Jim Henson Stop-Motion Tribute

Jarrod Fairclough – Today, September 24th, would have been Jim Henson’s 80th birthday. It’s a time to reflect on everything he achieved in his life, and to look back fondly on his genius. Three amazing Muppet fans and genius film makers, James Pollitt, Jamie Marks and Danny Ryan have made an incredibly sweet short stop-motion film…

Remembering Jerry Nelson

Jarrod Fairclough – Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of the passing of Muppet performer Jerry Nelson, who for over 40 years played The Count on Sesame Street, originated Floyd Pepper on The Muppet Show, and played Gobo on Fraggle Rock. Rather than sit here and reflect on Jerry’s life and career, I thought it would be best to…

54 Below Celebrates The Muppets

Jarrod Fairclough – 54 Below is a cabaret restaurant in New York City that often has shows dedicated to different artists, with a multitude of singers paying tribute.  Last week a group of amazing singers got together and paid tribute to The Muppets.  Besides Muppet performers Rick Lyon (with his pretend Kermit), Stephanie D’Abruzzo and Jennifer…

Jim Henson: The Lovers and Dreamers

Jarrod Fairclough – May 16th 2016 marks 26 years since Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets and creative visionary, passed away from a short, but aggressive illness.  A lot has happened to the characters he helped envision since that Wednesday morning in 1990, some of it great, some of lacking in that spark that made the…

Why ‘Reboot’ Is The Wrong Word. Plus Speculation. Plus David Bowie.

Below today’s article you’ll find a small tribute to Labyrinth star David Bowie. Jarrod Fairclough – Yesterday both The Hollywood Reporter and HitFix published interviews with Kristen Newman, the showrunner who has taken over as Showrunner for The Muppets from Bob Kushell.  In both interviews Kristen revealed some of her planned changes for part of Season 1,…

News Update: 4th January 2016

Last week actress Rita Moreno was honored at the Kennedy Center for her contributions to the entertainment industry.  Actress Rosie Perez and everyone’s favorite drummer, Animal, appeared to recreate the classic ‘Fever’ sketch from Rita’s episode of The Muppet Show.  It’s heartwarming to see Rita’s reaction when the bit starts.  She’s a big fan of the…

2015 – A Look Back (Part 2)

Yesterday we looked back at the first 6 months of 2015, including the announcement of a new Muppet series, the hierachy of The Muppet Mindset changing, and Frank Oz’s niggling desire to return.  Now we take a look at the last 6 months. July 2nd – New Update Elmo appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Siri made…

A Tribute to Muppet Fan Chase Beecher

Yesterday the Muppet fan community suffered a deep loss in the passing away of Chase Beecher.  Chase was a force to be reckoned with.  He was loud, and proud, and fun, and funny, silly and sweet.  It’s so heartwarming to see his Facebook wall flooded with messages from everyone saying the same thing – Though…