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  • Puppeteer John Henson, son of 'Muppets' creator Jim Henson, dies at 48

    02/15/2014 3:37:18 PM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    EW ^ | February 15, 2014
    John Henson, a second-generation puppeteer, has died at age 48. Henson — son of Muppets creator Jim Henson — suffered a sudden heart attack on Friday. The news was confirmed by the official Facebook page for the Jim Henson Company, of which John Henson was a shareholder and board member. The younger Henson also worked on several Muppets projects, playing the character Sweetums in films including Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets From Space. He is survived by his wife, Gyongyi, and two daughters.
  • "Million Muppet March" Descends On Capitol Hill (to protest Mitt Romney)

    11/04/2012 5:26:17 AM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | November 3, 2012 | Andrew Kaczynski
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  • 'Million Muppet March' Planned In DC To Protect Federal Funding For PBS [the Muppets are 1%ers!]

    10/15/2012 10:17:15 AM PDT · by ETL · 28 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | THE DEADLINE TEAM
    Mitt Romney’s now infamous pledge to eliminate federal funding for PBS despite his affection for Big Bird and Jim Lehrer is getting still more pushback. Today a Los Angeles animation exec and an Idaho student are planning a 'Million Muppet March' for November 3rd at the National Mall in Washington DC three days before the election. Reuters reports Animax’s Michael Bellavia and student Chris Mecham came up with the idea separately during the October 3rd debate. Bellavia bought the Internet address www.millionmuppetmarch.com and discovered Mecham already had the Facebook page. The two fans of Sesame Street connected before the debate...
  • "Million Muppet March" planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS

    10/12/2012 6:44:30 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 12, 2012 | Daneil Trotta
    (Reuters) - Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television's "Sesame Street," from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the "Million Muppet March." The demonstration is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election. Before the presidential debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had concluded on October 3, two men who had never met each floated the Million Muppet March idea on social media. They immediately united to defend public broadcasting. Romney...
  • Jerry Nelson, The Count on 'Sesame Street,' Dies

    08/25/2012 5:20:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8.25.2012 | Tim Molloy
    Jerry Nelson, a master of voices and puppetering who voiced Muppets including Count von Count during more than 40 years with "Sesame Street," has died. He was 78. Also a musician and actor, he took part in dozens of Muppet projects, from the 1971 TV movie "Tales From Muppetland: The Frog Prince," to 1979's "The Muppet Movie," to the 1980s series "Fraggle Rock," to last year's "The Muppets." Nelson joined "Sesame Street," which debuted in 1969, early in the show's run. He soon took on major characters including The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and Sherlock Hemlock. "The cast and crew of...
  • Rejecting Chick-fil-A Is Good Power Play for Mayor

    07/29/2012 7:28:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | JULY 29, 2012 | Tom Keane
    Boston Mayor Tom Menino wants to keep fast-food chain Chick-fil-A out of Boston because the company opposes same-sex marriage. Legally, Menino may in the wrong. Yet he is also completely in the right. The dustup has been portrayed as a First Amendment issue. In truth, it’s more about smart politics, mayoral power and — like it or not — Menino’s ability to make the city in his own vision. Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy is reputed to have invented the chicken sandwich; his first Atlanta store in 1967 has grown to a multi-billion-dollar empire with over 1,600 outlets. Finding a Chick-fil-A...
  • Exclusive: Matt Barber on 'gay' activists: 'They've picked a fight they cannot win'

    07/28/2012 9:22:39 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 79 replies
    WND Commentary ^ | July 28 2012 | Matt Barber
    ... The Jim Henson Company ...has severed promotional ties with Chick-fil-A – . . . Their crime? Failure to obey the nauseating, mind-numbing dictates of political correctness. Dan Cathy . . . recently made a few innocuous public comments in support of legitimate marriage – sentiments the vast majority of morals-minded Americans happen to agree with... That’s the thing... about political correctness. It exists in the realm of fantasy... They float the propagandist idiom “marriage equality” – choosing all the while to ignore objective “marriage reality.” So-called “same-sex marriage”? A counterfeit... “Gay marriage” is no more real marriage then a...
  • If Liberals Keep Complaining About Chick-Fil-A...

