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Monday, January 04, 2021

NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is NOW UP! - Rate the NEW Episodes of 'Earth to Ned"

A NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is now up for your votes!

This week's question deals with the second batch of 10 episodes which began streaming on Disney+ on January 1st, 2021

Here is this week's question:

On January 1st, another 10 episodes of The Jim Henson Company's 'Earth to Ned' began streaming on Disney+  It has been a real hit with the media - making many 'Best of 2020' lists. Results from our original poll (created on September 6th, 2020) regarding the first 10 episodes resulted in 38% voted it as being Unwatchable, 31% as Excellent, 13% as Poor, 10% as Very Good and 8% as Good. So, has your opinion changed with the second batch of 10 episodes?  How would you rated Episodes 11 thru 20? VOTE NOW!! 

Let us know your thoughts. You can find the MuppetsHenson Poll near the TOP of the RIGHT SIDEBAR.

Thanks for your participation!

Monday, December 28, 2020

MuppetsHenson Poll FINAL RESULTS: - YOUR Favourite Muppet Christmas Production


What is your favourite Muppet Christmas Production?
Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas 8% (3)
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street 0% (0)
A Special Sesame Street Christmas 3% (1)
John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together 5% (2)
The Bells of Fraggle Rock 5% (2)
The Christmas Toy 0% (0)
A Muppet Family Christmas 39% (15)
The Muppet Christmas Carol 39% (15)
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree 0% (0)
Elmo Saves Christmas 0% (0)
It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie 0% (0)
A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa 0% (0)
Other 0% (0)
Total votes: 38

Sunday, December 20, 2020

It’s Yet Another Very Merry Muppet Christmas Toy List by Nicholas Napoli

Here I am in the old farmhouse, on the snowy hill, nice and cosy by a roaring fire, the Christmas decorations are up, and I’m sitting in my rocking chair, knitting, feeling just a little sad that I don’t have any Muppet presents under my tree this year. Why is that I hear you ask? Am I poor? Well yes but that has never stopped me from buying Muppets, I took out a small loan once, so I could catch up on my bills and buy a Master Replica Gonzo whilst I was at it. This year though has been so hectic, I’ve been so busy, especially these last few months that I did not realize how near Christmas was and forgot to do my end of year online Muppet shopping, won’t get here on time. Luckily, I’ve managed to buy all the presents I needed to buy for everyone else, I’m so happy as I always have at least one gift left to buy on Christmas Eve and I hate that. Anyway, my plane leaves for California in three hours, I better get this list done, what could a Muppet Fan ask for this Christmas? 

Dinosaurs arrives on Disney+ on January 29 th 2021 and although I don’t have Disney+ I could not be happier. This show is timeless, not only will it never feel dated (minus Earl’s shirt) but the shows messages just gain strength as the years progress. I truly hope a whole new generation of fans get hooked on this show and when they do, they’ll be lucky enough to find merchandise of their favourite prehistoric family, thanks to no other than Funko Pops. All five of the Sinclair family are available, though I am realizing that Baby Sinclair is becoming hard to find and prices are slowly increasing, if he’s on your list, I wouldn’t wait too long to get him. I’m so happy Funko created these, like me I imagine there’s a whole bunch of people who have waited twenty years to add more Dinosaurs to their collections. All I had growing up were the Dinosaurs action figures which included the main five and B.P Richfield, I also had the talking Baby Sinclair. I’ve always wanted to add at least Ethyl and Roy to my collection, Monica, Spike, Mindy, Turtlepuss, Timmy, I’ll take as many characters as I can get, let’s hope Funko Pops releases a second series. Speaking of Disney+ and Funko Pops I just have to say how much I enjoyed Earth To Ned, so much so that I want merchandise, Ned, Cornelius and the Clods Funko Pops, especially with new episodes airing on Disney+ on January 1 st 2021, whilst we’re at it Funko, I wouldn’t mind a Weldon The Troll Funko Pop either. 

