Muppet Monday

When these posts began their avowed purpose was to make sure the blog had some content while my attention was mostly directed elsewhere, stoking my own and hopefully my readers' enthusiasm for the new Muppet movie.

Of course these past few months have ended up being among the busiest on the blog, not only in terms of posts posted but viewers viewing them — which is one reason why I decided to keep the new content flowing with more than just Muppet Monday stuff, but that too, even after the movie opened. I'll share some further thoughts on bloggy business in a couple of weeks; right now I'm wrapping up this volley of Muppet Monday with one last round of links.

Here's a list of seven sites for Muppet lovers interested in further exploration, most official and most mentioned on the blog before.

1. The website for The Muppets has select character bios, video clips, a photo gallery, games, downloads, and more.

2. The official Muppets Studio YouTube channel, which has been bringing us the occasional golden viral video for a few years now — like Beaker's multitracked version of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" and the Muppets' take on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" — also has clips from the new film, trailers and TV spots promoting it, and other fun stuff.

3. The Muppet Wiki is an unofficial, astoundingly comprehensive information depot spanning the Muppets' history over the past 55+ years — and beyond, in the case of biographical information about key contributors to the Muppets legacy like Jim Henson, the man who started it all. The wiki's 24,516 pages (at this writing) also span non-Muppet aspects of Henson productions and collaborations, living up to its billing as "a collaborative encyclopedia for everything related to Jim Henson, The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and The Muppets Studio."

4. The official Sesame Street website has games, classic and new video clips, and pages devoted to the Muppets from that show.

5. The website for The Jim Henson Legacy, founded after Henson's passing by his widow Jane Henson to keep his memory and creative perspective alive, has links, information on permanent and traveling exhibits about Henson's work, and more. Its mission statement says that the organization "is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Jim Henson’s contributions to the worlds of puppetry, television, motion pictures, special effects and media technology."

6. The website of The Jim Henson Company is devoted to the puppetry, animatronics, and digital-effects work still being done by the Creature Shop and related arms of the enterprise that sprang from the mind of Jim Henson. While the company transferred the rights to the Sesame Street Muppets to Sesame Workshop and sold the characters familiar from The Muppet Show (and its spinoffs) as well as the Muppets name to The Walt Disney Company, The Jim Henson Company still controls such properties as The Storyteller, FarscapeFraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Among the website's varied sections are an online store, links to new and classic video clips, and excerpts from Jim Henson's so-called Red Book with his brief journal entries often annotated through contextual essays and related archival images.

7. The website for Stuffed and Unstrung, a theatrical production from The Jim Henson Company's adult-oriented Henson Alternative division, has video excerpts from and tour-date information for the traveling show.

I'm hoping to 
return to the Muppet Monday movement next year around the time The Muppets hits home video. Previous Muppetational posts are easily browsable by clicking the Muppets label.

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