    07/25/2012 4:21:54 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 25 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-25-12 | The Looking Spoon
    I'm going to turn into a real fatty...I tend to stay out of this fight because I don't see much value in having it if people are choosing a more secular world view. The fight for "traditional values" should start with tackling why people are choosing not to have faith anymore.That said, support or opposition to gay marriage is beside the point here. People running a business are entitle to their opinion, and it shouldn't have to agree with your own...If you don't want them to have your money, that's totally fine! Don't patronize their business, but this boycott and...
  • Muppets Side With Sodomy: Bash Chick-Fil-A

    07/25/2012 12:33:55 AM PDT · by ElIguana · 16 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 07/25/2012 | America's Conservative News
    Several days ago, we reported that Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino was trying to blackmail Chick-fil-A into accepting so-call "same-sex marriage" following Dan Cathy's, son of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, positive affirmation of marriage and his recent statement that government affirmation of so-called "gay marriage" is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation?” Well, not to be out done by Mayor Menino, the Muppets have gotten into the act and are going after Chick-fil-A as well.
  • Muppets dump Chick-Fil-A to support gay marriage

    07/23/2012 8:45:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/23/2012
    The Muppets are ending their relationship with fast food restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A in a show of support for gay marriage, the creators of the puppet troupe said on Monday. "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors," the company said in a statement posted on their official Facebook page. The Henson company, named after the creator of lovable characters like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, supplied their Creature Shop Muppet toys to Chick-Fil-A for...
  • Jim Henson Company ends business relationship with Chick-fil-A over anti-gay views

    07/23/2012 4:56:54 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 77 replies
    MSN ^ | July 23, 2012, | Brent Lang
    Kermit and Miss Piggy won't be chomping down on Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches any longer. The Jim Henson Company will stop providing toys for the fast food chains kids meals because of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance. Bing: 'Office' star speaks out against Chick-fil-A On Facebook, the company said that CEO Lisa Henson is a strong supporter of marriage equality and decided to end the relationship with the food-maker. The company behind the Muppets will donate the money it received from Chick-fil-A to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness...
  • Jim Henson Company Yanks Its Toys From Chick-Fil-A Kids' Meals

    07/23/2012 12:03:31 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 74 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7-22-12 | Tim Graham
    Don't look now, but the Muppets want a divorce. The Jim Henson Company is scrapping its kids'-meal-toy relationship with Chick-Fil-A now that the left-wing pressure is on to boycott the Christian fried-chicken chain, which is offering toys right now from the Jim Henson Creatures' Shop line. Muppet chieftain Lisa Henson went to Harvard and was president of Columbia Pictures, making her a progressive elite on both sides of the country. They announced on their Facebook page Friday they were strong supporters of "gay marriage" and were donating their Chick-Fil-A proceeds to the gay censorship cause: The Jim Henson Company has...
  • Elmo Imposter Hassles Tourists for Money and Gets Booted from Central Park Zoo (PBS Fundraiser?)

    06/26/2012 3:33:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 25, 2012 | Staff Report
    Elmo imposter hassles tourists for money and gets booted from Central Park Zoo Man dressed up as furry Sesame Street Muppet gets taken away on ambulance An Elmo imposter who has hassled tourists for money for years was taken away from Central Park in an ambulance Sunday afternoon after cops got a call about an emotionally disturbed person. “Elmo” began yelling obscenities when security guards booted him from Central Park Zoo for pestering tourists to pay him to pose for pictures. An emotionally disturbed man dressed as Elmo is taken away by ambulance after hassling tourists for money and shouting...
  • Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Were Tortured With Sesame Street (ROFLMAO ... Crimes Against Humanity)

    05/30/2012 8:19:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies
    THE INQUISITR ^ | May 30, 2012 | THE INQUISITR
    Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Were Tortured With Sesame Street Guantanamo Bay prisoners were reportedly tortured with the sounds of children’s Sesame Street songs, in an attempt to get them to talk. Al Jazeera reports that Thomas Keenan, a human rights researcher, explained that: “Prisoners were forced to put on headphones. They were attached to chairs, headphones were attached to their heads, and they were left alone just with the music for very long periods of time. Sometimes hours, even days on end, listening to repeated loud music.” Christopher Cerf, the award-winning composer of the songs used to torture prisoners at both...
  • Muppets Revenge: Outraged Homeless Muppets to Converge on Goldman Sachs (Occutard freeloaders)

