Monday, June 30, 2014

Good2grow Kermit and Piggy Toppers!

Good2grow juice containers are about to get a little more Muppety as the company introduces Miss Piggy and Kermit 4oz and 6oz bottle caps.

Here's how they'll look on the bottle:

These should be hitting stores shelves soon, click here to find them at a local store near you. Please note, the locator will show only show you were good2grow juice is sold, NOT if they have Kermit and Piggy specifically.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters!

No, not a biographical story about Jim Henson's sisters (he didn't have any - enchanted or otherwise), but a new series of children's books about a magical group of sisters that control the seasons.

From Amazon:

"Sisters Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer are nature’s royalty. In Mother Nature’s realm, they’re responsible for each magical turn of the seasons. When they’re not keeping all of nature in balance, the girls play, imagine, and explore their way around their enchanted world. And though they love harmony, the sisters often cross paths with the Weeds — wild boys who bring trouble with them wherever they go.
This charming new series comes from The Jim Henson Company and is perfectly suited for newly independent readers who love the Rainbow Fairies and Candy Fairies series. The series launches with Autumn when she loses a special gift from Mother Nature. Can the sisters find the gift before Mother Nature’s party?"
The first book entitled "Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift" will be released August 5. You can pre-order it from local bookstore and from Amazon.

The back cover tells you about each sister:

Autumn thinks deep thoughts and wears her heart on her  sleeve. 
Winter craves adventure and the spotlight, and can never say no to a dare.
Spring gleefully chats with plants and animals in their own language.
Summer races and leaps like the fiercest jungle cat, the leader of the Sparkle pack.  

As well as shows off the cover of the next installment....

"Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Winter's Flurry Adventure" which will be released October 14th.

In 2015, the last two sisters get their own books when "Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Spring's Sparkle Sleepover" is released on January 20th and "Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Summer's Friendship Games" April 7th. 

We'll be sure to keep you posted about any new "Enchanted" developments!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Muppet Movie Poster Art

Monday marked the official 35th anniversary of The Muppet Movie. In 1979, Avalon released this poster art set in as one of the many tie-ins for the film.

The set included 6 felt tip markers and two posters to color. The "Magic Store, finale and a version of the original theatrical poster:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Random Muppet News!

How about some random Muppet news from around the web!

D23, the Disney fan service recently showcased our favorite piano playing dog, Rowlf.

Someone in the English town of Wolverhampton flushed a pair of Animal slippers down the toilet and caused a major backup in the sewer! You can read all about it here.

If you didn't already know, the Center for Puppetry Arts upcoming 16,000-square-foot expansion will become the largest Jim Henson collection in the world! Read more about the status of the project, expected to open next summer here.

New York real estate blog, The Real Deal is reporting that the large "warehouse-like building in Long Island City" The Jim Henson Company uses as it's workshop was recently purchased. 

Happy Birthday Ricky Gervais!

Happy Birthday to Ricky Gervais. Muppets Most Wanted's Dominic "Number 2" Badguy.

Target: Girls Pajamas!

Target has three new pajamas for girls available. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wizard World Philly - Roundup!

If you follow us on Facebook, you know that we were at the the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sunday, scouring the makeshift walkways for all the Muppet /Henson offerings to be found at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con!

While we did see a few Muppet Hot Wheels, vintage Dinosaurs action figures, and a few beat up plush, the majority of  Muppet items that caught my eye were t-shirts. Below is a sampling of the items that caught my eye.

A Gonzo face shirt, they also had a similar one of Kermit - on green- of course.

 Two different Muppet labs shirts!

Two different Electric Mayhem shirts. Only one featuring Dr. Teeth though.

A rather impressive selection of Labyrinth shirts...

including this one for the 25th Anniversary:

One vendor had the limited edition "The Muppets Tour Globe" print for $40. which is exactly the same price as on Acme Archives, but without having to pay for shipping. 

Well put a "lid" on our coverage of Wizard World in a minute, but first check out these these New Era hats. The top ones seems to be a new design, with Kermit's head blending into the hat. The bottom one, while available for awhile now, gets me every time. It evokes the finale of The Great Muppet Caper so muchthat it might as well have logo on it!

