28 Facts About The Muppets


The Muppets are an American ensemble cast of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque, and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy.

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The Muppets originated in the short-form television series Sam and Friends, which aired from 1955 to 1961.

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The Muppets were created by puppeteer Jim Henson in the 1950s; Henson claimed, but later recanted, that he coined the term Muppet as a blend of the words marionette and puppet.

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Originally conceived for an adult audience, the Muppets were introduced in 1955 in Sam and Friends, a short-form television series produced for WRC-TV in Washington, D C Developed by Henson and his future wife, Jane Nebel, the series was the first form of puppet media not to incorporate a physical proscenium arch typical of such works, relying instead on the natural framing of the television set through which it was viewed.

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Exceptions included the Sesame Street characters; the Fraggle Rock characters, which were retained by Henson; the distribution rights to four films: The Muppets Take Manhattan, Muppets from Space, and Kermit's Swamp Years, which were retained by Sony Pictures Entertainment; and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, retained by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

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The Muppets made appearances on Disney Channel and starred in the ABC television film, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

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That same year, Disney used the Muppets to promote their volunteerism program at the company's theme parks.

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In 2011, the Muppets were featured in an eponymous seventh film, intended to serve as a "creative reboot" for the characters.

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In March 2012, the Muppets received a collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The Muppets Most Wanted was released in 2014, and starred Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.

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Disney Theatrical Productions announced in 2013 that a live show based on the Muppets was in active development and that a 15-minute show had been conducted by Thomas Schumacher to see how the technical components would work.

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The Muppets was canceled after one season, which concluded on March 1, 2016.

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In September 2017, the Muppets performed a live concert series at the Hollywood Bowl, hosted by Bobby Moynihan.

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The project, known as Muppets Live Another Day, was intended as a limited-run series set in the 1980s after the events of The Muppets Take Manhattan and depicted Kermit recruiting the Muppets to locate Rowlf the Dog after his disappearance.

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The Muppets Haunted Mansion, a Halloween special based on the attraction of the same name, was released on October 8, 2021.

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Guest stars on Saturday Night Live occasionally include both the Muppets and Sesame Street characters, as well as Muppet likenesses of real people; these likenesses appear recurrently in early episodes of The Muppet Show and on Sesame Street, and appear occasionally on other series such as 30 Rock.

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The Muppets are currently performed by a core cast of six principal puppeteers: Vogel, Jacobson, Goelz, Barretta, Rudman, and Linz, with the occasional ensemble of "additional" Muppet performers that includes Julianne Buescher, Tyler Bunch, Alice Dinnean, Bruce Lanoil, Mike Quinn and others.

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Majority of the Muppets are designed as hand puppets, with several characters utilizing rods.

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The Muppets are distinguished from ventriloquist dummies, which are usually animated only in the head and face, in that their arms or other features are animated.

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One consequence of this design is that most of the Muppets are left-handed, with the performer using their right hand to operate the head while operating the arm with their left hand.

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Creative use of different technologies has allowed for scenes in which the Muppets appear to exhibit complex movements wholly independently of the performer.

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When interacting with them, children believed that The Muppets were living beings, even when the performers were present.

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Legal music publishing rights to The Muppets songs are controlled by Fuzzy Muppet Songs and Mad Muppet Melodies, imprints of Disney Music Publishing.

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Similar to other Disney characters, the Muppets appear at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, having first appeared at Walt Disney World in 1990.

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In 2010, the Muppets were the face of the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" charity campaign.

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The Muppets appeared in television and print ads for the campaign and were featured prominently on the campaign's Web site.

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These include Limited Edition pins, Hidden Mickey pin collections, mystery pin sets, 2008 pin sets promoting The Muppets, cast lanyard pins, and assorted individual rack pins.

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The Muppets have a collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with Kermit having been previously individually inducted in 2002.

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