    04/21/2012 8:39:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/21/12
    Muppets Revenge: Outraged Homeless Muppets to Converge on Goldman SachsPRWeb – 6 hrs ago At 11:00 a.m., April 23, 2012, artist Joey Skaggs will lead a band of outraged costumed muppets down to Goldman Sachs offices at 200 West Street in NYC. Skaggs will be peddling his Mobile Homeless Homes prototype -- a low cost alternative living space for the millions of upside-down, underwater or foreclosed homeowners who have lost their houses due to the banking crisis that caused the real estate collapse.
  • Fox Business News Calls Muppets Communist; Debate Goes Viral

    12/05/2011 5:18:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12/05/2011 | Paul Bond
    Fox Business News Calls Muppets Communist; Debate Goes Viral A segment on the network was highlighted by Media Matters, reigniting a conversation about whether or not there are political messages in children's movies. If you Googled news about “Muppets” on Monday you were treated to hundreds of news stories and blog items debating whether Disney’s lovable creatures were Communists or not. You can thank Fox Business News and Media Matters for that. Eric Bolling of Follow the Money set the stage on Friday when he hosted a 7-minute segment that argued that The Muppets film – featuring bad-guy oilman Tex...
  • The Muppets' Spendthrift Lobby

    02/18/2011 5:15:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 18, 2011 | Staff
    Puppet Pork: If you wonder why it's hard to cut spending, consider the throng of U.S congressmen lining up with Arthur the Aardvark to defend PBS funding from budget cutters. A $14 trillion deficit doesn't tickle us, Elmo. It wasn't an episode of "Sesame Street," but it might have been. There on the Capitol steps was Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., accompanied by fellow Democratic Reps. Paul Tonko, Bill Owens and Nita Lowey of New York and Betty McCollum of Minnesota, with a bevy of Muppets to fight against cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's budget. "This is an ideological...
  • Don't Tickle Me Elmo: Sesame Street Character Kicks Florida Man's Butt

    09/28/2010 12:10:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Sep 28, 2010 | TODD WRIGHT
    Man in Elmo costume is attacked and breaks man's fingers He's cute. He's cuddly. He's red all over. And he throws a mean right hook. Introducing Florida's version of Elmo. A man wearing the Sesame Street character's costume for a promotional event pummeled a guy in Orlando after he was attacked in a guitar shop over the weekend. The costumed fighter's name hasn't been released, but he left a pretty good impression on his attacker, who told police he felt threatened by the Elmo costume. Police believe the attack was unprovoked and the attacker might have mental issues. That guy...
  • Bag with Kermit the Frog causes school closure (Boulder)

    01/23/2010 6:53:34 AM PST · by decimon · 17 replies · 1,201+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2010 | Unknown
    > Boulder County's bomb squad responded to the Peak to Peak Charter School after an employee there called at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday to report the unattended bag. Authorities used a robot with movable arms and a camera to investigate the bag and then an officer inspected it to make sure it was safe. >
  • Pleasant Diversion: Muppets Sing Bohemian Rhapsody

    11/25/2009 7:51:31 AM PST · by careyb · 18 replies · 1,490+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/25/09 | The Muppets
    Everyone have a happy Thanksgiving!
  • The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody (1080p YouTube)

    11/25/2009 2:00:55 AM PST · by cabojoe · 24 replies · 1,247+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 23, 2009 | MuppetsStudio
    Watch the muppets in 1080p on Youtube.
  • Muppets Help Military Kids Cope With Grief

    10/15/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 282+ views
    American Forces Press Service | Samantha L. Quigley
    NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2009 – As filming for Sesame Workshop’s latest “Talk, Listen, Connect,” video got under way here yesterday, it became clear that while it’s not always sunny on Sesame Street, ultimately the clouds can be swept away. Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, poses with Elmo’s mom, Mae, on the New York set of Sesame Workshop’s third “Talk, Listen, Connect,” video Oct. 15, 2009. The new video in the TLC series addresses the loss of a loved one and offers parents and children alike tools to deal with...
  • Commentary: Dealing With Loss on Sesame Street

