I wanted to know what they were all from… And today, I think I can identify all of them! You can see the latest music videos, movies, tv shows, funny, extreme videos on our featured content. Washtub bass. Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting 1989. After the montage, Crazy Harry pops up for one more explosion. Instead, it’s one of Jim’s best cameos in the history of the Muppets, in which Grover the waiter gives him a comically long bill for the reception. Warburtons commercial. Ryan: I get the frustration. Or it’s like when Kermit’s on a talk show and he says, “Yeah, the guys and I hadn’t seen each other for a while before we made this movie…” It’s not the Muppet characters, it’s the Muppet actors who play variations of themselves on television. When Kermit asks where Yorick is, Yorick appears next to him as he attempts to eat Kermit's arm. Anthony: See, I love that. The first short called "Food Fight" debuted on BuzzFeed and Disney.com on December 5, 2013 and features Gordon Ramsay challenging The Swedish Chef to a food truck cook-off. Can you believe the Muppets’ 30th anniversary special is 30 years old? Ryan: That’s how their relationship works! Ryan: Good one! Joe: Hey folks! The Muppets: A Celebration Of 30 Years (1986, 60 minutes) The Muppet gang gets together for a celebratory gala to mark 30 years, with the core Muppets appearing alongside some Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock characters. Apparently, the number is three, as all three shows are currently up on YouTube. A clip from The Muppet Movie is shown, with Kermit getting the Muppets their big break in Hollywood. Mushmellon: the Graphic Novel. Muppet Performers: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Caroll Spinney. * But yeah, it’s nice to see those guys, especially Yorick, who gets one of the special’s best (new) gags when he hides under the table cloth and then eats it. Ryan: That’s what I assumed. Joe: I like the joke, because Gonzo is a weird little creature, and we have no reason to believe that he has a healthy relationship, with a chicken as his partner or otherwise. Anthony: Maybe it’s set in the world from the 2015 TV series! Ryan: As long as I can sit with Traveling Matt and Sprocket, I’ll be there! Yay for those slapsticky, fun-loving Muppets. Earlier in the special, Fozzie calls Kermit “an institution”, and Kermit reminds him that’s he’s just a frog, “let’s not forget that”. But if we’re going with the Kermit/Jim connection, I’m glad the last moment isn’t the Muppets eulogizing their friend (although they came pretty close with that somber moment). A montage featuring Muppet monsters, monsters eating other Muppets, and explosions is shown, with "Millions of Us Who are Ugly" and the 1812 Overture playing over the clips. Something more upbeat would have been better, I think. It seems to me all the biggies are there. I think about that joke every single time a joke in a Muppet thing falls flat (but strangely, not during the actual emotional moments). It must have been fun for the Muppet people to devise the seating chart. A montage of clips from Sesame Street is shown. Ryan: Kermit’s last line wraps things up in the most perfect way I could imagine: “The next 30 years begins tomorrow, so don’t forget rehearsal is at 9:00 sharp!” The Muppets are show people, and even when they take a break to throw themselves a party, the show never ends. And I feel like it’s happening all over again, whenever a Muppet fan gets to see something from seasons 4 or 5 of The Muppet Show and wants to see more. Floyd Pepper and Janice then introduce Muppet music clips (Ernie singing "Rubber Duckie", Mahna Mahna and the Snowths singing "Mahna Mahna", the Muppet chickens playing the piano, Bobby Benson and his Baby Band performing, various Alaska Muppets singing "Lullaby of Broadway", and Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem performing "Rockin' Robin"). Dr. Teeth introduces a sequence featuring still images of various Muppet book covers, record covers, and magazine covers featuring appearances by the Muppets. But Gonzo chose to sit in the audience with his chickens (who, according to him in a rare moment of potential racism, all look exactly alike). I think it’s hilarious, but I can see that some people might think it cheapens their relationship. It’s like, “Whoa, birds bouncing on telephone wires!!! Jim Henson appears briefly at the conclusion of the program being given a bill for his food by Grover. Anthony: As long as I can sit with the Little Muppet Monsters, I’ll be there! Anthony: The one that