Friday, March 23, 2018

Henson Series Pick Up More Daytime Emmy Nominations!

The 2017 Daytime Emmy nominations have been announced and Sesame Street has once again racked up an impressive list of nominations and not just in the children's categories. Newcomer Julie's Greenroom also scored some noms, though it's competing directly with Sesame in the categories they're nominated in. Even Splash & Bubbles got a nom for creator and star John Tartaglia. 

And the Henson nominees are...
Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series 
Julie’s Greenroom Netflix
Sesame Street HBO

Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program
Sesame Street: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Julia & Elmo

Outstanding Interactive Media Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series 
Sesame Street

Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s, Family Viewing
Julie’s Greenroom Netflix
Sesame Street HBO
Outstanding Directing in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s or Family Viewing Program 
Julie’s Greenroom Netflix
Sesame Street HBO

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design
Sesame Street HBO

Outstanding Lighting Direction 
Sesame Street HBO
Outstanding Technical Team 
Sesame Street HBO
Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing 
Sesame Street HBO
Outstanding Sound Mixing 
Sesame Street HBO
Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action 
Sesame Street HBO

Outstanding Original Song 
“A Song About Songs”Sesame Street HBO 

“Try A Little Kindness”Sesame Street HBO
Outstanding Hairstyling Sesame Street HBO

Outstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramJohn Tartaglia – Splash and Mrs. Tidy in Splash and Bubbles

In total Sesame Street received 14 nominations, Julie's Greenroon 2, and Splash and Bubbles 1.

The Daytime Emmy Awards are to be held on Sunday, April 29. No TV network has yet to be announced. 

Muppet Thought of the Week - Sgt. Floyd Pepper & Animal Drop In!

It may be Friday, but it's always a good time for a Muppet Thought of Week. This week Floyd and Animal drop in...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog on Wogan!

Some video recently surfaced of Jim Henson with Kermit the Frog on BBC talk show Wogan from December 6th 1985.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First Look: Jim Henson's Storyteller: Fairies #4!

The 4th and final issue of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies hit's stores today. 

The main cover and interior artwork are by Celia Lowenthal, 

Main Cover
while the subscription cover is by Sas Milledge.

Subscription cover

In the issue "A young shepherd is lured to the realm of fairies, shrunken down to their size and in awe of their magical lands. He lives in great happiness there until one day he finds a fountain, which the fairies say can provide all of man’s desires. The shepherd is enticed, but like many things in the realm of fairies, not everything is what it seems."

Check out the first few pages below:

You can get your copy at your local comic book store and through Amazon today.

Monday, March 19, 2018

More Muppet Babies Videos!

With the premier only a few days away, Disney Junior released two more Muppet Babies videos to promote series. 

In case you need a reintroduction, "Meet the Muppets!"

Here's a music video for "What's So Scary About the Dark?"

Let's Play!

We also now also have a look at the show's full opening and theme song!

The new Muppet Babies premieres this Friday, March 23rd at 10AM on Disney Junior.

Adorkable Rachel Talks Muppet Guys Talking!

Our friend Rachel is back to talk about the newly released documentary Muppet Guys 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Muppet Guys Talking Now Available!

A year after premiering at SXSW Frank Oz's documentary Muppet Guys Talking is finally available for all to see. 


As of this morning the film is ready to be downloaded an enjoyed.


Currently there are two ways to download the film at two widely different price points.

The first option is a very reasonable $9.97 and will get you access to the film only. 

For the hard core fan with plenty of expendable income, they're also offering a V.I.P "Below Stage Pass." This includes the film plus the following extras:
  • LIVE HANGOUTS WITH THE GUYSYou get to be part of a online audience and watch/listen to the Guys during two LIVE unprecedented, unscripted video Hangouts. They’ll share never-before-heard anecdotes and answer select viewer questions.
  • RECORDINGS OF LIVE HANGOUTSParticipate in the Hangouts whether you can make it live or not. Submit your questions in advance, watch whenever you want, and relive the fun over and over again.
  • MEMBERSHIP IN THE PRIVATE MGT FACEBOOK COMMUNITYInteract with the Muppet Guys Talking fans. Discuss the film, the Hangouts, the Guys or anything else!
  • BONUS! EXTRA FOOTAGEDeleted Scenes, Outtakes, AND other great moments we couldn’t fit into the movie.
This option will set you back $97, that is until next Wednesday 3/21, when the price will increase to $197!
Both options of Muppet Guys Talking are available now at

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Talking About Muppet Guys Talking!

