Friday, May 20, 2005
But to respond to the needs of the blog (and the visitors) I decided to rework the project to a level that met the nature that the blog emerged to need. So I created a new blog; a replacement blog. This new blog, called “The Muppet Newsflash” is similar to The GelflingWaldo Files in many ways. Not only does it have the same blogmaster, but it will hold all the latest and greatest Muppet/Henson related news - that includes The Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and the dozens of other shows, movies, specials, and properties spawned from the mind, the magic, and legacy of Jim Henson. I will continue to dig up and compile all the news that Muppet-fans crave. This new blog, like its predecessor, will be the definitive source for Muppet news on the web.
Aside from a new name there are some changes in the format, the dogma, and the look – but the heart is the same of The GelflingWaldo Files. Since I am “moving” to the new blog, the GelflingWaldo Files will no longer be updated. The site will remain (for some time) for historical and reference purposes, but all new news will be on the new blog.
Be sure to check out the new home for great breaking Muppet news! And also don’t forget to update your bookmarks to reflect the new blog’s URL. Remember, it’s the same great news just with a new name. I hope you enjoy!
Thursday, May 19, 2005
In the fun, contemporary take on a family classic, Dorothy Gale (Ashanti) is a teenager with dreams of showbiz that seem far from coming true in the Kansas trailer park where she lives. When she's transported to the magical land of Oz, she and her sidekick, PepÉ the King Prawn as Toto, join with the Scarecrow (Kermit the Frog), the Tin Thing (Gonzo) and the Lion (Fozzie Bear) to fight the Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Piggy) and find the wizard who might make her a star.
The film, which is directed by Kirk Thatcher, is the first Muppet production since the characters were bought by Disney last year. A home video/DVD release of the film is planned for August 9, 2005. Plans for futuring airings of the film are not avalible at this time, but Disney hopes to replay the movie throughout the summer on either ABC, The Disney Channel, or ABC Family. Spread the word, set your VCRs, and be sure to tune in tomorrow night to enjoy "The Muppets' Wizard Of Oz".
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
An internal newsletter at Disney stated that over the next two years, Walt Disney Records plans to release three additional Muppets albums. Included in these plans is a Muppet holiday CD which is due out in time for the 2005 holiday season. It is unsure at this time if the album will contain new recordings of holiday songs by the Muppets, existing recordings of holiday songs from the Muppets' past Christmas movies and specials, or a combination of the two. More details on the upcoming holiday album will be released as it surfaces.
The content of the other two upcoming albums, which are set for a 2006 release, is unsure. It is unsure if these CD will be themed albums, contain new recordings, be collections of unreleased material, be collections of already available songs/soundtracks, or a combination of them all. I'll keep you posted as information on these two additional albums surface.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
The story for the film takes place several years after the original movie. The first film's heroes Jen and Kira are now king and queen, and must fight to save their kingdom when the crystal is once again split.
Any further cast and crew announcements have not been made at this time. But it has been cited that The Jim Henson Company wants to involve many of the people who worked on the original movie. Brian Froud is very interested in the project. Frank Oz (co-director on the first film) is not official yet, but he is watching the film's progress with "much interest". The official word on the cast & crew should be made later this year once production picks up on the project.
The Jim Henson Company had tossed around ideas of a sequel (or prequel) over the years. In late '90s there was strong support from many Henson executives, led by Brian Henson, to make a prequel to the 1982 film. Sadly the plans never materialized; but now that the company is "Muppet-free" they want to work to bring back many of their existing productions and franchises. The film has built a strong cult-following since 1982 and, mixed with the new surge in "fantasy world" films in the recent years, Henson feels that now is the perfect time to bring back the world of the Dark Crystal. Henson says that the script for the film is being polished and they are excited to begin work on the new film.
The company is also working on developing animated series, interactive games and other related media as well. It is unsure how the film will be released. Henson hopes for a theatrical release, but it could ultimately end up as a straight-to-video or a TV-movie release. I'll keep you all posted as more details on the production and release of "The Power of the Dark Crystal" surface.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
In the coming week there will be a huge batch of Muppet television apperiances to promote "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" so be sure to catch all the TV events leading up to the big tele-film. Check local listings for full details, channels, and show times.
- Fri. May 13 - Fozzie Bear on Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 am EST on ABC)
- Thurs. May 19 - Muppets on Good Morning America(check local listings for ABC )
- Thurs. May 19 - Miss Piggy on Live with Regis and Kelly (check local listings)
- Fri. May 20 - Ashanti appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly (check local listings)
- Fri. May 20 - The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Tele-film (8/7c on ABC)
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Monday, May 09, 2005
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" is shown on ABC at 12:05am (so technically it is really early Saturday morning). Be sure to tune in to ABC to see Fozzie and Jimmy chatting and having fun. This should be a fun television appearance by Fozzie (helmed by Muppeteer Eric Jacobson). Muppet fans may remember that Grover also helmed by Eric Jacobson) appeared on the show in April to plug the 36th season of Sesame Street. Kermit the Frog also appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2003. Fozzie is sure to delight the audience and provide a fun segment for fans to enjoy. You don’t want to miss this appearance – so say up late, tune in, and watch (or at least set your VCRs and check it out over the weekend).
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Friday, May 06, 2005
Thursday, May 05, 2005
There are few things that evoke such a universal feeling of warmth and humor as the work of Jim Henson. In his own words, as well as those of some of his best-known characters like Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, and Ernie, readers will get a glimpse of the philosophy and humor that was so essential to Jim’s creations. You'll also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the collaborative spirit of this gentle artistic genius from the people Jim knew, loved, and inspired.
