Thursday, September 21, 2017

Full Body Animal Pajamas!

Well, here's something you don't see everyday. A full body pajama (including head/hoodie) of our favorite drummer, Animal.


The pj's feature Animal's pointed collar, arm bands, ripped jeans, and an Electric Mayhem Shirt - (where can we can one like that!)



I'm not sure how comfortable it is as pajamas with the hoodie, but could double as a Halloween costume as well.

You can find it now at your local Target store and online. 

Sesame Street Wins Primetime Emmy!

The prime time Emmy awards aired Sunday, but you wouldn't know Sesame Street won a statuette by watching it.

That's because Outstanding Children's Program, the category they were nominated in, is part of the Creative Arts Emmy awards ceremony that takes place a week before the live prime time celebrity filled special. 

Sesame latest addition to it's massive trophy case is for it's latest holiday special Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas.
They beat out Girl Meets World, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 90th anniversary special, School of Rock, and Star Wars: Rebels. 



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fan Spotlight: Sebastiano Ricci's Muppet Memes!

We've all seen teh Kermit  "But, that's none of my business" meme that's been circulating online for the last few years. 

The newest trend is to take characters and pair them with other things to make them rhyme as a spoof of popular book and creepy toy "Elf on The Shelf."

Sebastiano Ricci created the following batch that were too good not too share. See if you can figure them all out!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Muppet Thought of the Week ft. Scooter!

After taking a week off (presumably to recover from their Hollywood Bowl hangovers) The Muppets are back with another Muppet Thought of the Week


This week Scooter shares a lesson from his mom:

The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History Now Available!

The long awaited The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual hits books store shelves today. 


Caseen Gaines' in depth chronicle of the  making of The Dark Crystal features an introduction by Brian and Wendy Froud and a foreword by Cheryl Henson. 


Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive collection of rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos from the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic.
A true masterpiece brought to life by the ingenious puppetry and peerless storytelling of Jim Henson, Dark Crystal is revered by an entire generation of fans. For the first time, this deluxe and highly comprehensive book tells the complete story of this deeply personal Henson project, highlighting the unique creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen. Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film’s behind-the-scenes creative team, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the entire production, from the initial concept based on themes close to Henson’s heart to the ingenious conceptual design, puppet construction, and logistics of the shoot itself. The book also delves into the wider world of Dark Crystal, exploring the creation of comics, novels, and other official projects inspired by the film. 
This deluxe coffee-table book contains an in-depth look at the day-to-day production of the film and showcases a huge range of incredible visuals, including candid set photography, previously unseen concept art, storyboards, production notes, and more. The book also features a plethora of amazing removable items, such as script pages, notes and sketches from Henson, and other unique treasures. Definitive, enthralling, and revelatory, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the last word on an enduring modern classic and the book that fans of the film have been waiting for.

 

Caseen Gaines will be joined by Cheryl Henson tomorrow evening at Barnes & Noble Tribeca to talk everything Dark Crystal, Henson, and Muppets and sign copies of the book. 

Want a signed copy of your very own, but can't make it to New York? Caseen was gracious enough to have a few copies signed by Cheryl Henson and himself available through his facebook page.  



Otherwise, the book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and at a book store near you. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

RIP Harry Dean Stanton (1926 - 2017)

Earlier this year we lost The Storyteller himself, John Hurt and now comes word that we lost
Harry Dean Stanton who not only played major roles in Alien and HBO's "Big Love" but he played
 creature shop guru Chancey Bellow in The Jim Henson Hour's "Monster Maker."

You can watch the entire special below:




Harry Dean Stanton was 91.

Joel McHale Joins Happytime Murders!

Joel McHale, who led the cast of NBC's cult comedy Community, and hosted E!'s Talk Soup (later renamed The Soup), is the latest star to join the Henson Company's puppet noir film. 


McHale joins previously announced stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Elizabeth Banks

This isn't the first time McHale has worked with the Muppet performers. He appeared on season 42 of Sesame Street explaining the word "prickly, Statler and Waldorf made an appearance on The Soup to promote the video release of The Muppets, and McHale shared the screen with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in a 2015 Audi commercial.


McHale is playing a stern FBI agent who is working on the case.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Elizabeth Banks Joins 'Happytime Murders'!

Elizabeth Banks has joined the cast of The Happytime Murders!