I just finished watching Muppet Guys Talking, and it simply striking in so many ways.

The first thing you notice right away is just how raw it feels. From the opening titles to Frank Oz's intro you can tell you're in for something different. 

This isn't a glamours documentary with depth of field shots, or a behind the scenes special on how the things are made. 

The man who took the Muppets to Manhattan, had a signing plant destroy skid row, let dirty rotten scoundrels out to play, and tied Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin into a bowfinger, strips it all away to simply let you enjoy the company around him.

In some of the promotional materials Oz called it "Shooting Dirty" and the end result is both jarring and conversely relaxing.

Frank is joined in warn leather couches in an almost empty brick room with his
longtime collaborators and friends Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz, and Bill Barretta. Immediately you get the sense that your just a fly on the wall listening as these old friends swap stories about working together and with Jim Henson. 

They talk at length about their dearly departed leader and the lengths he would go to bring magic to the screen. They also briefly delve into working with their other friends that have passed on like Richard "Richie" Hunt, Jerry Juhl, and Don Sahlin. Here is where I would have liked to have seen a little more archival footage, especially of Richard and Jim. Their lost stories and interactions are a painful reminder of that they left us all too soon. It should also be said that Jerry Nelson passed away not long after filming. 

You may recall that Jerry died in 2012, while the copyright on the screener I received said 2016. It goes to show just how long it's taken to get this little film out to the world.

The film is very much aimed at Muppet fans who already have a working knowledge of the people and characters each of these "guys" brought to the screen over years.

It'll be interesting to see the reaction by some of the more conservative Henson fans when they learn that not only were the Muppets not made for kids - not even Sesame Street to an extent, but to hear the "shit" litteraly fly a few times in a "Muppet" movie.  

The elephant in room is everyone/ thing they don't mention. While I don't expect them to name drop every single performer, writer, and director, they do not mention Louise Gold one of the few female performers, any of the recasts or how they were handled - not even the characters Bill Baretta took over, any of the second generation performers, any of the human cast of Sesame Street, nor Marty Robinson, Kevin Clash, and this is a big one, Steve Whitmire. The loss of these people being recognized for their contribution to The Muppets gives the otherwise familiar vibe of the film a somewhat hollow sting.

Having seen pretty much every Muppet/ Henson special and movie, and having the privilege of seeing most of these performers tell these and similar stories at live events, it was still refreshing to learn new things about each of them while also getting a sense how excruciatingly complex, and at times dangerous, scenes were to pull off. 


I won't spoil it here, but suffice it to say Frank tells the story of the contraption used to create one of the climatic scenes in The Great Muppet Caper. Having watched the film countless times, I thought I for sure knew how they filmed it. If you think you have an idea, I can pretty much guarantee you will be shocked to learn how it was actually done. 

With all the attention Jim paid to filming behind the scenes footage for The Muppet Show (seen in footage from Of Muppet and Men),The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth (shockingly neither of which is mentioned at all), I'm surprised there isn't much behind and under the scenes photos or film from the early Muppet movies themselves - surely if they existed we would have seen something by now.

That brings me to the clever way the filmmakers illustrate these stories - by 
illustrating them over the frame. This technique lets you see how both complex, and at times simple, some of these techniques and tricks really were.

The low techness of the the whole thing makes it feel like you're just one seat away, hanging out with people who play larger then life characters. It's intimate, sweet, and 
recommended for fans, but I'm not sure those with just a casual appreciation of the Muppets will be willing to sit and hangout.

Muppet Guys Talking will be available this Friday, March 16th at

Power of the Dark Crystal #12

The final issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal hits comic shops today!

Thra will never be the same after their world is irrevocably changed by the events in the Fireling realm of Mithra.

