Friday, August 18, 2017

"Muppets, Alive! A Toy Story..."

Every once in a while you see something that truly melts your heart, and after the events of this week, we could all use something like that.



Fortunately, we received just the thing from fellow Muppet fan, 
Philip D'Amour.

Philip sent this message along with a link to a video he made for his daughter:

First, I love you blog! I'm a lifelong muppet fan (finally made it on to the Muppet Studios lot this year!) and have now made my 2 year old daughter a huge fan. I bought her ALL of the classic 70's Fisher Price Dolls and Puppet. The other day, I decided to make a little video with a couple of her puppets as a fun surprise for her. She loved it. Hope you enjoy it too, and maybe share on this site!
After we saw the video we were happy to share it with all of you.
Here's a brief description of his short film "Muppets, Alive! A Toy Story..." aka Muppet toys come to life.
My daughter loves The Muppets... One day, we told her that we left some security cameras running while she was at daycare. We then showed her this video.
She loved it, but was very upset someone else was eating her crackers..



Wasn't that fantastic?

Philip shot the entire thing on his iPhone 6 Plus and was the sole cameraman, puppeteer (though his wife helped with Rowlf on a few shots), and editor.

We shared it with a few people who might know a thing or two about working with puppets for their reaction, first. 
"Cute!" - Timothy Clarke (Dark Crystal sculptor/designer)
"So elaborate! Cool house and vintage toy puppets!. Nice! And I want that turntable!"- Peter Linz (Muppet performer)
It's great to see such a creative use of Muppet merchandise. We can't thank Philip enough for sharing this with us. We hope you all loved it as much as we did.

If you have something you'd like to share please send us a message through the contact link on the website or through our facebook page.


“Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It's a good life, enjoy it.”
- Jim Henson

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Muppets Courtyard (2016-2017) & Muppet Star Wars Rumor!

As many fans speculated, Disney is minimizing The Muppets already diminishing presence in the parks. 




It was announced today via the official Disney Park blog that Muppets Courtyard is being rebranded as Grand Avenue.
Muppets Courtyard, along with a portion of the former Streets of America, is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineering to become a new area called Grand Avenue. Inspired by the revitalization and the vibrant culture of present-day downtown Los Angeles, Grand Avenue is where vintage office buildings and warehouses are being converted to exciting new uses. Guests will soon see facades for “merchants” appearing in this area for a music shop, loft apartments, a tailor and more, with each window on the street featuring charming displays.
The current Muppets Courtyard will become Grand Park, an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Guests can already see changes in the area, with the Muppets theater being renamed “Grand Arts Theatre” and boasting a brand-new marquee.
As it was only last April that Disney renamed the area "Muppets Courtyard", this has to be one of the fastest about faces Disney has done.



The folks at Disney know how this sounds, and are always great at putting good spin on bad news (maybe our president should hire them as his new communication director), so they end the post with...
But, not to worry – Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang continue to star in their hilarious and irreverent “Muppet*Vision 3D” show.
Very reassuring indeed.

This week also brought a rumor that Disney might be adding a live Muppet Star Wars themed show, similar to Great Moments In History (But Just The American Parts), to the adjacent area leading to Star Wars Land.




The Muppets as que filler while people wait to get to a totally different part of the park. Sound like the people at Disney Parks have great faith in franchise. Sigh.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Details Emerge About The Muppets Hollywood Bowl Show!

The Hollywood Bowl released a press release today detailing what exactly to expect when The Muppets Take the Bowl!


The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and The Muppets today revealed the first details about The Muppets’ first-ever full-length live show. The Muppets Take the Bowl is more than just a concert…more than just a performance…more than just a play on an iconic movie title…it’s The Muppets as never seen before – live and in-person (ok, more like in-frog, in-bear, in-pig…etc.), with full orchestra, on stage at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
Fans will join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Sam Eagle, Pepé the King Prawn, beloved hecklers Statler and Waldorf, and some Muppets who have not been seen since their appearances on The Muppet Show over 35 years ago, along with conductor Thomas Wilkins, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special celebrity guests, for this once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable event!

Overflowing with original music, classic Muppet songs, dancing, a singing-diva pig, fan-favorite sketches and parodies, boomerang fish and heaven knows what else, The Muppets Take the Bowl invites audiences of all ages to join the entire Muppet cast in a sensational, inspirational, celebrational journey from extremely humble beginnings to extraordinary Hollywood stardom.
Highlights of the show include the fabulous Miss Piggy in a show-stopping musical performance; Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, with legendary drummer Animal rocking the Bowl; debuts of all-new original chapters of Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital and Muppet Labs; and many more extraordinary surprises, including a spectacular fireworks finale, kicked-off by Crazy Harry.“This will be moi’s greatest performance ever, and I guarantee that all of you who are there at the Hollywood Bowl will rave and brag about it for the rest of your lives. And those who are not there, will have to lie about being there.
So, don’t lie, be there and experience moi in person,” said Miss Piggy.
The curtain will rise for their first show on Friday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m., followed by encore performances on Saturday, September 9, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m.

