Tuesday, August 30, 2016

More Muppet Classroom Supplies!

Last year Paper Magic released an assortment of Muppet classroom decorations. This year Teaching Tree has a new collection available for considerably less money. Teaching Tree is an imprint of dollar store chain Dollar Tree so all these items combined will cost you less than a $5 meal. 

There's 14 sheets of Muppet Bulletin Board Trim featuring Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Beaker, Swedish Chef, Animal, Rowlf, Bunsen, and Floyd!!

10 Muppet Classroom Decorations.
5 featuring Kermit Miss Piggy and Fozzie:

As well as 5 featuring just Kermit:


12 Recognition Awards. 
6 featuring Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Bunsen, and Beaker:

as well as 6 featuring Animal:

and 16 bookmarks:

You can find these in the classroom supply aisle at your local Dollar Tree, though it took looking in multiple locations to find them all.   



The Bulletin Board Trim and the Classroom Decorations are available online, through only in bulk with an assortment of other non-Muppet licenced characters.

Thanks to our Twitter follower KD for the heads up and some of the photos.

Gene Wilder RIP!

We were sad to hear of legendary film star Gene Wilder's passing yesterday.


Wilder had many connections to The Muppets. 

Before he had even met first wife Gila Radner, she was guest on The Muppet Show:


Mel Brooks, his frequent collaborator on films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein, had a cameo in The Muppet Movie.




As did Richard Pryor, who worked with Gene on the films Stir Crazy, Silver Streak,  See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Another You.


Marty Felman, his friend and Young Frankenstein and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother costar was also guest on The Muppet Show.



Wilder himself worked with Jim Henson's Creature Shop in the 1999 TV movie Alice in Wonderland where he played The Mock Turtle.




But by far his most notable connection to the Muppets was his titular role in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory where he sang "Pure Imagination."


The song was later sung by Ben Vereen on The Muppet Show, and reused during a montage for The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 years special.



The Muppets performed the song again last year with Lindsey Stirling and Josh Groban:


But nothing will will ever beat the original:


Wilder was 83 and will be dearly missed. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Furchester Checks Into The USA!

According to Adweek, The Furchester Hotel is finally checking in to American TV!



Beginning September 26, the 11 minute episodes will air weekdays at 9 AM and weekends and 11AM on Sprout! The episodes will also be available on demand and streaming on the Sprout Now app. 

Since the show began in 2014 it had only been officially available to US audiences through Sesame Street's YouTube channel, which have since been removed. 

The premise of the series is:
The Furchester Hotel is a half-star hotel that is owned by a monster family called the Furchester-Fuzz Family. The Furchester-Fuzz Family alongside Elmo and Cookie Monster will figure out how to solve different issues that are developed by the guests of the Furchester Hotel.
The series is a co-production of Sesame Workshop and The BBC. The series promotes problem-solving as the monsters try to figure out issues developed by their unique guests.


To help promote the show, Elmo and Cookie Monster will be appearing on Sprout's live morning show The Sunny Side Up Show during the first week.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sesame Street's Master of Harmonica 'Toots' Thielemans Has Died

Master of the jazz harmonica, Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, has died at 94. Though his name my sound not be familiar, the sounds he laid down for Sesame Street's theme song surely are.


Over his illustrious career Toots performed with legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, 
Paul Simon, Billy Joel, and Quincy Jones, who once called Mr. Thielemans “one of the greatest musicians of our time.” 

He can be heard on the soundtracks of movies like “Midnight Cowboy” and “The Getaway.” 
But his most lasting contribution for Muppet fans is that 
 his riffs have been heard in the opening theme music of Sesame Street for more than four decades!



Friday, August 19, 2016

I Tumble For Ya!

Fresh off thier recently released Muppet Show pint glasses, Diamond Select is back with more Muppet Show inspired drinkware - Muppet Show tumblers!


What's the difference between a tumbler and pint? A few dribbles I guess. 


These glasses are meant to invoke the style of "fast food glassware of yesteryear" though some of the images/ compositions seen to work better than others. 

The ones that work best feature one or two characters, like Bunsen and Beaker:



When more characters are added though, the compositions become less focused. 

Such as the Kermit, Piggy, Rowlf, and Scooter glass:



and the one featuring Fozzie, Gonzo, Camilla, Lew Zealand, Statler, and Waldorf:



It may be one of those once you see it I can't be unseen things, but what's with the black hole in the logo's O? I'm pretty sure I know why the designer chose to that, but Kermit, a red curtain, or just clear might have worked better.

I think if Diamond stuck to one or two characters per glass like they did with their Back to The future set:


Or focused on one main character with others in the background, like their Ghostbusters tumblers, the Muppet set would have looked a bit nicer. 

All in all though their, not bad looking with Bunsen & Beaker and Swedish Chef being the standouts. The glasses will be available individually available early next year, but you can pre-order them from Amazon using the links above.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hot Topic Exclusive Labyrinth Jareth Pop!

The rumors flying around social media are true - Hot Topic has the first Labyrinth Pop! figure and it's an exclusive Jareth in his outfit from the finale of the film!


 You can find it in store and online here.

