The New ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Trailer

Posted 6 years ago by Movies

The Muppets was one of my favorite movies of 2011 and it really brought the characters back in a big way. I’ve been very excited about the upcoming sequel, and now Disney has unveiled a trailer and it looks great.

I love the Great Muppet Caper vibe and the European setting. The cast looks great, and I can’t wait to see all the extra cameos that weren’t in the trailer.

Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters on March 21, 2014.

The Muppet Picnic Cookbook [1981]

Posted 6 years ago by Books

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This past weekend I went somewhere I hadn’t been in a few years and hunted through 72,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles, and weird-ass junk looking for cool geeky treasures. The Exit 76 Antique Mall is about 30 miles south of Indianapolis and is crazy-huge. About 80-90% of the booths there are filled with the type of antiques I have no interest in, but in a place that size there’s about something for every taste.

I was on the lookout for toys, kids’ books, trading cards, and anything TMNT or Muppet related. I did better than I thought I would, and one of the cool things I found was this Muppet Picnic Cookbook published by Hallmark in 1981. Lately I’ve been on the lookout for lots of 80s/90s Muppet related books, and I had just read about this one on the Muppet Wiki, so I was pretty excited when I saw it hanging out with vintage sewing patterns and Good Housekeeping issues.
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Cool Stuff: Michael Frith Muppet Sketches

Posted 6 years ago by Art

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As a huge Muppet geek, Tough Pigs is one of my favorite blogs on the interwebs and today they posted an amazing article. Recently they had the pleasure of interviewing Kathy Mullen, the puppeteer and voice behind Mokey Fraggle. I didn’t realize this, but Kathy is married to famous illustrator and frequent Henson collaborator Michael Frith and while they were interviewing Mullen they managed to snap a ton of pics of some rare Michael Frith art.

If you’re a Henson fan you need to go check this out, it’s full of awesome unused art, sketches, and ideas Frith had for pretty much all of Henson’s characters.

Missing Links: Funko Pop, Muppet Music, and Pee-Wee Herman

Posted 7 years ago by Missing Links

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The Top Hat Sasquatch team reads a lot of blog posts every day, and some slip through the crack or just don’t warrant their own post. That’s where Missing Links comes in. Every few days we collect the best links we’ve come across and pass them on to you.

This New App Lets You Know if a Movie Includes a Postcredits Scene | Movies.com
What a great idea for an app. I always forget that it's not just Marvel doing post-credits scenes these days. I could see myself firing up this app during the credits of a movie to see if I needed to stick around.

New Funko Pop Disney Pixar Toys Merida Princess Jasmine | The Mary Sue
I only have one Funko Pop toy, but I think I’ll be starting a little collection as soon as the TMNT Funko Pop toys come out. These new ones from Disney are pretty awesome too.

Paul Williams Says Muppet Movie Soundtrack Will Be Re-released – ToughPigs
Very good news for Muppet geeks like me.

Pee-Wee Herman nastygrams Pee-Wee fan-fest to death – Boing Boing
This is a huge bummer. I was looking forward to going down to Louisville for this and taking a bunch of photos and video for the site. Too bad Paul Reubens couldn't just embrace this and make an appearance instead of getting it canceled.

EA teases new Star Wars Battlefront game – GameSpot.com
Oh man, a new Star Wars Battlefront game would definitely get me to buy a next-gen console. Those two games are amazing and I still play them today.

Chicago Grid | Eight nerds get rich off a game that makes Oprah sob into a Lean Cuisine
I love this game and it was surprisingly awesome reading about the team that created it.

Roger Langridge, Marvel Team-Up, and Me

Posted 7 years ago by Art, Comics

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Lately I’ve become preoccupied with being a comics creator. You know, writing and drawing cartoons and other funny stuff. Much of my time has been spent sketching and writing notes. Lately I’m concentrating on the digital side of art. I’ll scan my inked sketches and attempt to color them. They’re pretty crude but I’m learning.

The rest of my free time has been spent observing artists I admire. One of my biggest inspirations these days is writer and illustrator Roger Langridge. He’s best known as the man behind The Muppet Show and current Popeye series. Langridge has such a fun vibe to his work while also being technically precise. Some people say he reminds them of legend Carl Barks. I cannot disagree.

Recently Langridge posted this inked sketch on his blog. The individual who commissioned the work was not me but it easily could have been. The piece combines a favorite subject of mine, The Muppets, with the vintage Marvel Comics series I avidly collect, Marvel Team-Up.

Since I started collecting comic books in the early ’80s, I’ve been in love with Marvel Team-Up. I preferred the tidy, self-encapsulated storylines. There was no need to religiously follow each issue like you do with episodic series. The issues paired Spider-Man (usually) with another random hero in tights. It was a great way to sample the Marvel legion.
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