3 suns align with an exclusive reveal of The Dark Crystal deluxe vinyl soundtrack

December 17, 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the theatrical release of Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s The Dark Crystal, which means it’s also approximately the 30th anniversary of the time the Skesis sent this writer running from the room crying after renting the movie at our local mom-and-pop video store. This Friday,…

Brian Henson says he wishes he’d fired Kermit performer 13 years ago

The controversy around Kermit The Frog actor Steve Whitmire’s firing continues to be brought to you by the letter “O” and the syllables “-h shit, it’s getting nasty,” with Jim Henson Company chairman Brian Henson getting even more specific today about accusations of unprofessional behavior against Whitmire during his…

Julie Andrews teams up with The Jim Henson Company for Netflix kids’ show

Julie Andrews is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company to create an all-new, puppet-filled show aimed at pre-schoolers for Netflix, Julie’s Greenroom. In a press release, the 80-year-old film and theater veteran says that “this project represents the fulfillment of a long-held dream to educate children about the…

Jim Henson’s son to direct R-rated puppet movie with Jamie Foxx

It’s been nearly a year since we last heard from The Happytime Murders, Brian Henson’s attempt to interest audiences in the “puppets that fuck” genre pioneered by directors like Peter Jackson, Charlie Kaufman, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Now the movie—an R-rated comedy noir set in a world where humans and puppets…

The Muppets achieves a perfect seriocomic balance in an episode all about Gonzo

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Ever since debuting as a background Frackle (that’s Henson-speak for anonymous monster) on The Great Santa Claus Switch back in 1970, Gonzo has slowly grown into one of the most complex characters in the Muppets’ ranks. Although The Muppet Show presented him as a daredevil from the very beginning, he had a strange…

The Muppetiest episode so far gets stalled by a celebrity cameo

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In many ways, “Pig’s In A Blackout” is the Muppetiest of The Muppets’ episodes so far, mostly towards the end. After a visit to a spa retreat does little to quell Kermit’s ever-mounting stress with overseeing Up Late With Miss Piggy, he finds solace in two places that come straight from The Muppet Movie. The first is…