    10/15/2009 4:34:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 635+ views
    NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2009 – To the envy of all the neighborhood kids, I was invited to New York yesterday to attend the taping of a special Sesame Workshop production aimed at helping military children. Elmo's dad, Louie, helps Elmo cope with the loss of his Uncle Jack during the filming of a Sesame Workshop video aimed at helping military children deal with the loss of a loved one. Elmo wears his uncle's hat in memory and celebration of his uncle's life. The video was filmed in Queens, New York, Oct. 14, 2009. Courtesy photo by Gil Vaknin  (Click photo...
  • Muppet/Celebrity look-alikes

    09/15/2009 4:26:08 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 35 replies · 2,285+ views
    http://www.terra.com ^ | 9/15/2009 | terra.com
    Lets relax a little with some fun. Donatella Versace Ben Affleck Lindsay Lohan whoopie goldberg Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carola Nick Nolte Andy Dick Queen Elizabeth II
  • Stars & Strips Forever (ala Muppets)

    07/04/2009 5:33:55 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 2 replies · 378+ views
    YouTube ^ | unknown | Muppets
    Sam The Eagle presents Stars & Stripes Forever. (See link.)
  • Muppets Make Sure Kids, Parents Prepare for Emergencies

    09/17/2008 8:29:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 346+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2008 – When Rosita, a Sesame Street Muppet, showed up at John Tyler Elementary School here today, she had a flashlight, batteries, a shiny new radio and a message for about two dozen of the school’s pre-kindergarteners: “Be prepared.” Sesame Street Muppet Rosita listens to pre-kindergarteners from John Tyler Elementary School in Washington on Sept. 17, 2008. After presenting Sesame Workshop CEO Gary E. Knell (left) with items found in emergency kits, she introduced the video included in "Let's Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies," an emergency preparedness kit. Defense Dept. photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click...
  • Henson Co. says Gore cause for celebration [Barf "AL"ert!]

    12/23/2006 4:18:57 PM PST · by melt · 3 replies · 286+ views
    UPI ^ | 12/23/06 | UPI
    HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Former U.S. vice president Al Gore was named winner of the "Celebration Honor" this week by Hollywood's Jim Henson Company. While Gore and celebration might not often be linked in the minds of most people, the Henson firm said in a release that the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee was chosen as the person who in 2006 "makes the world a better place by inspiring people to celebrate life." Gore was cited specifically for his tireless campaigning on behalf of slowing global warming.
  • Humor: U.S. Congress hires Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (aka "Beaker" the Muppet)

    07/31/2006 6:25:00 AM PDT · by blessu · 4 replies · 586+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 31, 2006 | blessu
    The U.S. Congress has apparently hired Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (aka "Beaker" the Muppet) to help keep order in the balcony.
  • Bert and Ernie Packing Heat on Sesame Street

    05/25/2006 1:44:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 66 replies · 2,210+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/25/06
    Bert and Ernie Packing Heat on Sesame Street BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Brockton High School has banned T-shirts with Sesame Street characters. But these are no regular pictures of Bert and Ernies. On some, Oscar the Grouch emerges from his garbage can, wielding a 9 mm handgun. On others, Bert and Ernie are standing in a gang posture, armed with automatic weapons. "We were amazed," said the school's principal, Susan Szachowicz. "You focus on the Sesame Street character. But the more we looked at it, the more we saw the things in it, the guns, the gang stuff." There have...
  • Semi-News: Big Bird Charged with Murder

    12/31/2005 1:18:38 PM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies · 286+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 30 Dec 2005 | John Semmens
    Beloved Sesame Street muppet Big Bird was charged with felony murder in the death of a Woodstock jogger whose battered body was found on property owned by the muppet. Bird told police that he mistook Judith Nilan, a 44-year-old middle school social worker, for his normal prey. “I was hiding in the bushes waiting for my dinner to come along,” Bird explained. “It wasn’t until after I made the kill that I realized it was a person.” Under the capital felony count, prosecutors can seek the death penalty or life in prison without parole for Bird. State police dispute Bird's...
  • Muppets May Return To TV With Reality Twist

