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Still stupid hard, but somehow less annoying with a Muppet.

Flappy Bert is Flappy Bird with, well, Bert. By Sesame Street.
posted by Blue Meanie on Feb 12, 2014 - 46 comments

Crazy as a rocket

The Electric Mayhem (previously) perform "Can You Picture That" (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Gelatin on Dec 10, 2013 - 23 comments

Mahna Mahna

♪ Why do we always come here?
I guess we'll never know.
It's like a kind of torture
To have to watch the show!
[more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 10, 2013 - 120 comments

Now at TKTS in Times Square, It's Monsterpiece Theatre!

"On an average afternoon in the area around 44th and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, you’ll find a motley crew of Chewbaccas, Buzz Lightyears, and Minnie Mouses — along with the usual Naked Cowboy and face-painted Statues of Liberty—posing for tourists’ pictures and demanding cash in return." Condé Nast Traveler editor Eimear Lynch spent a couple of days dressed up as Cookie Monster to see what it was like. Video. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 29, 2013 - 28 comments

Tomorrow Is Waiting

"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 - 29 comments

Muppet Musicians of Bremen

"You may have noticed that the heroes in this story are all animals, and the villains are all people. I hope none of you take that personally." The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972) (Part 1 2 3 4 5 6). [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert on Mar 10, 2013 - 11 comments

You know what every kitchen needs? A Bloonderbooss or a Boomashootn, and Swedish Chef shows us why.

The Swedish Chef (Muppet Wiki) is the incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs for The Muppet Show. A rather literal variation of the Live-Hand Muppet concept, the Swedish Chef is a humanoid character, with human hands rather than gloves. An annotated list of every televised appearance of the Swedish Chef is after the fold... Børk! Børk! Børk! [Click here to view the thread translated fully into Mock Swedish] [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 16, 2012 - 45 comments

Kermit?

In 1975, a half-hour variety show titled The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence piloted on ABC television but it was going after an older audience.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 23, 2012 - 18 comments

Is there a mechanic in the house?

"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 YouTube channel.
posted by Slap*Happy on Jan 26, 2012 - 8 comments

Welcome to Muppet Labs where the future is being made today!

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 - 30 comments

The Muppet Post to End All Muppet Posts

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 - 69 comments

Jim Henson

The World of Jim Henson: 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6 :: 7 :: 8 :: 9 :: "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 - 23 comments

It's not easy being brown

Firefrog. James Hanse casts Firefly, the Muppet movie (via) [more inside]
posted by bonehead on Jun 3, 2011 - 34 comments

Hollywood puts out some of the best trash I've ever seen.

Oscar The Grouch picks the Oscars. (1m28s)
posted by hippybear on Feb 24, 2011 - 5 comments

More Than A Cookie Enthusiast

Cookie Monster makes an appeal to host Saturday Night Live. [more inside]
posted by JustKeepSwimming on Nov 24, 2010 - 43 comments

It's time to play the music!

There's a new Muppet Movie in the works. Jason Segel will be writing, starring, and co-directing the film, along with James Bobin (Of Ali G and Flight of the Conchords fame). Earlier this month, casting announcements began to trickle out: Zach Galifianakis, Jane Lynch, and Lady GaGa are all said to be making appearances in the film. Alan Arkin and Michael Cera have purportedly both been offered roles as well. The film is set to open next Christmas.
posted by schmod on Nov 12, 2010 - 59 comments

James Dean? JIMMY Dean!

Jimmy Dean (Aug. 28, 1928 - June 13, 2010) is best known to Mefites for his brand of sausage, although he sold the company in the '80s, and was dropped as its spokesman in 2003; its current owner is Sara Lee*. But his musical legacy is sealed by his 'country rap*' classic "Big Bad John" (performed live in 2008), often imitated, but never parodied better than with "Big Bruce"** (info). But to me, he was the guy with the variety show where he spent several minutes every week bantering with the muppet Rowlf****. Here's Jimmy in Esquire Magazine's "What I've Learned". His final resting place is music-themed, NOT sausage themed. "Here lies one hell of a man." [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 15, 2010 - 48 comments

Yes it's true, the golden age did start with moi

In the wake of their Webby nominations for their Bohemian Rhapsody video (previously), Nerdist Podcast interviews The Muppets. [46m, actual interview starts at 10m40s] Listen on the website, or find download links on the page to take it with you.
posted by hippybear on Apr 30, 2010 - 4 comments

Muppet Bloopers

Muppet blooper reels: Muppets Tonight. Muppet Christmas Carol. Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 4, 2009 - 41 comments

Ask Henson

Ask Henson. Quality questions and excellent answers to Muppet related questions.
posted by Frasermoo on Oct 24, 2009 - 17 comments

It was never easy being green, but Jim made it a bit easier.

It's Not Easy Being Green. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Aug 6, 2009 - 26 comments

Liz Lemon = Kermit the Frog

How are your minds today? Are they good? Not blown, you say? 30 Rock is a ripoff of The Muppet Show.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jun 9, 2009 - 79 comments

Computer Taste Goood!

The Computer Monster (YouTube, approx. 4 minutes). Also known as "The Coffee Break Machine," the original version was created for IBM, in 1967, by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, as part of the Muppet Meeting Films series. The posted version is a remake that was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Via The Presurfer.
posted by amyms on Apr 26, 2007 - 13 comments

1971 BE (Before Elmo)

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 - 23 comments

Can't pay the rent if Ma can't scrub, can't pay the rent with a hole in the tub

Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas in six parts on Youtube. It may be well into January, but let this classic 1970's Muppet Christmas special cheer you. For the cynics who prefer to stay out in the January cold, here's a pretty cutting breakdown of same.
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 7, 2007 - 33 comments

Muppet Wiki

Muppet Wiki. It's like Wikipedia, except, y'know, about the Muppets.
posted by chrismear on Aug 1, 2006 - 23 comments

Never look at Kermit the same way again.

Things that go moo in the night. We've all heard of the possessed Raggedy Anne doll, the eBay haunted painting, and the talking mongoose. But what about the rest, the dancing cows, the evil muppets, and the Kermit-like, child-molesting frogs? Ludicrous enough to be true?
posted by lychee on May 16, 2004 - 15 comments

Warren Christopher

Warren Christopher looks like a character from The Muppets. I think I see Kermit in the background of the photo.
posted by thirdball on Nov 10, 2000 - 7 comments

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