The Hunger Games and star posted this photo to her facebook page yesterday ahead of the official announcement:


Banks joins the above pictured Melissa McCarthy and the recently announced Maya Rudolph on the puppet-noir comedy. 

The Hollywood Reporter revealed new details about the characters they would be portraying as well as which longertime Muppet performer will be leading the nonhuman cast:
In the pic, McCarthy portrays lead detective Connie Edwards opposite longtime Henson puppeteer Bill Barretta, who performs as Phil Phillips, the puppet detective. Banks plays Jenny, a burlesque dancer, and Rudolph plays Bubbles, Phil’s secretary.
Banks is no stranger to working with the Muppets. She appeared both in the pilot presentation and the 1st episode of ABC's short lived the muppets, and will be seen in an upcoming segment on Sesame Street

I got to briefly talk to Happy Time's director, Brian Henson at The Muppets Hollywood Bowl show who said after the first week of filming that the film was "Hilarious."

We'll see if that's the case when The Happytime Murders is released August 17, 2018.

Doozers Get a Second Season!

Hulu announced yesterday that The Jim Henson Company's animated Fraggle Rock spin-off Doozers has been given a second season pick up



The first season has been streaming on Hulu's Kids experience as well on tv network Sprout.


Halle Stanford, EVP of children’s entertainment at The Jim Henson Company said "Doozers has developed an enthusiastic fan base on Hulu, and they’ll soon be back to entertain curious pre-schoolers with bigger stakes adventures and more exciting inventions."

“Our Pod Squad will be doing what they do best – using their brain power, ingenuity and enthusiasm to solve any problem small or large. They’ll do everything from saving Doozer Creek from an impending avalanche to finding a way to save a butterfly cocoon that’s fallen from its safe haven.
“Our Doozers will inspire their fans to put their own ideas into action and have a fantastic time while do-do-doing it.”

The series also airs on German pubcaster KiKA, Video On Demand 365 in the UK, France Televisions and RTVE for Clan in Spain.

No date for when the new episodes will begin streaming or airing was given. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Adorkable Rachel Takes The Bowl!

I was incredibly fortunate to attend two performances of The Muppets Take The Bowl this past weekend.  



The first night of the show I was joined by good friends Rachel Herrick and Lucas Ervin, both of whom I've known for a long time though this was the our first time meeting in person!

As you''ll see the show had it all. Take it away Rachel...



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Muppet Thought of the Week - Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear!

A new "Muppet Thought of the Week" appeared yesterday featuring Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear!


They try to answer that age old question, "What do you get when you cross The Muppets with The Hollywood Bowl?"

I think you'll be "Bowled over" by the answer! 


Matt Vogel's Kermit is definitely getting better. 


The Muppets Take the Bowl this weekend September 8, 9, and 10 at The Hollywood Bowl.

Get your tickets now at http://HollywoodBowl.com/Muppets.

Adorkable Rachel Visits Seattle's Jim Henson Exhibit!

Our good friend Rachel is back with another "Muppet Monday" video (yes, we know it's
Tuesday).


Today, she shares with us her visit to the Jim Henson Exhibit in Seattle!

If things look a little familiar, it's because this is the traveling version of the Museum of the Moving Image's Jim Henson Exhibition.






Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy La-Bo Day!

Happy Labor Day or rather "La-Bo" Day. 





Today we salute The Muppets second custodian, handyman, and sometime taxi driver, Beauregard!









Friday, September 1, 2017

Uncle Deadly & The Last Muppet Thought for The Week!

Each day this week The Muppets have released a new "Muppet Thought of the Week."

This was probably done to both build momentum off the release of the long delayed "new" Kermit's debut and to keep people's attention from dissecting it too much. 


Well, today is no different. It may be Friday, they may have released a month's of "weeks" videos already, but today we have the final "thought" for the week. 

But, BEFORE we show you the newest video, if you missed any of them there's a great running gag with Uncle Deadly that's not to missed. 

So join me in recapping this week's Muppet thoughts of the week...







And now this week's final "Muppet Thought of the Week":



I still haven't gotten used to Matt Vogel's Kermit, but his Floyd, Lew Zealand and especially Uncle Deadly are all amazing on point.

Uncle Deadly's intro were all obviously previously reused, but changing them up in this way was exactly what us Muppet fans needed. Uncle Deadly may not have been set up as the focal point for these videos but he (and Matt) definitely stole the show!

