Thursday, March 31, 2005
I was also told that more information (details of international airings, the home video and DVD releases, additional airings on other dates and channels, and promotion plans) will be available later next week. I’ll keep in contact with the Muppet Holding Company and will keep you all posted as soon as everything is set.
The debut is only 50 days away, and I know everyone has been eagerly waiting any news that they can use to help support the film in being a success. So now be sure to get everyone you know (and even those you don’t know) to watch ABC on May 20th at 8:00pm. It will be a fun event that the whole family will enjoy. So start your countdowns, and prepare yourself – The Muppets Wizard of Oz will soon be here! I’ll keep you posted as more details are avalible.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Note: "Just keep doing what you've been doing" is not a sufficiant answer; let me know what has been good and what was bad; and tell me about anything else you would like to see.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Monday, March 28, 2005
The contest is open to adults (18 years of age and older) who are legal residents of the United States. "The Muppets Take Tribeca Sweepstakes" began today and will end on April 17, 2005. To apply for the sweepstakes you must be a registered user of Muppets.com (this is something you can do for free, and takes only a few seconds). Click here to visit the official contest sub-site for more information, official rules, and to apply. Good luck!
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Recently Live365.com nominated Muppet Central Radio for one of it's second annual broadcaster awards under the category of "Guilty Pleasure Station". The station plays all kind of Muppet music 24-hours a day; from The Muppet Show to Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street to The Muppet Movie, and everything else . If you are a Live365 VIP member or a Live365 broadcaster and want to support Muppet Central Radio, take a moment to vote for the station (and any others that you enjoy). Polls will close by Monday April 18 - you can vote by going here.
If you are not a VIP member and have been thinking about signing up, you can do so here. There is also a free VIP trial so that everyone can vote if they want. VIP's get twice the sound quality, no ads, and Radio365, a great mp3pro player.
Philip Chapman, webmaster of Muppet Central, commented on the issue saying, "I'm really surprised by this honor. There are thousands of stations out there and for us to be selected is pretty cool since we are such a non-traditional and specific genre."
So please take some time to show your support and vote. And if you just want to listen to the great music on Muppet Central Radio just click here. Enjoy, and happy listening!
Friday, March 25, 2005
"The first two new US Fraggle Rock DVDs, 'Where it all Began' and 'Dance Your Cares Away' containing 3 episodes each plus extras are now available at all major video outlets. Another 3-episode DVD, 'Live By the Rule of the Rock' is due out April 26, 2005. Due to strong fan response, a full season box set of the first season/26 episodes of Fraggle Rock (with 'making of' documentary extra) is promised in the US in fall 2005! Whoopeee!!!"
"Whoopee!!!" is right. I currently have several inquires out to many people (including Karen Prell, HIT Entertainment, The Jim Henson Co., and several other Fraggle performers) to try and see if I can get you some more details and confirmation of this news. But if Karen is correctly reporting this information, than it seems like the all rumors and rumblings of the past few weeks are coming true. I'll keep you posted as more news develops on this great story - hopefully HIT will comment on the issue sometime in the next month (especially once "Live By The Rule of the Rock" is released). But there seems to be a lot more positive signs pointing to season box sets - now all we need is an official statement or press release, and we'll truly be able to dance our cares away! As always, I'll keep you posted.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Several actors the Little Theatre of the Deaf (LTD) will be among the cast appearing in new Sesame Street segments that introduce “The Sign Language Moment of the Day”. More than 25 new segments of "The Sign Language Moment of the Day" will appear throughout the upcoming season. The scenes feature the LTD cast with some well-known Muppet friends including Elmo and Big Bird. Together they teach the audience new words in ASL.
Founded in 1967, the National Theatre of the Deaf is the oldest continually producing and touring professional Deaf Theatre Company in the United States. As many Sesame fans may know, this is not the first time the National Theatre of the Deaf has appeared on Sesame Street. Former company member, Linda Bove, first appeared on the show in 1975. The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) is excited about working with Sesame Street to educate and entertain children. Sesame Street will start airing its 36th season on April 4th, 2005 (but the first "Sign Language" segment will not air until April 13). Tune in to Sesame Street throughout the season to see the LTD cast teaching signs like “jump, dance, run, and exercise.”
