News Update: March 13, 2015

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NEWS UPDATE: March 13, 2015

The full short film “Fraggles Look For Jobs,” which was made for the Fraggle Rock wrap party in 1986, is now online in its entirety. The special short is basically 14 minutes of inside jokes and nods to the Fraggle cast and crew. It’s delightful and silly and a must watch.

63b4b-rowlfyamahaThe Oh My Disney blog is currently hosting a tournament pitting Disney dogs against each other. Beloved characters such as Goofy, Stitch, and Pluto battle it out against obscure Disney dogs like Percy (Pocahontas), Stella (The Princess and the Frog), and Sparky (Frankenweenie). Rowlf the Dog is also in the contest, up against Sultan, the footstool from Beauty and the Beast. Rowlf is losing handily currently, but if we Muppet fans team together maybe we can push him to the win!

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Our friends at Muppet Stuff have discovered this incredibly detailed and bafflingly beautiful Muppet Show clock coming soon from Bradford Exchange. The clock features a dozen Muppets around a wonderfully decorated clock piece. The clock is available for pre-order for four payments of $49.95 (or $200 total), which is a hefty price tag, but the gorgeous piece makes it worth it.

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Our friends over at ToughPigs.com recruited our other friend Dave Hulteen to interview our other friend Jamie Carroll this week, and it’s brilliant. If you don’t know Jamie, you do know his work, since The Muppet Mindset header was designed by him. He also designed the gorgeous Muppetational Mosaic and many other exceptional pieces. He’s one of our favorite artists and we’re so happy to see this interview!

A plethora of original Sam and Friends sketches have recently been uploaded online in a nearly 40-minute video. I had never seen most of these sketches, so it’s an incredible treat to see these early Jim Henson Muppet pieces presented in such beautiful high quality at last.

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Friend of the site and Muppet performer extraordinaire Noel MacNeal (Bear in the Big Blue House) has launched an IndieGogo campaign for a new web series called The Show Me Show. The show is designed for kids with autism and special needs and would be the first of its kind. There are quite a few perks to donating, so visit the donation page and help Noel get The Show Me Show produced!

The second official trailer for I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story has been released by Copper Pot Pictures. The trailer is incredibly moving and almost moved me to tears. It also comes with the revelation that the film will finally be released on iTunes on May 5th and in select theaters on May 6th. Mark your calendars!

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, muppetmindset@gmail.com

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