The Muppet Show Game by Parker Bros.

It’s time to play the music, It’s time to light the lights!

It’s time to meet the Muppets, on The Muppet Show Game tonight!

OK, that was a slight variation on the original opening to the television show that had us all wondering how felt puppets could put on make-up and just what ‘dressing up right’ meant to a bunch of performers who walked around nude most of the time.

Of course, I’m talking about Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show which aired from 1976 to 1981. But the remainder of this post will deal with The Muppet Show Game that Parker Brothers produced in 1977:

Look for Jim Henson as a Muppet on the cover

Box Side

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Box End

This game is set up as a theatrical production directed by Kermit the Frog, produced by Parker Brothers, and starring Jim Henson’s Muppets. Even the rule book is actually a working script.

Back of Box

At the end of the post I will include pictures of the complete rules/script so you can get the sense of the play for yourself. Also, if you have the game but have lost the rules, this will make it possible for you to play the game properly.

First, let’s look more closely at the game board by itself, and set up for play:

    

“It’s time to raise the curtain on The Muppet Show Game tonight!”

Just for fun, look again for Jim Henson as a Muppet in the gallery of Muppets at the bottom of the board. Now let’s have a look at the spinner and rule book/script:

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So there are eight characters who play in teams of two and four set pieces, all of which must move around the board to win the game. To win, each player must get his two characters in place for the curtain call, and their set into position as well.

Let’s have a look at the character pieces first. A nice feature of this game is that the playing pieces are double-sided:

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In a commercial world where game manufacturers seem to create generic artwork, it’s refreshing to go back in time (to 1977) and see this nice detail of front and back views for the character pieces!

And we can’t forget the sets. Can you match the sets to the characters?

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Now as promised, to conclude, here is the entire rule book/script reproduced for you page by page:

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Don’t forget to read Kermit’s directions!

DVD Review: Being Elmo – A Puppeteer’s Journey

A Puppeteer’s Journey

    

This documentary on Kevin Clash, the man behind, or underneath, Elmo, was very interesting. It was done in 2011, just one year before allegations against him would bring about his resignation from Sesame Street. But I don’t want to focus on that, instead, I’ll be restricting my review to the DVD and its contents.

The story of Kevin Clash and his rise to fame as a performer with Jim Henson, the Muppets, and of course, Sesame Street, is one to warm the heart! He came from humble beginnings with just a dream and raw talent to propel himself forward. I’ll let you watch the DVD to learn all of the details.

Perhaps the most poignant moment in the film is Kevin’s recollections of Jim Henson’s last days. They visited Walt Disney World together in 1990 for the TV special The Muppets at Walt Disney World:

And they appeared together again on The Arsenio Hall Show:

One of Jim Henson’s last appearances

Clash speaks of Jim complaining of a sore throat during this broadcast, and just 10 days later, Jim Henson was dead. The DVD shows a moving moment from the funeral which ‘starred’ many of the Muppet performers singing a song in Jim’s honor, including Kevin Clash as Elmo.

Over all, this was a nice documentary, which won 13 awards! I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. For some, the unfortunate allegations against Clash might make this DVD something to avoid, but I see it as a piece of history. It very well chronicles the world of puppeteering and specifically the world of Jim Henson’s Muppets and their performers.

Really, a must-see for any Disney fan.

Jim Henson’s Muppets Sour Puckers Candy

Welcome to the wonderful and oft-times dangerous world of “Muppet Labs: Where the future is being made… today!” Dr. Bunsen Honeydew PhD. Esq. and his frightful (or frightened) assistant Beaker have really cooked up something good for us today.

After only three explosions and two visits to intensive care for Beaker, we present:

Tasty Tangy Citrus

Yes, folks, Beaker has sucked and puckered his sour way through dozens of tins, and a few candies, to ensure that these little beauties are safe for your consumption. Beaker was asked to comment on the flavour and was heard to say: “Mee Mee (bleah) Mee!” We’re taking that as a positive endorsement.

So if you’re looking for a sour treat and the thrill of a (likely short) lifetime, simply purchase your own tin of Muppets Sour Puckers Tangy Citrus candy.

It was an honor knowing you!

Hollywood Studios

73 Days: MuppetVision 3D

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MuppetVision 3D – our choice for #Day73 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today as we explore our next selection in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  For this day, we are looking at #Day73, and today’s choice is none other than the incomparable MuppetVision 3D!

This attraction first opened on May 16, 1991, over in the Streets of America section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.  I remember seeing it at some point not that long after, and thinking it was so much fun because it was my pals The Muppets!  To this day, I still like to watch the corny show, even though it is quite dated now.  Part of me wonders what sort of changes, if any, we would have seen to the attraction had Jim Henson not passed away when he did.  That tragic loss impacted fans of the Muppets for years, and still does to some degree today.

I think, though, that MuppetVision 3D is great just as it is, with the pre show, the 3D Glasses that are sometimes 3D Safety Glasses, Statler and Waldorf, and of course, Kermit.  But what I like perhaps best of all is how the whole area around the attraction just screams Muppets, everything from the giant billboard of Miss Piggy:

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Miss Piggy IS the Largest Star!

and the director Fozzie Bear (not sure how well that will work!):

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Fozzie Bear is running camera and, I believe, directing too!

That’s just a couple of examples.  So tell me, please: do you like MuppetVision 3D?  If so, what is your favorite part, and if not, tell me why please.  In the meantime, thank you for stopping by today, now go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Steve Martin Banjo Playing!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia segment! Today we are taking a look at some recent Disney history — this comes to us from way back in 2009!

Did You Know…

That on this day in 2009, comedian, writer, director, and banjo enthusiast Steve Martin performed to a near-capacity audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Martin (who worked at Disneyland as a teen) has turned serious intention to both playing and composing with his first full album of music, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

In addition, Martin was quoted as saying during the performance the following quote:
“My wife inspired the title for this next song – it’s called ‘When Are You Going to Stop Playing the Damned Banjo?’

Steve Martin has been a point of reference on our blog before, he had a quote that went out when the great Jim Henson passed away that we used before, and if you haven’t seen it before, here is a YouTube video of Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog playing Dueling Banjos together! Enjoy!

Now, please go check out the rest of the entries, and as always, special thanks to my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse for co-hosting with me!

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