Review: Power of the Dark Crystal #1

Melissa Dalton – It’s been thirty-five years since creative genius Jim Henson introduced us to a mystical place called Thra, where a broken crystal held the fate of its world in the balance. For a thousand years, the crystal was cracked and darkened, and the terrible Skeksis ruled over the land. Under the Skeksis rule, Thra’s…

Muffin Retro Reviews: The Muffin Movie

APRIL FOOLS Jarrod Fairclough – With the success of The Muffin Show around the world, it was inevitable that Jim Henson and his merry crew of Muffineers would begin yearning for the big screen.  Jim had fought for years to finally have his characters seen around the world, and in 1979 it seemed that the world…

Review: Julie’s Greenroom (Episode 1)

Sean Bryan – Julie’s Greenroom premiered recently on Netflix around the world, and ever since first hearing about the planned show I’ve been excited to see it. It promised to combine a few of my favourite things, theatre, puppets and Julie Andrews (though…sadly no schnitzel with noodles…at least not in the first episode), which in my…

Review: I Am Jim Henson

Jarrod Fairclough – When I heard that there was a new children’s book describing Jim Henson’s life, I was skeptical.  I expected stock photos, comic sans, and very basic information on his life.  So you can imagine my surprise when I opened Brad Meltzer’s ‘I Am Jim Henson’ only to find that it was thorough, entertaining,…

Appreciating: Elmo Saves Christmas

In ‘Appreciating’, we either take the time to appreciate some of the Muppet specials that always don’t get the love the deserve, or we attempt to find the good in the bad productions… Jarrod Fairclough – Ask me at any time throughout the year to sing a Christmas carol, and 9 times out of 10 I’ll…

The Muppet Christmas Commentary – Part 2

Jarrod Fairclough – Last weekend I sat down with my best pal Beaker Matt to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.  I’m a hardcore super fan who can recite the film in its entirety, and he owns the DVD and watches it once in a blue moon.  In Part 1 we discussed the music, Michael Caine and horror…

The Muppet Christmas Commentary – Part 1

Jarrod Fairclough – Ask any Muppet fan their favorite Christmas film, and they’ll no doubt say The Muppet Christmas Carol.  Which is fair enough, because it’s an incredible film.  It’s also one of those rare Muppet projects where many non-hardcore fans look back on it fondly as a Christmas tradition.  So I thought I’d get together…