That sounds absolutely incredible!

 


These two were probably a given:

  • Miss Piggy in a show-stopping musical performance 
    • Because of course. 
  • Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem 
    • Their live appearance last year at Outside Lands was the spark for this

"All-new original chapters of":


  • Pigs in Space
  • Veterinarian’s Hospital 
  • Muppet Labs
    • If the recent youtube Pigs in Space shorts are any indication, these are going to be something special. 
  • Characters "who have not been seen since their appearances on The Muppet Show" ?
    • WoW! Let the fan speculation begin as to whether we'll see George The Janitor, Angus McGonagle or thew return of some other fan favorite!
All concluded by fireworks kicked-off by Crazy Harry!


This truly sounds like a show fans won't want to miss. The Muppets Take The Bowl, September 8, 9, and 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in California.

Get your tickets now at Hollywood Bowl.

Statler & Waldorf Promote Hollywood Bowl show!

As I'm sure you're aware, The Muppets are coming to The Hollywood Bowl in September.


To promote the event, Statler and Waldorf appear in a new video all while trying to get out of going themselves!





Don’t miss The Muppets Take The Bowl, September 8, 9, and 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in California. Get your tickets now at Hollywood Bowl.

Grab A Fraggle (Down Under)!

Wow,  that title sounds dirtier than I intended.

Anyway, at Toy Fair this year we noticed Toy Factory, an arcade claw machine company, had Dinosaur Train and Fraggle Rock plush.

Thanks to our friends at The Muppet Collection Page appears a store/arcade in Australia bought some and has them ready to get clawed to freedom. 




No sightings in the US yet, but wholesaler FunExpress has them for sale on their website.

Here's a better look at the whole collection:




Is it just me, or does Jr. Gorg look more like Samson from Germany's Samstrasse?

 

Oh well. Hopefully, we'll start seeing these pop up in claw machine here in the states soon.

If you work at a fair, carnival, or have claw machine purchasing power, step right up and head over to Fun Express' website and get a whole gaggle of Fraggles! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

RIP Victor Pemberton - UK Fraggle Rock writer (1931-2017)


Though his name may not be the most familiar, Victor Pemberton left a very diverse and lasting impact on the world.


As a British author and television writer, Pemberton not only wrote the framing segments for the UK version of Fraggle Rock, he came up with having the UK counterpart to Doc be
The Captain.


He also took over production duties from Duncan Kenworthy on the second and third seasons on the show. 



Before Fraggle Rock, Pemberton worked on Doctor Who as story editor on "The Tomb of the Cybermen" and writer of "Fury of the Deep" where he conceived of Doctor Who's iconic sonic screwdriver.
He also appeared in the 1967 episode "The Moonbase."

In 2007, he was interviewed about his time on Fraggle Rock, working with Jim Henson, the Captain's casting changes, and working on a international co-production without the internet. He was 85.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Muppets LOVE to Pose With Models!

As you may recall, back in May paparazi discovered the Muppets posing with Kendell Jenner and a few models on the streets of New York. 


The photos are for fashion designer Miu Miu‘s Fall/Winter collection for this month's issue of the UK magazine LOVE
.


Today, Disney/Style posted the photos ahead of the issue release!







While we wait to see where you can get your hands on the issue, you can follow the trendy looks with the hashtag #TheMuppetsWearMiuMiu

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Coming Soon: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas 40th Anniversary DVD!

It seems that every few years the classic special Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas gets released on home video.

This is year, Sony will handle the "40th Anniversary" edition release. Not only has the special been completely remastered, but all of Kermit's scenes are intact as well!


The listing states the aspect ratio at 1.78:1, which is in between it's original ratio of 4:3 and the typical 1:85 widescreen. 

Bonus features include:
  • “Behind the Scenes in Frogtown Hollow” Featurette
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Lost Song: “Born in a Trunk”

Most of the bonus features have been carried over from the 2005 "Collector's Edition" release, but with Kermit confirmed, if you've been holding out for a official release with his scene, this is the version to get!

Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas 40th Anniversary DVD (with Kermit) will be released September 9th, and you can pre-order it now through Amazon.

Thanks to John Papovitch for the heads up!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Muppets on WE Day Special!

As previously reported, The Muppets will be appearing on tonight's WE Day special!


The "entertainment special celebrating the transformative power of individuals acting together to create change in their communities and around the world" that was taped back in April finally makes it debut.


