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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Jim Henson Company Hosts, "Puppets For Puppetry" Fundraiser to Honor Dave Goelz

The Jim Henson Company is hosting "Puppets for Puppetry," a fundraiser for The Center for Puppetry Arts honoring the esteemed puppeteer Dave Goelz, best known to fans around the world as the performer of iconic puppet characters like The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Boober Fraggle, Traveling Matt, and many more. The event will be held at The Jim Henson Company's historic Hollywood studio lot on September 24, 2016 – a doubly auspicious date for Henson friends and fans as it would have been Jim Henson's 80th birthday. The unique live performance will be led by Tony Award-nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q) and promises to be a musical and fun evening.

The event benefits The Center for Puppetry Arts, whose mission is to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is the nation's largest and only resource of its kind, featuring a worldwide puppetry collection, vibrant theatre spaces, and an education department that develops puppetry talent through workshops and performances. The Center for Puppetry Arts also uses the latest technology to offer its award-winning Distance Learning programs for PreK-adult through videoconferencing and recorded content. The arts-infused workshops and interactive puppet performances are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum. The programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas and serve schools nationwide.

The Center for Puppetry Arts recently expanded to include a new gallery housing the Jim Henson Collection and the Worlds of Puppetry Global Collection. These two permanent exhibits together represent the most definitive display of both Henson puppets and other puppetry traditions from around the world.

"The Center for Puppetry Arts is the only location of its kind in the U.S., and is particularly special to me and the entire Henson family," said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. "My father dedicated the Center for Puppetry Arts at its opening, and he continued to support both the Center and the art forms of adult and traditional puppetry throughout his years of success with the Muppets."

"The Center for Puppetry Arts is extremely happy to have The Jim Henson Company's continued support which allows us to bring programs that educate and inspire imagination to communities across the country," said Vincent Anthony, the Barbara and Bill Wylly Executive Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

"Dave Goelz is an inspiring puppeteer and has brought some of the world's most beloved characters to life," said John Tartaglia. "From a 'whatever' who eats rubber tires, to an explorer fascinated by 'silly creatures,' Dave's characters are full of joy and have a love of playfulness. We are planning an exciting performance to honor his incredible contribution to the art of puppetry."

"Puppets for Puppetry" is hosted by The Jim Henson Company with support from The Muppet Studio. Individual tickets start at $250 with tables and sponsorship packages beginning at$7,500. For additional information please visit: http://www.puppetsforpuppetry.eventbrite.com/

Monday, August 15, 2016

Muppet Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios Closed for Refurbishment

Muppet Vision 3D, the attraction at Hollywood Studios is closed for "refurbishment," according to Disney.

Disney did not indicate what is being refurbished.

Muppet Vision 3D will reopen on August. 22nd, according to Disney.

Directed by the late Jim Henson, Muppet Vision 3D opened in 1991 in the 564-seat theater in the Muppets Courtyard section of the park.

During the 15-minute show, Kermit the Frog guides park guests on a tour through Muppet Studios as the rest of the Muppets gang get ready for a show featuring 3-D technology.

But when Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's experimental 3-D character, Waldo, enters the picture, mayhem ensues.

Disney announced in July it would open "The Muppets Present: Great Moments in American History," a new stage show starring Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Kermit the Frog and the rest of the gang.

The show will debut at Magic Kingdom in October.

PizzeRizzo, a pizzeria owned and operated by Rizzo from The Muppets, will open this fall in the Muppets Courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The casual-dining Italian eatery will replace the former Toy Story Pizza Planet, which closed earlier this year.

No exact date for the restaurant's opening has been announced.

NEW Muppet Tumblers Coming from Diamond Select Toys

Four new Muppet Tumblers will be available January, 2017 from Diamond Select Toys.

Inspired by fast-food glassware of yesteryear, one tumbler sports original artwork spotlighting Bunsen and Beaker, another one is with The Swedish Chef, one is with Fozzie, Gonzo, Camilla, Statler and Waldorf and Lew Zealand and one is with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rowlf and Scooter. 





Monday, August 08, 2016

VIDEO: Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem at Outside Lands

Yesterday, San Francisco’s Outside Lands pulled off the greatest exclusive performance of the year with one unique get. For the first time ever, The Muppets band, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, played live on stage in front of a real festival crowd.


The short 25-minute set was broken up with a handful of breaks to give the puppeteers a breather, but between those stoppages Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, and — of course — Animal put on a joyous show of feel-good tunes. Covers included the scenically appropriate “San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home”, and “Ophelia” by The Band. The set finished with the support of the Oakland Tabernacle Choir on an elated version of “With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles.  


Saturday, August 06, 2016

Preview: 'Jim Henson's Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special #1

From comicosity

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special #1 available August 15th, 2016.


Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jonathan Case, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Ted Naifeh & Adrianne Ambrose, and Adam Smith
Artists: Daniel Bayliss, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Kyla Vanderklugt, and Jeff Stokely
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
Incentive Cover: Michael Allred
Unlocked FOC Variant Cover: Dave McKean
Price: $9.99

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film with stories from inside the magical walls of the labyrinth.
Featuring fan-favorite characters like Ludo, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, and a few surprises, this special celebration collects for the first time all of the Labyrinth Free Comic Book Day stories along with new tales from Eisner Award winner Jonathan Case (The New Deal), Gustavo Duarte (Bizarro), and more!
40 pages of story and art!


Covers are high-quality cardstock and will feature spot-gloss and holofoil enhancements.















Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Sesame Workshop CEO Jeff Dunn's Official Statement on Cast Changes

"We apologize for the misunderstandings around the changing cast roles at Sesame Street. Over more than 40 seasons, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado and Roscoe Orman have made enormous contributions to both television and to the lives of preschoolers. They are, and always will be, a key part of the Sesame family.

As always, our curriculum and educational goals drive our story lines and character appearances. These change season-to-season. In 2014, when we first began producing the current half-hour show format, we let all of our cast members know of the shorter story lines and, therefore, reduced appearances. However, our production team also intentionally left the door open for all actors to continue to appear, based on the story lines that were written in any future season. In our latest season, the story lines written did not include appearances by these three actors and we certainly could have done a better job of communicating with them about our ongoing episode plans.

I have been in touch with each of them to meet in person about how we best adapt their talents to the current content needs and preschool media landscape, in a way that honors their historic contributions. We are very grateful for the many loyal fans of Sesame who continue to care so deeply about the show and what it means to them."


- Sesame Workshop CEO, Jeff Dunn