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My fondest electrical, musical, childhood memory finds The Electric Mayhem rockin’ up high in a tree, singing alongside a bunch of birds. Who were these strange hippies? Why were they so important to the adult Muppet family? I hated them, in my mind they were taking valuable screen time away from my favourite main Muppet Babies turned adult, I was about four at the time.  

The Muppet Show Rockin Robin - YouTube


My actual first introduction to The Electric Mayhem was during The Muppet Movie, when Kermit and Fozzie park their Studebaker outside an abandoned church. They, is, are and be, they whom as are known as The Electric Mayhem. Golden teeth and golden tones, I was welcomed into Dr Teeth’s presence. I learnt Floyd Pepper played bass, Janice was lead guitarist, sax was Zoot’s act and Animal ate drums. I was glad to see Animal amongst this group of strangers and was soon both delighted yet concerned when Scooter introduced himself as the band’s road manager but where was Skeeter? What did she do now that she was a grown up? Where was Rowlf? Bunsen and Beaker? Why was this Floyd fellow in charge of Animal? Janice resembled Skeeter a lot, but was not Skeeter, what was the point? Why create Janice and exclude Skeeter in the process? Little did my Muppet brain know at the time, Muppet Babies came far later than The Muppet Movie. 

Muppet Show: Barnyard Boogie - YouTube

The Great Muppet Caper found The Electric Mayhem playing secondary characters, that’s the way I liked it, that’s how I felt comfortable, I enjoyed them, yet I was truly hating Janice, for in my mind, she had replaced Skeeter. The Muppets Take Manhattan mainly focused on a small group of characters, consisting of The Electric Mayhem and excluding Bunsen and Beaker, by this point I had lost all hope for Skeeter, I assumed she was dead. I hated these musicians, at age four I had no idea they were a band who would consistently perform together for the next twenty-eight years of my life. A band I would eventually attempt to travel half way across the world, hoping to catch their debut live concert, sadly I missed it. Luckily The Electric Mayhem had their first live concert and it was electrical but at that moment in time, this was still twenty-five years away. 

The Muppets - Dr. Teeth & Electric Mayhem Jingle Bell Rock - YouTube

After watching the first three Muppet movies, I found myself still disliking The Electric Mayhem. Yes, they were there but they were featured more prominently than I would have liked them to have been. They were taking time away from my grown-up Muppet baby characters, I was introduced to the Muppets through Muppet Babies, in my mind this came first. Before The Muppets Christmas Carol hit theatres in 1992, I continued hunting down Muppet video at my local video rental store. During this time, I was also introduced to The Muppets playhouse video series, A Muppet Family Christmas, A Muppet Celebration of 30 Years, The Muppets At Walt Disney World and with time, I warmed up to The Electric Mayhem. I had also become aware that on some occasions The Electric Mayhem sometimes had a sixth member, two characters took on the role of the sixth member. A yellow Muppet (Lips) and a purple Muppet (Clifford), one of which has recently returned back to The Electric Mayhem as their official sixth member. I wonder if a seventh member might ever make his way back to the band? 

Rockin All Around The World - YouTube

That was how I was introduced to The Electric Mayhem; however, this band of musical mayhem were first introduced to the world in 1975 on The Muppet Show pilot, Sex and Violence. They continued performing together throughout The Muppet Show’s five-year run. The Electric Mayhem also appeared prominently in the first three Muppet movies, countless specials and to my surprise I even learnt Janice had made a handful of appearances on Muppet Babies, I was rully cool with her now. 

Doctor Teeth and the Electric Mayhem - Love ya to death - YouTube

1992, I was six years old, I had never been so excited in my life, this was the first Muppet movie I was going to watch in the cinema and from what I had seen advertised, Kermit and Miss Piggy had babies of their own! I was excited to see all my favourite Muppet Babies all grown up, with kids of their own. I was also excited for the first time to see The Electric Mayhem take on a big role in a Muppet movie, as I had become accustomed too. Sadly, by the end of the movie, I came to realise The Electric Mayhem, along with many other of my favourite characters only appeared once briefly. I was devastated, little did I know then that both Jim Henson and Richard Hunt had passed away, many of their characters had still not found their worthy replacement performers to take over. In the case of The Electric Mayhem, Jim Henson performed Dr Teeth and Richard Hunt performed Janice, why all five went quiet always baffled me. Four years later The Electric Mayhem once again appeared briefly in Muppet Treasure Island. By this time, I was ten years old, I had internet now, I knew the reasons behind the absence of many of my favourite characters. 

