Ryan Dosier – Greetings, Muppet fans! It’s almost the end of 2014, so it’s time for the annual Muppet Mindset “Muppet Year in Review” article series! 2014 was a huge year which saw the release of Muppets Most Wanted, Sesame Street‘s 45th anniversary, the release of the Caroll Spinney documentary I Am Big Bird, and so much more.
The goal with these year in review articles is to show off Muppet stuff that I loved in 2014. Stuff that you may have missed, stuff that you should watch again, or just stuff that was really important. Since so much happened in 2014, we’ve had to divide the year up into three separate posts. The first part only reaches to March, since March was such an unbelievably crazy month for the Muppets. Let’s get started, shall we?
JANUARY 12th – A new, Golden Globes-themed TV spot for Muppets Most Wanted causes outrage during the award show.
JANUARY 16th – The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia announces plans for a massive expansion to open soon. This includes the unprecedented exhibit The Worlds of Jim Henson.
JANUARY 13th – The Muppet Mindset debuts our Muppets Bad Valentine’s Day Cards. The puns are so bad, they’re almost impossible to love.
FEBRUARY 1st – The Muppets try to get to the Super Bowl in the Toyota Highlander in three hysterical videos. Spotlight falls brilliantly on Rizzo, Pepe, Floyd, Scooter, Rowlf, and Gonzo.
FEBRUARY 2nd – The Muppets star alongside Terry Crews in an excellent Super Bowl Commercial for the Toyota Highlander. They perform the catchy new song “No Room For Boring.”
FEBRUARY 7th – The Muppets sing “The Weight” on the final episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon’s years-long love of the Muppets on Late Night concluded in a wonderful way.
FEBRUARY 14th – John Henson, son of Jim and Jane Henson and former Muppet performer, passed away. Our thoughts are still with the Henson family after the shocking loss of John.
FEBRUARY 15th – Kermit, Miss Piggy, and The Swedish Chef star in a new commercial for Subway restaurants. The Swedish Chef refrains from turning Miss Piggy into a five dollar footlong.
FEBRUARY 16th – Sesame Street releases a new game: Flappy Bert. A parody of the addicting phone game “Flappy Bird,” but with Bert.
FEBRUARY 24th – Rowlf the Dog and Rizzo the Rat go get ice cream in the Toyota Highlander. Hilarity obviously ensues.
FEBRUARY 26th – Kermit, Miss Piggy, and a whole lot of Animals star in a commercial for Lipton Tea. Little did we know that the image of Kermit sipping from a teacup would inspire a ridiculous meme… but that’s none of our business.
FEBRUARY 27th – The internet loses its collective mind over the fact that the Muppets post a bunch of selfies on their Instagram page.
MARCH 1st – In a story straight out of the tabloids, Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers get into a fight at a QVC party.
MARCH 3rd – Gonzo the Great appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote Muppets Most Wanted. Obviously, the interview was weird.
MARCH 5th – Sam the Eagle makes a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as the show’s new head of security.
MARCH 10th – Miss Piggy stars in a commercial for her new “Moi” line for QVC. It’s incredible and probably the best thing the pig has done in 20 years.
MARCH 10th – The Muppet Mindset interviews Constantine and Kermit the Frog. The biggest interviews of Ryan Dosier’s life.
MARCH 12th – The Muppets intern at BuzzFeed for a ridiculous and fun video.
MARCH 12th – The Muppet Mindset reviews Muppets Most Wanted. Spoiler alert: We loved it.
MARCH 14th – The New York Times discusses Constantine and how he came to be.
MARCH 16th – The Muppets take over the QVC shopping channel for an entire day. Link Hogthrob appears twice.
MARCH 17th – Kermit the Frog appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
MARCH 18th – The Wall Street Journal interviews The Muppet Mindset and ToughPigs about Muppet fandom.
MARCH 19th – Bret McKenzie stars in a music video for “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)” on Funny or Die. It’s funny, and he does not die.
MARCH 19th – The Muppet Mindset’s Ryan Dosier is quoted in a TV spot for Muppets Most Wanted, calling it “The Funniest Muppet Movie Ever.”
MARCH 21st – Muppets Most Wanted is released in U.S. theaters! They did a sequel!
MARCH 21st – The Muppet Mindset and ToughPigs release their coverage of the Muppets Most Wanted World Premiere.
MARCH 22nd – The Muppet Mindset interviews Nicholas Stoller, writer of The Muppets and Muppet Most Wanted.
MARCH 25th – Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge debuts to huge numbers on the SyFy channel. Kirk Thatcher‘s hats become part of the national conversation.
MARCH 28th – The Muppet Mindset interviews Muppet writer Craig Shemin.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, firstname.lastname@example.org