2019: A Muppetational Year In Review

2019 was a huge year for Sesame Street, a small year for The Muppets, and just another year here on The Muppet Mindset.  Let’s take a look back on the year that was, with some of our favorite articles and biggest news stories!

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January

YouTube Live with MuppetHub.com
We sat on YouTube with our pal JD Hansel from MuppetHub.com to discuss Zoot, music, and where FrogFan76 could be.

We Are All Earthlings
The world is a weird place these days, so we’re reminding people to be good to each other, to animals, and to the environment.

For The Love of Zoot (& Lips)
Loads of fans have a fascination with Zoot and Lips that we just didn’t understand, so Marni Hill did a deep dive to try and figure it out.

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February

Rumor: The Muppets Live Another Day with Josh Gad
There were rumors that Josh Gad was creating a series for The Muppets and Disney+.  It turned out to be true, but then got cancelled.  We’ll get to that part further down this page.

Big Bird Stays Up Late
Big Bird announced his 2019 road trip on The Tonight Show, and did a funky dance.

Today’s Post Is Brought To You By The Letters T, H, and R!
The Hollywood Reporter spent a few days celebrating Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary with a whole heap of interesting articles, interviews and videos.

Coming Soon: Jim Henson Funko Pop
Two Jim Henson Funko Pop’s were announced.  Then they were released.  And they’re awesome.

Go Behind The Scenes of Sesame Street
60 Minutes Australia spent 14 of them on Sesame Street, showing the behind the scenes aspects and interviewing a real grouch.

Rowlf Can’t Smile Without Darci Lynne
Rowlf the Dog appeared on America’s Got Talent to duet with young ventriloquist Darci Lynne and her character Edna, set at Rowlf’s Tavern from the 2015 series!

Play Sesame Pinball – Yes, That Sesame Pinball
You know the Pinball Count song from Sesame Street – you can actually play it!

2019 Academy Awards Parody Posters
As is tradition, we Muppetized the 2019 Best Picture nominees, including A Star Is Bork and Groan Book!

DillonGale’s Idiot Club
We showcased Ryan Dillon and Mark Gale’s Idiot Club, a hilarious bunch of puppet shorts featuring Kip Baffel, Frank the Horse, and a really naughty owl.

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March

Sesame Street Gets Stylish
The cast of Sesame Street went to InStyle to do a fashion show for Marc Jacobs and other names we don’t know.

Muppet Scripts at the BFI Reuben Library: THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN
Our pal Sam headed to the British Film Institute and studied an early draft of The Muppets Take Manhattan.  Did you know we were robbed of a Weiner-schnitzel cook off?

Grover At Yankee Stadium (for some reason)
Grover went to Yankee Stadium and Eric Jacobson had too much fun, and we STILL don’t know why.

Sesame Street At SeaWorld Is Open!
SeaWorld Orlando opened an incredible land themed to Sesame Street, which continues to be very popular.

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April

Breaking News: The Muppet Show Is Returning!
Boy, we upset a lot of people with our April Fools gag that The Muppet Show was returning.  But, in our defense, if they’d actually read the article they’d have figured it out – we claimed Happytime Murders had won an Oscar!  Never trust the headlines, folks!

Somebody Come and Poll
We teamed with ToughPigs.com to create a poll for the fans.  More on this a little later.

Oscar And Stephen Get Musical
Oscar appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to sing a ditty about the state of the world.

Winter Is Coming (And It Is Cute, Too)
As the final season of Game of Thrones began, we looked at all the times it had collided with Sesame Street.

Respect – With Cersei, Tyrion and Elmo!?
A few days later, Elmo appeared with Cersei and Tyrion and taught them to get along.  Would have been a better ending than what we got, mind you.

The Definitive Guide to Muppet Canon (Or Lack Thereof)
Mitchell Stein returned to untangle Muppet canon, and not the Crazy Harry kind.

A Free Puppetry Lesson From Sesame Street
Matt Vogel, Marty Robinson and Jennifer Barnhart went live on Sesame Street’s Facebook for well over an hour to give a puppetry lesson to the fans.

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May

Watch 63rd & Broadway Become Sesame Street
You can now visit an actual Sesame Street in New York City – you might just not see Cookie Monster there.

Where The Hell Are The Muppets?
The Muppets had barely been around in 6 months, so we wanted to know where they could have gone.

Sesame’s 50th – 4 Things We’d Like To See
No word yet on a full scale ‘Do De Rubber Duck’ musical.

Muppet Babies Become Muppets!
Disney turned the CGI Muppet Babies into actual puppets for a tonne of great shorts, all which can be found on YouTube under ‘Muppet Babies Playdate’

Rumor Mill: The Muppets Shorts Heading To Disney+
Spoilers: This turned out to be true!

Cookie Monster Practices Self-Regulation At NPR
Cookie Monster isn’t good to self-regulation.

Watch Big Bird On Lip Sync Battle
Just watch it.  Holy cow, just watch it, and appreciate the majesty of Matt Vogel forever.

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June

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and the Future of Puppetry
Marni Hill was our Age of Resistance expert this year, and she’s hopeful about puppetry.

Rock Cakes with Cookie, Nadiya and Gonger
Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain got a lesson in uncontrollable chaos.

Sesame Street’s Tiny Desk Concert
Because if you’re going to put on a concert, do it at a desk.