This uplifting collection of quotes, stories, anecdotes, songs, and insights gives new life to Jim’s magical world. With chapters titled Dynamite Determination; Listen to Your Heart; Together We Can Do It; It Starts When We’re Kids; and A Part of Everything and Everyone, It’s Not Easy Being Green will be entertaining, inspiring, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny. Readers young and old will cherish this collection.
Culled from The Jim Henson Company archives, program transcripts, personal letters, and interviews, along with some of Jim’s never-before-published writings, It’s Not Easy Being Green is a testament to the legacy of a man who changed the way we see the world. The book will be releases on September 14, 2005 in hardback print, and also on audio CD. More information on this delightful collection to follow as more details emmerge.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
"After decades of working with the Muppets, I know how very much they areloved the world over," said Baker. "I am truly delighted to be part of extending Jim Henson's vision for the future of these characters at The Walt Disney Company."
"No one could help us continue and grow these heartwarming and humorous Muppet characters better than Martin Baker," remarked Chris Curtin, general manager and vice president of MHC. "He played an invaluable role in helping ensure that the brand's integrity remained true during MHC's first large scale endeavor, 'The Muppets' Wizard of Oz,' and we are thrilled to have him onboard as we move forward."
Baker has worked with The Jim Henson Company on Muppets productions since1979. As their executive vice president of production, Baker was integral tothe production of such television projects as "The Muppet Show," "FraggleRock," "Jim Henson's The Storyteller," "Jim Henson's Secret Life of Toys," "Muppets Tonight," and the NBC TV movie "It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie." His feature film credits include "The Muppet Movie," "The GreatMuppet Caper," "Follow That Bird," "The Dark Crystal," "The Muppet Christmas Carol," "Muppet Treasure Island," "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland," and "Muppets From Space." Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company, Baker spent 14 years working for the ATV network in the U.K.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
All the clips are RealMedia files and are a delight to view and share. These are just the things to not only entertain viewers but also will get them excited and informed about the upcoming TV movie. Please feel free to share the link (http://mfiles.scarecroe.com/oz/) with anyone (and everyone) via email, blogs, journals, instant messages, forums , message boards, and any other way you can think of. Hopefully film (and the airdate) will get some exposure. And remember Friday May 20th, at 8/7c on ABC.
Monday, May 02, 2005
First of all these are not season box sets; these are not new nostalgic collections; these are not sets of complete episode. These are collections of Sesame Street home video releases (past and upcoming). Sesame Workshop is know for releasing get videos (and now DVDs) of Sesame Street. They usually features a combination some new footage with a bunch of existing show skits/songs/clips all somewhat related to one central story/theme. Sesame workshop is now releasing “box sets” of these releases. The sets are literally a box with three of the existing (or upcoming) DVD. Aside from a cardboard box to keep the three disc cases in, what would cause anyone buy these? Well they are cheaper than buying all three discs independently, and it is a lot easier to track down and buy one item than three. So what are in these sets? I have the answers.
The first set “Sesame Street: Dance and Move” contains the following three discs: “Dance Along”, “Zoe’s Dance Move”, and “Elmocize”. The set will be released on May 10, 2005. All of these discs were released over the past few years independently.
The next set, “Sing Along with Sesame Street”, is due out on June 14, 2005 and contains the following three discs: “Kid’s Favorite Songs”, “Let’s Make Music”, and “Sing Yourself Silly at the Movies”. The first two discs have been released before, and the last title is due for independent release for the first time on the same date as the box set.
The third set, “Sesame Street: Stories, Games, and Songs”, is also due out on June 14, 2005 and will hold the following discs: “Play-Along Games & Songs”, “Big Bird’s Story Time”, and “Sleepytime Songs & Stories” The last two titles are due for independent releases on the same date as the box set; yet the first title is not available on DVD outside the set (yet).
Now you may be saying why would I buy theses? If you don’t own these Sesame Street DVDs pick up these sets; it will be easier than finding all three discs, it will save you money rather than buying them all separate, plus you get a cool cardboard box to keep the discs in. These are great ways to build up your Sesame DVD collection. All these discs are full of great moments, skits, songs, and stories. If you don't have any of the DVDs in the Sesame line, I suggest you check some of these out (and at $20 for three full DVDs, that a pretty good deal).
If you are new to the world of Sesame Street DVD collecting and would like to bulk up you collection with all the greatest Sesame moments in one fowl swoop check out this Amazon.com exclusive – a huge 48 disc Sesame Street DVD collection. You may think $400+ is excessive for a bunch of DVDs, but being that you would spend well over $620 if you bought them independently, it is a huge time and money saver. A full list of the 48 discs can be found at Amazon.com
As more news on any new DVD collections and/or sets is released I’ll be here to share it with you all. Hope this answers all your questions on the "box sets".
Sunday, May 01, 2005
This evening Muppet Central Radio won a "Best of Live365" award in the "Guilty Pleasure" category. All of the nominees were fantastic and all of them deserved this honor. Phillip Chapman, webmaster of Muppet Central, wants to thanks everyone who voted and took some time to listen. This awards never would have happened without the faithful Muppet fans who take time to listen.
Phillip Chapman expressed his feelings on the win in the Muppet Central forum by saying, " I am really blown away that we won. It's great to see that lots of people enjoy Muppet music. One of the things the Muppets do best is music and I'm grateful that we can share it with everyone through Muppet Central Radio."
So take some time out of your day to listen to the award-winning Muppet Central Radio. I would like to say congratulations to Muppet Central, and happy listening to all the Muppet-music lovers.