Friday, June 23, 2017

Hallmark's 2017 The Muppet Christmas Carol Ornament!

With the release of their first wave of 2017 ornaments next month, Hallmark released new images of their ornaments. 

As we previously reported, instead of continuing with The Muppets in their "Muppet Show" settings/costumes, this year Hallmark decided to honor the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Christmas Carol.

The ornament features Kermit and Robin as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim singing "Christmas Scat" from the film's soundtrack.



"Celebrate 25 years of The Muppet Christmas Carol with this Christmas ornament that features Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and his nephew Robin as Tiny Tim Cratchit. Movie collectors will cherish this Hallmark Keepsake Ornament that plays audio clips from the heartwarming holiday movie of a miser's redemption on Christmas Eve."



No word yet though on whether Hallmark will continue with Muppet Christmas Carol ornaments or return to The Muppet Show.

The 2.95" W x 4.6" H x 2.2" D ornament will be available July 15th and cost $19.95.


Head over to Hallmark's website for more information and to hear the slightly different version (less echo?)  of "Christmas Scat" the ornament will play. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bill Barretta!

Happy Birthday to Muppet performer extraordinaire Bill Barretta!


Bobo The Bear, one of Bill's signature characters made his debut in 1996 on Muppets Tonight. Since then Bobo has appeared in almost every major Muppet production. 

To celebrate Bill's birthday, check out some of these great Bobo the Bear clips!












Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bob McGrath!

Today is legendary Sesame Street resident Bob McGrath's 85th birthday!


Although not seen on the street these days, he was a staple on the show for over 46 years. 

Help us celebrate "Bobu's" time on on the street with these classic clips!



















Happy Birthday, Bob!

Have a favorite Bob, moment? Please share them in the comments!


Friday, June 9, 2017

New Henson Exhibit Pops Up!

A pop-up Henson exhibit is currently making its way through Mississippi! Our friend and puppeteer David Stephens is there now and gives us the scoop!

 

Hattiesburg, MS has an annual event called Festival South. This year, they are spotlighting famous Mississippians, Jim Henson being one of those. The festival coordinators worked with the Henson Company and Henson Legacy to create a traveling mobile exhibit which travels to various locations during the three week festival. I was hired to perform my shows, give a reading of Brad Meltzer's "I am Jim Henson" and Jeff Domke, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Puppetry Arts was hired to teach puppet workshops for children during the festival to tie into the Henson theme. The panels will hopefully travel to other points of interest in Mississippi once Festival South concludes.

Since most of us won't be able to get to Mississippi to see the exhibit in person, David sent these pictures of the event. Be sure to click on the images to see a larger version. It's like virtually being there!

  
  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
Our thanks to David for the photos and info. We'll be on the lookout for more info as the festival continues.

Monday, June 5, 2017

First Packaging Look at Diamond Select Toys Muppet Action Figures Series 3!


They may have been delayed, but we now have our first look at wave 3 of Diamond Select Toys Muppet action figures.

Rowlf, Crazy Harry, and Mahna Mahna will come with a piano, sheet music,candelabra, music stand,microphone, and a very yellowed (aged?) bust of Beethoven.




Floyd and Janice will come with a guitar, bass, music stands, harmonica, tambourine, speakers, and an easel. Janice's hat will be removable and may also come with sheet music.



Miss Piggy, Foo-Foo, and Penguin (not Gloria Estefan) will come with a mirror, magazines, Piggy's walk of fame star, Foo-Foo's leash and bowl, and framed photo of Kermit. This is the first time we've seen the Kermit image used for Piggy's frame.



We hear these will be available in late June/early July, though Amazon says end of July.

You can preorder them now though Amazon, directly through Diamond Select Toys, and at your local comic shop.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Jim Henson Company Selects ChizComm Ltd. to Help Expand Online Presence!

The Jim Henson Company has partnered with ChizComm Ltd. to help expand their online presence. The full press release provided by ChizComm Ltd. is below. 