You'll notice that his number is 365, placing right between the regular Jareth and Sarah figures in the series.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Down at Vinyl Rock Part 2!

In addition to the special color vinyl "Best of Fraggle Rock" records, Enjoy the Ride also has an exclusive picture disc available at Hot Topic!




The track list should be the same, and it can be ordered online here.

Down at Vinyl Rock!


Enjoy The Ride Records has teamed up with The Jim Henson Company to release a limited edition vinyl pressing of "The Best of Fraggle Rock."


The inside gatefold cover shows a map of Fraggle Rock drawn by Michael Frith (the same image that was used for the poster included in the Lionsgate's complete series DVD set.)



The back covers features Jr. Gorg and the track list.

The 24 track album consists of songs previously released on 1983's Fraggle Rock, 1986's
Perfect Harmony, and Music and Magic from 1993.

Side A
1. Fraggle Rock Theme
2. Follow Me
3. Do It On My Own
4. Wemblin’ Fool
5. Lost And Found
6. Catch the Tail By the Tiger
7. Brave Boy, Jump Up
8. Muck And Goo
9. Friendship Song
10. Fraggle Rock Rock
11. Beetle Song
12. Easy Is the Only Way To Go
13. Pantry Chant

Side B
14. Our Melody
15. Pukka, Pukka, Pukka Squeetily Boink
16. Let Me Be Your Song
17. Pass It On
18. Yes, We Can
19. Perfect Harmony
20.The Rock Goes On
21. Dum De Dum
22. Workin’
23. I Seen Troubles
24. Closing Theme


The records themselves come in different color variations based on the Fraggle characters. The Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, or Red records are limited to 150 copies each, while the Sprocket and Trash Heap records are limited to 125 copies each.


Here's where it get a bit funky, each record has the same image of the Fraggles on the front and Trash Heap on the B side. 

It would have been a lot nicer and made the color choices more apparent if the different characters they represented were on the flip side, especially since Sprocket is only seen in the gatefold map. 

You pick up your copy (or copies if you're a completist) here.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Peace. Love. Mayhem!

In case you missed it, The Electric Mayhem put on an amazing live performance last weekend. 



It was part of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco that also featured acts including Radiohead, Major Lazer, Third Eye Bland, and Lionel Ritchie. 


Animal, the 4th Third Eye Blind member?
With all those great acts, guess which band has gotten a majority all the press? That's right, The Electric Mayhem. The rockers that made their debut in the pilot for The Muppet Show stole the show!! Rolling Stone even called their performance on of the 5 best things that happened at the three days event!


Before their incredible performance, Dr. Teeth chatted with Yahoo' Music's Lindsay Parker:



Did you notice Lindsay's shirt?


It was a limited edition shirt sold at the festival! Just like every other major band has at their shows - merch!


Along with the official shirt, many fans in the audience made their own flags, banners and large cut outs of the band members. 

The show itself was a twenty-five minute set featuring five songs and a couple of video clips in order to give the Muppet performers arms a break. 

Their called, and they played: 
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)  (Scott McKenzie)
Can You Picture That? (The Electric Mayhem)
San Francisco (Mowglis)
Home (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
Ophelia (The Band)
The finale was a gospel choir backed rendition of Joe Cocker's version of the Beatles’ With a Little Help From My Friends.


All seemed to be sung live in front of 70,000 people with a possibly pre recorded backing track!



You can watch the entire performance below:


After the show Animal and Floyd were interviewed by Go90 (who streamed the event):



Here's hoping The Electric Mayhem makes more live appearances and to the amazing Muppet performers who pulled off another "How'd they do that?" type event!


They've always been like rock stars to us, and now the rest of teh world gest to see them that way too! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Jim Henson's Storyteller: Dragons Hardcover Also Now Available!

The hardcover version of Jim Henson's Storyteller: Dragons is also now available.


 

This is a collection of Achaia's Jim Henson's Storyteller: Dragons comics that were released earlier this year.

The critically acclaimed Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons includes four tales of dragons and the men and women courageous enough to face them, inspired by folklore from around the world, all told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved television series. 
Featuring an astounding collection of styles and stories by some of today’s most original voices, including Daniel Bayliss (Translucid), Nathan Pride (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard), Hannah Christenson (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) and Jorge Corona (Feathers), this stunning hardcover edition also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process and care taken in adapting each of these timeless legends.






You can find it at your local comic shop, however even though it was just released yesterday, it looks like Amazon is already temporarily sold out! 

Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special Comic: Now Available!

Archaia's Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special comic book hits comic store shelves today!

Though most of the stories were published the last few years as part of Archaia's Free Comic Day releases, it's nice to have them packaged into one complete collection.




Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film with stories from inside the magical walls of the labyrinth. Featuring fan-favorite characters like Ludo, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, and a few surprises, this special celebration collects for the first time all of the Labyrinth Free Comic Book Day stories along with new tales from Eisner Award winner Jonathan Case (The New Deal), Gustavo Duarte (Bizarro), and more! 40 pages of story and art! Both covers are high-quality cardstock and will feature spot-gloss and holofoil enhancements.









The book contains over 40 pages will cost $9.99. In case you can't find it your local comic store, it's also available from Amazon