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Many of our readers may know about the great Muppet website that is Tough Pigs (some of you may have even come found this blog because of that site). Tough Pigs is one of the must-stop spots on the Muppet fan-site tour. The site features almost everything a Muppet fan could want; including news, reviews, editorials, commentaries, events, discussion forum, and much, much more. The site is the direct result of dedicated Muppet-fan, Danny Horn. As many of you may already know, Danny posted a nice little blurb about this blog on Tough Pigs earlier today (along with a bunch of other updates). So to return the favor, I'll take today to share a small plug for a large part of the Muppet online community - Tough Pigs.
Tough Pigs updated today with a whole slue of great goodies. There are pictures and commentary on the Macy's "Muppet Wizard of Oz" window displays in New York. If you want to see the characters and displays, but you can’t make it you New York, then you'll want to check this out. There are also photos and transcripts of both appearances of the Muppets on "Extreme Make-Over: Home Edition". There is news about the premier of "The Muppets Wizard of Oz", information on upcoming DVDs, and a endorsement of this blog. But wait there's more; Tough Pigs is also gearing up for their annual Ugly Toy pageant, which you don’t want to miss. So be sure to check all that out.
Not enough for you? When you’re enjoying your visit to Tough Pigs you can also, read past reviews, editorials, and transcripts; check out a great collection of information on the Wizard of Oz; explore all the sections; and of course you can always join the never-ending party going on in their forum.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being an excellent website worthy of framing, and 1 being a festering bowl of dog snot), I give Tough Pigs an "A+". Be sure to check it out, bookmark it, and have fun.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Grover, the fun and furry blue monster from Sesame Street, is taking on a new adventure - traveling around the world. In Global Grover, a new series of independent 5-minute episodes, Grover journeys around the world and serves as host to short live action films featuring children engaged in activities related to their individual cultures. Whether he is in Mexico, where children learn the art of pottery making; Israel, where kids from a kibbutz make a play house together; or Poland, where grandparents teach youngsters how to make scarecrows, Grover is taking part in the action through his attire, dance or humorous direct-to-camera commentary.
Designed to encourage respect and understanding in a kid-friendly way, the segments introduce viewers to new and exciting customs, traditions and daily life abroad. Global Grover takes it one step further, highlighting not only differences but also celebrating what we have in common.
Currently there will be 30 episodes of Global Grover produced, and they will be ready to be delivered to the broadcasters in Fall 2005. I'll keep you posted as more details are released.
Monday, March 21, 2005
If you can't make it to New York City to catch the premiere, The movie will air as part of "the Wonderful World of Disney", which is Saturday nights at 8pm on ABC. I have contacted ABC and the Muppet Holding Co about the exact air date, and they all say that it has not been decided yet. But they say it will be in "mid- to late May 2005" (the exact date will not be set until mid-April). So it will be either May 7, May 14, May 21, or May 28. (I'll keep you posted as soon as I hear anything). My sources say an announcement on the air date should be ready by Mid-April, after the whole spring Wonderful World of Disney line-up is all worked out.
They also say that they are working on setting up deals to replay it in either ABC-Family or the Disney Channel over the summer; but nothing official yet. There are also plans for a home video & DVD release, but a date or time when that would be out is not avalible either. I'll keep you all posted as the information about the release is released.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Yesterday I told you all about my new staff position at Muppet Central. The article I wrote with all the facts about The Muppet Show DVDs is now up in the Muppet Central news section. Rather than re-posting the whole thing here (‘cause it is lengthy), I'll just share a link to the news article (remember although it is not technically on this blog, it is still written and researched by GelflingWaldo, and contains the same great news reporting you’ve all come to know and love). If you have any comments, questions, or feedback on the article feel free to contact me - but I will warn you that everything publicly known at this time is in the article. Enjoy the news.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Friday, March 18, 2005
The windows feature floral renditions of six scenes from the film recreated with thousands of live flowers. Additionally, during the spring season, exclusive Muppets' Wizard of Oz merchandise will be featured and Macy's shoppers will see a previews for the film at special kiosks stationed throughout the store. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz partnership is the latest endeavor in the Muppets ongoing relationship with Macy's. A Kermit the Frog balloon has appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since the early 1970's, and Kermit has made numerous in-person appearances at the Parade over the years. In addition, the Muppets are regularly featured as part of Macy's in-store promotions, including the 2003 Kermit holiday plush offering.