Legendary Entertainment Company Brings on Partner to Further Digital and Social Media Footprint
TORONTOMay 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/- ChizComm Ltd. (www.chizcomm.com) is now an agency partner to The Jim Henson Company, American entertainment company and innovative leader in the entertainment space for over 60 years.
Adding to their roster of lifestyle, toys and children's entertainment clients, ChizComm is eager to combine the beloved and ever-growing fan base of The Jim Henson Company with the expertise of their team. Building on Henson's digital and social media marketing, ChizComm will aid in the planning and execution of these initiatives with popular brands such as Dot., Word Party, Splash and Bubbles, and Fraggle Rock.
"We are honored to represent The Jim Henson Company and to further expand our roster in the entertainment space," said Harold Chizick, President and CEO, ChizComm Ltd. "We are confident this partnership will bring both ChizComm Ltd. and The Jim Henson Company to new and undiscovered heights."
"The Jim Henson Company and ChizComm Ltd. are a wonderful fit," said Nicole Goldman, Executive VP of Marketing/PR and Education Initiatives, The Jim Henson Company. "Their unique strategies and innovative marketing methods will be key to expanding our online presence and reaching key markets."
About ChizComm Ltd.: ChizComm is a highly regarded leading marketing communications agency that continuously brings innovative, creative, BIG ideas to companies covering a wide range of fields – such as health and wellness, lifestyle and toys. ChizComm's strong work ethic, industry expertise and successful marketing and communications efforts have made them the agency of choice amongst notable international brands. With a solid background in PR, digital marketing, social media, promotions, events and product launches, ChizComm's boisterous, creative approach allows them to share the fun with partners and clients while developing break-frame marketing communication strategies that drive growth and some noise.
About The Jim Henson Company:The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie's Greenroom (Netflix)Dot. (Sprout/Hulu)Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS)Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle RockThe Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape.   Features include Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark CrystalLabyrinthMirrorMask, and Jim Henson'sTurkey Hollow.
With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character- building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of- the-art and vintage equipment. The Company's Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show.

©2017 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dark Crystal Figures From McFarlane Toys Coming Soon!

In addition to already announced Jareth figure, McFarlane Toys officially announced that it will also be releasing Jen and Kira figures from The Dark Crystal


The Jareth figure will be available in November, while the Jen and Kira figures will be released in the spring.


“Fans of both Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal continue to grow, while both brands also enjoy the passionate and loyal support of committed followers for decades,” said Vice President of Global Consumer Products for The Jim Henson Company, Federico San Martin. “We are looking forward to McFarlane toys introducing the characters that defined these classic adventures to our legions of fans around the world.”

McFarlane Toys has produced highly detailed figures and construction sets for various entertainment properties and this collaboration with The Jim Henson Company will give fans of these iconic films new and unique action figures that are “true to life” replicas of their on-screen personas.

Todd McFarlane 
owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys said in a statement, “Jim Henson was one of the most visually creative minds, and these incredible movies are just the tip of the iceberg. We pride ourselves on our creativity and attention to detail, and to be able to make figures of these iconic characters is something pretty special.”




The upcoming toys will include a 7-inch figure of Labyrinth’s Jareth The Goblin King, and for The Dark Crystal, fans can look forward to figures of Jen and Kira. Each figure will be highly detailed and come fully articulated to recreate a famous movie scene. 


The figures will also debut in new window box collector packaging and will come with Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal branded detailed bases.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

More Henson Comics!

If you're a fan of the comic collaborations between The Jim Henson Company and BOOM! Studios be prepared for even more as they have just signed a new 5 year agreement.


From BOOM! Studios

The Jim Henson Company, an innovative leader in family entertainment for over 60 years, has signed a new five-year agreement with graphic novel and comic book publisher BOOM! Studios to develop and publish at least seventeen new titles for its beloved classic brands, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock and The Storyteller.

An earlier agreement between The Jim Henson Company and BOOM! Studios resulted in the publication of twenty new titles under its Archaia imprint for the four brands, including The New York Times Best Seller and YALSA-nominated Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths; and two Harvey Award-nominees, Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Classics Volume 2, for Best Domestic Reprint, and The Storyteller: Witches #4, for Best Single Issue or Story. Additionally, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales won The Diamond Comic Distributors Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year.