    10/27/2005 2:45:36 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 11 replies · 317+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | October 26, 2005 | AP
    Muppets May Return To TV With Reality TwistPOSTED: 8:07 am EDT October 26, 2005 UPDATED: 8:35 am EDT October 26, 2005 LOS ANGELES -- Reality television may soon be making room for the Muppets. ABC has ordered a script and five episode outlines for "America's Next Muppet," which may have viewers choosing the newest member of the puppet family. The network purchased the Muppets franchise from the Jim Henson Company back in 2004, and has been using the characters in theme parks, movies and television shows. The syndicated "The Muppet Show" aired from 1976 to 1981 and was seen in...
  • The Disney Muppets: why that just isn't funny

    05/05/2005 6:33:13 PM PDT · by saquin · 24 replies · 1,702+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 5/6/05 | Caitlin Moran
    THERE is a story about Jim Henson and the early days of the Muppets that sounds so in keeping that it doesn’t really matter whether it’s true. Despite one of his previous creations, Big Bird from Sesame Street, having been on the cover of Time magazine the year before, Henson was unable to get funding in the US for his new project, The Muppet Show. Eventually, having made several distress calls, he was finally offered a deal by Lew Grade at ATV, on the understanding that Henson came over and filmed The Muppet Show in the UK. “It will give...
  • Cookie Monster leads way as Sesame Street goes on a diet

    04/07/2005 8:27:11 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 27 replies · 872+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 4/7/05 | CHELSEA J. CARTER
    NEW YORK - Something must be wrong in the land of Muppets. First PBS announced that "Sesame Street" would kick off its 35th season this week with a multiyear story arc about healthy habits.No problem there; childhood obesity rates are soaring. Then I learned of changes that turned my "Sesame Street" world upside-down. My beloved blue, furry monster - who sang "C is for cookie, that's good enough for me" - is now advocating eating healthy. There's even a new song - "A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food," where Cookie Monster learns there are "anytime" foods and "sometimes" foods. "Sacrilege!"...
  • Ma na ma na...

    02/26/2005 7:36:27 PM PST · by zeugma · 7 replies · 11,134+ views
    TV Commercial ^ | 1969 | Jim Henson
    ... Do doooo do do do ... manamana do do do do manamana do dooo do do do ... Everybody sing it now!
  • Caption Movie Muppets Remaking 'Wizard of Oz'

    12/28/2004 10:24:06 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 64 replies · 2,264+ views
    AICN ^ | 12/27/04 | Henson family
  • Two muppets named top scientists

    09/05/2004 10:30:29 PM PDT · by Ronzo · 9 replies · 394+ views
    CNN ^ | September 5, 2004
    EXETER, England (Reuters) -- Muppets Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker defeated Dr. Strangelove, Dana Scully of "X Files" fame and Star Trek's Mr. Spock to be voted Britain's favorite screen scientists on Monday. They beat their closest rival by a margin of 2 to 1 and won 33 percent of the 43,000 votes cast in an Internet poll.
  • Have the Democrats become "The Muppet Show"?

    06/27/2004 7:45:43 PM PDT · by Preech1 · 28 replies · 241+ views
    self | 06/27/04 | preech1
    It has occured to me that the democrats are getting odder and odder as the days go by. Rush and other conservative talk shows have said that they have become a parody of their former selves, going out even further on the left wing limbs as they get more desperate. It is my contention after much thought and a five minute conversation with a friend of mine after church that the Democrat Party is slowly morphing into a twisted version of the "Muppet Show". Think about it...doesn't Howard Dean remind you of Animal when he freaks out...doesn't Hillary look like...
  • Have the Democrats become "The Muppet Show"?

