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The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters, and the company created by Jim Henson. Individually, a Muppet is properly one of the puppets made by Jim Henson or his Creature Shop – though the term is often used erroneously to refer to any puppet that resembles the distinctive style of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street characters, the term is both an informal name and legal trademark linked to the characters created by The Jim Henson Company. This photo of a billboard advertisement for Hibernian Direct Limited in Ireland, is an example of the usage of the term as slang. ... Image File history File links Jim_Henson's_Muppets. ... Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Jim Hensons Creature Shop is a company founded in 1979 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. ... A puppet is a representational object, usually but not always depicting a human character, used in play or a presentation. ... The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... “(TM)” redirects here. ... Jim Hensen Company in Los Angeles The Jim Henson Company is an American company founded in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. ...


The word "Muppet" itself was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words "marionette" and "puppet"; however, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and he made up the "marionette/puppet" story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible.[1] A marionette is a type of puppet with strings controlled by a puppeteer from above. ...


Muppets are distinguished from ventriloquist "dummies", which are typically animated only in the head and face, in that their arms or other features are also mobile and expressive. Muppets are typically made of softer materials. They are also presented as being independent of the puppeteer, who is usually not visible, hidden behind a set or outside of the camera frame. Using the camera frame as the "stage" was an innovation of the Muppets. Previously on television, there would typically be a stage hiding the performers, as if in a live presentation. Ventriloquism is an act of deception in which a person (ventriloquist) manipulates his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere. ...

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Appearance

The most common design for a Jim Henson Muppet is a character with a very wide mouth and large protruding eyes. The puppets are often molded or carved out of foam rubber, and then covered with fleece. Yarn, nylon string, or (most commonly) ostrich feathers are used to create hair. Muppet eyes are often made (as in the case of the original Kermit) from ping-pong balls, from fishing floats, or from a hemispherical toy called a Wacky Stax. Muppets may represent humans, anthropomorphic animals, realistic animals, robots or anthropomorphic objects, extra-terrestrial creatures, mythical beings or other unidentified, newly imagined creatures. Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Ethylene-vinyl acetate is commonly known as acetate or EVA. It is the copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate. ... Regional competition level table tennis, showing table, net, and player getting ready to return the ball with a winning backhand topspin stroke. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Operation

The puppeteer typically holds the puppet above his head or in front of his body, with one hand operating the head and mouth and the other manipulating the hands and arms, either with two separate control rods or by "wearing" the hands like gloves. One consequence of this design is that most Muppets are left handed as the puppeteer uses his right hand to operate the head while operating the arm rod with his left hand. There are many other common designs and means of operation. In advanced puppets, several puppeteers may control a single character; the performer who controls the mouth usually provides the voice for the character. As technology has evolved, the Jim Henson team and other puppeteers have developed an enormous variety of means to operate puppets for film and television, including the use of suspended rigs, internal motors, remote radio control, and computer enhanced and superimposed images. Creative use of a mix of technologies has allowed for scenes in which Muppets appear to be riding a bicycle, rowing a boat, and even dancing onstage with no puppeteer in sight.


Muppets characters

see also: Category:Muppet characters
The Muppets in Weezer's 'Keep Fishin'"

