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Sunday, September 25, 2016

"The Muppets Present ... Great Moments in American History" Debuts at the Magic Kingdom on October 2nd

From the Disney Parks website:

Great news for all you Muppets fans out there! Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo arrive at Magic Kingdom Park on October 2 for the opening of their all-new, live show “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.” Hosted by James “J.J.” Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, and Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, this wacky new show is set to take place several times daily, just outside The Hall of Presidents.

Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets share their own unique take on the founding fathers as they recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, complete with an original song and plenty of humor. At other times, you may catch the Muppets’ version of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, presented in hysterical fashion as only they can.

If you like some hijinks with your history, be sure to check out “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” this fall at Walt Disney World Resort!

Funko's "The Dark Crystal" ReAction Figures Revealed

Funko has revealed its upcoming line of ReAction figures from Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s 1982 fantasy adventure "The Dark Crystal" which includes Jen, Kira, Aughra the Astronomer, The Chamberlain and UrSol the Chanter.

Collect them all and assemble a special figure: the crystal itself!

Scheduled for release November, 2016

A Look Inside the Henson Studios and the Making of "Splash and Bubbles"

It's animation like you've probably never seen it. Jim Henson's Studio is using the latest technology to make their characters in their show 'Splash and Bubbles' come alive.

It takes puppetry and animation and it combines it.

It's a marine biology show told through four fish friends. But it takes two people to bring each fish to life.

"It's about learning each others rhythm and breathing," says show creator John Tartaglia.

Tartaglia plays half of the character, Splash.

"Our double performers are out on the floor, playing the characters. And inside the computers, the combining the faces and body to together to create one character," said Tartaglia.

That one character has a dimension that just a computer couldn't give it.

When he's digitally puppeteering, his right hand does the front fin and lip movements movements. His left controls the eyes and eyebrows

"It's like playing a one man organ where everything is working in different ways and different times and all to create this face on the screen," said Tartaglia.

They have foot pedals too for some of the more emotional movements.

"This one two approach of all of it being done by puppeteers is really new to us," said Lisa Henson, the company's CEO and the late Jim Henson's daughter.

A new technique the creators hope kids don't think about too much, but feel, says Henson.

"The difference comes through in the performance in the likability of the characters how kids relate to the characters because they're very alive...and that quality feels different," said Henson.

She says the seeds of the technology, came from one of Henson's very own last projects.

"My father was incredibly fascinated by computer animation so one of his last projects was a 3D movie for the Disney parks," said Henson.

'Splash and Bubbles' premieres on PBS KIDS November 23rd.

A Third Volume of BOOM! Studios' Jim Henson's The Storyteller Coming in December

A third volume of BOOM! Studios' Jim Henson's The Storyteller anthology title has been announced, subtitled Giants. With original stories as well as retelling of folktales, Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Giants begins in December with an adaptation of "the Peach's Son" by writer/artist Conor Nolan.

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Giants #1 (of 4)
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Conor Nolan
Artist: Conor Nolan
Cover artist: Conor Nolan
Format: 32 pages, full color
Price: $3.99
On sale: December 7, 2016

Synopsis: Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Giants is a collection of mythic tales of when giants roamed the Earth, inspired by folklore from around the world and told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved television series.

In this first issue, rising newcomer Conor Nolan reimagines the “The Peach’s Son,” a Japanese tale of a giant who was raised by humans but never accepted by them. When a nearby village is overrun with evil beings, the giant will take a chance tobe a hero and prove himself to be part of the community he calls home.

Upcoming issues will include stories by Brandon Dayton, Jared Cullum, and Feifei Ruan.

The Jim Henson Company's "Word Party" Receives Season Two Renewal

Bailey, Franny, Kip, and Lulu will return with more vocabulary-building fun. "Word Party" has been renewed for a second season on Netflix. The first season launched on July 8th of this year. The program is created by Bruce McCulloch and produced by The Jim Henson Company.

The "Word Party" voice cast includes Victor Yerrid, Elizabeth Roberts, Donna Kimball, John Munro Cameron, John Tartaglia, and Alon Williams. Directors include Bret Nelson, David Skelly, and Brian Henson. "Word Party" season two premieres on Netflix, October 21, 2016.

Netflix says:

Word Party is a vocabulary building show from The Jim Henson Company that follows four adorable baby animals as they sing, dance and play. The show invites our youngest viewers to help teach the baby animals new words, practice these new words themselves, and celebrate these achievements with a “Word Party!”Word Party is produced using the groundbreaking Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a proprietary technology from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop that allows puppeteers to perform digitally animated characters in real time – enabling the animation to be more lifelike and spontaneous. 

MuppetsHenson Poll FINAL Results - "Labyrinth" - 30th Anniversary

Back on June 27th, Jim Henson's "Labyrinth" celebrated its 30th Anniversary. NEW merchandise will be available and this fall "Labyrinth" returns to selected cinemas to help celebrate this wonderful, classic film. Of the following announced so far, which are you intending to buy or view? (More than one selection is allowed)
Jim Henson's Labyrinth Board Game 16% (35)
Funko Pop! Labyrinth Figures 15%(33)
"Labyrinth" Blu-ray (30th Anniversary Edition) 15% (33)
Jim Henson's "Labyrinth" Tales (Archaia) 13% (29)
"Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History" (Insight Editions) 13%(29)
"Jim Henson's Labyrinth Artist Tribute" (Archaia) 10% (22)
To watch the re-release of Jim Henson's "Labyrinth in select Cinemas from September 11th -14th 18% (39)
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