Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy World Puppetry Day!

Check out these excellent behind the scenes video from Muppets Most Wanted! 

Happy World Puppetry Day!
The Muppet performers from 2011's The Muppets

Dark Crystal Soundtrack Record Store Day Exclusive!

This year Record Store Day celebrates it's 10th anniversary of enticing people to visit their local music store with limited edition releases.

Past Record Store Day exclusive Muppet releases include The Muppet Movie soundtrack, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, and Sesame Road.

This year brings a reissue of the soundtrack to The Dark Crystal.

The Dark Crystal has been released on record before in with the film's original release in 1982. This time, however, Trevor Jone's music for the film will be released on "Crystal Clear" vinyl to represent the crystal itself. 

The cover has also been changed from the original release. It now features the Richard Amsel poster, similar to one used for La-La Land Records' exclusive 2007 CD reissue.
2007 La-La Land Records CD

From the official press release:
The Dark Crystal: The Original Soundtrack features Trevor Jones’ musical score written for the film, arranged specifically for an album listening experience. The album was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at the legendary Abby road studios in 1982. The album has been reissued on CD in various countries throughout the last 35 years, but this is the first vinyl reissue since the film’s original release.

The Record Store Day exclusive version will be pressed on 140 gram vinyl be limited to 2,000 copies and have an "upgraded 400gsm thick LP Jacket." 

Record Store Day in April 22, 2017. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Marvel Muppet Babies Omnibus!

Marvel announced that they are reprinting entire the 1985 -1989 run of the Muppet Babies comic series.
Regular Omibus Cover
Just like Marvel's Muppet Omnibus, the issues will come in a large hardcover book with both a regular cover and a limited edition variant cover (based on the original comic's issue 10 cover) by artist Marie Severin.
Limited Edition Omibus Cover
Issue #10 Cover
The Muppet Babies Comic book series was written by Stan Kay, Laura Hitchcock, Bill Prady, and Angelo Decesare, with art by Marie Severin, Jeff Butler, and Dean Yeagle.

As an extra bonus, not only will the omnibus include every 
Muppet Babies issue, it will also include Marvel's Super Special #32 - The Muppets Take Manhattan. The film that marked the Muppet babies debut!

You may recall, that back in 2014, we covered the Super Special for a Throwback Thursday!

Below this the official Omnibus synopsis 
They’re making their dreams come true — and they’ll do the same for you! It’s all your favorite Muppets, in pint-sized antics from their youth! There’ll be adventure! Romance! Great jokes! And more! Like the ghostly tale of the haunted nursery! The fable of Kermit and the Beanstalk! And the quest for the Idol of Doom! The Muppet Babies will be lost in time and lost in space, they’ll caper in Story Land and they’ll take flight as super heroes! They’ll even end up in a comic book! And your favorite fantasy-loving frog will step into the shoes of some of fiction’s greatest heroes! Plus: Relive the Muppet Babies’ first appearance in an amazing adaptation of The Muppets Take Manhattan! Collecting MUPPET BABIES #1-26 and MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #32.
680 PGS./All Ages …$75.00

No release date or pre-order link yet, but will keep you posted!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Julie's Greenroom Takes The Stage!

Not only is today St. Paddy's Day, but it also marks another reason to wear green, the debut of the new Jim Henson Company series Julie's Greenroom.

The series was created by Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. Both recently visited Good Morning America to promote the show:

Here is the original teaser announcement:

And the season 1 trailer:

With such a diverse cast, who Julie's favorite? Hugo the Duck!

You can read more about Julie's Greenroon from the New York Times, LA Times and USA Today who take a look at all the guest stars who'll be appearing!

All 13 episodes of the first season are available now on Netflix!

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Muppets Art of Coloring Cover!

As we first reported back in September, The Muppet have an adult coloring book coming in May from "Art of Coloring,"

Now, thanks to reader Trevor King, we have our first look at the final cover art!