The Power of the Dark Crystal #12 is available now at your local comic shop and through Amazon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Adorkable Rachel - Dark Crystal Unboxing and HAUL!

Today our good friend Rachel takes a look a some recently released Dark Crystal merchandise including the new Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. 

You might even notice a shout out or two to a certain blog your reading...

Thanks Rachel for another great video!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Pre-order Diamond Select's Swedish Chef figure!

When last we spoke with the fine folks at Diamond Select, they told us they were working on getting the 4th wave of figures released. 

Well, today a pre-order link for the 
Swedish Chef was unveiled through Big Bad Toys!

So far it's not clear if this is an exclusive to Big Bad Toys (though if it is, I'm sure they'd announce it on their site).

UPDATE: According to Diamond Select's Zach Oak "
It should be offered at other retailers soon."

It looks like they're using the Swedish Chef to test the waters to see if there is high enough demand for the figures on a character by characters basis.
UPDATE: Oak confirmed our theory "We are trying a one-at-a-time approach. Chef first, we thought he was strongest. Encourage pre-orders."

The Swedish Chef is great figure to do this with and hopefully it will lead to the rest of the series being released. 

Head on over to Big Bad Toys and pre-order your Swedish Chef!

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Age of Aquarius!

Aquarius toys has new licence with the Jim Henson Company. 

The first few items are The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth 
playing cards and puzzles.

Dark Crystal Playing Cards:

Dark Crystal Jigsaw Puzzle (500 Piece):

You may notice that The Dark Crystal puzzle above doesn't link to Amazon.That's because they sold out and they removed the link. It was also available from a couple other sites, that sold out of them already as well!

Luckily, it it also available though GameStop.

Labyrinth Playing Cards:

Labyrinth Jigsaw Puzzle (500 Piece):

Remember the Dark Crystal lunch box we told you about last month? It also from Aquarius. So maybe we'll see a new Labyrinth lunch box from them soon as well. 
From what I've seen on the fan forums, these have been big hits. In fact, many of the initial pressings are selling out, but I'm sure more will be made as demand increases

Again, these are available, but selling fast, at the links above.   

Monday, March 5, 2018

Adorkable Rachel Explores The World of The Dark Crystal!

Just in time for the film's 35th anniversary, our friend Adorkable Rachel takes an on location look at The Dark Crystal!

Also of note, tomorrow's the last day to see it in US theaters, which we HIGHLY recommend going to see.

The 4K restoration is simply stunning. My only qualms were that for some reason Universal hasn’t given the Henson’s/ Sony a remastered version of their logo. It looks really worn and dated - and really stands out as it should be an easy fix. 

Secondly, the title itself looks muted and soft. Just like the blur-ray does now. 

Title shot from 2009 Blu-ray.

When you see the rest of the names in the opening credits the different is very apparent. The names really stand out and shine, the the big reveal of the title? meh. Again, an easy fix that should have been dealt with for this 4K restoration.

Other then then those two things - both of which happen less than 2 min into the film  - everything else looks amazing and we can't recommend seeing this restoration on the big screen enough. 

However, if you can't make it to the theather, The Dark Crystal's 35 Anniversary Edition 4K and Blu-ray hits store's tomorrow!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Muppet Babies Shorts!

In advance of the March 23 premier, Disney Junior will be releasing Muppet Babies shorts titled "Muppet Babies: Show and Tell" to help promote the show. 

The first appeared online today with two elderly gentleman sitting in a familiar looking box:

More are scheduled to premier tomorrow on Disney Channel, Disney Junior YouTube, and the DisneyNOW app. But why wait, we have more below!

The new Muppet Babies makes it debut with back- to-back episode 
March 23rd on Disney Channel, and the DisneyNOW app. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

'Labyrinth: Coronation #1 Now Available!

Archaia's ongoing series about the origins of Labyrinth's Goblin King, Jareth begins today. 

In addition to the first few pages we already showed you, we now have a look at the subscription variant cover:

As well as a Comic Pro variant cover by Mouse Gaurd author and friend of the blog, David Peterson:

Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation #1 is available now through comic shops and  Amazon today.