Muppet Retro Reviews: The Jim Henson Hour Episode 102

Michael Wermuth Jnr – Episode 102 of The Jim Henson Hour features the MuppeTelevision episode “Oceans” with guest star Ted Danson, and the half-hour specialLighthouse Island, which was produced in 1987 as a pilot for an unsold series, making it a natural choice for The Jim Henson Hour. With it being the summer, what better time…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Puppetman Pilot

Puppetman pilot (1987) Alex Guttridge – Thanks to the always brilliant Henson Rarities on Youtube we now have the chance to view a fairly good quality copy of the 1987 sitcom pilot Puppetman (including original adverts, I love when they’re included). Set behind the scenes of a local TV station’s children’s program called ‘Dragon Time’, the…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppet Babies Episode 1

Written by Alex Guttridge. Muppet Babies – Season 1, Episode 01 – ‘Noisy Neighbours’ The Muppet Babies try to keep the noise down, and keep Animal quiet, so they don’t disturb their policeman neighbour. In all honesty there is nothing about this episode that makes it in anyway an introductory story, it could fit anywhere…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Monster Hits

Michael Wermuth, Jr. – Monster Hits is a Sesame Street video themed around the best monster songs from the show. The linking footage involves The Fuzzy Awards, where several songs are played, and then the winning song is to be announced after the songs are played. Herry Monster serves as host, and he has to struggle…

Muppet Retro Reviews: 123 Count With Me

In 1997 Sesame Street released a straight to video special, 123 Count With Me, featuring everyone’s favorite rubber ducky lover, Ernie.  The special revolves around Ernie going through the numbers, from 1 to 15, at the Furry Arms Hotel (not to be confused with The Furchester Hotel) alongside a dinger, an angry bunny, and 2…

Muppet Retro Reviews: The Muppets Take Manhattan

Michael Wermuth – The Muppets Take Manhattan is the third Muppet movie. The plot involves the Muppets, having just graduated from college, dropping their intended post-college plans to go to New York and sell Manhattan Melodies, a college musical Kermit had written, to Broadway, after one classmate jokingly tells the Muppets they’ll be on Broadway (an…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

Michael Wermuth – Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! is one of two specials celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sesame Street (the other, better-known special, 25 wonderful Years: A Musical Celebration, was already reviewed here). As the title may imply, this one has a heavy amount of celebrity focus, in both the original linking material…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppet RaceMania

Michael Wermuth – Muppet RaceMania is a video game released on the original PlayStation in 2000. At the time, many franchises got their own Mario Kart-like racing games. In fact after I had gotten Mario Kart 64 I had wanted a similar Muppet game, and this game not only came soon enough after, but it was…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Rock Music with the Muppets

Michael Wermuth – Rock Music with the Muppets is one of ten compilation videos released by Playhouse Video spotlighting The Muppet Show. This one focuses on the best rock and roll numbers from The Muppet Show, including clips with guest stars Debbie Harry, Linda Ronstadt, Alice Cooper, Ben Vereen, Helen Reddy, Leo Sayer, Loretta Switt, and Paul…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 8

Abigail Maughan – Thanks to everyone who voted in the recent poll! “The Best of Muppets Tonight,” “Johnny Fiama Leaves Home,” and the Dennis Quaid episode win, with the Prince episode and “The Cameo Show” close behind. See for yourself here, if you so desire. Now, let’s finish this up, shall we? 211—ANDIE MCDOWELL PLOT: With…