Friday, September 19, 2014

Never Made Muppets - Muppet Show Season 4 DVD!

Yesterday we showed the lone item made for Little Muppet Monsters,  though it could have been worse and never made at all. Many items don't make it past the planning, prototype, or manufacturing stages. Some are ready to be sold, announced to the public , then never see the light of day for a variety of reasons.

That leads us to a new series we're calling "Never Made Muppets" 
where we look at items that were announced, previewed or many just been ideas, but for one reason or another have not been released. 



Let's begin with the grand daddy of all announced items that have yet to see the light of day: The Muppet Show - Season 4 on DVD!

After the first three season of The Muppet Show were released in 2005, 2007, and 2008 respectively fans were eager to get the next two seasons to finish off their collections. 


There was no official word on season 4 until the first D23 Expo in 2009. Disney Consumer Products released temp cover art, with Gonzo used over the season 2 box, to illustrate what the upcoming set would potentially look like.


After that radio silence on the subject from any official channels until 2001. At which time Walter pleaded with Disney to release the set during promotion for The Muppets.


Our friends at The Muppet Mindset wrote an open letter to Disney in 2012, and yet here it is, 2014. five years since it was first announce, four years since it was originally to be released 
and and three years since a Muppet asked for it in an official Disney promotional material!

Numerous fans have started petitions pleading Disney to release the two remaining seasons including Change.org, and Facebook.

You can contact Disney directly at http://www.disneystudioshelp.com/Contact_Us.html to let them know how much you still want it!

Here's hoping another year won't come and go with out it!

Have you heard about an item and longed to purchase it, only for it to never be made? Would you like to write an article about it? Email us and we'll publish it on the blog!*

*We retain the right to edit all submissions. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Little Muppet Monsters Puzzle!

Sesame Street may have just started it's 45 season, but 29 years ago Little Muppet Monsters, the shortest lived of all Muppet series, made it's debut on CBS. 

13 episodes were produced, but only 3 aired. A large merchandise campaign was planed for the following fall of 1986, but since the show was cancelled so soon only one item was actually released. 

That item was this lone Little Muppet Monsters by Playskool. The wood puzzle features the character Boo illustrated by Muppet Show comic strip artist Guy Gilchrist. 

Check out the opening theme of the show (restored by our pal Garret Gilchrist). If the tune sounds families it's because the music  was later used as the end theme music for Muppet Babies.


Other then the theme music, Little Muppet Monsters may have gotten it's most exposure during this shout out by Big Bird during The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (skip to the 5:41 mark) which aired 3 months AFTER the series had already been cancelled. 


The great twist of why Little Muppet Monsters was cancelled is that it wasn't a corporate 
decision based on ratings or advertisers, but that Jim Henson himself was not satisfied with the finished product. Jim especially disliked the mixing of the animated segments with the live action puppets and asked CBS not to air the additional 10 mostly finished episodes. 

This once again proved his high standards for his work and the clout and respect he earned on the industry. 

Happy 29th Birthday Tug, Boo, and Molly!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Miss Piggy Head Bank!

You can bank on a new Miss Piggy "money box" in the UK.



It's a tad creepy seeing Miss Piggy decapitated, but they did a great job turning the original 2D stock art into three dimensional sculpted ceramic.



Below is the original concept art, which you may recognize from other items including magnets and coasters. 

It's on back order at Forbidden Planet, but hopefully more are on the way!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Muppet Name-faced hats!

Two new Muppet hats have surfaced online. Each are made by Concept One and feature the face Kermit or Animal inside their name.



The bottom of the lid features their face over an animal print background. Kermit over a green leopard print and Animal is over a zebra print.


Monday, September 15, 2014

"Alexander" Soundtrack and Movie News!

Did you know The Jim Henson Company and Disney teamed up and have a movie coming out in less then a month?

Did you also know it's soundtrack is scored by Christophe Beck?

Well it's true! And based on the image above you've probably already guessed it's called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and the fact that there's no Muppets, Fraggles, 6 foot tall yellow birds, or creatures of any kind may be why there hasn't been any real excitement or buzz from Henson fans. 




The six-song Alexander Soundtrack is available for Pre-Order now and includes the score suite by Christophe Beck and an original an end-credit song from The Vamps 
entitled “Hurricane.”

The Vamps also filmed a music video for the song that features a cameo by Disney star Bella Thorne, who appears in the film.



According to Disney "Dylan Minnette, who plays big brother Anthony in the film, co-wrote the song “Surf Surf Don’t Drown,” which is performed by Minnette’s band, The Narwhals, and also appears in the film. The other cast member who provides a song for the soundtrack is Kerris Dorsey, who portrays big sister Emily. She wrote and performed the song “Best Worst Day Ever” along with her sister Justine Dorsey."


Below is the full track list:



Maybe if fans of Judith Viorst's classic 1972 novel are eagerly anticipating Alexander, 
camping out in line at theaters, and rushing to download the soundtrack, we'll see more collaborations between Henson and Disney again soon. Hopefully including some with professional doll wigglers!

We'll find out if it's a good day for the collaboration or a "Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" when the film hits theaters October 10, 

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Muppets Got Talent!

The Muppets were all over America's Got Talent Wednesday night!



Our friends at ToughPigs complied all the clips for our intent watching pleasure! 

Expanded Role for Henson VP and New Executive Director of International Consumer Products Named!

Many US fans wonder why there's so much merchandise released in the UK. Well after yesterday's announcement  it looks like there's going to be even more!

From Animation Magazine:


Richard Goldsmith




International growth at The Jim Henson Company has led to an expanded role for Richard Goldsmith, recently appointed as executive VP of global distribution and international consumer products, adding the company’s international consumer products business to his distribution responsibilities. Supporting Goldsmith in the development and management of international consumer products programs is former Walt Disney Company executive Francesca Stobbe, who joins The Jim Henson Company in the role of executive director of international consumer products.