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The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson

“Kermit and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew in the digitally created world of the Muppet Institute of Technology, 1985.” -Image © The Jim Henson Company On September 13, 1983, Jim Henson and author Douglas Adams had dinner for the first time. Henson noted the event in his “Red Book” journal, in characteristic short-form style: ‘Dinner with Douglas [...]

Elmo Floor Rug

Yup. I got Elmo back in ‘05 on the second day of Muppet season. A single .30-30 round from about 80 yards. Well, no. I can’t claim credit. The wife of redditor Wizzer2801 has been making macabre crafts with classic cartoon creations, including a Kermit dissection kit and an Abominable Snow Man rug. Link

R.I.P. Muppeteer Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers, died last night after a battle with cancer. Nelson was already a professional puppeteer when Jim Henson hired him to fill in while Frank Oz served in the military in the 1960s. Although his Muppet credits are numerous, Nelson was best known as The Count. With the exception of [...]

Muppet Movie Camera Test From 1979

(YouTube Link) Here’s a delightful behind the scenes video showing Kermit and Fozzie hanging out in a tree waiting for The Muppet Movie director Jim Frawley to get his angles and lenses all worked out, and later Kermit and Piggy discuss their relationship, and what their offspring might look like… *grin* It sure is fun to see these [...]

Think Green Kermit Tote Bag

Think Green Kermit Tote Bag | $29.95 Kermit wants you to think green! This embroidered and appliqued canvas bag features the Muppet looking his best. It has a magnetic closure and zippered compartments inside. A perfect gift for any Kermit fan! And it’s available now at the NeatoShop. See other Kermit items at the NeatoShop, and more [...]

“I’m So Happy,” the Muppets’ Gloomy Ode to Happiness

In this two-minute clip from The Muppet Show, two Whatnots sing a semi-tuneless ode to happiness. In a dusty room filled with cobwebs. Covered, themselves, with cobwebs. It’s a pretty grim situation. They’re pretty happy guys. So does this song make you happy or sad? It makes me ridiculously happy. My favorite [...]

The Pitch for The Muppet Show

Wow. Here’s the original pitch Jim Henson made to sell The Muppet Show to CBS. It’s a slow build — things only start getting wacky around the one-minute mark, but go completely nuts by the end. This is brilliant. According to Muppet Wiki, there was a little clip at the end [...]

The First Appearance of Cookie Monster

(YouTube link) The Muppet that became Cookie Monster was created in 1966, when he was introduced as the Wheel Stealer in this un-aired demo ad. Not long afterward, he lost all his teeth -except for his sweet tooth! If the company had aired this spot, the products may have survived longer. -via Everlasting Blort

The Late Movies: Beaker

Who is your favorite Muppet? I am partial to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s long-suffering assistant, Beaker. Here are some of his finer moments. Ode to Joy Ten-part, or whatever harmony! For a lab assistant, he’s not bad! * Beaker Gets Multiplied Beaker falls into a multiplier machine. From The Muppet Show. * Coffee How much caffeine can you get into a Beaker? * Beaker’s Interview A red [...]

Delicious Muppet Cake Pops

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited as heck for the release of the new Muppet Movie and these cake pops seem like a perfect way to get in the spirit for the new film. If you want to make your own, Bakerella has the instructions. Link via Laughing Squid