Also, to celebrate this year’s 35th Anniversary of The Dark Crystal movie release, Archaia began publishing an official sequel, a 12-issue comic book series titled The Power of the Dark Crystal that picks up long after the events of the original film. Most recently, it was announced that Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales, a children’s book by acclaimed writer and artist Cory Godbey (Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella), will be released this summer. The publication is a follow-up to last fall’s best-selling Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales, also written and illustrated by Godbey.

“We have worked very closely with BOOM! Studios to develop and publish titles that represent the level of innovation, imagination, and quality our fans expect from these classic brands,” commented Nicole Goldman, Executive Vice President, Marketing/PR and Education Initiatives. “There are so many compelling storylines and fascinating characters that our talented partners at BOOM! can continue to draw upon to deliver more magical experiences.”

“Jim Henson was a singular creative visionary whose imagination has influenced and inspired multiple generations,” said Filip Sablik, BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing. “Everyone at BOOM! Studios has been honored to work with The Jim Henson Company over the last nine years and contribute to the rich legacy of these magical properties. We cannot wait to share with fans all of the exciting things we have planned for the next five years. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!”

Directed by visionary Jim Henson and executive produced
by George Lucas, Labyrinth is a fan favorite and wonder of puppetry. Stuck babysitting her brother, teenager Sarah resentfully wishes the Goblin King (memorably portrayed by David Bowie) can take him away. When her wish comes true, Sarah must head into the Labyrinth herself to save him. Since its 1986 release, the film has become a fan-favorite and is still reveled in today’s era as a timeless classic.

The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, brilliantly weaves a timeless myth of good and evil. In another time, the Dark Crystal, a source of balance and truth in the universe, was broken, dividing the world into two factions; the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now, as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the crystal must be healed, or darkness will reign forever. The Dark Crystal’s fanbase has only risen since the film’s debut, and the film has also developed a devoted following across the world.

From creative genius Jim Henson, Fraggle Rock stars a cast of puppet creatures called Fraggles, quirky cave-dwellers who live in an underground world alongside their industrious green neighbors, the Doozers, and a family of enormous Gorgs. The series follows the fun adventures of the furry subterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity, and caring for the planet. With 96 episodes, 100 original songs and millions of fans around the world, Fraggle Rock has been seen in over 98 countries.

The anthology series, The Storyteller, features both human actors and creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in this retelling of classic folk tales, fables, and legends. The series stars John Hurt in the title role. Aided by his cynical dog, Hurt narrates fascinating tales that combine humor, intrigue, and magic.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MOMI's Jim Henson Exhibition Gets An Opening Date!

You waited, you pledged, and know we know that the Museum of the Moving Image's
Jim Henson Exhibition will open July 22!



Here is the official  announcement:
This dynamic visitor experience—housed in a new gallery space funded by the City of New York—explores Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. The exhibition features a broad range of artifacts from throughout his remarkable television and film career, and reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. It also includes material from Henson’s lesser known and experimental film projects, presenting Henson as a restlessly creative performer, filmmaker, and technical innovator.

Among the nearly 300 objects on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. Film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage are presented on more than 27 monitors and projections throughout. Interactive experiences allow visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on screen and designing a puppet character. Complementing the exhibition, the Museum will present an array of education programs and public events.
Many of the artifacts in the exhibition are drawn from the 2013 donation by Jim Henson’s family to the Museum’s collection, which includes nearly 500 objects related to Henson’s unparalleled career and features historic puppets, costumes, production design material, and licensed merchandise. The exhibition also includes sketches, storyboards, scripts, and other material on loan from The Jim Henson Company Archives. Archival video and photographic material was provided by The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and The Muppets Studio.

In addition to the permanent gallery, the Museum will explore Henson’s career and legacy through education programs, live appearances, family workshops, and film screenings.
Advance tickets for timed entry to The Jim Henson Exhibition will be made available soon.

First Look At Power of the Dark Crystal #3!

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





This issue was written by Simon Spurrier, with art by Kelly and Nichole Matthews, who also drew the main cover. Jae Lee provided the subscription cover. 
While Jen and Kira deal with the chaos the Skeksis have wrought on the castle, Thurma and Kensho are out in the wilds of Thra on the run from the Crystal Guard, unaware that something far more treacherous followed their trail: the Chamberlain.
The Power of the Dark Crystal #3 is available now at comic stores and through Amazon.