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principals (humans)
the characters


"Once you eliminate the rational, whatever remains, no matter how absurd, must be the Muppets."
— from "Muppets Sherlock Holmes"

     H I S T O R Y

     h e r e

The Muppets last feature film was in 1999 (prior to Dec 2011 opening of "The Muppets"); the career downswing had Miss Piggy doing pizza commercials and Kermit making direct-to-video movies.
the company sold the rights to the Muppets (including Kermit) to the Walt Disney Company in 2004.

'The Muppets' entry at Wikipedia
browse The Muppets on DVD at Amazon
listing of keyword 'muppets' at Internet Movie Database

'The Muppets' / Filmography entry at Wikipedia
listing of keyword 'muppets' at Internet Movie Database
browse The Muppets on DVD at Amazon

"Sam and Friends" [1955–1961]

"Sesame Street" [1969–present] {see below} NBC's Saturday Night (1975)

"The Muppet Show" [1976–1981]

"Hey, Cinderella! (1970)
"The Frog Prince (1971)
"The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972)
"The Muppets Valentine Show (1974)
"The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975)

"Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" [CBC-TV Canada 1977]
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas TV special  Emmet Otter and his Ma struggle to survive since Pa died, but Christmas is fast approaching. Emmet wants to give his mother a piano, and Ma wants to give Emmet the acoustic guitar with pearl inlays displayed in the window at the music shop in town. So when Waterville announces a Christmas Eve Talent Contest with a prize of $50, Emmet practices as a jug band with his pals and Ma sews a new dress to sing in on stage. Produced & directed by Jim Henson; written by Jerry Juhl, based on the book {just below} by Russell & Lillian Hoban; music & lyrics by Paul Williams; featuring The Muppets and voices by Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Eren Ozker & Jim Henson
Jim Henson Video color DVD [10/2013] for $6.95
Lyons / Hit Ent. color DVD [11/2008] for $14.98
Jim Henson Video color DVD [9/2009] for $24.51
Lyons / Hit Ent. Collector's Edition color DVD [10/2005] for $27.32
Sony Pictures Video color DVD [11/2001] out of prodn/many used
Jim Henson Video color VHS [1996] for $6.95
Sony Pictures Video color VHS [9/98] via 3rd party for $13.00 + s/h
full credits at IMDb
watch full movie free online [50:30] at YouTube

'Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas' children's book by Russell & Lillian Hoban  "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" [1971]
Story by Russell Hoban, Illustrations by Lillian Hoban

Littlehampton Book Services Ltd 9x7 hardcover [10/73] out of print/used
Parents' Magazine Press 9x7 hardcover [1971] out of print/50+ used
Parents' Magazine Press 9x7 hardcover [1971] out of print/30+ used
book entry at Wikipedia

GOLD STAR: lyrics of first verse: When you meet somebody that don't like soul food / They still got a soul / And it don't mean that you got no rhythm / If you don't like rock 'n roll / But if your tastes are like mine / You like cider not wine / And your very favorite thing to do / Is get a perty girl dancin' to jug-band music / And a mess of mama's barbecue!  Muppet Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas "Barbecue Song" [1:48] at YouTube

simple movie fansite with 8 songs on MP3

logo design for "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas" musical stageplay of 2008  "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas: A New Musical" [2008]
Adapted & directed by Christopher Gattelli, with new songs by Paul Williams;
first performance December 2008 to January 2009 at the Goodspeed Opera House
in East Haddam, Connecticut; return engagement December 2009 to January 2010.

"Christmas Eve On Sesame Street" (1978)

"The Muppets Go Hollywood" (1979)
cameo by Steve Allen

"John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together" (1979)
"The Muppets Go To the Movies" (1981)
"Of Muppets and Men" (1981)
"The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show" (1982)
"Big Bird In China" (1983)

"Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and The Muppets" (1983)

"Don't Eat The Pictures" (1983)

"Fraggle Rock" [1983–1987]

Announced 6/2012: After years in 'development hell', it looks like the "Fraggle Rock" movie will make it to the
big screen; New Regency just hired a pair of screenwriters, Jim Byrkit & Alex Manugian, who both worked on
last year’s Oscar-winning animated Western "Rango"; Cory Edwards set to direct • latest info at IMDb

"Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" (1984–1991)

"Jim Henson's Little Muppet Monsters" (1985)
"The Jim Henson Hour" (1989)
"The Ghost of Faffner Hall" (1989)
"Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories" (1990)
"Dinosaurs" (1991–1994)
"Dog City" (1992–1995)
"CityKids" (1993–1994)
"Secret Life of Toys" (1994–1996)
"Jim Henson's Animal Show" (1994–1997)
"Muppets Tonight" (1996–1998)
"The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss" (1996–1998)
"Big Bag" (1996–1998)
"Bear In The Big Blue House" (1997–2007)
"Mopatop's Shop" (1999–2003)
"Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola" (2001)
"The Hoobs" (2001–2006)
"Animal Jam" (2003)
"Breakfast With Bear" (2005–2006)
"The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora" (2010–)
"The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years" (1985)
"The Christmas Toy" (1986)
"The Tale of The Bunny Picnic" (1986)
"A Muppet Family Christmas" (1987)
"Big Bird In Japan" (1989)
"The Song of The Cloud Forest" (1989)
"The Muppets At Walt Disney World" (1990)
"The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson" (1990)
"Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" (1995)
"Cinderelmo" (1999)

Studio DC hosted by Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse" (2008)
Studio DC hosted by Selena Gomez" (2008)

"A Muppet Christmas: Letters To Santa" (2008)

"Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie"
Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie  Emmy® award-winning 23-minute segment from "The Muppets Show" TV series, pilot for the 1993-95 animated series; Ace Hart, the dog detective, inherits a saloon from his Uncle Harry which is in the corrupt (and very noir) Dog City; he refuses to pay protection money to vile bulldog Bugsy the Dogfather and also meets a beautiful runaway collie named Colleen.episode credits at IMDb
Directed by John van Bruggen; voices of Kevin Clash, Ron White, Fran Brill & John Stocker
LionsGate color DVD [6/2010] for $9.98
"Dog City: The Movie" official trailer [0:51] at YouTube

"Dog City" TV series [Henson/Nelvana 1993-95]
31-episode half-hour color cartoon series from Nelvana Entertainment, Ltd. in Canada
not available on Blu-ray or DVD; some episodes available on Amazon Instant Video
credits at IMDbofficial movie site
watch official promo videos at YouTube: promo #1 [0:31]promo #2 [0:10]promo #3 [0:20]

Sesame Street® [est. 1969]
The children's educational series Sesame Street® premiered in 1969, and airs mostly on P.B.S. stations; the show
features a combination of live-action and puppetry, as well as animation, and is best known as the home of the
Jim Henson creations Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo.
As-of mid-2012, Sesame Street has won 138 Emmys.

browse Sesame Street® books at Amazon
Sesame Street® videos: on DVD | on VHS
browse Sesame Street® music at Amazon
official Sesame Street® website

"40 Years of Sunny Days" on DVD
"Street gang" by Michael Davis

Sesame Street and the Reform of Children's Television book by Robert W. Morrow  "Sesame Street and The Reform of Children's Television" [2005]
by Robert W. Morrow

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9x6 pb [11/2008] for $25.00
Johns Hopkins Univ Press hardcover [11/2005] for $52.00

Elmo gets fired from P.B.S. due to Emperor Trump’s budget cuts
watch 3/2017 video [2:19] online at Facebook/Trending

untitled Sesame Street® movie [Fox release someday?]  
Announced 6/2012: 20th Century Fox picked up the movie rights to the long-running children’s television show
and has hired longtime Street writer Joey Mazzarino to write the script; producers include Shawn Levy,
Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon & Guymon Casady • not listed at IMDb (2017)