So if you are in the New York area, be sure to stop by Macy's and check out the Muppets. If you can get some pictures, feel free to send them my way, I'll share them with everyone and be eternally grateful.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
It was said at the event that the season box sets would begin arriving in the summer of 2005. Many thought that the estimate seemed a little optimistic, and people began to doubt the claims. Now, over four-months later, nothing more has been announced, reported, or found out about these alleged DVDs. The Disney customer service is unable to answer questions on such products due to lack of information. And many fans have begun to question the reports; especially after last fall brought several misreports, wild rumors, and confusion of similar DVD sets of Fraggle Rock from websites, fans, and even HIT Entertainment customer service themselves. So I decided to do some hunting to see if these reports were rumors or facts, and also try to get some more information on what to expect and when.
I found a contact inside the Muppet Holding Company (yes an actual person working inside the Muppet Holding Company – not just a Disney Customer Service rep.), and I politely asked what the deal with season sets are. Why have we heard nothing official? When will we get more details? Are these being made? And I got a response. Here it is, this is all they are willing to say. Enjoy.
“...Regarding your box set question--a proper DVD release is on the table, and being worked with. But an official release date is not available yet. Sometime this year is likely. Check back with me in a month or two and I'll have more information on the subject...”
So there you have it, you can interpret that however you like. But I do think that they are happening, and most likely sometime this year. I plan on keeping in contact with them and hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more news in April/May on the subject. I’ll keep you posted as I find out more.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
Before you get over excited, please remember that this is just a rumor, and has not been confirmed or supported by any official sources (as of today HIT is still going on the record saying that the decision to produce season sets has not been made yet). The push for season sets is not over, but this could be the first positive sign of HIT working on them (if it is true, which it may not be). So please still continue to press HIT to produce season sets (or at least say that they are producing them). We absolutely must continue to write letters and call HIT to ensure that not only the first season is released, but the other four seasons as well, This company will listen, but they need to continue to hear your voices. Together we can get Fraggle Rock released to the public in proper season sets for all to enjoy. I urge you to write or call today:
Attn: Consumer Relations (Fraggle Rock)
P.O. Box 9000
Allen, Texas 75013
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
The first new DVD, "Early to Bed, Early to Rise", features Bear and his friends in three comfy, cozy episodes that encourage proper rest, consideration for others, and becoming self-reliant! Episodes included are "A Winter's Nap", "Morning Glory", and "Go To Sleep". The DVD also features four bonus sing-along songs, and will retail for $14.95 (or less).
Excitement is everywhere on the next DVD of the Big Blue House -- you can see it, hear it, touch it, taste it, and even smell it – and "Sense-sational" features three delightful adventures that promote creative exploration and imagination! The episodes found on this disc are "Smell-O-Rama", "The Senseless Detectives", and "sense-sational". The disc will also feature four bonus sing-along songs. The total run-time is 72- minutes, and will retail for $14.95 (or less).
The third DVD release, "Storytelling with Bear", is all about storytelling, vocabulary skills, kindness and sharing. Episodes on the disc include "What's The Story?", "Words, Words, Words", and "Read My Book". The disc will also features four bonus sing-along songs, and will have a standard retail price of $14.95 (or less).
The final DVD set for a June release is all about feeling good. "Visiting the Doctor with Bear" was originally released by Columbia Tri-Star in November 2001 (and is now out of print). Disney is now re-releasing the same collection episodes under the Disney brand-name; along with new cover art that matches the other Disney-DVD releases of "Bear" (and new DVD specs, and even a lower price than then the older version). The DVD features the episodes "Picture of Health", "That Healing Feeling", The Big Blue House Call". The disc will retail for $14.95 (or less).
So be sure to pick up these four great DVDs on June 7th. They will be a great addition to any DVD collection, and are a great way to celebrate the new Bear series, "Breakfast with Bear", premiering on Disney Channel in June.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
The future, or at least the immediate future, of the Muppets is riding on how well this new Muppet TV movie does in the ratings. If "The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz" wins its time-slot (or at least ranks fairly high) when it primers in May, it is rumored that Disney will greenlight production of a new Muppet TV-movie to start immediately. There is no clue of what the project would be, or when it would air (probably in 2006-07). But, based on rumors, here are some projects that have been floating and could be next on the Muppets' list: "The Muppets: Haunted Hotel", "The Muppets of Camelot", "The Muppets Leave Hollywood", or "The Muppets' Alice in Wonderland" (please note that these titles are all rumored projects of future Muppets productions; these may never be made, and whatever is next could be a completely new idea).
