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

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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.

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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

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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!

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Exploring Disney Hollywood Studios Shows

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In a new series, today I’m taking a look at all of the different shows throughout the Walt Disney World Parks.  In today’s episode, we’re taking a look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios shows.
For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch a movie or play.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with it’s dedication to Hollywood and the great things dedicated to movies, you will find a lot of great shows, some of which are among my favorites in all of the parks.  At Hollywood Studios, you will find the following shows:

The American Idol Experience

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I’ll admit it — I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol.  However, Scotty McCreery won American Idol, and seeing as he lives in Garner, just a stones throw from where we live, I actually found myself thinking about this show, and also thinking about watching an episode of Idol.  I haven’t done either, but that may change when we go visit Hollywood Studios during an upcoming vacation…

Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage

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Beauty and the Beast is the only Disney Movie where the stage show opened on the day that the movie was released to theaters.  Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite shows in all of Disney World, and one that I love to see.  It has it all, great music, lively entertainment, that wonderfully romantic story that I love, and a happy ending at the end!  If you’ve never seen Beauty and the Beast, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Disney Junior — Live on Stage!

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This is a new version of a show that we saw when Sophie was younger.  When we saw it, it was the Playhouse Disney show, and we had fun with it because it featured a lot of the characters that Sophie was into at the time.  We were able to see it with Sophie’s friend Sofie last July, and it was as much fun now as it was then!

Fantasmic

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Fantasmic is actually a show that I’ve never seen before.  From what I hear, though, it is an awesome show, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to see it this year.

Muppet*Vision 3-D

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Muppet*Vision 3-D is, of course, brought to you by the Muppets, and while extremely corny, I love it!  I grew up with the Muppet Show, and to see all of my favorite Muppets on the big screen, in 3-D no less, is really cool.  The only thing about it is that it is the same as it has been since the first time I saw it, and I would love it if they would upgrade it.  Still, we love it, so I can’t wait to experience it again!

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

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I’ve only seen the Voyage of the Little Mermaid a couple of times, as it’s not bad, but often has a really long line so we generally skip it.  However, Sophie likes it every now and then, so we see it every couple of years or so.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some really great shows, and there seems to be something that everyone will love, so take care, and enjoy the shows!