by Rebecca Pahle | 4:35 pm, February 28th, 2013
Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
by Rebecca Pahle | 4:35 pm, February 28th, 2013
by Jill Pantozzi | 5:45 pm, February 12th, 2013
The talented Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan have their own show on The Nerdist channel where they usually teach cosplay tips or other DIY projects. This time around they had the opportunity to learn how to make puppets from Julie Zobel of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. No fair!! But really, it’s pretty awesome and I’m super jealous and they’re hilarious.
by Jill Pantozzi | 5:44 pm, February 1st, 2013
Will Sesame Street ever stop being awesome? We think not. Especially because you know their target audience won’t exactly get this or appreciate Muppet Carson nearly as much as we do. I can hear the staff meeting now: “Should we do a Downton Abbey spoof? They are on the same network as us, after all.” “I don’t know, it might go over kids’ heads.” “Screw it, this is gonna be great.” At least we all learned an important lesson about gravity.
(via Sesame Street Tumblr)
by Jill Pantozzi | 6:02 pm, January 12th, 2013
Just hearing the names Jim Henson and Frank Oz together in the same sentence makes me giddy so you can imagine my excitement upon finding this video. The appearance was made at the Puppeteers of America national festival at MIT in Boston in 1989 and an introduction tagged on by Oz a few years after Henson’s death. In their informal conversation they cover everything from Sesame Street to The Dark Crystal to Little Shop of Horrors. It’s a long video but certainly worth the watch if you’re a fan of either of these talented men.
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by Rebecca Pahle | 12:27 pm, December 26th, 2012
My heart broke a little bit when it was announced that Ty Burrell was replacing Christoph Waltz as one of the (human) leads of the next Muppet movie. The Hollywood Reporter noted at the time that Waltz’s schedule kept him from playing a large role in the movie, but luckily his schedule isn’t so packed that he won’t still be showing up in a cameo role.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 1:15 pm, December 21st, 2012
Neil Patrick Harris faces off against a squirrel monkey, bunny police officers and “Puppet Chris Hansen” in To Catch a Puppeteer, the latest episode of Neil’s Puppet Dreams. (In which Neil Patrick Harris dreams in puppets, if you didn’t know already. C’mon, get with it.)
It is now my headcanon that puppets vacation at a discount resort called Frugal Rock. No one can take that from me.
by Rebecca Pahle | 5:53 pm, October 7th, 2012
Big Bird stayed up seven hours past his bedtime last night to put in an appearance on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update following Mitt Romney‘s namechecking the bird in last Wednesday’s Presidential Debate. Big Bird stayed admirably unpolitical, unless you consider bad puns a political statement.
by Susana Polo | 10:17 am, September 6th, 2012
Amy Mebberson is a frequent staple of our Things We Saw Today posts, an artist who not only uses her spare time to create adorable Disney and Muppets crossover art, but who draws a lot of Disney stuff professionally, from being the regular cover artist for Boom! Studios’ Muppets, Pixar, Darkwing Duck and other Disney titles, to her current stint as the artist on APE Entertainment’s Strawberry Shortcake and Sesame Street comics. Mebberson took issue with Barney’s New York’s recently unveiled designs for a holiday window display using classic Disney characters like Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. The problem was the drastic redesign that stretched the characters’ limbs to creepy lengths and rendered Minnie and Daisy rail thin everywhere but their heads. So, she decided to provide an alternative.READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 1:14 pm, June 13th, 2012
To promote the DVD release of The Muppets across the pond, Kermit and Pepe the Prawn have been making some public appearances, one of them atop the London Eye. The London Eye is that ferris-wheel-looking structure that contains observation pods, so people can view London from a height of 135 meters (443 feet), or “64 red telephone boxes.” But that is a bit too high for Pepe. Warning: a Muppet vomits in this video.
(via Tough Pigs)
by Jamie Frevele | 1:14 pm, May 16th, 2012
Today marks 22 years since Jim Henson passed away, and despite his exit from this earthly stage, the Muppets have endured. We posted the video above last year to mark the occasion and we’re posting it again, because 1. we love it and it’s unbelievably sweet, and 2. we like to clean out our tear ducts once in a while. It’s healthy. And after watching this video, clean tear ducts are a promise from us to you.
And any day we can talk about the Muppets is a good one, even if the circumstances are less cheerful, but still hopeful.