Famous Muppets include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Rowlf the Dog, Beaker, Scooter, Statler & Waldorf, Swedish Chef, Animal and Sgt. Floyd Pepper. The most widely known television shows featuring Muppets are Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and The Muppet Show. A recurring adult-oriented cast of Muppets (in a setting known as The Land of Gorch) were part of the first season of Saturday Night Live. Other less-popular series have included The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight. The puppet characters of Farscape, The Storyteller, The Hoobs, and Dinosaurs, as well as from the films Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Dark Crystal, are not considered Muppets, although they were also made by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. For a history of Jim Henson's Muppets, see Jim Henson. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 195 KB) Summary Weezer with the Muppets. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 195 KB) Summary Weezer with the Muppets. ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ... Fozzie Bear Fozzie Bear in Muppets Treasure Island (and Mr. ... Gonzo (aka Gonzo the Great or the Great Gonzo) is a puppet character, one of Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Rowlf the Dog Rowlf the Dog is a Muppet character, a scruffy brown dog of indeterminate breed with a rounded black nose and long floppy ears. ... Dr. Bunsen Honeydew with the Gorilla Detector Beaker // Dr. Bunsen Honeydew is a fictional character from The Muppet Show, performed by Dave Goelz. ... Scooter is a bespectacled character from The Muppet Show. ... Waldorf (left) and Statler Statler & Waldorf are the names of a pair of muppet characters. ... The Swedish Chef, making chocolate moose The Swedish Chef is a Muppet who appeared in the long-running The Muppet Show and was operated by Jim Henson and Frank Oz simultaneously. ... From Left to Right Janice, Floyd, Animal, Zoot and the band leader Dr. Teeth Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem is the name of a Muppet rock band that appeared on The Muppet Show. ... From Left to Right Janice, Floyd, Animal, Zoot and the band leader Dr. Teeth Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem is the name of a Muppet rock band that appeared on The Muppet Show. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... For the animated television series, see Fraggle Rock (animated TV series). ... The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. ... This article is about the American television series. ... The Jim Henson Hour was a television show that aired on NBC in 1989. ... Muppets Tonight was a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring the Muppets. ... Farscape (1999–2003) is a science fiction television series, featuring a present-day astronaut who accidentally travels through a wormhole to a distant part of the galaxy. ... The Storyteller is a live-action/puppet television series. ... Hubba Hubba; hoob overlord. ... Dinosaurs was an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. ... Labyrinth is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and designed through the art of Brian Froud. ... The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ... The Dark Crystal is a 1982 fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. ... Jim Hensons Creature Shop is a company founded in 1979 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. ... Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ...


After earlier unsuccessful attempts, The Walt Disney Company finally bought the Muppets in 2004. Exceptions include characters appearing on Sesame Street (as they were previously sold to Sesame Workshop), the Fraggles of Fraggle Rock, along with the above-mentioned non-"Muppet"-brand characters. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States). ... For the animated television series, see Fraggle Rock (animated TV series). ...


The Muppets' popularity has been so expansive that Muppet characters have been treated as celebrities in their own right, including presenting at the Academy Awards, making cameos in Rocky III and An American Werewolf in London, and being interviewed on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. Kermit the Frog was interviewed early on in Jon Stewart's run on The Daily Show, hosted an April Fool's Day edition of Larry King Live, and has served as Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Michael Parkinson once famously interviewed Miss Piggy on his UK chatshow. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Since its first use in 1851, a cameo role or cameo appearance has been a brief appearance in a play (or later, a movie) that stands out against the general context for its éclat or dramatic punch. ... Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series. ... An American Werewolf in London is a comedy/horror film released in 1981, written and directed by John Landis. ... A newsmagazine, sometimes called news magazine, is a usually weekly magazine featuring articles on current events. ... Not to be confused with a BBC news magazine program of the same name. ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... Not to be confused with John Stewart or John Stuart. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning American satirical television program produced by and airing on Comedy Central. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. ... A float from the 2004 Rose Parade A close up of roses used to create a rose bowl parade float. ... Michael Parkinson CBE (born 28 March 1935) is an English journalist and television presenter. ... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ...


The music video for the Weezer song "Keep Fishin'" is premised on the band performing on The Muppet Show and features appearances by several characters. Muppet-like and Muppet-inspired puppets star in the 2004 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q (which disavows any relationship with Sesame Workshop or the Jim Henson Company). On September 28, 2005, the United States Postal Service released a Jim Henson and the Muppets postage stamp series.[2] The Simpsons, Family Guy and dozens of other TV shows and movies have made many references to The Muppets. For a comprehensive list, see the References category at Muppet Wiki. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... Keep Fishin is a popular single by Weezer. ... The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical that was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... USPS and Usps redirect here. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ...

The Muppets being prepared for a Smithsonian exhibit.

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... The Smithsonian castle, as seen through the garden gate. ...

Filmography

Theatrical

The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3D (1991)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Muppets from Space (1999)

The Muppet Movie is the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Great Muppet Caper is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Muppets Take Manhattan DVD cover The Muppets Take Manhattan is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Jim Hensons MuppetVision 3D is an attraction found at Disney-MGM Studios, part of Walt Disney World located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and at Disneys California Adventure park in Anaheim, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Muppet Treasure Island was the fifth feature film to star The Muppets, and the third produced after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. ... Muppets from Space was the sixth feature film to star The Muppets, and the first since the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson to have an original Muppet-focused plot. ...

