NEWS UPDATE: September 28, 2013
Jim Henson’s birthday was on Tuesday this week and it saw the release of Jim Henson: The Biography as well as many rememberances and tributes across the internet. But perhaps the biggest tribute to Jim’s legacy came from the Henson family themselves and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, who together announced the donation of over 20 Muppets for display in the museum. These include Fozzie Bear, Scooter, the Count, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and many more. Going on permanent display with the already-donated Kermit the Frog is the one and only Miss Piggy. Check out the video below for the entie donation presentation featuring Cheryl Henson and Bonnie Erickson!
Author of Jim Henson: The Biography Brian Jay Jones has appeared all over the place promoting the book this week. One of my favorite appearances was an audio interview for NPR on The Diane Rehm Show. The hour-long appearance is informative and fun and includes a special appearance from our friend Dave Goelz. Take a listen to the appearance and learn more about the process of writing the biography.
Also making the rounds this week are the Muppets of Sesame Street, appearing on two of the most popular late night shows on TV. On Wednesday, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster, the Count, Murray, Big Bird, and Snuffy appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon playing and singing the “Sesame Street Theme” with Jimmy and The Roots on classroom instruments. This appearance was spectacular and you’ve got to watch it below!
Straight on the heels of this magnificent appearance, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch made a big appearance on The Colbert Report Thursday night. The Caroll Spinney duo appeared as part of Colbert’s new “Pointless/Counterpointless” segment, where Colbert hoped they would argue with each other. Of course, this didn’t go according to plan, so Colbert’s frustration and Big Bird’s innocence take center stage. It’s a hilarious, wonderful appearance that will make you go “How’d they do that?!” when you realize Caroll is providing the voice for both characters at once. Watch below!
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, firstname.lastname@example.org