News Update: April 18, 2014

APRIL 18, 2014

For the past few years, Hallmark has released a different Muppet ornament around Christmas time. We’ve seen Animal, Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Beaker, Statler and Waldorf, and The Swedish Chef, so we had no idea what to expect this year. But now we do! This year’s Muppet Hallmark ornament is The Great Gonzo. As with the other ornaments in the series, Gonzo comes with new audio recorded for the ornament–and it’s incredible. You can listen to the audio on the Hallmark site. No release date has been announced for the ornament yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

This week’s most incredible content was completely fan-created and it’s unreal. Christopher Graham created and recorded a full digital album for Muppet Christ Superstar, a Muppet-themed parody of the classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Christopher performs voices for all of the Muppet and they’re all super well done. I’m really blown away by this whole thing. You’ve gotta give it a listen. Thanks for this awesome treat, Christopher!

With the wonderful new show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, a lot of focus has been placed on Brian Henson, who has been giving interviews and presentations a lot recently. One of the best interviews recently was with Entertainment Weekly, where Brian discusses everything from Dinosaurs to Fraggle Rock to The Muppet Christmas Carol and more. The interview is really great and I highly recommend giving it a read!

Miss Piggy and Walter star in a new promo video for Lufthansa Airlines. It involves popcorn and in-flight instructions and it’s pretty funny. Check it out below!

Finally, in somber news, the world lost one of its real treasures on April 6th, and we haven’t had a chance to cover it yet. Mickey Rooney passed away at age 93. The legendary actor will be remembered for roles in countless films and TV shows as well as being one of the most respected actors in the business, all the way up until his death. Muppet fans remember Mickey Rooney for his cameo during “Life’s a Happy Song” in The Muppets, one of his final onscreen appearances. Watch it below. Thanks for everything, Mickey!

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier,

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