Telefilms

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)

Its a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is an NBC television film released by Jim Henson Television and Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 2002, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Promotional poster The Muppets Wizard of Oz, an original made-for-television movie, aired May 20, 2005 as a special Friday night edition of ABCs The Wonderful World of Disney. ...

TV shows

Sam and Friends (1955-61)
Sesame Street (1969 – present)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
Fraggle Rock (1983-87)
Muppet Babies (1984-1991)
The Jim Henson Hour (1989)
Dog City (1989 special on NBC, regular show on Fox from 1992-1995)
Muppets Tonight (1996-1998)

Sam and Friends was an early live-action/puppet television show created by puppeteer Jim Henson and his eventual wife Jane. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... This article is about the American television series. ... The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. ... For the animated television series, see Fraggle Rock (animated TV series). ... Ò‰Jim Hensons Muppet Babies is an American animated television series that aired from 1984 to 1990 on CBS in first-run episodes, and then until 1992 in reruns. ... The Jim Henson Hour was a television show that aired on NBC in 1989. ... Jim Hensons Dog City title screen Dog City is a television series that aired on FOX from 1992 to 1995. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Muppets Tonight was a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring the Muppets. ...

TV specials

Hey Cinderella! (1970)
The Frog Prince (1971)
The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972)
The Muppets Valentine Show (1974)
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
The Muppets Go Hollywood (1979)
John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979)
The Muppets at the Movies (1981)
Of Muppets and Men (1981)
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (1982)
Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets (1983)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1985)
The Christmas Toy (1986)
Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986)
Song of the Cloud Forest (1989)
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990)

For other works sharing the title, see The Frog Prince (disambiguation). ... The Muppet Musicians of Bremen is a remake of The Town Musicians of Bremen, featuring Muppets. ... Emmet Otters Jug Band Christmas is a 1977 Christmas special created by Jim Henson, based on a book by Russell and Lillian Hoban. ... The Christmas Toy is a 1986 made-for-TV movie by The Jim Henson Company. ... A Muppet Family Christmas is a made for TV movie produced in 1987, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Muppets at Walt Disney World is a television special starring Jim Hensons Muppets at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ...

Direct-to-video

Muppet Classic Theater (1994)
Kermit's Swamp Years (2002)
Playhouse Video -- compilations of The Muppet Show with new framing material created in the 1980s
Muppet Sing-Along -- compilations distributed by Disney in the 1990s. While mostly containing vintage footage, some new footage was shot for wrapraround segments.

Released direct-to-video on October 28, 1994. ... Kermits Swamp Years is a live-action, made-for-video motion picture starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... In television, a clip show is an episode of a series, usually a sitcom, that consists primarily of excerpts from previous episodes, generally depicted as a sequence of flashbacks given plausibility by a frame tale. ...

Internet

Statler & Waldorf: From the Balcony on Movies.com (2005-2006)

This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

See also

Joe Hundred Guy counts to 70 in 10s, but gets stuck. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ...

References

  1. ^ Marionette and Puppet. Muppet Wiki.
  2. ^ United States Postal Service (September 28, 2005). Jim Henson, Muppets, get stamps of approval. Press Release.

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The Muppets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1571 words)
The word "Muppet" itself was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words "marionette" and "puppet"; however, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and he made up the "marionette/puppet" story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible.
Muppets are distinguished from ventriloquist "dummies", which are typically animated only in the head and face, in that their arms or other features are also mobile and expressive.
Muppets may represent humans, anthropomorphic animals, realistic animals, robots or anthropomorphic objects, extra-terrestrial creatures, mythical beings or other unidentified, newly imagined creatures.
The Muppets Take Manhattan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (928 words)
The Muppet Babies later received their own Saturday morning animated television series, which aired from 1984 until 1991.
It is actually his second (or third depending on whether or not he was one of the rats that appeared in one episode of The Muppet Show).
As was done with The Great Muppet Caper, Miss Piggy had a live action "stunt double," who was used in the long shots during the roller skating sequence.
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