Feature  Films
'The Muppets' / Filmography entry at Wikipedia
listing of keyword 'muppets' at Internet Movie Database
browse The Muppets on DVD at Amazon

jump to NEW movies, coming soon

Muppet Movies DVD 4-Pack  "Muppet Movies DVD 4-Pack" Box Set [2003]
Columbia Tri-Star color DVD [9/2003] 4 disks - out of prodn/used
contains 4 feature films: "The Muppet Movie" [1979], "The Great
Muppet Caper" [1981], "The Muppets Take Manhattan" [1984],
and "Muppets From Space" [1999]
Muppet Movies DVD 3-Pack  "Muppet Movies DVD 3-Pack" Box Set [2006]
Sony Pictures color DVD set [1/2006] 3 disks for $16.49
contains 3 feature films: "The Muppets Take Manhattan" [1984],
"Muppets From Space" [1999], "Kermit's Swamp Years" [2002]

Muppet Movies Amazon Exclusive DVD 5-Pack  "Muppet Movies DVD 5-Pack with Tin" Amazon Exclusive Set [2010]
Sony Pictures DVD set [10/2010] 5 disks in tin for $117.99
contains 2 feature films: "The Muppet Movie" [1979] and "Muppet Treasure Island" [1996]; 72 TV shows: "The Muppet Show" [1976–81] season 1 (24 episodes) & season 2 (24 episodes) & season 3 (24 episodes); plus sticker sheet, notepad, two pencils & a pencil sharpener; DVD extras include: "The Muppets Valentine Special" [1974]; PBS documentary "The Muppets On Puppets"; documentary "The Making of the Muppets"; commentaries, Muppet Morsels; original Muppet commercials; and featurettes & shorts: Pepe Le Prawn interview of Kermit, "The Tale of the Story Beyond The Tail", "Treasure Island Sing-Along", "A Company of Players", "The Muppets On The Muppets" [2007 short], and "Keep Fishin" short

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"The  Muppet  Movie"  [Henson/A.F.D. June 1979]
The Muppet Movie pinkish poster  A frog, a bear and a pig head for Hollywood, while trying to elude a greedy fast-food magnate. On their way to fame & fortune, the characters get an agent, meet with a studio bigwig (Welles), and confront other dangers. Created by Jim Henson & Frank Oz; directed by James Frawley; starring Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Rowlf The Dog, Charles Durning, Steve Martin, Orson Welles, Carol Kane, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn & Dom DeLuise, with cameos by Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Big Bird, Steve Martin and Bob Hope; listed on National Film Registry, 2009
Disney 50th Anniv Edition color DVD [11/2005] for $14.99
Disney color VHS [3/93] out of prodn/many used
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Great Muppet Caper" [1981]

"The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984)

"Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird" (1985)

"The Muppet Christmas Carol" [1992]

"Muppet Classic Theater" [video release 1994]

"Elmo Saves Christmas" [video release 1996]

"Muppet Treasure Island"  [Disney Dec 1996]
Muppet Treasure Island   Disney Home Video color DVD [11/2005] for $11.99
Disney Home Video color DVD [9/2003] for $11.24
Disney Home Video color VHS [6/2002] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99

'The Movie Storybook' by Cathy East Dubowski
Grosset & Dunlap 9¼x10½ hardcover [2/96] out of print/used

"Muppets From Space" (1999)

"The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland" (1999)

"It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" (2002)

"Kermit's Swamp Years" [video release 2002]

"The Muppets' Wizard of Oz"
[Fox TV/ABC-TV/Henson May 2005]
Muppets Wizard of Oz TV special on DVD  Dorothy lives in a trailer park in Kansas; a tornado whisks her & Toto away to Oz, where it lands on the Wicked Witch ... Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher; co-written by Debra Frank & Steve L. Hayes; starring Ashanti {as Dorothy Gale}, David Alan Grier (as Uncle Henry}, Queen Latifah {as Auntie Em}, and Muppet characters Pepe the Prawn {as Toto}, Miss Piggy {as Wicked Witch of The West}, Kermit the Frog {as Scarecrow}, The Great Gonzo {as Tin Thing}, and Fozzie {as Cowardly Lion}; cameo by Quentin Tarantino
Buena Vista Home Ent. color DVD [8/2005] for $9.99
Buena Vista Home Video color VHS [8/2005] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch promo for DVD [1:30] at IMDb

"Abby In Wonderland" [video release 2008]