This week a few more videos of the Muppets with one of celebrity guests surfaced:










Here's the spot with Rowlf and Alicia Keys we previusly shared as well. 


You may recall that this isn't the first time the Muppets appeared on WE Day. Last year The Muppets opened the special with a very familiar tune.

You can see last year's entire special below:


In case you want to just skip to The Muppet parts, Gonzo appears around the 6:41 mark, Bobo at 19:55, Kermit and Zooey Deschanel at 26:10, and finally Scooter at the 38.18 mark.

Be sure to set those DVR's for tonight WE Day Special at 8/7c on CBS!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jim Henson's Dark Crystal Tales Now Available!

Jim Henson's Dark Crystal Tales, author/ illustrator Cory Godbey's follow up to last year's
Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales, is now available.


"Feat for the Skekis", "Circles of Kindness and "Fizzgig's Mighty Quest" are Tales' three short stories.



Once again Godbey's artwork is spectacular. I particularly like the comic and sympathetic way he makes us feel for the usually fearsome Garthin in "Feat for the Skekis."


You can pick up your copy at Amazon or at your local book seller.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Atom Age Industries Teams Up With Henson Company!

Atom Age Industries, a retailer of T-shirts and licensed goods, has teamed up with The Jim Henson Company for a new line of items based on The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Fraggle Rock.


Their initial Dark Crystal offerings include a t-shirt and a pin set.

DARK CRYSTAL LOGO T-SHIRT:









DARK CRYSTAL ENAMEL PIN SET:
So far their Labyrinth line includes a few t-shirts and a pin set. 

LABYRINTH "CHILLY DOWN" TANK TOP:


LABYRINTH "LUDO" T-SHIRT:



LABYRINTH "LUDO & FRIENDS" WHITE T-SHIRT:
 

LABYRINTH GOBLINS T-SHIRT:

LABYRINTH ENAMEL PIN SET:

Finally, their Fraggle Rock line so far only includes shirts. 

FRAGGLE ROCK LOGO T-SHIRT:



FRAGGLE ROCK CAST T-SHIRT:


FRAGGLE ROCK VINTAGE LOGO LADIES TANK TOP:
Which comes in two colors.



All items are $20, except the tank tanks which are $25. All are available now at Atom Age Industries from the links above.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pre-order McFarlane Toys' Jareth!

McFarlane Toys' Labyrinth Jareth action figure is now available to pre-order!



The figure comes with 12 points of articulation and iconic accessories like his masquerade mask and crystal orb. For those that like their collectibles MIP, Jareth will come in window box packaging.

While thins can change, Entertainment Earth's listing says it will be released in November, while Amazon's (much more expensive) link says the end of December. 

You can pre-order you own Golblin King at Entertainment Earth.

Friday, July 28, 2017

MuppetVision 3-D Gets New Entry!

If the more recent Muppet news isn't enough change for you, check out the latest updates to the entrance to Muppet-Vision 3D!



This isn't the first (or last) update though. The entire "Muppet Courtyard" at Disney Hollywood Studios has undergone some major revisions lately at it looks like the exterior to Muppet-Vision 3D is just the latest update.

Below is how the entrance, sign, and balloon originally looked:



A few years after Disney bought the Muppets, they removed Jim Henson's name, and "Muppets" from the balloon.


Original Kermit balloon with
" JIm Henson's Muppets"
Kermit balloon as it appears now 



In addition to removing " JIm Henson's Muppets", Kermit's face was replaced with a larger, yet more squashed version to fill up more space. 



Above is how it's looked the last few years.


With the plumbing being working on for the upcoming Star Wars land, the fountain has now been turned off as well. Miss Piggy as the statue of Liberty has remained, but Fozzie, Animal Gonzo and the rest of the fountains has been replaced (hopefully only temporarily) with plants. 

We heard rumors that the Kermit balloon was on the chopping block, now unfortunately for good, so that it didn't interfere with the view from Star Wars land.


As you can see from the photo above, the balloon is now gone, as well as the main Muppet 3D logo sign and the small "Presented by Kodak"below it. The Kodak sign was presumably removed since Kodak no longer sponsors any of the rides due to teh company going into bankruptcy a few years ago.  

You can still see the outline of the old sign, but next to it are now two large banners featuring the Muppets new Kermit "M" logo and "3D" surrounded by stock photos of many of the Muppets who appear in the film, plus Animal. 


They then installed a new sign inbetween the banners and renamed it the "Grand Arts Theater."






The new look adds both a modern / retro vide to the entrance, yet also feels that the name of the attraction inside could change at any moment.


Perhaps Disney is readying a new Muppet 3D movie to replace the 26 years old Muppet Vision.

What do you think of Muppet Vision's new look?

Current photos courtesy of the WDWmagic.