But by far the most impressive item I found, shirt or otherwise was this shirt featuring Animal and the Swedish Chef in a"on night only" talent show poster. What made me do a triple take and like it so much?

Take a closer look at the top of the shirt...

Notice anything amazing about those two logos?  In an age when Disney apparently has to get permission to use Jim Henson's name on anything to the point where they credited "The Muppet Show Theme" on the Muppets Most Wanted Soundtrack to "James Henson", not only is his name used, but so is the entire Jim Henson Company logo! And on an officially licensed, post 2011, item no less! I'm not sure how they got away with that, but it's amazing!

Be on the lookout for these and other items when a Wizard World or another comic con comes to a town near you. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sesame wins Big at Daytime Emmys!

Sesame Street won big at this year's Daytime Emmy Awards. Between the Creative Arts ceremony and the - not quite ready for prime time - streamed awards show, the venerable series picked up 6 awards including:
  • Outstanding Preschool Series
  • Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series
  • Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series
  • Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Live Action
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live Action
They lost Achievement in lighting direction to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Wheel of Fortune," Achievement in costume design/styling to "Spooksville," and their Original song 's "ABC's of Moving," and "Rhymes With Mando," lost to "30,000 Reasons to Love Me," from "Let's Make a Deal."
In other Henson Emmy news, despite being nominated, "Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train" lost Writing in a preschool animated program to Nickelodeon's "Bubble Guppies".

A big congrats on the 6 wins that brings Sesame's combined grand total to 159 Emmys and counting!

Sesame Go!

Do you like having all your favorite HBO series on demand wherever & whenever you want via HBO Go? Want the same thing only with Sesame Street? 

Well the folks at Sesame Workshop have you covered with their new streaming service Sesame Go!

The service costs $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year for what they promise is an ad-free, child-safe and easy to use experience.  You can get more informaton and start a 2 week free trial here.

Disney Store Sale!

The Disney Store is currently running a sale including Muppet plush for $10 each! You can see all their Muppet offerings here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

"The Big Show" by Chris Trevas

This hand numbered limited edition lithograph entitled "The Big Show" by Chris Trevas is now on sale at

Final Lawsuit Against Kevin Clash Dismissed!

We haven't really covered this much, but great news came out today as another lawsuit against Kevin Clash was dismissed.

From Reuters:

Sex abuse lawsuit against former Elmo puppeteer is dismissed

NEW YORK Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:47am EDT

Puppeteer Kevin Clash who is the voice of Sesame Street's ''Elmo,''
arrives for the International Emmys in New York November 19, 2007.

U.S.District Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday, ruling it had not been filed within the statute of limitations in New York.The lawsuit was filed by a man who accused Clash, 53, of engaging in a sexual relationship during visits to New York that began in 2004, when the man was 16.
The lawsuit was filed last year.
A judge in New York previously dismissed three other lawsuits against Clash by men who accused him of sexually abusing them when they were under age. The New York judge also said the statute of limitations had run out.
Accusations against Clash led to his resignation in 2012 from the job he held for 28 years as the puppeteer who brought life to Elmo, the red, furry monster featured on the international children's television series.
Clash's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond and Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Netflix: Instant Muppets!

Can't make it to the Disney parks, well here a little something closer to home.
The Muppet Movie may have featured Insta-Grow Pills, but Netflix now has the first five theatrical Muppet movies to watch inst-an-tly! If you have a Netflix account, click the links below each image to add/ watch each film!

The only other Muppet production currently available for instant viewing is the Lady Gaga and The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular. Add that one to your que at your own risk. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Most Wanted" Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot!

Earlier this year photographer Brad Trent did a photoshoot with Ricky Gervais and Constatine for the London Sunday Times Culture Magazine. He shared a behind the scenes  look at the shoot including photos that didn't make it it into the magazine as well a look at a  how the final images looked in the magazine on his blog Damn Ugly Photography.

Check them out below and be sure to head over to his blog to get the full story!