    06/27/2004 7:13:57 PM PDT · by Preech1 · 6 replies · 170+ views
    Self | 06/27/04 | Self
    It has occured to me that the democrats are getting odder and odder as the days go by. Rush and other conservative talk shows have said that they have become a parody of their former selves, going out even further on the left wing limbs as they get more desperate. It is my contention after much thought and a five minute conversation with a friend of mine after church that the Democrat Party is slowly morphing into a twisted version of the "Muppet Show". Think about it...doesn't Howard Dean remind you of Animal when he freaks out...doesn't Hillary look like...
  • Muppets Bringing Peace to the Middle East

    03/23/2004 9:56:45 PM PST · by pittsburgh gop guy · 26 replies · 285+ views
    Yahoo News - Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 22,11:15 PM ET | Sasha Levy
    Muppets Bringing Peace to the Middle East Mon Mar 22,11:15 PM ET By Sasha LevyTEL AVIV, Israel (Hollywood Reporter) - Where countless politicians and diplomats have failed, Elmo, Cookie Monster and their "Sesame Street" buddies are on a mission to promote peace and tolerance in the Middle East. A programing experiment using the Muppet characters was launched six months ago and was widely welcomed by parents, educators and the media. But the Muppets are not without their critics in Israel, the Palestinian Authority (news - web sites) and Jordan.Sesame Workshop partnered with local producers to create "Sesame Stories," an...
  • Disney to Buy Muppets Franchise

    02/17/2004 8:30:59 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 31 replies · 258+ views
    The Associated Press Updated: 7:11 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2004 LOS ANGELES - The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it will buy the "Muppets" characters, including Kermit, Miss Piggy and others, as well as the "Bear in the Big Blue House," franchise from The Jim Henson Co. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal culminates a decades-long pursuit of the Muppets by Disney, which came close to acquiring the characters in 1990. The deal fell apart shortly after the death of company founder Jim Henson. The company then was bought by German media company EM.TV, which sold...
  • Kermit, Henson to take a seat by Stamp Union today

    09/24/2003 10:43:47 AM PDT · by jae471 · 236+ views
    The Diamondback ^ | 24 Sep 2003 | Julie Dietrick
    Sep 24, 2003 Kermit, Henson to take a seat by Stamp Union today By Julie Dietrick Staff writer   Campus Drive is temporarily renamed Sesame Street in honor of Jim Henson's birthday and statue dedication. CHRIS LAUBER-THE DIAMONDBACK There are few celebrities who can draw giant parade-style balloons, the renaming and closure of a main university road, a $217,000 bronze statue and the adoration of children and adults worldwide. One is Kermit the Frog. The celebrity puppet and spawn of famed university alumnus Jim Henson, who graduated in 1960 and would have been 67 today, is part of today's...
  • Federal Officials Hope 'Sesame Street' Figures Can Help Children Deal With War, Terrorism

    06/25/2003 1:24:04 PM PDT · by Jean S · 11 replies · 287+ views
    AP ^ | 6/25/03 | Erin McClam
    NEW YORK (AP) - The Muppets have more to offer than lessons on numbers, letters and shapes - now they're teaching children about fear, violence and war. The nonprofit group behind "Sesame Street" announced plans Wednesday to distribute 75,000 copies of a video called "You Can Ask!" that encourages children to ask their parents when they are confused about feelings. The video, paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is aimed at helping children cope with repeated media images of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and other violence in the world. "Too often, children in America are witnessing too...
  • Henson family swoops in for Muppets (The inside skinny on how and why they got the Muppets back)

    05/11/2003 5:12:54 AM PDT · by Tarsk · 5 replies · 1,050+ views
    CBS Marketwatch ^ | May 10, 2003 | Luisa Beltran
    Henson family swoops in for Muppets Family looks at TV, movies for Kermit, Miss Piggy By Luisa Beltran, CBS.MarketWatch.com - Last Update: 1:11 PM ET May 10, 2003 HOLLYWOOD (CBS.MW) -- For two years, the Henson family sat on the sidelines and watched as EM.TV tried to sell the Jim Henson Co. to various buyers. "It had been very painful to watch what happened to EM.TV and the effect on the [Jim Henson Co.]," said Brian Henson, one of Jim Henson's children. "And then watching it just being for sale forever. It was very painful." A couple of week ago,...
  • Henson Family to Buy Back Muppets (Hooray!)

