inspirational...and most definitely Muppetational
They also posted a few images of their first offerings: Animal high heels and bag!

Unleash your inner out-of-control, rock ‘n’ roll wild girl and make some noise in these wild, Animal flats & Animal bag.
Rocking LOUDLY into stores soon…
Animal heels
Dance to the beat of your own drummer and unleash your inner Animal with these fantastic Animal peep-toe heels. Featuring a furry heel, glittery statement writing on the upper, silver glitter platform, peep toe and a 3D Animal character face on the toe.

Animal Bag

GET LOUD!!!!. Beat your drum with this Animal kick drum shaped handbag. Featuring the world's greatest rock & roll Drummer in all his wild glory! With feathery moustache and hair, 3D nose, eyebrows and teeth, Furry orange side panels and backing with an embroidered ANIMAL! Statement, holographic glitter scalloped edging and a muppets character top panel and matching strap.

  • Marabou feather detail
  • Detachable strap
  • Backpack option
  • Limited edition
  • Approximate dimensions: H23 W11 L22 cm

Both are still listed as coming soon, and no pricing or street date has been announced. We'll keep you posted when you order them though.  

Dancing to "The Rainbow Connection"!

Last night was "Disney Night" on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. The contestants two-stepped to a trove of familiar Disney tunes from Steamboat Willie to the upcoming Coco.
They even overlaid a few of the animated characters into the performances and practice videos which was a nice touch.

The one Disney star actually in attendance was Kermit the frog himself. Kermit made taped appearances throughout the episode, then hopped behind the judges table to watch Drew Scott and Emma Slater waltz to "The Rainbow Connection."

You can see their dance below, which Kermit gave a unofficial "10."

The dance even saved the couple from being eliminated and the song itself was so beautifully reworked its a shame it was so short. Disney should seriously consider releasing a full length version. 

There was much also much more Kermit in this episode then just in this brief video and we'll update this post as more come online.

As a side note, this was Matt Vogel's first prime time appearance as Kermit.Overall it was really good, though I think he Matt could use a bit more enthusiasm in his "yeeeaaaahhss."  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Muppet Thought of the Week ft. Animal!

Animal treats us to a very loud "Muppet Though of the week."

‘When Love Is Gone’ Rerecorded and Re-released!

Meredith Braun, who portrayed Belle in The Muppet Christmas Carol, has an upcoming album titled ‘When Love Is Gone.’

The title, of course, comes from the 
Paul Williams song which she performed in the film.

Meredith recorded the new version the song specifically for the album and is accompanied on the cello by her 13 year old son.

This recording marks the first time 
she has performed the song since the original was recorded for the soundtrack in 1992.

Below you can see her recording the song with Michael Cain and how it appeared in the film.

As you may know, the song was cut from the theatrical release as well as some home video versions. 

‘When Love Is Gone’ will be available to buy from iTunes and Amazon November 10th.
You can find more information on Meredith’s site!