"She also found herself liking Kermit a lot more than she'd expected to. Anji had never really watched the Muppets before; her parents, like most parents she knew, had treated TV as only slightly less corrupting an influence than refined sugar and gendered toys. But
The Muppet Show was really funny—strange, and kind of hokey, but charming all the same. She ended up watching way more of it than she needed just for the project. "Tomorrow Is Waiting"
, a short science fiction story by Holli Mintzer, published in Strange Horizons
posted by brainwane
on Apr 17, 2013 -
"Jim Henson made this film in 1963 for The Bell System. Specifically, it was made for an elite seminar given for business owners, on the then-brand-new topic — Data Communications."
- SLYT, from AT&T's Archives
posted by Slap*Happy
on Jan 26, 2012 -
Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today, is the site of scientific enquiry, technological breakthroughs, and sundry explosions on The Muppet Show. Headed by Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, the lab premiered in episode 108 and lasted all five seasons. During the first season, Bunsen worked alone. Beginning in season two, the good doctor acquired an assistant-cum-guinea pig, the hapless Beaker.
An annotated list of every single televised appearance of the Muppet Labs is after the fold! [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Dec 31, 2011 -
Missed "The Muppets" in theaters this weekend?* "How They Felt"
is a short film co-starring a Muppet (apparently a Muppet Whatnot
with custom wardrobe) that was part of this year's Boston 48 Hour Film Project
, where it placed 2nd for Best film, won Best Actress (for the woman behind the Muppet) and also... "Best Sex Scene". Yeah, now you wanna see it. But be warned. Not a happy ending. It will either make you cry or make you want to strangle the filmmakers.
*then it's YOUR fault "Breaking Dawn" was #1 at the box office (does not apply to non-USAians)
posted by oneswellfoop
on Nov 27, 2011 -
The World of Jim Henson: 1 ::
"An excellent biography of the Muppet master, this 85-minute film from the PBS show Great Performances mixes the history of Henson's projects with plenty of sketches that any fan age 6 and older should enjoy. The film shows the incredible range of Henson's creations, starting in 1955 with "Sam and Friends" then moving on to Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and beyond. It illustrates the breadth of his genius, from creating entirely new worlds in film (The Dark Crystal) to pithy '60s TV commercials that achieved branding and a laugh in less than six seconds. There's footage that most fans haven't seen in years, or at all: a regular bit from The Jimmy Dean Show; tantalizing bits of his 1965 Oscar-nominated short, Time Piece; appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show; his explanation of Wall Street on Nightline; and Miss Piggy's hilarious deconstruction of Morley Safer on 60 Minutes."
posted by puny human
on Jun 21, 2011 -
The Year of Roosevelt Franklin.
High on the list of forgotten Sesame Street
characters is one Roosevelt Franklin
, a reddish purple muppet with pointed black hair and a distinctly hep style of speech (provided by the late Matt Robinson
, the show's original Gordon). Despite Roosevelt's funky musical sensibilities (demonstrated in an album called My Name is Roosevelt Franklin
, later released
as The Year of Roosevelt Franklin
), the character's classroom behavior
was, well, quite frankly, poison
. His constant misbehavior in school might have been fun to watch, but was seen as representing a negative stereotype and a bad example, and so it was adieu Franklin
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jan 30, 2007 -