    05/07/2003 6:22:16 AM PDT · by conservativeinbflo. · 5 replies · 406+ views
    www.yahoo.com ^ | May 7, 2003 | Reuters
    Frankfurt, Germany (Reuters) - Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends are back home. Ailing German media group EM.TV & Merchandising AG said on Wednesday it agreed to sell Jim Henson Company, the maker of the Muppets, to the children of their inventor, the late Jim Henson. Putting an end to a protracted auction that has been going on for years, EM.TV said it would sell its wholly owned subsidiary completely for $89 million. It bought Henson for $680 million at the peak of the stock market bubble in 2000.
  • Henson Family to Buy Back Muppets (The deal of the decade?)

    05/07/2003 7:37:11 AM PDT · by Tarsk · 25 replies · 940+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday May 7, 2003
    Reuters Henson Family to Buy Back Muppets Wednesday May 7, 10:26 am ET NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends are homeward bound. Ailing German media company EM.TV & Merchandising AG said on Wednesday it agreed to sell Jim Henson Co., the producer of the Muppets, to the children of their creator -- the late Jim Henson -- for $89 million. The deal ends a nearly two-year hunt for a buyer. Among the suitors were Walt Disney Co., children's programming magnate Haim Saban and former TV executive Dean Valentine. EM.TV bought Henson from the...
  • Meet "Kami" the muppet, a fluffy five-year-old orphan living with HIV

    09/17/2002 3:01:56 PM PDT · by Registered · 97 replies · 386+ views
    AP-via Yahoo ^ | 07.17.02 | Yahoo
    South Africa's Sesame Street community on September 17, 2002 welcomed Kami, a fluffy five-year-old orphan living with HIV, in the government's latest effort to stem the AIDS pandemic ravaging the country and the continent. Education Minister Kader Asmal was the first outsider to hug Kami, a lively bear-like Muppet with a passion for nature, after her public debut at Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital, the only one in the country offering drug therapy for children with AIDS. Kami is seen in this undated photo. (John Barrett/Reuters) Now for the "bad" news...
  • Bert and Ernie Won't Get HIV+ Buddy in U.S.

    07/17/2002 6:21:08 AM PDT · by Democratic_Machiavelli · 25 replies · 442+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | July 17, 2002 | NYPOST.COM
    <p>The news that an HIV-positive Muppet is headed for Sesame Street has been greatly exaggerated.</p> <p>While it is true that the new character is being developed for a version of the PBS kids' show produced in South Africa, the introduction of a similar character on the original U.S. show was never under consideration, despite reports to the contrary, officials say.</p>
  • ...MUPPETS WITH AIDS(HIV-POS)?

    07/15/2002 8:44:15 AM PDT · by LUTHERSLAIR · 15 replies · 337+ views
    REUTERS/SESAME STREET WORKSHOP ^ | 7-15-02/? | UNKNOWN
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  • <b>Muppet Madness Supported by Oregon Magazine</b>

    07/12/2002 10:31:55 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 78 replies · 4,995+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | July 11, 2002 | Larry Leonard
    Sesame Street to introduce HIV-positive Muppet by Bernie WoodallNew York (Reuters) - Sesame Street will soon introduce its first HIV-positive Muppet character...(snip)OMED: This approach is heterophobic in nature and is also biased with respect to other diseases. Congress should immediately pass legislation which requires Sesame Street to include in their cast puppets with diseases predominantly suffered by heterosexuals. There should be a diabetic puppet with a bad heart....(snip) For complete article, click here!
  • Muppet Sexuality: Are Ernie and Bert More Than Just Best Friends?

    04/10/2002 11:15:43 AM PDT · by IowaHawk · 85 replies · 1,815+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | 4/9/02 | Buck Wolf
    April 9 — Just like Tom Cruise, Muppet stars Ernie and Bert are threatening to sue to prove that they're not gay. Rumors have long dogged those two felt legends. They're roommates. They tend to sing a lot of silly songs. One of them has a curious obsession with his rubber ducky. But all that doesn't mean anything. Not that there's anything wrong with being a gay Muppet, but the Children's Television Workshop has threatened to take legal action against Peter Spears, the director of Ernest and Bertram, a documentary spoof of two male puppets who become heated lovers. The...