"The Muppets" feature film [Disney Nov 2011]
The Muppets 2011 feature film  Oil baron Tex Richman schemes to tear down the money-losing Muppet Theater to drill for oil; Gary & Walter & Mary warn Kermit, who decides to hold a telethon to bring in ten million dollars to pay off the mortgage; this requires bringing back the long-dispersed Muppets gang to 'put on a show' and save the theater. • Directed by James Bobin; co-produced & co-written by Nicholas Stoller; co-produced, co-written by & starring Jason Segel; also starring Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Jack Black & and new Muppet characters Walter and 80s Robot; featuring Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Animal & Gonzo; speaking cameos by Alan Arkin, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Parsons, Sarah Silverman; walk-on cameos by James Carville, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Judd Hirsch, Mickey Rooney
Walt Disney Studios color widescreen 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD [3/2012] for $17.99
Walt Disney Video color widescreen 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital [3/2012] for $26.99
Walt Disney Studios color widescreen DVD [3/2012] for $13.99
Walt Disney Video color widescreen DVD w/soundtrack download [3/2012] for $23.99
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.84
Disney soundtrack CD [11/2011] 30 tracks for $9.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipediawatch official trailer [0:59] at IMDb
"The Muppets: The Movie Junior Novel" [2011] novelization by Katharine Turner
Little, Brown YR 7¾x5¼ pb [10/2011] for $5.99

sequel "The Muppets: Most Wanted" [Disney March 2014?]  
Announced 4/2012 at N.A.T.O.: There will indeed be a sequel called "The Muppets … Again!", from a script by director James Bobin &
Nicholas Stoller; added 2/2013: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey & Ty Burrell star; added 8/2013: new title, first trailer • latest info at IMDb
watch 8/2013 official trailer [1:16] at YouTube

"Frog and Toad" [Jim Henson Company release someday?]  
Announced 6/2012: Based on the 1970s children’s books series written & illustrated by Arnold Lobel;
script by Craig Bartlett, Cory Edwards set to direct • latest info at IMDb

Stageplays,  Recordings,  Other  Media
browse Muppets-related recordings at Amazon Music

Homeland Security Department Advisory System Terror Alert Level

Muppet Show 25th Anniversary Collection record album  "The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem, and More!" [1976]
Rhino/W.E.A. 25th Anniversary music & skits CD [9/2002] 27 tracks for $35.46
Muppets Green Album by various artists  "Muppets: The Green Album" [2011] tribute album by various artists
Walt Disney Records music CD [8/2011] 12 tracks for $6.99
contains "Muppet Show Theme Song" performed by OK Go; "Bein' Green" by Andrew Bird; other artists & groups include Airborne Toxic Event, Alkaline Trio, The Fray, Amy Lee, Sondre Lerche, Billy Martin, My Morning Jacket, Matt Nathanson, Brandon Saller, Weezer, Hayley Williams, and Rachael Yamagata

Principals (Mostly Humans)
Basic career events include: "Sam and Friends" in 1955; "The Muppets" officially began in 1963; TV ads in the 1960s;
Frank Oz came aboard in 1963; Rowlf was a regular on "The Jimmy Dean Show" on TV; "Sesame Street" began in 1969;
"The Muppet Show" on TV began in 1976; the first Muppet movie was in 1979; "Fraggle Rock" on TV began in 1983

official logo of Jim Henson's Muppets [incorp. 1963]
Jim  Henson  &  The  Muppets   [est. 1963]
The Jim Henson Company [est. 1958] official website {partly broken}
Wikipedia entries for The Muppets and for Jim Henson [1936-90] and for Frank Oz

Jim Henson [1936-90]
browse booksbrowse DVDsMuppetWiki bio pageIMDb listingWikipedia
family Jim Henson Legacy website
Center For Puppetry Arts [est. 1978] in Atlanta, Georgia

"Time Piece" [1965] by Jim Henson; Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject, Live Action

"Henson's Place: The Man Behind The Muppets DVD ~ Jim Henson

"Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played With Puppets" [] by Kathleen Krull