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance might have been cancelled by Netflix but the story as well as merchandise still keeps on coming, the shows life continues and hopefully someday, somehow, we’ll get a season two. Through Archaia Comics the story of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance continues to expand with a twelve-book story that has recently concluded as well as a nice collection of books, which takes you both behind and in front of the scenes. An Age of Resistance Tactics game was released 
earlier this year on both the
PlayStation4 and the Nintendo Switch. Recently a collector’s version of the game has been released for both consoles, which features a lot of nice cool extras, which might get someone who doesn’t own either console to buy this, if I can find it. The most collectable of all The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance collectables has got to be thanks to Weta Collectables who have put out some beautiful Age of Resistance statues, which if I could afford, I would collect them all. Not only did we get Age of Resistance Funko Pops but a few months later they released an exclusive set featuring my all-time favourite The Dark Crystal characters, The Heretic and The Wonderer. We also got some cool Age of Resistance ReAction Figure which go nicely with the original The Dark Crystal set that came out a few years earlier, I hope we get more of these.

River Horse will expand their The Dark Crystal games collection, having already introduced The Dark Crystal Board Game, they are now also releasing a roleplaying adventure game, not set to be released until next year though. “This 200-page book, penned by Janet Forbes and Jack Caesar, features a roleplaying game campaign set in both the original The Dark Crystal film and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series. It contains a simple rules system, a GM toolkit, and a 100-scene adventure that also works with other game engines.
The book also showcases a fully-illustrated map of Thra, extended fold-outs, and transparency overlays. Illustrations for the book were done by Brian Froud, Johnny Frazer-Allen, Chris Caesar, and more.” Labyrinth will be getting a whole new sequel soon, which I imagine will bring a bunch of new merchandise alongside of it. For now, River Horse have not only released a Labyrinth Board Game with Goblins and Fireys expansion packs, and a card set but will also have a new game available soon titled “Ready, Steady, Worm”. And if we were hoping for any new Fraggle Rock merchandise recently, sadly there hasn’t been any. On the positive side, the Fraggles did return back with a new TV-Show for Apple TV and will be returning again at some point soon with a new Fraggle Rock series. This new show will hopefully give us more merchandise and hopefully finally some Gorg toys! I’m still hoping Funko Pops will release 6” figures of Junior Gorg, Ma Gorg and Pa Gorg as well as continue their regular line with Trash-Heap, Philo and Gunge, Doc, The Storyteller, The Worlds Oldest Fraggle but most importantly of all Cantus, that would be amazing. 

Sesame Street have recently celebrated their 50 th Anniversary and with that you can find Sesame Street merchandise everywhere, too much for me to list. Although I think it is safe to say, that the best, most welcomed Sesame Street toy that has been released this year, was all thanks to devotion 
by the fans, who finally got their
long-awaited and well-deserved Sesame Street Lego set which is beautiful. Medicom released some cool Sesame Street figures last year, and will soon release more, though they can already be found online, including new characters like Grover, the Count and Abby. Hallmark Ornaments also released a cool Cookie Monster 
and Gronger (whoever that is)
food truck and an Elmo ornament this year. As much as I love Sesame Street, I don’t collect much merchandise, though the Medicom figures look very cool, collectable-like I would argue. I wish we’d get more Sesame Street collectables like statues or busts of the main characters. The Not Too Late Show with Elmo premiered this year on HBO Max and it was a lot of fun to watch, and luckily more episodes will be premiering at some point in the future. HBO Max has other Sesame Street projects in the works and at some point, we’ll also get a new movie. I think this year was light on Sesame Street merchandise when we consider what’s to come, I can’t wait. I just hope it includes some new collectables or at least Two-Headed Monster merchandise. I have nothing of these two and have wanted some sort of toy ever since they appeared as Santa Clause in A Muppets Family Christmas when I was five years old. I know there’s a plush going around, never managed to track one down and don’t get me started on the unmade Palisades Two-Headed Monster action figure.