Bo Burnham Is Writing Words Words Words For The Sesame Street Movie
I don’t think that I can handle this right now.

Miss Piggy Day 2019
The third annual Miss Piggy Day brought this theory: Miss Piggy is a gentle soul.

ToughPigs & Muppet Mindset Celebrate The Muppet Movie
Coz it’s turning 40 so we thought we’d better do something.

PIGGY WALK OF FAME

July

Rare Footage of Jim Henson & A Doozer
This video is a doozie!

Watch Sesame Street On ‘A Capitol Fourth’
We edited together all the good bits, and so far PBS haven’t taken it off YouTube – thanks, PBS!

Give Miss Piggy A Star
Really? Kirsten Dunst has one, but not Piggy?

Now Available: A Cookie Monster Photo Puppet Replica!
Remember that poll I mentioned back in April? It was market research for this idea.  This idea that totally flopped.

Sesame Street at SDCC!
It’s the only place you’ll hear Big Bird sing ‘Wakanda Forever’

Skeeter’s Return – Muppet Babies Gets A Season 3!
Skeeter’s coming back, baby!

Kermit At Newport Folk Festival!
Guess what he sang.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance- Hopes and Expectations
It lived up to Marni’s hopes and expectations.

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August

We Interviewed Muppet Babies’ Matt Danner & Tom Warburton!
One of our favorite parts of the year was this fantastic interview with Matt and Tom, the creators of the new Muppet Babies.

Pepe & Goofy Sing A Whole New World. (No, Really)
This is a real thing.  That happened.  In real life.

The Animatronic Puppet Revolution: A Conversation with Mike Quinn and Dave Barclay
It’s exactly what it says on the tin.

Sesame Street: Brought To You By The Letters N, P And R
The Count can’t use a copy machine.

Muppets Now! (But Not Right Now)
Coming soon to Disney+!

Kermit & Deadly Take D23
Matt Vogel had a busy weekend.

Kermit Moderates D23
A really busy weekend.

The Muppet Mindset Turns 10!
Holy cow, we turned 10 years old this year!  In a week long celebration, we had:
Ryan Dosier return, as he and Jarrod said a few words.
Kieran Moore’s Top 10 moments from the site’s history.
Our friends stop by to say something.

THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE

September

Review – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Episodes 1 & 2
Age of Resistance debuted to critical acclaim, and our expert Marni Hill took on the huge job of reviewing each episode, which you can find throughout the month of September.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance London Exhibition Review
A bunch of stuff went on display in London, so resident English Person Kieran Moore went to check it out.

Insure Yourself with Sesame Street
Bert and JK Simmons are twins. That’s all you need to know.

Coming Soon: The Not Too Late Show with Elmo!
Elmo’s getting a talk show!

Muppet Newsflash: 16th September 2019
Great Moments in History left Disney World, and The Muppets Live Another Day died.

A Very Muppet Portal Launch
It’s been a really fun campaign.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Bloopers
The only place you’ll see a Skeksis sing ‘All By Myself’

Sesame Street LEGO Coming Soon!
Based on an idea we helped promote!

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October

Disney Doesn’t Hate The Muppets
The most divisive thing we’ve ever written, and caused a dumpster fire in comment sections on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.

Appreciating Gonzo’s Nose
After the chaos of the previous article, we decided to test the fan base and see if a worthless, pointless fluff piece would fare better than an opinion piece challenging their ideas.  Sure enough, it was overwhelmingly popular.

GROUCH
The best thing SNL has ever done, ever.

Bret McKenzie To Adapt Emmet Otter
We know literally nothing else besides what’s in this article.

Exclusive: Robin The Frog Joins Muppet Babies!
This was very cool – we got to exclusively reveal Robin the Frog’s debut!

A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration – Review
They’ve sung at a desk already, why not do a full scale show now.

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November

Inktober 2019 – The Art of Andy Bennett
This artwork continues to astonish us.

Aliens Are Coming To Disney+
Puppet talk show!  PUPPET TALK SHOW!

Review: Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Celebration
Lefty.  Don Music.  Kermit.  Susan.  Where to, Mac?  It all cultimated in an incredible special.

Sesame Stays Up Late Late
The Count doesn’t know how much banjos are.

Book Review: The Muppet Christmas Carol Illustrated Holiday Classic
It’s genuinely gorgeous, so go buy 20 of them.

Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody: 10 Years On
Taking a moment to appreciate what this video did for the franchise.

Oscar The Artist
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

P Is For Parade
And S is for Snuffy, who dances like an angel.

PEOPLE CAROLL SPINNEY

December

Big (Bird) Little Lies
And he has a new best friend named Barry.

Cartoons, Captions, Couches & Cookie
What a hoot! (That’s funnier if you’ve watched the video)

RIP Caroll Spinney
Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer, passed away earlier this month, so we spent a week celebrating his life and work.  It included;
Jarrod’s attempt to eulogize a man he almost met.
Kieran’s reasoning as to why our grief is good.
Some of our favorite Caroll moments.
Tributes and poems from fans around the world, and
Incredible art pieces.

Impressive Impressions
Seriously, does The Count actually like anyone on Sesame Street?

Sesame Street at The Kennedy Center
See Big Bird sit on Tom Hank’s lap right here.


Thanks for an amazing 2019!  We’ll see you in 2020.