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Miss Piggy steals the spotlight in this week's Muppet Thought of the Week!


Miss Piggy Steals the Spotlight | Muppet Thought of the Week by The Muppets - YouTube

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Chronicle Collectibles unveiled their new Dark Crystal and Labyrinth offerings at San Diego Comic Con last night.




The first is a 1:1 scale replica of Fizzgig from The Dark Crystal!



The second reveal is a statue of Jareth, the Goblin King himself on his thrown, complete with a Goblin!



Check out the detail:



No word on pricing or release date yet, but we'll keep you posted!

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The next issue in Archaia's Fraggle Rock miniseries hits stores today!



The studio didn't provide much of a synopsis of the story, only that it's "An all new Fraggle Rock story by fan-favorite creator of all ages comics, Art Baltazar (Young Justice, Adventure Time)!"


Check out a few sample pages below:









Fraggle Rock #3 is available now at your local comic shop and through Amazon!
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San Diego Comic-Con starts this week and if you're heading to the event there are a few Henson exclusives to keep an eye out for.

UCC Distributing will have a Constantine plush, for some reason called "Dark Kermit", at
booth #5610. These are limited to 2,000 pieces and limit of two per item per person.



Here is the official description:
SDCC 2018 The Muppets Dark Kermit (Constantine) 12” Plushie ($24.99): This Doppelgänger of Kermit the Frog may look like our adorable friend, but don’t be fooled – he really is the world’s most notorious criminal! He is featured in an all-black robe that may remind you of our friends from a galaxy far far away. Fans have been waiting for a Dark Kermit (Constantine) collectible and we are excited that the wait is finally over. Limited to 2,000 pieces.

Speaking of "Dark" Archaia will have not one, but two exclusive Beneath the Dark Crystal #1 variant covers. 

The first cover is by Kelly Nichole Matthews and is limited to only 3,000 copies.


The second, by our friend Jay Fosgitt, is limited to only 250 copies!

 
You can get both at BOOM! booth #2229.

Mondo will have officially licensed Labyrinth and Dark Crystal posters
Labyrinth by Jeremy Bastian
24”x36” screen print
$50


The Dark Crystal by Ken Taylor
24”x36” screen print
$50 (regular)


The Dark Crystal by Ken Taylor
24”x36” screen print
$75 (variant)


The Labyrinth poster and variant version of The Dark Crystal will all be available at Mondo’s booth #435, while the regular version of The Dark Crystal will be available only online at mondotees.com at the same time the poster becomes available at the booth Friday. If any of the SDCC posters remain, they’ll be sold online at mondotees.com at a later date.
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Hallmark's Rowlf ornament is now available!



The 3 inch ornament will play "Eight Little Notes," as performed by Jim Henson as Rowlf, from The Muppet Show.



Below is Hallmark's official description:
Looking for a notable gift that a Muppets fan will love? This Christmas tree ornament, which features Rowlf the Dog tickling the ivories and singing the memorable tune "Eight Little Notes," will be music to their ears. Just don't expect to hear any woofs or barks from this piano-playing pooch!

The ornament costs $19.99 and is available in both Hallmark stores and online.
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Ahead of tonight's The Muppets Take the O2 live show the merch booth has been revealed. 


There's a lot of great items in store for those heading to the show. Let's take a look:


Program:
The Official and never before seen The Muppets Take the o2 Souvenir Programme - features messages, images and scene listing. Beautifully printed to size of 285mm x 285mm (approx 11.25" x 11.25"). A must read for any muppet fan.

T-Shirts:



Muppet event white T-shirt comes in unsex and female sizes. 







The poster shirt. Printed with poster design following the look and feel from the 2017 Hollywood Bowl event amended for the O2. It comes in black for adults and grey in kids sizes.







Animal black lightweight hooded sweatshirt comes in both adult and kids sizes. 


Keyring:
Muppet logo metal keyring will have the date of the event inscribed on the reverse.