We didn’t get too much Muppet merchandise this year but what we did get was well worth the wait, thank you Diamond Select for completing our The Electric Mayhem Band and giving us extra Floyds, Janices and Animals to add to our collections. Now all we need is Sam the Eagle, Rizzo, Pepe, Snowths, Bobo Bear, Uncle Deadly, Sweetums, Yolanda Rat, Big Mean Carl, Lips and Walter and I think I’ll be able to move on. Luckily once again Hallmark steps into the rescue by providing a classical The Muppet Show 
ornament featuring Kermit,
good thing they did otherwise this would have been a short paragraph. No Muppet announcements at The Disney Investors Meeting, no new Muppet merchandise, luckily, we did get Muppets Now this year so I guess I’ll give the merchandise a pass. What I don’t understand is how characters like Dr Bunsen, Sam the Eagle, Scooter, Dr Teeth, Janice, Floyd, Zoot, Robin, Sweetums, Camilla, Uncle Deadly, Bobo, Mahna-Mahna, Snowths, Statler and Waldorf have not been released in plush form by The Disney Store. 
Most of
those characters have never been released as plush toys before and if they have most have never been widely available. I’m still trying to hunt down The Electric Mayhem plush set released for the 25 th Anniversary of The Muppet Show. These characters as well as the ones already released by Disney should be constantly available just as Disney does with the Muppet Babies plush toys. Speaking of Muppet Babies where have they been this year? There was a whole load of Muppet Babies toys released last year. Yes, Disney you managed to get me to buy Muppet Babies plush toys and action figures also including Summer. I even bought a Dr. Meanzo plush (basically Gonzo with a moustache how could I not buy two of those?) but if I’m going to buy any more Muppet Babies I want new characters. Rizzo, Bunsen, Beaker, Rowlf, Sweetums, Swedish Chef, Robin, Scooter, Skeeter, Statler, Waldorf, I’ll buy those. Skeeter returned! Skeeter merchandise is now possible again! Will we get a Skeeter plush? Will we get a Baby Sweetums plush as the first official Sweetums plush toy ever? Will Baby Rowlf sell out as fast as regular Rowlf did when he was first released at The Disney Store? Will Season 3 (which premieres on January 4 th 2021) be the last season? 2021 has a lot of unanswered mysteries awaiting us!

Well, I don’t know about you but after going through that list I feel like watching Muppets! I watched A Muppet Family Christmas two days ago, The Christmas Toy yesterday, I’m going to watch It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie today and I’ll probably watch The Muppet Christmas Carol tomorrow. Followed by John Denver & Th Muppets A Christmas Together, Muppets Letters To Santa, The Bells of Fraggle Rock, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, Emmet Otters Jug Band Christmas… it’s going to be a good Christmas this year, Merry Christmas everybody!  

- Nicholas Napoli

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is NOW UP! - YOUR Favourite Muppet Christmas Production


A NEW MuppetsHenson Poll is now up for your votes!


This week's question deals with all the Muppet Christmas themed productions that have been produced over the years. 

Here is this week's question:


What is YOUR favourite Muppet Christmas Production?

Let us know your favourite. You can find the MuppetsHenson Poll near the TOP of the RIGHT SIDEBAR. 

Thanks for your participation!

MuppetsHenson Poll FINAL RESULTS: - NEW "Fraggle Rock" Series


A NEW "Fraggle Rock" series is set to begin production at the Calgary Film Centre in mid-January and go till May or June, 2021. It will be a major production, taking over all 3 sound stages at the centre. Original performers Dave Goelz and Karen Prell will be returning. Are you excited to see new full-length episodes of "Fraggle Rock"?
YES - Love to see these characters again. I don't mind if format changes and gets updated (eg. includes guest stars like in the recent shorts) 43% (15)
YES - Love to see these characters again but ONLY if series follows original format 49% (17)
MAYBE - Will have to wait and watch first episode to really determine to watch more 9% (3)
NO - Original series is all I would be interested in watching 0% (0)
Total votes: 35

"A Muppet Family Christmas" by Steve Whitmire

Check out Steve's latest post on SteveWhitmire.Website  as he shares some great memories of the wonderful Muppet Christmas special from 1987, "Muppet Family Christmas". It was taped in Toronto, and to this day is still a must watch for every Muppet fan.

The unedited version of this special has been added to our homepage - it can be found over in the right sidebar just before our MuppetsHenson Poll. Enjoy watching again after reading Steve's article.