sticks with me is when Kermit says sometimes the Muppets aren’t funny, and Robin says that he blames the writers for that. Click here to start the next 30 years on the ToughPigs forum! After a collection of scenes overlaid by the Sesame Street theme song, more clips are shown (Kermit singing the alphabet with a little girl, Bert playing checkers with Bernice the pigeon, Cookie Monster singing his trademark song "'C' is for Cookie", and Big Bird parodying American Express ads). Here’s a detail-oriented question… At the beginning of the special, the announcer says it features “All of Jim Henson’s Muppets, except the ones who couldn’t make it.” It’s a solid joke, but can you think of any characters who didn’t show up that you would have expected to see? Not every montage strictly adheres to a specific theme, but I think the special does a good job of using an assortment of obvious and lesser-known moments. It’s such a weird thing, that they expected it to be a Muppet Babies-sized hit, but it was canned before this special aired. Plot. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years honors Kermit the Frog's 30 birthday, as well as the entire Muppet family. The two then introduce a montage of clips from The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan, all overlaid by "Hey, a Movie!" Sponsored by Time Warner, the two-hour special featured an ensemble cast addressing concerns about pollution, deforestation, and other environmental ills.. Several cutaways are made to famous fictional characters watching events unfold, and discussing what can be done to save the planet. At the conclusion, a clip from the finale of The Muppet Movie is shown with the Muppets singing "The Rainbow Connection". Ryan: Even the clip of Big Bird’s American Express commercial parody about holding a grown-up’s hand to cross the street, which would be lost on 2016’s audience. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years 1986. I especially like that they went with a guest star song from The Muppet Show instead of something more obvious, although I suppose at that point they had already used “Bein’ Green” and they were saving “Rainbow Connection” for the group finale. It’s more like all the “real” Muppets getting together for this event. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990. Joe: Super important information there, Lew. It really was a big moment for me. Ryan: I hadn’t thought about that. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years aired 30 years ago, so we’re revisiting the special on this momentous occasion. Count von Count then introduce Bert and Ernie. Anthony: There could be a li’l Doozer on every table, delivering napkins. Big Bird is sharing a table with Miss Finch and the Dodos. Hosted by Fozzie Bear and featuring guest of honor Kermit the Frog, the program provides an overview of the Muppets' history and musical highlights. Anthony: Frankly, I’m kind of surprised the Henson company didn’t do that after they lost the Muppets and Sesame. I loved TMS when it was on Nick (again) in the early 90s, but after that I hardly saw it until I got into tape-trading, and even then I spent a lot more time collecting other, more obscure projects. As far as I knew, this was the best of the Muppets. This would be the perfect gateway special for a budding Muppet geek. Joe: Kids today don’t know the VCR struggle. Joe: I’m just greedy. So what is this thing about? Clips featuring live action baby versions of the Muppets in The Muppets Take Manhattan is shown followed by clips from the animated Saturday Morning cartoon Muppet Babies. Ryan: Yeah, and they weren’t going to turn it into a special tribute to Mushmellon. Ryan: It’s hard not to think of this stuff in terms of “Kermit = Jim.” Jerry Juhl and the performers must have had that in mind when writing and performing the Muppets’ salute to their boss. I wrote down a bunch of one-liners that made me laugh. The first step on my path to becoming an amateur film historian. But seeing it with 2016 eyes, it almost seems like a comment on race. Joe: By far the weirdest part of the crossover to me is when Floyd, the beatnik musician who’s been slumming on a variety show since 1976, says, “Our first big hit was Ernie singing ‘Rubber Duckie’.” There’s a strange disconnect there where you’re not sure if Floyd is talking on behalf of the Muppets as a whole, or if he genuinely had something to do with “Rubber Duckie”. 9:00 sharp. Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1991. Ryan: Here we are! -- MuppetDude 13:33, 4 June 2009 (UTC) 30th Anniversary Special. If this is a gateway special, that’s a pretty good introduction to Piggy. Before Fozzie can continue, Sweetums and other Muppet monsters interrupt, complaining that their favorite clips were never shown. Ryan: It’s funny. And it would break the hearts of the fans with Gonzo/Camilla posters in their lockers. Ryan: Missed opportunity! I WANT TO SEE EVERY MUPPET THING EVER. We didn’t have a YouTube to reference back in the stone age. Joe: So, we’re used to seeing Muppets and Sesame Street residents and Fraggles occupy the same screen, thanks to specials like Muppet Family Christmas, but how do you guys think this special handled the crossover? Jim Henson created the Muppets and first showcased them on the TV program "Sam and Friends." Uncle Traveling Matt introduces twenty-one clips involving imagination, overlaid by Ben Vereen singing "Pure Imagination". 6/10/2015. You should ask him next time you see him. I’ve been watching it for twenty years – this special *is* the Muppets in a nutshell. Maybe he played washtub bass. After the montage, Lew Zealand pops up between Kermit and Piggy to bring up "the bicycle scene" from The Great Muppet Caper. Joe: And because of this 30th anniversary special, a lot of Muppet fans (ourselves included) thought of Little Muppet Monsters as some lost gem. Even The Muppet Show Executive Producer David Lazer’s Muppet caricature made it to the show. Anthony: Aww, man. For some years I was under the impression that it was an ongoing running gag, which must have just come from my memories of this special. When Robin asks Kermit what his favorite thing about the Muppets are, Kermit says that his favorite scenes are the times when the Muppets do not try to be funny, leading to a montage of some of the Muppets more serious moments (Harry Belafonte's "Turn the World Around", various Muppet animals singing "For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield song)", Kermit singing "It's Not Easy Bein' Green" - first alone, and then with Ray Charles). Kermit the character and “The Muppets” as a concept are both marking 30 years in show business. Fozzie mentions that the Muppets are seen on television in 150 countries. Ryan: Ernie yanking Bert’s nose off, and Bert’s half-irritated, half-sentimental realization that Ernie’s been rearranging his face for 16 years. In 1995, you were 13 and I was only 10, so it makes sense that you were more concerned with citations. And as we discussed earlier, those clips were a valuable commodity in those days. The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited. I guess I’m spoiled by all the other Jerry Juhl stories we’ve seen, and I would’ve liked a B-plot of Piggy being late to the show or the Sesame gang continuously breaking into song or Fozzie getting stage fright or something. The Muppets at Walt Disney World 1990. I like that it seems to contain all the clips they couldn’t fit anywhere else. Joe: If I had to choose one complaint (and the difficulty of finding a complaint is a testament to the quality of the special – even a Muppet clip show with 95% recycled material is hugely entertaining), it’s the lack of a plot. These include clips from Sam and Friends, The Ed Sullivan Show, and commercials for Wilkins Coffee and La Choy. This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. It seems like I watched it on Nickelodeon only 21 years ago. Middle-schoolers love citing their sources. 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Walker, Jim Milio, Steve Muscarella, Mark West, Music Arranged & Conducted by: Jon Charles and the other, Production Supervisors: Kevin Miller, Greg Vines, Assistant Editors: Daryl Baskin, Kevin Fernan, Production Assistants: Wayne Moss, Linda Bain, Production Controllers: Nellie M. Evans, Rachelle Katz, Production Associates: David Gumpel, Sidney Mandell, Vikki Prudden, Michael Solomowitz, Production Facility: Glen Warren Productions, Executive Producers: Diana Birkenfield, Jim Henson, This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 17:27. Anthony: Kids today with their cell phones and their Zunes and their Dick Tracy watches. Joe: Right! That would have been cool, if logistically implausible. Anthony: That might be due to the age difference between us. Anthony: See I think that’s what Muppet Family Christmas was for (almost exactly two years later). We’ve got myself, Mr. Ryan the Roe, and Anthony Strand the Bear. