Friday, February 16, 2018

New Muppet Babies Theme Song Revealed!

Singer/ Actor Renée Elise Goldsberry, best known for Broadway’s Hamilton, has been tapped to sing the new Muppet Babies theme song. 

While the preview below doesn't offer a full, uninterrupted version of the song, you can can tell that some words to the iconic tune, have been changed.

And as if you needed a reminder, here the original for comparison:

The new Muppet Babies in set to premiere some in March on Disney Junior.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dark Crystal Get Longer Theatrical Re-Release!

Back in December we told that The Dark Crystal was getting a special theatrical Fathom events re-release as part of the promotion for the new 4K/ Bluray release. 

Apparently, the response has been so great, that Fathom has decided to expand the dates!
The unprecedented vision and mythic storytelling of Jim Henson’s 1982 epic fantasy-adventure “The Dark Crystal” returns to cinemas nationwide for a special two-night 4-night presentation from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures. Each screening of “The Dark Crystal” will also feature a brand-new featurette with Lisa Henson, CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company, who reflects on the making of this one-of-a-kind film and its creative legacy.
A milestone in fantasy filmmaking, “The Dark Crystal” was co-directed with Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back). Following its two-day-only theatrical presentation, “The Dark Crystal” will debut on 4K Ultra HD™ and return to Blu-ray™ and digital on March 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Now, instead of just February 25th and 28th, select theaters will now have screenings on March 3rd and 6th as well!

Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures 

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)
Saturday, March 3rd, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)

Tickets for “The Dark Crystal” can be purchased online by visiting Fathom Events or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 500 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

First Look At Power of the Dark Crystal #11!

The eleventh issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal hits comic shops today.

Main Cover: Mark Buckingham

Subscription Cover: Sana Takeda

In the 
penultimate issue: Tensions rise as Kensho and Thurma make their way to the inner sun of the Fireling realm.

The Power of the Dark Crystal #11 is available now at your local comic shop and through Amazon.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Bat Can Bat!

Gene Barretta's latest book "The Bat Can Bat" hits book store shelves today. 

Your probably wondering, "What does this have to do with The Muppets?"

Well, in addition to being a renowned children's book author and illustrator, Gene worked as a Character Designer/Storyboard artist at The Jim Henson Company, animated shorts for Sesame Street, is the brother of Muppet performer Bill Barretta, and a huge Muppet fan.

So again, what does his latest book have to do with the Muppets?

Look closely in the background ...

Do you recognize any familiar faces?

The crowd is made up entirely of Muppet performers, employees, Muppet fans and even Muppets Bobo the Bear, and Joey the monkey, who Gene designed for the pilot Late Night Buffet!

Here's a couple of close ups. 

(Click on the images to enlarge)

The left side features, Lara Mclean, Bruce Laniol, Leslie Carrera -Rodulph, Paul Rudolph, Julianne Buescher, Caroll Spinney, Drew Massey, Muppet Cast host Steve Swanson, Jesse Oliver, Jerome and Heather Green, Dave and Niki Hulteen, Louise Gold, Kirk Thatcher, Kevin Clash,Alan Trautman, Stephanie D'abruzzo, Craig Shemin, Gene Barretta, Jerry Nelson, Pam Arciero, Richard Hunt, Grant Baciocco, Stuart Reeves, Steve Whitmire, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Bobo the bear, and Joey Spank the monkey.

While the right side features John, Jane, Brian and Jim Henson, Ed Christie, Frank Oz, Peggy Maltby Etra, Joey Mazzarino, Misha Sisti, Mak Wilson, Paul McGuinness, Michael Oosterom, James V Carroll, Alice Dinnean, Tough Pigs' Joe Hennes and Ryan Roe, Muppet Stuff's Chris Stulz (hey, that's me!), Carmen Osbahr, Stuart Reeves, Jennifer Barnhart, Mak Wilson, Ryan Dillon, Colleen Smith, Tim Lagasse
, Andreew Spooner, Victor Yerrid, Tyler Bunch, Jordan Lockhart, John Kennedy, Jane Gootnick, Marty Robinson, Fran Brill, and Kenny Durkin.

I know we missed a few here and there. If you're among the missing or mislabeled, please let us know where you are and we'll be glad to add your name. 

Gene provided us with the naming chart with all the names and locations!

01-Billy Barretta, 02-David Rudman, 03-Eric Jacobson, 04-Steve Whitmire, 05-Matt Vogel, 06-Dave Goelz, 07-Peter Linz, 08-Fran Brill, 09-Kirk Thatcher, 10-Martin Robinson, 11-Kevin Clash, 12-Allan Trautman, 13- Stephanie D’Abruzzo, 14-Craig Shemin, 15-Louise Gold, 16-John Henson, 17-Carmen Osbahr, 18-Ryan Dillon, 19-Pam Arciero, 20-Grant Baciocco, 21-Jennifer Barnhart, 22-Paul McGinnis, 23-Frank Oz, 24-Jim Henson, 25-Richard Hunt, 26-Jerry Nelson, 27-Caroll Spinney, 28-Bobo, 29-Brian Knatchbull, 30-Julianne Buescher, 31-John Kennedy, 32-Bruce Lanoil, 33-Tyler Bunch, 34-Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, 35-Lars McLean, 36-Colleen Smith, 37-Michael Oosterom, 38-Andrew Spooner, 39-Victor Yerrid, 40-Ted Michaels, 41-Joey Mazzarino, 42-Mak Wilson, 43-Jane Gootnick, 44-Drew Massey, 45-Alice Dinnean, 46-Mike Quinn, 47-Tim Lagasse, 48-Misha Sisti, 49-Brian Henson, 50-Peggy Maltby Etra, 51-Gene Barretta, 52-Steve Swanson, 53-Jesse Oliver, 54-Niki Hulteen, 55-Dave Hulteen, 56-James Carroll, 58-Ed Christie, 59-Jane Henson, 60-John Tartaglia, 61-Stuart Reeves, 62-Paul Rudolph, 63-Spank, 64-Joe Hennes, 65-Ryan Roe, 66-Chris Stulz, 67-Jordan Lockhart, 68-Jerome Green, 69-Heather Hulteen.

We want to thank Gene again for not only including me in this extremely impressive array of caricatures, but for placing me right next to the man himself, Jim Henson. What an honor. 

"The Bat Can Bat" is available at bookstores now and through Amazon

Muppet Thought of the Week ft. Scooter!

Don't avoid this week's "Muppet Thought of The Week."

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Dark Crystal Lunchbox!

Candy and novelty company The Rocket has a brand new Dark Crystal lunchbox.

The embossed metal lunchbox has Jen, Kira, and Fizzgig on the front...

with SkekSil the Chamberlain Skeksis and Urso the master mystic on the back.

Unfortunately, like most novelty lunchboxes, it does not come with a lunch box, but is a great way to sneak snacks into your screening of The Dark Crystal later this month!

You can order yours today directly from Rocket.