News Update: April 16, 2011

NEWS UPDATE: April 16, 2011

The Muppets Vinylmation Series 2 were released yesterday at Disney Parks. Earlier this week images of the 9″ figures from the set were released as well. The 9″ figures include Gonzo and a 3″ Camilla the Chicken, Sam the Eagle, Animal, and Muppet*Vision Kermit. Check out the pictures below! No release date is set for any of the 9″ figures as of now.

In “who would’ve thunk it” news, The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora has been nominated for a Webby Award in the Comedy: Long Form or Series category! Angelo, Cat Cora, and those cooky Muppets are up against some fairly tough competition (30 Rock and The Office webisodes), so it’s hard to say what their chances of winning are… but I like Muppets, so maybe other people will too. I would have rather seen the Webby nod go to “American Woman” or “Popcorn” but it’s nice just to see the Muppets acknowledged! You can head on over to the Webby website (I know, right?) and cast your vote!

This past Wednesday, David Hoberman, producer of The Fighter, appeared at Suffolk University to give a talk. Now, normally, this wouldn’t be a terribly exciting experience for us Muppet fans… except that David Hoberman is also the producer of The Muppets. Oh, and he brought Kermit the Frog (and some Steve Whitmire fellow) along with him. The fine (lucky) folks who were in attendance at Suffolk posted a great article about the appearance along with some fun quotes from Kermit and, who broke the story, has an article with a little bit more information as well. (Thanks to our friends at for finding this and not caring when we steal it!)

Muppet fan and friend of the blog, Jonathan Melville, has a fantastic interview with Muppet producer Martin Baker on his blog Reel Scotland. It’s a fun little interview, very informative, and provides a great preview for the upcoming Muppets, Music, and Magic event in England. Thanks to Johnathan for sharing this great interview with us!

Last week, we reported that Craig Ferguson and Joel McHale will be appearing in the upcoming Sesame Street Season 42. Well, there’s even more celebrities lining up for Season 42 including basketball players Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, along with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rico Rodriguez (“I filmed a segment for an episode of Sesame Street! I will post details & pictures very soon!”), and Sofia Vergara of Modern Family (that’s like a third of the cast). E! Online also posted a fantastic video of Sofia Vergara hanging out with Elmo:

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

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