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Jim Henson created Dr Teeth, Richard Hunt created Janice, Jerry Nelson created Floyd, Frank Oz created Animal and Dave Goelz created Zoot. Steve Whitmire created Lips and Kevin Clash created Clifford, I came to realise that each main performer had their own new character to add to the ever- growing band of madness. During the 90’s most of these characters lost their creators either by death, retirement or involvement with other projects. For a long time, the only original members left of The Electric Mayhem, was ironically Zoot and to a degree Lips, the two who barely ever spoke. Zoot and Lips were the remaining original voices of The Electric Mayhem for a very long time, action needed to be taken, if this band were ever going to perform together again, can you picture that?

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem - Can You Picture That? - YouTube

In 1999 the Muppets returned to theatres for a third time in the 90’s but this time there were many new changes to look forward too. Not only were the Muppets playing themselves again, but many classic characters were being brought back too and with speaking roles! When I finally watched Muppets From Space, Kermit was sitting at the breakfast table when The Electric Mayhem walks past. Dr Teeth opens his mouth, he was about to speak, the excitement for that moment alone was worth buying the DVD, since I didn’t have a DVD player, I ended up buying that too, but it was well worth it. Dr Teeth said “shalom” and continued to walk off screen, it was fantastically short! It was still worth a decade of waiting; The Electric Mayhem were slowing making a comeback. 

Can You Picture That? | Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem | Muppet Sing Along - YouTube

In the early 00’s the band was officially reunited, recast and ready for their big comeback. Janice finally spoke in 2002 whilst tuning her harp, in the Christmas television movie, It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, after remaining silent for over ten years. Finally, by 2004, The Walt Disney Company purchased The Muppets from The Jim Henson Company, now safely knowing that The Electric Mayhem had reunited. In 2005 The Electric Mayhem made their grand full return performing together for a pig of a witch in The Muppets Wizard of Oz. As the years continued The Electric Mayhem, who had now all found their voice again, were kept on the side-lines, they weren’t even allowed to deliver letters to Santa in 2008, they planned a holiday instead. It wasn’t until 2011 that The Electric Mayhem not only reintroduced themselves in full force but also introduced themselves for the first time to a whole new generation of groupies. 

Jungle Boogie | Muppets Music Video | The Muppets - YouTube

Dr Teeth is now performed by Bill Barretta, he has brought Dr Teeth to life now for the past twenty years, ever since his debut as the good doctor back in 1999. Eric Jacobson not only brought Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle back to fans but also took over as The Electric Mayhem’s wild drummer. Matt Vogel has taken on Floyd Pepper and has brought new life into the character and David Rudman brought back to life, the member who had been missing in action the most, Janice returned in full swing. Ironically now that Steve Whitmire no longer works for The Muppets, this means Zoot is the last remaining original member of The Electric Mayhem. The Electric Mayhem were finally properly reintroduced and fleshed out as characters in the 2015 series The Muppets. The Electric Mayhem were the house band for Up Late with Miss Piggy, they developed their personalities and spoke more in one season, than they had in the last twenty years. They went on a road trip together alongside Kristin Chenoweth, helped try and pierce Scooter’s ear and even revealed a past romance between two band members, a romance that didn’t make Floyd very happy. 

Janice Tries To Pierce Scooters Ear - YouTube


Thanks to the help of their original and new performers, The Electric Mayhem had finally made it back to the top, everybody knew them by their individual names and not solely as The Electric Mayhem. I was excited, would we soon receive our long overdue The Electric Mayhem plush set? Did the future hold a Diamond Select Toys Dr Teeth and Zoot 2-pack action figure set? Was Lips about to start having actual conversations? Sadly, The Muppets were not renewed for a second season and the momentum behind the long well-deserved rise to fame for The Electric Mayhem seemed doom to fade away. Luckily, this talented group of performers gave new life to the over forty-year-old band and because of them, The Electric Mayhem began becoming its own brand, even going as far as performing their first live concert at Outside Lands in 2016. 

Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem are Going to Outside Lands 2016 | The Muppets - YouTube

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival had the honour, of having The Electric Mayhem perform at their music festival, for over twenty minutes. The Electric Mayhem performed to a sold-out crowd and to make the event even more spectacular, they performed in full body. That must have been amazing to watch live. As their bio describes them, The Mayhem, as they are known among Mayhem-heads, features: Dr. Teeth – Keyboardist and head groove master; absotively possolutely the founder and fearless leader of the band, Animal – Dynamic drummer and powerhouse percussionist, known for three styles of play: loud, louder and deafening, Janice – Lead guitarist, resident flower child and astral projectionist, Sgt. Floyd Pepper – Bass guitarist, Animal’s handler and connoisseur of cool, Zoot – Shade-wearing saxophonist who doesn’t say much and Lips – Trumpet virtuoso known for his jazzy brass and talking even less than Zoot. 

Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem - Outside Lands - San Francisco - YouTube

I was determined to make it to their next concert, sadly they still haven’t held a second one. Luckily, they did perform live again the following year, at The Muppets Take The Hollywood Bowl and then again the year after when The Muppets took the 02, I was lucky to see them perform there. A band I hated at three years old, were now performing before my eyes at age thirty-one, it was well worth the wait. Seeing The Muppets, experiencing a live Electric Mayhem performance, if that doesn’t get you dancing, nothing will. If you ever get the chance, make sure you watch The Electric Mayhem perform live, their gentle morning melodies will attract all wondering admirers.

The Muppets Take the O2: Electric Mayhem Live - YouTube

The last time The Electric Mayhem performed live on stage was as recent as 2018, what highlight of a performance could we expect of them in 2019? At the moment, all we know to get excited about, is a hopeful, potential, new Muppet show on Disney’s new streaming service. Will The Electric Mayhem continue to flesh out their personalities as they did in The Muppets (2015)? I hope so as that was one of the highlights of this show for me. Hop onto the psychedelic Electric Mayhem bus and dare it drive us towards a bright Happy New Electric Mayhem 2019! 


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- Nicholas Napoli

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NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is now up for your votes!

This week's question once again deals with The Jim Henson Company's "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" premiering on Netflix on August 30th, 2019.  

Here is this week's question:

We still have not seen an official trailer for the upcoming Netflix series, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance", scheduled to premiere on August 30th. However, after seeing some photos from the 10-part series, how would you rate what you have seen so far?

Let us know what you think. You can find the MuppetsHenson Poll near the TOP of the RIGHT SIDEBAR. 

Thanks for your participation!
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Disney+ is five months away from its launch and has already announced an abundance of TV Shows and movies with more than 25 original series and 10 original films… including The Muppets!

It has been fours years since The Muppets were on television and after a report from SlashFilm of an original series from set to release in 2020 called Muppets Live Another Day, from Josh Gad. Now, we have learned that Disney+ is developing another Muppets program in the form of variety shorts!

These Muppets shorts will be an unscripted series featuring three different segments of a game show, a cooking show, and a talk show (featuring an unnamed muppet girlfriend, gee wonder who that could be?) and each segment will be no longer than ten minutes.

As of now, there is no release date for the shorts yet, but it is likely they will debut with the service this November, as production is set to begin June 9, with a quick shoot through June 18th!
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From Entertainment Weekly

EW can exclusively reveal that the much-anticipated The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will launch on Netflix August 30th. The 10-episode show is a prequel to the beloved Jim Henson and Frank Oz-directed 1982 puppet fantasy-adventure film, The Dark Crystal.

The show is once again set on the world of Thra and concerns three Gelflings who discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. The Gelflings are voiced by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is directed by Louis Leterrier, whose credits include Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans, and The Incredible Hulk. The filmmaker tells EW he was determined to make the TV show look as similar as possible to the film, which meant fighting to use puppetry rather than CG to depict the characters. “I was not fighting against anyone, I was fighting against common sense and practicality,” he says with a laugh. “It’s so so complicated to build a puppet, hire puppeteers, all that stuff. We chose the long, hardest road and we’re very thankful [we did]. It looks absolutely stunning.”

The show’s huge voice cast also features Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, and Donna Kimball. The show’s executive producers are Leterrier, Halle Stanford, and Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson, who is CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company.

Exclusively see images from The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance below.







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On December 17th, 2018 (the 36th Anniversary of "The Dark Crystal") we were treated to three images of the Gelflings from the upcoming Netflix series, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance". Question 1: How do you think they look and Question 2: Which one do you like the most?
EXCELLENT 41% (58)
VERY GOOD 7% (10)
GOOD 1% (1)
POOR 0% (0)
DISAPPOINTED 2% (3)
Rian is my Favourite 12% (17)
Deet is my Favourite 28% (40)
Bria is my Favourite 9% (12)
Total votes: 141   Voters: 73
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TODAY marks the 29th Anniversary of Jim Henson’s untimely death at the age of 53. 

To this day, he is still in all our thoughts. For many, it just seems like yesterday when we first heard the sudden and shocking news of his passing. 

Please take a moment, CLICK HERE, and visit our 'Jim Henson Tribute Page' to read how Jim has affected so many of us throughout the world. 

If you have any thoughts you would like to be added, please send them to me at muppetshenson@yahoo.ca

 
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Perched in his director's chair and ready to call the shots, Kermit looks the part down to his red beret and megaphone.

This artist crafted Christmas tree ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2019 in copyright.

Plastic Christmas tree ornament is lead-free and measures 1.51" W x 3.75" H x 2.3" D.

Available on July 13th, 2019 for $18.99 (US Funds)




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Jim Henson’s iconic 80s anthology series The Storyteller is eyeing a comeback. Fremantle has teamed with The Jim Henson Company and author/TV writer-producer Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Good Omens) to develop a reimagined version of The Storyteller for television.


