Michael Wermuth Down at Fraggle Rock

Michael Wermuth – I very rarely write articles about Fraggle Rock. So far, in the history of The Muppet Mindset, I have only written one other Fraggle Rock article. It’s not that I don’t like the show, I do, but there are a lot of other Henson properties and franchises that I like a lot better.…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Lefty the Salesman

Written by Joseph Scarborough. LEFTY THE SALESMAN Performed by… Frank Oz Caroll Spinney (alternate) First appearance… Sesame Street Season 1: Episode 0079 (1969) Most recent appearance… Sesame Street “Storybook ABCs” book (2008) Best known role… Sesame Street’s shifty, shady-looking, trench coat-wearing letter salesman Memorable quote… “Psssst! Hey, bud! See this ‘U’? We had this ‘U’ in my family…

The Many Jobs of Grover

Michael Wermuth – Grover is perhaps the hardest-working Muppet of all time (with the possible exception of the Doozers). So today let’s take a look at a small selection of Grover’s many jobs over the years. Waiter – Grover’s most frequent job is that of a waiter at Charlie’s Restaurant. His regular customer there is Mr. Johnson, who…

The Great Muppet Survey: Marni Hill

Answers from Marni Hill 1. Who are your three favorite characters from The Muppet Show, Muppets Tonight, The Jim Henson Hour, the Muppet movies, etc. and why? Rowlf the Dog is definitely in my Top 3 Muppets. His laid-back, easy-going nature is always welcome after a healthy dose of Muppet mayhem. Rowlf, to me is…

The Muppet Movie: Behind the Effects

James Atchley – Just about everyone loves the Muppets, and not just for Henson and company’s off beat humor and lovable characters. A key thing that sets these anthropomorphic creations apart from the rest of the “family entertainment” rabble is the technical mastery that is required to bring them to life. In their first feature film, the…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Zippity Zap

Written by Michael Wermuth. ZIPPITY ZAP Performed by… Bill Barretta First appearance… Muppets Tonight Episode 106: Tony Bennett (1996) Most recent appearance… The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005) Best known role… Green hipster WHO IS ZIPPITY ZAP? Zippity Zap is a member of the KMUP-TV crew on Muppets Tonight. He dresses in a Hawiian shirt, sunglasses, and…

REVIEW: “Elmo Calls” & “Cookie Calls” iPhone Apps

Connor Asher – Two new Sesame Street iPhone apps have recently been released, Elmo Calls and Cookie Calls. They are innovative and fun ways for young kids to interact with two of Sesame’s most popular monsters. Sesame Street is best known for creating innovative and fun ways to help children learn through a variety of media, that’s exactly what…