If Disney finds success with "The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz" in May, they hope to build up the Muppet franchise with another TV-movie (or maybe two). By doing this Disney hopes to then be able to successfully launch new theatrical film or television series with the Muppets. If "The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is not successful, then it'll be tougher to tell how Disney will feel about investing more into the franchise. So, in short, be sure to tune in to watch "The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz" in May and get all your friends, family, and anyone else you can to do the same.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Spencer Howson from ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) Brisbane had a nice interview with Eric (and Grover, Bert, and Fozzie). He asks about the future of the Muppets, and Eric said the feature films, TV series, specials, and more are all possibilities in the future, and many new projects are in the works. Eric also shares some thoughts on having to take over many of Frank Oz's roles, how the Muppeteers use new technologies, doing all the Muppet voices, and much more.
Although the interview was presented on Australian radio earlier today, you can listen to a RealPlayer file of the interview along with a short article on the ABC Brisbane Website (or just by clicking here). The interview is about 9 minutes long and is one of the first times Eric Jacobson gets put in the spotlight for all his great work keeping the Muppets alive and strong. And if you liked this interview you should check out these two older radio interviews that I reported about earlier from America's NPR with Sesame Street Muppeteers Caroll Spinney and Kevin Clash by clicking here. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 06, 2005
HIT Entertainment has already brought two shows from the Henson Family Showcase to DVD (Fraggle Rock, and Mother Goose Stories) , and they have plans for many others to be released in the coming year. The next show to get a DVD release is Jim Henson's Animal Jam. The show is a wild, music-driven, live-action dance show for preschoolers. Hosted by loveable puppets, Animal Jam used real-life kids and puppet characters to teach movement and physical skills. Animal Jam is a fun, curriculum-driven series designed to assist in the development of physical, cognative, and creative skills as well as, social and emotional growth. The show had tons of original songs, dance lessons, real animal footage, and humorous character-plots and sketches.
The show has two DVD's planned for release on May 24, 2005. The first one is "Jim Henson's Animal Jam: Springin' DVD" and the second is "Jim Henson's Animal Jam: Hug a Day DVD". Information on the exact features of the DVDs or cover art is not avalible at this time, but if anything is announced I'll let you all know. The DVDs are already up for pre-order on many online stores, with a retail price of $9.99 (or less). So if you are a parent of a 3-7 year-old child (or just an Animal Jam fan), I suggest considering picking up these two DVDs on May 24.
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Because there are so many children in the family, design team leader Ty Pennington thought the Muppets should be brought in to help. Fozzie helped carpenter Paul DiMeo construct a special photo frame for DeWayne's room. Kermit competed with Ty by running around with a mini-bullhorn to warn everyone how much time was left before the family was due home. Animal helped load furniture into the house. And Miss Piggy performed like the diva she is by demanding a script for her lines while shamelessly flirting with Ty
The hour-long episode with the Muppets will air on Sunday, March 6, 2005 at 8:00pm (7:00 central) on ABC (be sure to check local listings for details). Also be on the lookout for the Muppets the following night, Monday March 7, during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition How Did They Do That? Each Monday, the Extreme Makeover team goes behind-the-scenes of the previous night's episode to give the audience a sneak peak of how they renovated a particular families home in a we (check local listings for details, but the Muppets will most likely pop-up in the episode too. Be sure not to miss this excellent Muppet appearance.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Along with the "Healthy Moments," the new season will feature all-new Muppet "street" scenes, new animations and original live-action films that all tout activities and behaviors that are good for you. Sesame Street will continue to introduce preschoolers to other cultures with all-new "Global Grover" segments. This season, Grover travels to Bangladesh, England, Paris, the Netherlands, and more.
New parodies, that take their cue from the world of pop culture, include: "Desperate Houseplants;" "Grouch Eye for the Nice Guy;" "Chasing the Cheese," with a new Muppet created in the likeness of sportscaster Chris Berman; "24," based on the TV series of the same name; "Cookie Monster: Food Investigator," a parody of Dragnet; and the series introduces Donald Grump, a Muppet who looks suspiciously like one of America's real estate moguls. And in addition to all this, Season 36 will also feature five new "Elmo's World" segments.
So be sure to tune in to the all new season next month, and help welcome all your friends on Sesame Street to their 36th season of entertaining and educating us all.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
I am doing my best to build a site to please the fans. So now I ask you for your help. You are the ones who read this site, you are the ones who benefit from it; so what do you want to see? Please share any and all comments, feedback, or ideas for what you would want to see (use the comments feature of this post, or e-mail me). I want this site to be what the fans want, so tell me what do you want to see?