Lanyard/Laminate:
 
Lanyard with a laminate of the poster artwork.

Fridge Magnet:
80mm x 800mm white magnet printed with The Muppets Take the o2 artwork

Animal Purple Tote Bag:

A purple tote bag featuring the Animal in sunglasses artwork.

Mug:
The classic Muppet Show opening. Not sure why the bottom arches are empty. Maybe they fill in with hot or cold liquids?

CD:

They even have We're Doing a Best of The Muppets CD.

The best part about the items above is you can get your without traveling by map to London.

That's right, you can get any of the items above here and they ship internationally!

Thanks to Christopher O'Connor for the heads up!
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We all know Sesame Street get nominated, and wins, plenty of daytime Emmys, but this year they've been nominated again for a primetime special!


You may recall that Sesame Street won a primetime Emmy last year for their HBO special Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, and this year their latest special, The Magical Wand Chase, is nominated as well.

The Sesame gang is nominated in the “Outstanding Children’s Program” category where, they're up against Alexa & Katie, Fuller HouseA Series of Unfortunate Events, and Star Wars: Rebels.


The Emmy Awards will be held on September 17th on NBC.
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Dame Gillian Lynne, who served as the choreographer on The Muppet Show on at least 17 episodes has died.


According to IMDB, Lynne choreographed the following episodes of The Muppet Show:

  • Joel Grey 
  • Rita Moreno 
  • Kaye Ballard
  • Nancy Walker
  • Don Knotts
  • Petula Clark
  • Leo Sayer 
  • Gilda Radner
  • Liberace 
  • Alice Cooper
  • Marisa Berenson 
  • Lesley Ann Warren 
  • Spike Milligan
  • Leslie Uggams
  • Jonathan Winters 
  • Diana Ross 
  • Melissa Manchester  

Check out a few sample of her work below: 

Muppet Songs: Joel Grey - Razzle Dazzle - YouTube



The Boy From Ipanema ~ Petula Clark ~ Muppet Show - YouTube


Muppets - Leo Sayer - You make me feel like dancing - YouTube


The Muppet Show - Alice Cooper - YouTube

Diana Ross - Love Hangover (Muppet Show) - YouTube



In addition to her work on The Muppet Show, Lynne also worked on the Sesame Street specials Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and 
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake.

She is perhaps best know though for her work on the stage productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.



At age 87, Lynne was made a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

She has won, and been nominated for, numerous awards for her work. She has received the Silver Order of Merit, Golden Rose of Montreux Award, BAFTA, Molière Award and The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award by the Royal Academy of Dance (2001). She received a Special Award at the 2013 Olivier Awards.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to dance and musical theatre.

Lynne was nominated for the Tony Award twice for Choreography, for Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, and for the Drama Desk Award for Cats. She received the Olivier Award in 1981, for Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Musicals, for Cats.


LAST DANCE ~ Lesley Anne Warren & Link Hogthrob ~ Muppet Show - YouTube

Just this year The New London Theatre was renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre, making it the first theatre in the West End of London to be named after a non-royal woman. 

She was 92.
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced it will celebrate the 35 anniversary of Fraggle Rock with a brand new Blu-ray release!



Studio description: Described by its legendary creator Jim Henson as "a high-energy, raucous musical romp," Fraggle Rock stars a cast of puppet creatures called Fraggles, quirky cave-dwellers who live in an underground world alongside their industrious green neighbors, the Doozers, and a family of enormous Gorgs. The series follows the fun adventures of the furry subterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity and caring for the planet.

All 96 episodes in the 12-disc set from the show's four seasons are FULLY REMASTERED IN HIGH-DEFINITION and presented with lossless audio on Blu-ray. This set is also available in special limited edition "scrapbook" packaging, featuring rare behind the scenes photos and an introduction from Uncle Travelling Matt.

Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series is loaded with bonus content on Blu-ray, including the all-new "Fraggle Music Celebration," where viewers can enjoy their favorite Fraggle songs with sing-alongs for every episode (100 songs!) or hit shuffle and let the Fraggles choose the songs. Also newly included on the Blu-ray set is a fun and rare personal glimpse behind the curtain with creator Jim Henson, plus a 1993 throwback segment from "The Today Show" featuring Uncle Travelling Matt, along with more than eight hours of archival special features, including interviews with the cast and crew, featurettes, promos and the complete "Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series."

Synopsis: Join Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red in celebrating the 35th anniversary for Fraggle Rock, from iconic creative mastermind Jim Henson. Catch all 96 episodes – now remastered in high definition – with this jam-packed Blu-ray™ set, featuring hours of special features and a behind-the-scenes scrapbook with an introduction from Uncle Travelling Matt! 



Check out this amazing list of extras:
  • NEW Fraggle Music Celebration
    • Celebrate your favorite Fraggle songs with sing-alongs for every episode or hit shuffle and let the Fraggles choose for you!
  • NEW Life on Set: Moments with Jim Henson
  • NEW 1993 "The Today Show" Segment featuring Uncle Travelling Matt
  • Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes (48-minute version)
  • Fraggle Songs & Doozer Music
  • Interviews with Fraggle Rock Creators and Puppeteers
  • Seasons 2, 3 and 4 Overviews
  • Docs and Sprockets
  • "All Around the World" Music Video
  • Travelling Matt
  • 20 Travelling Matt Segments
  • Special Tribute to Jerry Juhl
  • Scared Silly: Art Imitating Life
  • Production Design Featurette
  • Electro-Mechanical Puppetry
  • Doozer Design
  • How the Trash Heap Came to Be
  • Gorg Design
  • Interviews with Michael Frith, Kathy Mullen and Gerry Parkes
  • HBO Promos
  • You Cannot Leave the Magic: Excerpts from the Last Day of Shooting
  • Dance Your Cares Away: The Evolution of the Theme Song
  • The Inner Gorg: An Interview with the Performers Inside the Costumes
  • Let the Music Play: An Interview with Phil Balsam and Dennis Lee
  • Celebrating Fraggle Rock: Excerpts from the Wrap Party
  • Designing the Puppets: An Interview with the Puppet Makers
  • Directing the Fraggles: An Interview with Eric Till and George Bloomfield
  • Additional Interviews:
  • Dennis Lee with Mokey
  • Jerry Juhl with Gobo
  • Jocelyn Stevenson with Red and Mokey
  • Faz Fazakas with Cotterpin Doozer
  • A Minute with Travelling Matt

ADDITIONAL CONTENT:
  • All 13 Episodes of 
  • Animated Series Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Animated Series Character Galleries
  • Animated Series Opening Scene Storyboards

That's everything from the previous DVD releases, plus three new extras, and everything in bold has been FULLY REMASTERED For Blu-Ray!


The set will be available September 25th and we'll update the post once it's available for pre-order.
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Robbie Knott, the special effects guru on The Muppet Movie has died.


His death was due to complications from a scuba diving  accident that occurred in 2006 during a visit to Micronesia, when Knott got the bends and became paralyzed from the waist down.


Knott helped build the giant Animal puppet with a 15-foot head that came after accidentally ingesting one of Dr. Bunsen's "insta-grow" pills.


"There were things like having to pull six-foot custard pies out of your hip pocket within a week — plus a mechanical billboard to throw the pies," Knott told American Cinematographer in a 1979 interview. "We were asked to provide very top-budget film-type gags, with no time to do them. But it was fun."


The Muppet Movie Giant Animal - YouTube

He also worked on special effects for NBC's Remington Steele and notable films such as Repo Man, Dances With Wolves, Field of DreamsDante's Peak,The Nutty Professor remake, Donnie Darko, Stuart Little 2, and his final credit, 2006's For Your Consideration. He was 73.

More at The Hollywood Reporter.
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