The book is scheduled to be released On May 2, 2017.

It's now available for pre-order on Amazon

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Muppet Guys Talking Poster Revealed!

Frank Oz's new documentary "Muppet Guys Talking"  premiered this weekend at the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival.

Thanks to screen rant, not only do we have a first look at the poster, but a muppet guy talking about the making of the poster as well!

Dave Goelz wanted the poster to represent each of the cast members in a way that spoke to the performers hidden beneath the Muppets they puppeteered.

Goelz explained the reasoning behind the poster’s design as follows:

“It was just how do we convey the idea that you’re going to hear from the people under the characters. So, there were two levels of it that intrigued me. I did a lot of sketches of ideas. Hands are an obvious gateway. But if there’s nothing on the hands, there’s no puppet covering it, all of a sudden it’s unmasked. And then if the hand is coming out of a box of some kind, and we’re going to peek into the box, we’re going to find out the story of what makes the hands move.”
But not just any hands would do. Every living cast member pitched in, snapping a series of shots of their own hands in different Muppet performance positions, then sending them to Goelz. From there, a string of Pixar people cam into assist. Friend of the Muppeteers Pete Docter (Up) suggested Ratatouille composer Michael Giacchino, who suggested The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn for help composing this poster (see below). “Peter Sohn over at Pixar drew the safe for us,” Goelz said. Then Sohn took the hand shots of the cast, and began to fiddle in photoshop to pull them together into a pleasing picture. “Then he ran up against the wall of his photoshop skills, in terms of getting the color balance of the light sources working and everything,” Goelz explained.

Jerry Nelson’s photo proved a special challenge. By the time the cast snapshots were being taken, Nelson was gone. Thankfully, Bill Baretta (Pepe The Prawn, Bobo) found a photo he’d taken years before that had Nelson and Goelz crouching under a golf cart, the former’s bare hand raised in a Muppet pose for the camera operator’s reference. The original photo had been lost, but the scanned digital copy seen in Muppet Guys Talking allowed Nelson’s history-making hand to be added to the mix. Still, the low-res quality of the scan coupled with it being black and white meant Sohn was at a loss.

Goelz considered perhaps having the hands sketched like the safe, perhaps white on a black background. But Oz (Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear) pushed for the pictures, and a vibrant yellow backdrop. “And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know how you’re going to tie that together,'” Goelz recalled. “How are you going to tie photographs and an ink drawing and a yellow background? But it’s worth trying, so we went down that road.” But to get down that road, they needed one last favor. Goelz shared:

“I got this friend of mine who is a medical illustrator (Cindy Woolley)…medical illustrators illustrate medical textbooks and publications. They might look at a cadaver and draw what’s going on. They might look at a skeleton and do a graphic version of how a joint replacement works, that kind of thing. So she’s really good at drawing people. She’s really good at figuring out how to save a bad photoshop job. So she took the photoshop and just took a whole weekend figuring out how to work it, to get the colors to work. I think when Peter was working on it I switched a couple of arms so they’d be talking to each other. And between Peter Sohn and this lady, Cindy Woolley, they pulled it together. It took a lot of work.”
And all of it was volunteered, Oz noted. “What’s cool is all of these people also helped us for free,” Oz marveled. “They just wanted to be part of it. Dave had such a great idea. And then he talked to Pete, and Pete suggested Michael, who suggested Peter Sohn, and Dave had his friend (Wolley). And that all of this came about like it did is wonderful.” 

“It ended up feeling pretty good,” Goelz concurred. “It felt like it worked pretty well.” He shared the credit with his fellow Muppeteers as well, saying, “All this comes down to the value of a collaboration and how much we love working together.” But for Oz, it’s Goelz who deserves the credit. He said simply, “It’s Dave’s poster and we love it.”

Below is the scene from Muppets Tonight that was crucial in getting the image of Jerry's hand for the poster. (Jump to to 6:05 mark)