NEWS UPDATE: November 18, 2011
MightyFine T-Shirts have announced the top five winners of their recent Muppet t-shirt design contest! Five wonderful t-shirts are being produced from artists and friends of The Muppet Mindset, Kenny Durkin and Dave Alvarez, along with three other talented artists! I honestly can’t pick a shirt I like the best… they’re all very, very well done. But I know for sure that I will be purchasing Kenny’s and Dave’s, and probably the Electric Mayhem Tiki shirt as well. The shirts are $25 dollars each and come in varying colors and levels of awesome. Be sure to get one for yourself and secretly hope it gets there before Wednesday!
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the Muppets teamed up with UL Fire Safety Labs, which debuted with the UL Fire Safety PSA, and now continues with two new videos: Holiday Safety with Kermit, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and Beaker, and Cooking Safety with Kermit and The Swedish Chef. You can check out the latter embedded below!
Earlier this week, The Muppets Studio debuted three Muppets parody posters just in time for the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (ugh). The posters feature Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Rowlf the Dog parodying characters from the popular Twilight series, Edward Cullen (the sparkly vampire), Bella Swan, and Jacob (the shirtless werewolf). Rowlf’s poster is featured at right, and you can see the other two from the links above!
Muppet fans over seas have been mostly getting the shaft in all of this movie promotion, and especially in the much later release date. But they’ve finally got a win under their belts, with the amazing, epic United Kingdom movie theater exclusive commercial for the Orange cell phone company. The commercial features the Muppets selling out for Orange and completely revamping their show. Thankfully, we still get to see a countless troupe of Muppets singing and dancing and being awesome. Check it out below!
Our good friends over at StitchKingdom.com always seem to get the best Muppet scoops (probably because they’re the best), and they recently acquired some awesome new content including tons of hi-res stills from the movie, magazine pictures, and specific Muppet pictures as well! Be sure to check out the great stills from the film, because they really are spectacular. Also, it’s nice to have an official, hi-res picture of Scooter, Rowlf, Sam Eagle, and The Electric Mayhem!
A few weeks ago, we mentioned that DisneyStore.com would be releasing a Walter plush toy very soon. Well… he’s here! Yes, Walter is finally available for purchase! Walter is 18 inches tall (that’s how tall he actually is!), costs $16.50 plus shipping, but he looks like he’s worth every penny. Trust me, once the movie is out people everywhere will be clamoring for a Walter plush, so pick yours up while you’ve got the chance! I ordered mine already (which is really the only reason this is included in the News Update).
And now for the Amazing Muppet Talk Show Appearances of The Week section… first up, Miss Piggy on Jimmy Kimmel Live from Monday, where she and Jimmy discuss the movie, her stardom, the rest of the Muppets, and so much more. The pig looked gorgeous, and you can see her entire interview for yourself below!
The very next day, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Walter, Gonzo, Fozzie, Animal, Scooter, Sam Eagle, Rowlf, Bunsen, Beaker, and The Swedish Chef all appeared on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars to perform a massive song and dance number to “Life’s a Happy Song” from The Muppets (and Statler and Waldorf appeared to heckle). This is probably my absolute favorite of all the Muppet appearances we’ve seen in this fervor of promotion for the movie–and you can see the whole thing below!!
As if that weren’t enough, on Wednesday, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon! As we Muppet fans are all aware, the Muppets are always at their best on Jimmy’s show, and this appearance was absolutely not an exception. Below you’ll find the interview segment with Kermit and Piggy, plus the frog and pig playing “Password,” hosted by Jimmy and played alongside the always-wonderful Martin Short and R.E.M.’s leading man, Michael Stipe. Watch the greatness unfold below!
And closing off the week of Muppet appearances yesterday was the massive Muppet takeover of Good Morning America on ABC. Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Pepe, Fozzie, Animal, Rizzo, The Swedish Chef… the gang was all on hand to celebrate their movie and goof around with Robin Roberts, George Snuffleupagus (spelling?), and the rest of the GMA crew all morning long as they overtook Times Square! Lucky for you, our good friends at ToughPigs.com have every single clip from yesterday’s show in one convenient place! But we’ve got something they don’t… an exclusive, Muppeteer-filled, video from our friends at StitchKingdom.com. Watch the video below to see Bill Barretta (Mahna Mahna), Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Eric Jacobson (Miss Piggy), Matt Vogel (Snowth, Camilla), and Peter Linz (Snowth) in a rare on-camera appearance! It’s amazing how unbelievably talented these performers are… and it’s just so much fun to see stuff like this.
And as a reminder for the rest of the week… Animal will be drumming with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon TONIGHT (November 18th) on NBC, so be sure to tune in. Also, an appearance that should not be missed… Jason Segel is hosting Saturday Night Live on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th on NBC. No Muppet appearances are confirmed… but we know for a fact that all of the Muppeteers are in New York City anyway… so why not stop by SNL while they’re there? It only makes sense. Tune in to find out if they make it!!
Remember way back when we were still talking about The Muppets filming? Remember way back when we didn’t even know Amy Adams was in the film? Well, now you can find out how she got involved in the film: a specially-filmed video invitation from Jason Segel and Kermit the Frog, asking Amy to come play with the Muppets (and also possibly be in a movie). Here, watch it for yourself below!
Well, I think we’ve had just about enough with this (massive) News Update, so we’ll close with two great videos from the World Premiere of The Muppets at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard! Our very own Ryan Dosier was present at the premiere, the green carpet, and the after party! If you look closely, you can actually spot Ryan in the crowd in the first video, and in the second, Ryan gets interviewed by the gorgeous girls of newly launched online video series, Fan Am! Enjoy the fun!
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