Videos for the Muppet Soul

The past few days we’ve linked to some highly exciting Sesame Street and Muppet videos online. Instead of just briefly mentioning them, we’ve decided to give these videos/video pages their due.

First up, there’s the absolutely phenomenal webpage Sesame Street has created for their 40th birthday. This site features a behind-the-scenes look at the new 40th Anniversary book, downloads of some really cool Sesame desktop wall papers, and a collection of vintage videos.

The highlight of this site, by far, is the “Best Sesame Ever!” section. Here, Sesame fans young and old have the chance to vote for their favorite Sesame Street clips from all four decades of the show. Each week, videos from a new decade are added for voting, and after all four decades the top clips will be voted on to choose THE GREATEST SESAME STREET CLIP OF ALL-TIME! This week: The 2000s! Grover hosts and informational/instructional video about voting in this decade (suggesting that you vote for a video starring a very cute, furry, blue monster) but the rest is up to you.

There’s a great selection of clips to choose from including Feist’s fantastic performance of “1,2,3,4,” “Preschool Musical,” Wayne Brady singing “Between,” “Pigeons, Cookies, and Trash,” Plain White T’s singing “I’m a Letter T,” Ernie and Bert’s Banana Phone, “American I,” “A’s Anatomy,” the web-sensation “Mad Men” parody, and more!

Voting results can be viewed as well. Currently leading the race: “Pigeons, Cookies, and Trash” with 9% of the vote, followed closely by Feist’s “1,2,3,4” with 7%. Make sure you do your Sesame Street fan duty and vote today! You can count on The Muppet Mindset to keep you updated each week when a new chance to vote arises.

Next up, The Muppets! That’s right, those wacky, irreverent beasts of felt and fur are back with more videos in commercials for the Disney Parks and their “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” promotion. The first commercial features TV Chef Cat Cora (who will star in a brand new cooking show with the Muppets later this year) with Kermit, Gonzo, and The Swedish Chef all volunteering at a restaurant of sorts. Without revealing what happens in the video… I just have to point out that Steve Whitmire and Dave Goelz are masters at comedic reactions.

The second video features fake doctor Sara Ramirez with Pepe and Fozzie Bear (with a cameo by Sweetums) volunteering in a hospital. Notice how Fozzie ruthlessly tries to fry up Pepe for lunch–see if you can find THAT on Sesame Street!

Can these videos get anymore awesome? I’m loving all of the classic Muppety vibes they give off. I only hope we see more and more like this! Now, if you’ll excuse me… I’m off to volunteer so I can go to Walt Disney World and ride Toy Story Midway Mania with Gonzo and Fozzie!

Here are the three previous “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” promos:

With James Denton:

With Teri Hatcher:

With Taye Diggs:

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