News Update: January 31, 2014

JANUARY 31, 2014

Next Friday, February 7th, The Muppets Character Encyclopedia from DK Publishing will be released in bookstores. The folks at DK have released some really awesome pages from the book spotlighting some incredibly obscure characters. This already seems like a must-buy! Check out the pictures below…

This week saw the passing of a musical legend. Folk singer Pete Seeger died at age 94. A major talent and a major influence in the musical world, Seeger was also a big part of Sesame Street‘s early success. Seeger was one of the first celebrity guests to appear on the show in 1969. Our friends at have a fantastic collection of Seeger’s Sesame Street moments and our friends at Sesame Workshop have a lovely write-up about Seeger as well.

Last week we showed off Toyota’s Vine video starring Animal. This week, they released another 8-second video starring Rowlf the Dog. It’s a perfectly continuously looped video, which is always pretty cool. Watch it below!

Huge news was released last night, as it was announced that The Muppets will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 7th. This is major news because February 7th is Jimmy Fallon’s last time hosting Late Night before taking over The Tonight Show. This is sure to be a fun, momentous, and Muppety appearance. No word yet on exactly which Muppets will be appearing… but I’m betting it’s gonna be a bunch.

Miss Piggy is appearing in a new commercial for Wonderful Pistachios which has just started airing now all over TV. (I’ve already seen it three times.) It’s funny, cute, and the puppetry is stellar. Watch it below:

Ahead of their big TV debut at the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Muppets released their “No Room For Boring” commercial earlier this week. Well, apparently that wasn’t enough–and thank goodness–because Toyota has released another video, featuring an extended rendition of the song. It’s essentially a music video for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, and it’s awesome. Watch it now!

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier,

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