Inspired by his daughter Lisa’s university studies in folklore and mythology, Jim Henson created the original version of The Storyteller in 1987 and directed multiple episodes, with Oscar winner Anthony Minghella writing all the episodes. The Emmy and BAFTA-winning live-action TV series featured creatures by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in a re-telling of various European folk tales, with a mysterious elfin storyteller (played by John Hurt). The world of The Storyteller was inhabited by various mystical and magical characters – heartless giants, enchanted beggars, white lions and human hedgehogs – exploring themes such as fear, desire, death and destiny, and challenging notions about good and evil.

In the new incarnation, written and executive produced by Gaiman, The Storyteller will create a mystical world combining various fairy tales and folklore. It will be updated to work “for the binging kind” of viewer of today, Gaiman said.

“Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know.,” he said. “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story. We’re going to find out a lot about who the storyteller is, we’re going to find out things we don’t even know that we don’t know. We’re going to begin in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and where the act of telling a story is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed. If you put a storyteller into that situation, things would need to start getting interactive.”

Gaiman is well-known for his work in popularizing and reinterpreting folklore and mythology, from the mythological basis of his best-selling novel American Gods to the African folklore of Anansi Boys to authentic collections like his recent Norse Mythology book.

“The Storyteller has always been a special project for me, having worked so closely with my dad on the original concept,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company (pictured with her dad, Jim Henson, at her graduation from Harvard University, which she finished as summa cum laude with a degree in ancient Greek and folklore mythology). “Neil Gaiman is an expert in traditional folklore and mythology, in addition to himself being the modern ‘storyteller’ for our times. I feel like if Neil were an actor, he’d have to play (the Storyteller) because he embodies what the storyteller is, a skillful wordsmith who can entertain people with the power of the story itself, and not to mention he also memorizes it all in his head.”

Lisa Henson has known about Gaiman’s love of The Storytellersince their first meeting in 1991 when she worked at Warner Bros. Over the years, the two bonded over their deep knowledge of folklore mythology.

“The original Storyteller was a brilliantly written, directed and told set of stories. It’s a terrifying and inspiring task to reinvent what Jim Henson did for the golden age of television we are in right now, and I’m honored that The Jim Henson Company would entrust me with the task of bringing back the storyteller and his magical stories, and sending him out into the world for a whole new round of tales,” Gaiman said.

Gaiman and Henson would not say which fairytales they are planning to tackle. “We have our eye on lots of them and one of the things that was brilliant (about The Storyteller) was, they would take little known versions of well-known fairytales because every story comes in various different versions, and I think that’s definitely something that I would love to keep going,” Gaiman said.

Added Henson, “it gives the story the feeling of familiarity, but it’s also very different.”
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While Minghella and Hurt have passed away, Gaiman and Henson would love to have some creative auspices from the original series back for the revival.

“We would love to have John Hurt as our Storyteller, but alas, he’s no longer with us. But absolutely the actors from the original Storyteller series, bringing them back would be a marvelous thing to do, and we really did have the cream of the crop,” Gaiman said.

Henson indicated that the producers will be using the same out-of-the-box approach to hiring directors that was used on the original series. She noted the stint on the 80s show of Steve Barron whose background had been primarily in music videos. “He was shooting in a very non-linear way like music videos with impactful imagery as opposed to conventional shooting,” she said. “I think that we’re looking to do the same thing here, work with the directors who can do the most innovative work with puppetry technologies to marry it up in that truly innovative modern way with word crafting.”

Fremantle’s collaboration with Gaiman on The Storyteller grew out of the company’s relationship with the writer-producer who is behind Fremantle’s American Gods, now in post-production on Season 2 for Starz, and had a development deal there.

“There is currently nothing like The Storyteller in the television landscape and the themes these stories will explore are even more critically important today,” said Dante Di Loreto, President of Scripted Entertainment, Fremantle, North America. “It’s a real joy to work with Lisa and The Henson company to bring their esteemed property back to television, and to be yet again partnering with Neil on another project that will further showcase his brilliant narrative power.”

As to what kind of networks and platforms Fremantle plans to target, “what we’re interested in doing is making sure it reaches the broadest audience possible, that’s really the key for us,” Di Loreto said.

While The Storyteller is a 30-year-old series, the current younger generation may be familiar with the franchise via The Storytellergraphic novels The Jim Henson Company has been publishing in partnership with Boom Studios over the past couple of years.

The Storyteller will be produced by Fremantle, part of RTL Group, in association with The Jim Henson Company, with Lisa Henson serving as executive producer and Blanca Lista as co-executive producer. Gaiman will also serve as executive producer. He also executive produces Fremantle’s Gormenghast, an episodic series in the works based on the fantasy book series by Mervyn Peake.
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Funko Pop! will be releasing a Jim Henson figure. In fact, there will be two versions. 

The first will be Jim Henson with Kermit
and the second is Jim Henson with Ernie. This one will be a Target exclusive.

More on when they will be available soon!


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