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Muppet Monday: What Do ‘Muppet Babies’ and IKEA Have In Common?

Well, I’m sure you could come up with a couple good answers for this question.  Both are good Saturday morning past times.  Both can be found in many countries (we assume).  Both are two of our favorite things.  But what we have in mind is something else.  A whatchamacallit.

When we came upon this item in the IKEA marketplace we only thought of one thing: the episode of Muppet Babies in which Kermit and Fozzie find one of these in the basement and the little Muppets use their imaginations to suggest various uses for the gadget, including a microphone, intergalactic cheeseburger maker, dinosaur head, alphabet soup strainer and something called the “Mupp0-Matic” (thanks, Fozzie).  And even though Nanny eventually explains the actual use of the item the kids refuse to let their creativity be stifled.  To top it all off, the episode is titled “Muppets Not Included,” a reference to the 1987 Steven Spielberg-produced film *Batteries Not Included.  What other late 1980s children’s cartoon had such deep subtext, tapping into the cultural zeitgeist?  None.

And Parts 2 and 3.

Open your minds, people!

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Gratuitous Search Term Bait of the Day: Muppet Monster(s)

A relatively broad term today, simply: “muppets.”  It’s actually quite interesting, and encouraging, that someone ostensibly found our blog via the term “muppets.”  That must mean (we guess) that due to our vast library of Muppet-related posts we’re becoming one of the top results for that search.  Which is something to be proud of (right?  Please say yes).

Since the search term was so wide open we’re going to give you two clips today, that way everyone goes home happy.  First, we have this mash-up of the Muppets performing Kanye West’s “Monster,” which is all the rage today:

[sidebar:  Is the Muppet remix becoming something of a tired art?  How many times can we see some kind of Muppet mash-up until it feels derivative, devaluing both the Muppets and whatever work they are paired with?  Only time will tell.]

And, secondly, we’re happy to counter that “Monster” with the original Muppet Monsters, Little Muppet Monsters, the extremely short-lived series that was briefly paired with Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies in 1985.  Shelved after airing just three episodes, it remains when of the great Muppet oddities:

Well take the latter any day of the week.

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Where’s Uncle Joey When You Need Him?

CoulierSpeaking of impressions (and other past their prime comedians with the initials “DC”), Dave Coulier totally should have been on hand last night to save the day when the final dress rehearsal of Bye Bye Birdie experienced some technical difficulties and both Bob Saget and Don Rickles stepped into to lighten/worsen the mood (see: Disaster at Bye Bye Birdie’s Final Preview Inspires Stamos, Saget, and Rickles Comedy Routine).  Coulier could have wowed audiences with Mr. Woodchuck for hours, or perhaps tried out his new stand-up bit about farting.

(Coincidentally, a very similar thing happened during my high school’s Student-Faculty production of Bye Bye Birdie, in which I had a memorable role as the Train Conductor.  Well, we didn’t have any comedy legends attend the show, but one of the sets did fall down.  See?  Very similar.)

More: Coulier and the Muppets!

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