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Happy 8th Anniversary MuppetsHenson! by Nicholas Napoli

Eight years ago, MuppetsHenson popped into our lives, a very welcomed online platform highlighting everything that ever originated from the mind of Jim Henson. Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, has a Henson connection, MuppetsHenson covers it. As the years have passed more Muppet fan sites have been created but back in 2012 there were only a handful of fan sites supporting The Muppets and all things Henson, all great, all of which I appreciate. The more the merrier, that seems to be Marvel Fans motto and although hardcore Muppet Fans might fall into a small group, I’m glad more people are showing their support for Jim Henson online. When I was first introduced to MuppetsHenson, I was also introduced to Brian Knatchbull, not only did our love for Henson properties make us good friends but he’s also such an awesome and down to earth guy. Brian was also the first person to ever give me a platform to share my writing on, and for that I will always be grateful, bonus was the fact that I got to write about The Muppets! From the very beginning I began to write for MuppetsHenson, although my time does not allow me to write as often as I would like, I can’t believe I have contributed to this site for eight years. Am I the only one feeling old? Time flies by so quickly, Disney bought The Muppets almost twenty years ago! The Muppets (2011) will soon be ten years old! Kermit and Miss Piggy have been separated for five years, oh my goodness, I’m having a midlife crisis as I write this. The fact that I found a white hair on my beard yesterday is probably playing a big part in this crisis and to forget about that white hair, I’m going to keep on writing this article. 

I’d like to thank MuppetsHenson for allowing me a platform to write about my passion, I love writing, I love Muppets, I love writing about Muppets, MuppetsHenson was the place for me. MuppetsHenson has allowed me to share my opinions, even on taboo subjects, most notably Steve Whitmire. I’m a Muppet Fan who speaks his mind, no matter if popular or unpopular, and thankfully MuppetsHenson has never stopped me from voicing my actual fan opinion, which is why I can confidently say MuppetsHenson is made by Brian for fans. If Frank Oz ever pushes Dave Goelz down the stairs, you can be sure I’ll write about it and MuppetsHenson will post it. I’ve never felt I could not share my true Muppet opinion on this site and for that I am so grateful. I am also very grateful to all you readers of MuppetsHenson, if I didn’t know people were reading, then what would be the point of writing? I check the views on my articles once it’s posted and every single view makes me happy and that happiness stays with me and encourages me to write more and actually gives me confidence in my personal life, so thank you to everyone who has ever read my writing. At least one of those views that encourages me to keep writing comes from you and I appreciate your time reading so much. 

In celebration of eight years of MuppetsHenson and eight years of Brian’s hard dedicated work on this site, I will try my hardest to contribute as many articles as I can. I’ve been wanting to talk about Muppet Babies for so long now, Baby Sweetums! Baby Chef! So many thoughts, I can’t wait to share them with all of you. I have twenty-one ideas for MuppetsHenson articles, let’s see how many I can actually get to, some have been on my list for over two years, yes I’m looking at you Ernie & Bert article. Brian my friend thank you so much for keeping MuppetsHenson alive for as long as you have. Thank you for giving fans a place to find the latest on Muppets and Henson and thank you for allowing me to be part of your site. I can’t wait for MuppetsHenson’s 10 th Anniversary, for two reasons, the first I adore MuppetsHenson and the second, I want to be as far away from 2020 as I possibly can. Stay safe everybody, thanks for reading and especially for being part of MuppetsHenson and Brian you’re the best, happy eight years of MuppetsHenson and eight years of our friendship.

Nicholas Napoli
@NicholasNapoli3
Author of:
Politics, Bullies & You: 
A True Story By Nicholas Napoli


Friday, December 04, 2020

Happy 8th Anniversary MuppetsHenson!

Today, December 4th, 2020 we celebrate MuppetHenson's 8th Anniversary! 

In March of 2009, almost 12 years ago, I started @MuppetsHenson on Twitter.

In January, 2014 we created our MuppetsHenson Facebook Page

On December 4th, 2012 the MuppetsHenson website was created. I just want to thank all those who have supported and contributed to the success for the past 8 years. I appreciate you all making this site THE place to go for all the latest news on The Muppets and The Jim Henson Company.

Keep checking in with us here as we get ever so close to that 1,000,000 visitor hits to our website. 


Brian Knatchbull

bknatchbull@gmail.com

Founder and CEO, MuppetsHenson