"It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to..." [] by Jim Henson

"Jim Henson: The Works - The Art, The Magic,..." [] by Christopher Finch

"Who Was Jim Henson?" [] by Joan Holub

"Jim Henson's Tale of Sand" [] by Jim Henson

wife & puppeteer Jane Ann Nebel Henson [1934-2013]

daughter Lisa Henson [b. 1960] is CEO of The Jim Henson Company

daughter Cheryl Henson [b. 1961] is president of the Jim Henson Foundation

son Brian Henson [b. 1963]

son John Henson [b.1965]

daughter Heather Henson [b. 1970]

Frank Oz
{ real name Richard Frank Oznowicz }
browse booksbrowse DVDsMuppetWiki bio pageIMDb listing [since 1963] Wikipedia

Muppets  Characters

The Swedish Chef

"Best of Swedish Chef" amateur compilation [2/2008]
watch free [low-res, 7:43] on YouTube {new 2010} {new 2011}

B o o k s

One Frog Can Make a Difference book by Kermit the Frog   "One Frog Can Make a Difference: Kermit's Guide To Life In The '90s" [1993]
by Kermit the Frog, with Robert P. Riger, Illustrated by Tom Payne

Pocket Books 6¾x6¼ pb [11/93] out of print/used
Pocket Books 7¼x7 hardcover [11/93] out of print/used
Before You Leap / Life's Greatest Lessons book by Kermit the Frog  "Before You Leap: A Frog's Eye View of Life's Greatest Lessons"
[2006] by Kermit the Frog

Disney 8x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] out of print/dozens used
Muppet Robin Hood graphic novel by Tim Beedle & Armand Villavert  "Muppet Robin Hood" graphic novel [ages 9-12; 2009]
by Tim Beedle, Illustrated by Armand Villavert, Jr.

Robin Hood (Kermit) joins with Sherwood Forest’s infamous Merry Men to take on the stuffy Sheriff of Muppetham (Sam the Eagle) and wicked Gonzo of Gisbourne
BOOM! Studios 9x6¼ pb [11/2009] for $9.99

see also 'The Legend of Robin Hood' Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Muppet Peter Pan graphic novel by Grace Randolph & Amy Mebberson   "Muppet Peter Pan" graphic novel [ages 9-12; 2010]
by Grace Randolph, Illustrated by Amy Mebberson

Timid Kermie Pan and the pushy fairy Piggytink live in the magical realm of Never-swamp; they encounter the runaway Darling children, who ask Kermie Pan to battle Captain Gonzo
BOOM! Studios 9x6 pb [3/2010] for $9.99

see also the "Peter Pan" Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Muppet King Arthur graphic novel by Paul Benjamin  "Muppet King Arthur" graphic novel [ages 9-12; 2010]
by Paul Benjamin, Illustrated by Patrick Storck & James Silvani

King Arthur (Kermit) and his Muppets of The Round Table, including Fozzie
as Friar Tuck, seek the Holy Grail

BOOM! Studios 9x6¼ pb [7/2010] for $9.99
Muppet Snow White graphic novel by Jesse Blaze Snider & Shelli Paroline  "Muppet Snow White" graphic novel [ages 9-12; 2010]
by Jesse Blaze Snider, Illustrated by Shelli Paroline

Queen Piggy learns that she is no longer the fairest in the land, so she threatens Snow White, who escapes to the forest and joins the Muppet band Electric Mayhem
BOOM! Studios 8¾x6 pb [12/2010] for $9.99
Muppet Sherlock Holmes graphic novel by Patrick Storck & Amy Mebberson  "Muppet Sherlock Holmes" graphic novel [ages 9-12; 2011]
by Patrick Storck, Illustrated by Amy Mebberson

Gonzo is Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest detective, assisted by Dr. Watson (Fozzie) and Inspector LeStrade (Kermit)
BOOM! Studios 9x6 pb [3/2011] for $9.99
Frogs Are Funny Muppets joke book by Brandon T. Snider  "Frogs Are Funny!: The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Muppets Joke Book Ever!" [2011] by The Muppets & Brandon T. Snider
Little, Brown YR 7¼x6½ hardcover [10/2011] for $10.19

'The Muppets' Links
'The Muppets' entry at Wikipedia

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