Muppets

Jim Henson Company Cuts Ties With Anti-Gay Chick-Fil-A

Ah, the Chick-Fil-A dilemma: Sure, the company makes some of the tastiest fast-food chicken in the business, but when you eat there, you’re supporting a company whose conservative Southern Baptist views have led it to donate millions of dollars to anti-gay groups. So, is the delicious junk food worth it? Last fall, the NYU student… Read More

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Watch Hilarious Test Footage from 1979’s ‘The Muppet Movie’

Jason Segel’s The Muppets brought no shortage of bonus footage, some of which is still trickling out over half a year after the film’s release. But as much as we enjoyed the recent eight-minute blooper reel, it can’t hold a candle to the wonderful bit of test footage from 1979’s The Muppet Movie that io9 has discovered. These improvised scenes find Jim Henson’s Kermit and Frank Oz’s Fozzie and Miss Piggy getting meta on the realities of being a puppet — at one point, Kermit tells his ursine companion, “You’ve got foam rubber and fake fur. You’re an artificial bear,” while Fozzie hits back with, “You’ve got a wire on your arm.” Later, Piggy makes a confession so shocking and hilarious that Henson almost breaks character. Get your day made after the jump. … Read More

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Literary Favorites Illustrated Muppets-Style

When he’s not busy creating covers for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles micro series, writing and illustrating his Eisner award-winning comic book fantasy series Mouse Guard, and contributing to Free Comic Book Day, Michigan artist David Petersen is making us fall in love with his literary-inspired Muppets illustrations. We first spotted Petersen’s mashup covers on io9 and fell hard for Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang as characters out of Snow White, Robin Hood, King Arthur, and other treasured tales. The covers were created for BOOM! Studios, but with this kind of loving attention it’s clear that Petersen is a fellow puppet fiend. Check out our gallery below, smile like crazy, and then head to the artist’s website for more great artwork. … Read More

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Watch an Amazing ‘Sesame Street’/N.W.A. Mash-Up from 1994

If its YouTube description is to be believed, the clip below hails from a time before “mash-up” was a buzzword and everyone with a computer could be a video editor: “This VCR-made remix was created by an unnamed student at Florida State University in 1994 by combining footage from Sesame Street with the protest rap song ‘Fuck the [sic] Police’ from N.W.A’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton.” The video (which apparently isn’t exactly new to the Internet, although we hadn’t seen it before) is just about as simple as that, but the syncing is spot-on and the editing witty. And of course, who could deny the thrill of watching the Muppets get radical? Watch it after the jump, and consider the possibilities of bringing the revolution to preschool. … Read More

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Watch the Muppets Take Down Kyle MacLachlan and Goldman Sachs

Drop everything, readers, because Funny or Die has just posted a video called “Muppets vs. Goldman Sachs.” And guess what? It’s even better than it sounds. First of all, it features none other than Kyle MacLachlan as a Goldman exec. Then there’s the dude who snorts coke off the meeting table. But the real fun comes when the Anti-Muppet Defamation League bursts in, inspired by Greg Smith’s revelation that the firm calls their clients “muppets,” to Occupy Wall Street extract their revenge. Some surprisingly highfalutin economic debate ensues. It’s the best Muppet takedown since they destroyed Fox News. Watch it after the jump. … Read More

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BBC to Air Jim Henson Company Puppet Talk Show

In case you needed even more proof that British TV is just better, here you go: The BBC is collaborating with the Jim Henson Company to develop a puppet talk show. With a working title of No Strings Attached (see what they did there?), the series will feature several new puppets — Sesame Street‘s resident… Read More

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Awesome Lunchbox Tumblr Encourages Playing with Your Food

We’re probably all used to seeing retro-licious lunchbox art decorating the outside of our favorite food carryalls. LunchboxAwesome, however, looks at the artful designs on the inside of lunchboxes. Muppets, cartoon characters, and animated figures are carefully composed out of food, making a colorful and creative display out of your mealtime endeavors. Click through for a look at a few of our favorite awesome lunchbox creations. … Read More

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A Look Back at Our Favorite Muppet Movie Moments

We’re going to do our best to keep from setting you up for a disappointment by overselling The Muppets (out in theaters tomorrow). Seriously, we’re going to try. But the fact of the matter is, it’s utterly delightful — a charming, witty, and frequently heartbreaking little gem. If we’re responding to it with more enthusiasm than it deserves, so be it; we grew up loving the Muppet movies, and this new effort somehow manages to summon up the spirit of (to borrow the Star Wars parlance) the “original trilogy” while also existing as its own wonderful addition to the Henson canon. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll leave singing “Mahna Mahna.” So, in celebration of the franchise’s return to form, we’d like to pause and enjoy a few of our favorite moments from the earlier Muppet movies; add your own in the comments. … Read More

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30 Fantastic Pop Culture Pumpkins

While they might have been fine back when we were kids, today it seems like the world finds plain old jack-o-lanterns sad and boring. Instead, they’ve become a canvas for proudly carving allegiance to your favorite TV character, most beloved musician, or the YA series that you can’t put down. Which is great news for us! But first, a quick disclaimer: while plentiful, the selection of pop culture pumpkins isn’t quite as diverse as you might hope. We struggled to find jack-o’-lantern homages to Flavorpill favorites like Patti Smith, Liz Lemon, and Daria, only to come up empty-handed. Get on that people! That said, we think you’ll be happy with what we’ve come up with after the jump. If you happen to have a pop culture pumpkin of your own to contribute to our list, please leave us a link in the comments! … Read More

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Watch the Muppets “Cover” Lou Reed/Metallica’s “Pumping Blood”

For anyone who’s been waiting on the new Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration album Lulu, well, you’re in luck. Just a few days ago, and well in advance of the November 1 drop date, the band(s) made the full album available to stream on their website. Which is all very well and good, if you don’t know yet that the album isn’t very well or very good. However, we can wholeheartedly recommend this video that we spied over at Gothamist of the muppets performing (that is, manipulated to look like they’re performing) the album’s “Pumping Blood”, featuring Beaker as a very convincing Lou Reed. It’s just about as weird as Lulu is, and that’s saying something. … Read More

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