Muppet Babies: An Adorable, Deplorable Legacy

Posted 5 years ago by Television

In 1984, the Muppets were on a bit of downslide. The Muppet Show had ended its five-season run in 1981, the same year the Muppets had last been on the big screen in The Great Muppet Caper. That’s not to say that Henson and company were bored by any means. 1982 had seen the all-puppet feature film, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock was introduced on HBO in 1983. And, of course, there was always Big Bird and his friends on Sesame Street to keep Muppeteers busy. But the Muppets – Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, and the rest of the gang – were sort of off the radar at the time. They’d had a few TV specials here and there, and The Muppet Show was still being shown in syndication, but the characters were essentially shelved while Henson focused on other creative ventures.

But that all changed when their new film, The Muppets Take Manhattan, was released in theaters. It wasn’t that the film itself, which told of Kermit’s journey to bring the Muppets to Broadway, was a huge success. In fact, of the six original Muppet features, Manhattan ranks #5 with a box office take of only $25 million (Muppets from Space is #6, which should surprise no one). However, there was one scene in Manhattan that was destined to bring the Muppets back into the spotlight.

If you were alive in 1984, you probably loved this scene; I know I did. The little Muppets were adorable and the song was a catchy 1950’s throwback, complete with Fozzie, Gonzo, and Scooter backup singers. Although it is cuter than cute, if you think about it, there’s no reason for the scene to exist; it’s a dream sequence (not a flashback), and it’s inclusion doesn’t progress the story at all. It feels like a scene from another film, and there is some indication that this is not entirely by accident.
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‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ Season One on DVD 6/21!

Posted 5 years ago by Television

Rocko's Modern Life

Wow, I didn’t expect to get this bit of news in my inbox today. Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory are brining the entire first season of Rocko’s Modern Life, my favorite 90s cartoon, to DVD in June. This is especially surprising because for a while Amazon has had exclusive dibs on some crappy ‘best of’ DVDs, but now we’ll actually get all 26 episodes of the first season on two discs. I’m so excited.

Here’s the full press release:
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Nickelodeon’s TMNT Details!

Posted 6 years ago by Television

TMNT

Good news TMNT fans, Nickelodeon is finally letting some details out regarding their new CG TV series. Ninja Pizza has the scoop and the teaser video (which I couldn’t embed for some reason), so head over there to get your turtle fix! It’s hard to tell much from the teaser, but I like the character design. I’m still just crossing my fingers that we’ll get to see Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang again. Oh, and Ace Duck.

Tron Uprising Trailer

Posted 6 years ago by Television

Well, this is happening. Somehow I missed the news that Disney XD would be airing a new Tron cartoon staring Bruce Boxleitner, Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, and Paul Reubens. I don’t get any TV channels, but somehow, count me in on this one.

Via Cartoon Brew

The Force is With This Volkswagen Commercial

Posted 6 years ago by Television

The Super Bowl (yawn) is just around the corner, and Volkswagen has already uploaded a commercial to their YouTube account, and it’s a gem. It’s not so much the concept that makes it great, it’s the physical comedy of the kid in the Vader suit. Watch it and tell me it doesn’t make you want to have a little kid to live vicariously through.