Jim Henson and Kermit

Jim Henson fans in New York City, take note. Your next journey should be to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

/Film was able to catch a sneak preview of The Jim Henson Exhibition, a new permanent exhibition devoted to the life and work of the most famous puppeteer that has ever lived. While the museum has featured muppets and art from Henson before, this time it’s going to stay there forever, a fitting tribute to a man who continues to touch people’s lives.

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kermit the frog actor

Steve Whitmire has played Kermit the Frog for 27 years, taking over from beloved puppeteer and creator Jim Henson after his death in 1990. But after nearly three decades of playing the beloved Muppet, Whitmire was suddenly dismissed by Disney, and the job of being green would go to pupeteer Matt Vogel.

Now, Whitmire is speaking up about his unceremonious firing, which he says was because he spoke up about changes to the character that he felt were against Henson’s wishes. Disney and the Muppets Studio have different reasons, however.

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Steve Whitmire

Earlier this week, we told you that Steve Whitmire, the performer who has been playing Kermit The Frog since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, was leaving The Muppets and that Muppeteer Matt Vogel would be taking on the iconic role. Since the report, we’ve heard a lot of rumors, most of them suggesting that Whitmire was let go by Muppet Studio months ago in quick order. Now for the first time in the nine months since being let go from the prestigious gig, Whitmire is finally ready to talk about the decision. Read Steve’s heartbreaking personal blog about the departure.

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Steve Whitmire

Steve Whitmire, the performer who has been playing Kermit The Frog since 1990, is leaving The Muppets. Whitmore started with the Henson Company in 1978 on The Muppet Show. After the death of Jim Henson, he inherited the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie. For the last 27 years, Whitmore has been the performer and voice behind the iconic character, but he is leaving The Muppets. Find out more, after the jump.

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Jim Henson Museum Exhibition

The Muppets have been a beloved part of pop culture since Jim Henson created the characters back in 1955. Since then, they’ve spanned every kind of media you can think of, from movies to TV to video games and more. However, some of Jim Henson’s creations need a permanent home where fans can see these characters from decades past in all their glory, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York is hoping to provide that. But they need your help.

The Museum of the Moving Image in New York has launched a Kickstarter for fans to help them complete a permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson. The exhibition will include Muppet favorites such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Fraggles and much more. Find out more about the Jim Henson museum exhibition and where you can contribute below. Read More »

the muppets

ABC’s The Muppets television show revival was short-lived. While the series got favorable reviews, there was a sizable backlash from parents who didn’t think the adult-skewing humor was suitable for family viewing. After six episodes the network replaced showrunner Bob Kushell with Kristen Newman as part of their plans to creatively overhaul the series, but it was too little too late, and the ratings lead to the show being canceled at the conclusion of its debut season.

Frank Oz, who helped create and perform the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle and more, has now chimed in to explain why he believed The Muppets failed. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Pigs In Space Alien Look Who's Coming To Dinner

I’m not entirely sure what is going on with The Muppets right now. The 2011 film The Muppets starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams put the Jim Henson-created puppet ensemble back in the mainstream. Sadly, the 2014 follow-up Muppets Most Wanted seemed like ten steps back. It lacked everything that was great about the previous film and instead tried to imitate some of the later not-so-good Muppet movies. Muppetvision 3-D has been removed from Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park while the franchise attempts to reboot the Muppet Babies to hopefully help indoctrinate a new generation with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and their friends.

So where does that leave the franchise? It looks like Disney hopes to continue The Muppet brand through online digital short films. A new Muppets short film has been released on YouTube. The first episode of Pigs In Space in more than 20 years takes on Alien. Hit the jump to watch it now.

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The Muppets live show

Over the weekend, The Muppets new live show debuted at Disney World’s the Magic Kingdom. The Muppets Present The Great Moments in History has had its grand opening but if you can’t get down to Orlando Florida, don’t worry — we have videos of both of the different shows for you to watch remotely. Hit the jump to see The Muppets live show from Walt Disney World.

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pandora

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • More Pandora: The World of Avatar details are coming soon.
  • A virtual reality haunted house is coming to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Disney is currently looking to cast Moana for theme park meet-and-greets.
  • Check out concept art for the Muppet-themed restaurant PizzeRizzo.
  • The Paint the Night Parade is staying put at Disneyland.

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Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem live performance

The Muppets have been a staple of childhoods that span generations. However, much like cartoons, for adults and children alike, they only exist in the world of TV and movies. But every now and then, The Muppets appear in the open for the public to see outside of a screen, and it feels truly magical. That’s exactly what happened at a music and arts festival in San Francisco.

Fans of The Muppets know that there’s no band better than Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. That’s the band which features Animal as the drummer along with frontman Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, and Zoot. And as if they were any other chart-topping band in the world, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem performed a live 25-minute set at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts festival this past weekend, and you can watch the whole thing after the jump. Read More »