Herry Monster Gets New Performer!

Sesame Street uploaded a new #ShareTheLaughter challenge video featuring Herry Monster yesterday. What makes it special is it marks the debut of Peter Linz as Herry!


Not only is it the first time we get to hear Peter performing Harry, it was his first recorded piece as the furry blue monster.



That makes two recasts making their debut this week.

Here's a few video of Herry over the years:





I think you'll agree Peter absolutely knocks it out of the park, Jerry Nelson would be proud!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Muppet "Stickers" Now Available in the App Store!

Have you looked at your selection of emojis, bitmojis, supermojis and magamojis (those are a things that surely exist, right??) and thought why aren't there Muppet ones?? 


Well, someone in Disney's marketing department thought the same thing and now iOS users (iPhone, iPad, iNext thing Apple makes) can add Muppets to their messages for $1.99!



Here's the whole set:


And how they can look in an iMessage:

Check out this fancy gif Disney put together to promote them:






You can get your set of Muppet stickers at the App store.

Here's Yet ANOTHER New Muppet Thought of The Week!

Here we go again! The Muppets posted yet ANOTHER new "Thought of The Week."


This "weeks" thought may feature Floyd, but Uncle Deadly is totally over it! 



Enjoy The Ride to Release Deluxe Edition Dark Crystal Soundtrack!

Buoyed by the demand for their Record Store Day vinyl reissue of The Dark Crystal soundtrack, Enjoy The Ride Records teased that they are going to release a Deluxe Edition. 

The deluxe version will have completely new cover art (presumably blurred out above), come in a numbered gatefold sleeve, & will be available in "various 180gram deluxe colored vinyl configurations". Translation, multiple record colors to drive fans crazy while making them extra cash from completists. 
Enjoy The Ride promises more info is on the way but this deluxe versions will be available for this holiday season. 

Driving in Chrysler's with Sesame Muppets!

The Sesame Street Muppets are back behind the wheel of their Chrysler Pacifica's!


Chrysler released two new videos featuring the Sesame gang this week. (If you missed the first batch you can watch them here.)

In the first video Bert, Ernie, Elmo, and Abby take their Pacifica to the beach:



The second video features Ernie carpooling the gang to school while Grover shows off his ever expanding collection of random letter objects, and the return of Luis!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ANOTHER New Muppet Thought of The Week!

Yes, you read that correctly The Muppets just posted another new Thought of The week.




As you can see, this one features Janice, though once again Uncle Deadly steals the show...

Walter & Animal in New Muppet Thought of The Week!

Walter and Animal star in a new Muppet Thought of The Week. 

Wait what? Yes, it's the second one this week. Confused? So is Uncle Deadly.










New Dark Crystal Game Coming from River Horse!

River Horse is following up on their Labyrinth board game with one based on The Dark Crystal!


While no official word from Rover Horse has been released yet, Australian online retailer Popcultcha, not only announced the game - but has also said that it's already available for pre-order!

Here is the official description:

Will Jen and Kira manage to find the Shard and heal the Dark Crystal? Only you can decide their fate with this amazing Dark Crystal Board Game based on the classic 1982 film by Jim Henson! 
You'll be lost in the magic of the game, which can be played by up to 3 people on a 2' × 2' game board - lavishly illustrated with inspiring new artwork featuring all the legendary places from the movie, including Aughra’s Observatory, the Valley of the Stones and the Crystal Castle. 
With The Dark Crystal getting its own prequel series on Netflix soon, what better way to celebrate than with the official Dark Crystal Board Game?!
The full game pieces can be seen below.


The game includes:

4 x Highly collectable player tokens featuring figurine renditions of the main characters:
2 x Gelflings - Jen and Kira (with Fizzgig!).
2 x Skeksis - skekSil the Chamberlain and skekUng the Garthim-Master
25 x World cards
9 x Mystic cards
7 x Skeksis cards
15 x Minion cards.

6 x Polyhedral dice (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20).
4 x Character sheets and 4 Special Ability cards.
8 x Cardboard stand-ups and bases: 4 Garthim, 1 Slave Podlings, 1 Gourmand Skeksis and 1 Slave-Master Skeksis
1 x Orrery turn track (top and bottom, with plastic connector)
Over 20 game tokens.

We'll keep you posted as more info becomes available, but you can pre-order it now from 
Popcultcha.