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (abstract background) Muppet RaceMania (character select screen, test drive section and battle arena) Dancing with the Stars (November 15, 2011) The Muppets. It is a Muppet fan moment that will never be matched. Ratkind seemed to be branching out by then. They were great, but it was incredibly frustrating to not know the sources or to be able to see any more. Just for Laughs. by Joe Hennes, Ryan Roe, and Anthony Strand, Celebrating 30 Years of The Muppets’ Celebration of 30 Years, Big Bird’s American Express commercial parody, Movin’ Right Along BONUS 001: The Muppets Go Hollywood, The Happytime Murders Is Selling Itself on the Internet & TV and in Hollywood. Afterwards, Fozzie and the other Muppets decide to pay tribute to Kermit, showing a clip of Linda Ronstadt singing "When I Grow Too Old to Dream", reedited to feature a number of (7) clips with Kermit, which is so emotional for the Muppets, it causes all of them (except Kermit) to start crying. Also, my wife wants me to add that she thinks Gonzo is just teasing her and he totally can tell her from other chickens. Here, the banquet setting is an excuse for some jokes, but it also lets them get out of the way and focus on the clips. youtube.com The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (Part 1 of 5) Part 1 of the 1986 30th anniversary special. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic 1986. It was also the worst of the Muppets. It’s just a solid hour of everything great about the Muppets, with no real slow spots. But I do like some of the other arrangements. It was shot in Toronto, Ontario in 1985 and aired January 21, 1986 on CBS. They missed the first 15 minutes of this one, though, so I’ve only seen those minutes a few precious times. Joe: Me too! There’s one episode where all they do is use magic to make a sandwich. This is followed by a clip from The Ed Sullivan Show (with a clip from The Muppet Show replacing the actual sketch that Sullivan introduces), Kermit's 1975 appearance on Cher, and a clip of Kermit's 1979 guest host appearance on The Tonight Show. So until the DVDs came out, the clips here were basically everything I could remember about The Muppet Show. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson special is available in its entirety on YouTube, on the channel of the Jim Henson Collection: The special features the main Muppets cast, via a letter from an absent Kermit, learning that they’re to produce a tribute to Jim Henson. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years aired 30 years ago, so we’re revisiting the special on this momentous occasion. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (Part 2 of 5) - YouTube It’s also interesting to see who got to sit at the main table with Kermit. Anthony: Speaking of the “Gonzo can’t tell which one is Camilla” joke – how do you guys feel about that? It was all of the Muppets. For some reason, Oscar is next to the podium, probably to make sure everyone can see him scowl. Traveling Matt and Sprocket are there to represent the show, but Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, and Red must not have gotten the invite. The special is available to watch on YouTube if you’re interested, although familiarity isn’t required to enjoy the following article. James Murray operates in California.With Kevin Carlson and Dina Fraboni, he created and wrote The Adventures of Timmy the Tooth.. Filmography Television. Since that time the Muppets have become a staple of American comedy, attracting fans both young and old. Anthony: Well, Kermit’s the only Muppet who had been around for all 30 of the years. We provide the best quality videos for download and watching. After accidentally falling down a flight of stairs, Miss Piggy arrives alongside Kermit to wish him a happy Joe: Same here. It’s not all that different from the tribute song they did for Jim’s TV Hall of Fame induction a year or two later. Nice job, Robin! Kermit tries to convince Piggy that it is not just his birthday, but "ours". I recall Dave Goelz commenting in at least one interview that he believes Gonzo just addresses whichever chicken is nearest to him at any given time as “Camilla.” Which is also funny, but perhaps best left as subtext in the long term. A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years & Counting is a Sesame Street concert held at the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center on October 25 and 26, 2019. Joe: I would gladly give all the money and moths in my wallet for that. Sorry Muppet fans, but Disney hates you. Today don ’ t thought about that, but is interrupted by Ernie pulling `` the Rainbow Connection.... 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