Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jim Henson Company Taps Blanca Lista to Oversee Feature Films!

From Variety:



Let's hope this means there will finally be some movement on getting these
Henson films made. Maybe even "The Happytime Murders" could have a shot!

Furchester Hotel UK Toys!

Sesame Workshop and Hasbro have released the first batch of toys based on the new Sesame's UK series The Furchester Hotel.

Today we'll look at the small non-articulated figures of each of the main characters:


Cookie Monster:
 Elmo:

Funella:

 Furgus:

Phoebe:

Each comes in it's own plastic bag like the one below.


A playset of the hotel is available as well and comes with Phoebe and Elmo. 




You can find them in UK stores and online. 



Stay tuned as we look at the Furchester plush line!



Thanks to Warrick Brownlow-Pike for the photos!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kermit and Ed Sheeran Sing “Rainbow Connection”!


Last night Ed Sheeran teamed up with Kermit to sing “Rainbow Connection” as part of the Red Nose Day telethon. 

The effect of having them both perform the song on stage equipment boxes was great and gave it a two guys hanging out backstage vibe. 


Check out the full performance:




Ed Sheeran is clearly a fan and it looks like he and Kermit had a great time while shooting. 


 Please consider donating to Red Nose Day here

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrate Red Nose Day with Kermit and Ed Sheeran!

Today is Red Nose Day, a fundraising event that helps raise money to benefit children living in poverty around the world.


It's been big in the UK for many years and the celebrity filled show is finally making it's way to the US. Two such celebrities are Kermit and Ed Sheeran, who will be performing
together.

Be sure to put on a red nose and tune it tonight at 8:00pm ET/PS on NBC!


More info about Red Nose Day and the show can be found here.

Throwback Thursday: Too Late for Kermit Letterfrog!

Last night was David Letterman's last "Late Show," and with it caps a 33 year career in late night television. 

What better way to honor him then with a Throwback Thursday "Too Late" Top Ten list!


Here we go:

10: The Muppets spoofed Letterman's The Late Show with "Too Late for Kermit Letterfrog."

9. The image first appeared in "Kermit the Frog's 1996 Advertising Parodies!" calendar

8. "Too Late" was used for the month of January

7. it was released as a poster



 6. and as a t-shirt

5. with its own Top Ten list on the back!



 4. "David Letterguy" made his was to Sesame Street in 1996



3. Johnny Fiama was accused of stealing Letterman's bit with his "Top Ten Reasons Chicks Dig Me" segments on Muppets Tonight's 'The Johnny Fiama Show'



2. The "Too Late" image was a big part the Muppet Parodies product line - the tag line was "The Sincerest Form of Flattery"

And the number 1 Top Ten Throwback Thursday is:

1.  We can't think of a better tribute to a 33 year career then that!


Thanks Dave!


Monday, May 18, 2015

FAO Schwarz and Muppet Whanot Workshop Closing!


FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the United States, is closing its flagship store in Manhattan and The Muppet Whatnot Workshop along with it! 




The reason: rising rent prices. The popular tourist destination has three-levels consisting of 45,000 square foot space, in prime Fifth Avenue real estate. 
The much-loved store has made cameos in multiple movies, most notably the 1988 movie "Big" starring Tom Hanks.
The iconic store will shut its doors on July 15. 

Toys "R" Us, which acquired FAO Schwarz in 2009, is also closing it's Times Square flagship store due to increasing rent costs. 


The good news is that both retailers are actively looking for new spaces to reopen. Here's hoping FAO brings The Muppet Whatnot Workshop to their new location!