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2008 Menu Descriptions

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by frogboy4, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Nice touch honoring Fran. But erm... "his signature character Zoe"? You might want to correct that.

    And thanks for all the wonderful work you've done on these MC menus.
  2. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thanks for pointing that out. A bit of pronoun trouble. :o It has been corrected.
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :batty: Muppet Central Halloween Menu :scary:

    An orange logo proclaiming "Happy Halloween" stretches out on to the screen. Franken-Kermit with purple hair is on the right of it, raven-haired Witch Piggy with a pointy black hat on the left. A spider (very much like one of the Muppet Christmas Carol vagrants that raid's Scrooge's belongings) randomly crawls across the screen.

    There are glowing disembodied eyes blinking in the shadows. Upon a flashlight-looking rollover the subtle shapes behind the eyes fade into view. Upon roll-out they disappear again only leaving blinking glowing eyes behind. From left to right, these monsters are: Behemoth (the toothy orange sack-shaped monster), Mulch, Gloat the Green Frackle, Luncheon Counter Monster, Uncle Deadly and Sweetums.

    The characters are in front of a gated pumpkin patch (instead of a cemetery due to Phillip's specifications) with a Scarecrow Scooter, bare and crooked trees, a road leading to a mansion, full moon, clouds, night sky and cobwebs - of course.

    This was actually the first seasonal menu created for Muppet Central. It is also one I have felt needs to be remade, but that source file is still locked away in my old hard drive and there are time issues as well. Someday.
    Happy Halloween!
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Ah... But why ruin a masterpiece? Add elements to it, certainly... But this should hold a special place, especially with that Moolan Scrooge Scooter turned into the scarecrow in the background. Yes, I've been paying attention to these vonderful descripts. Trust me, I spook of wisdom, it can be troubling when even you doubt your own creative artwork. Hope this scares you into a frighter state of mind. Thanks for everything Jamie.

    *Skulks back to the old drawing slate followed by an eager assistant.
  5. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Loved it everytime it's up Jamie. Your the best in these menus. Love everyone of them. Hope to see some new ones soon but knowing it takes time. I can wait forever. *dances around to the Monster Mash*

    Edit: Jamie i've been wanting to asking you something. Have you ever thought of putting the Monster Mash or anytype of music with your menus or is it to much trouble?
  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm glad you like these menus. To answer your question, I have thought about sound. One issue is loading speed. When the Muppet Central revamp occurred many of our users had slower connections and some even had trouble with the Flash plug in. The option of sound seemed unreasonable back then. Also, some people surf at work and other places where sound elements would be frowned upon. There are ways around that in creating a button. When I get around to menu making (it could be years at this rate) sound will definitely be revisited. I'd like to experiment with it. It would be nice to have a little Christmas music to accompany the holiday menus. I'll keep you posted. It will be far in the future.
  7. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jamie. :concern:
  8. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :search: Joan Ganz Cooney Celebration Menu :wisdom:

    In this menu the site's red arches drop in as usual. A banner that reads "Celebrating Joan Ganz Cooney" appears above the usual Muppet Central logo. Twinkling glitter sparkles briefly while Sesame Street characters pop up into the arches along with Joan Ganz Cooney herself to the right of the logo with the Count to the left of it. On the Count’s side (left to right) Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch appear. On Ms. Cooney's side (left to right) Ernie, Bert and Grover appear.

    Thank you Joan Ganz Cooney for helping give kids all over the world a head start in their education in a fun, accepting and entertaining environment.
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Brian Henson Celebration Menu

    In this menu the site's red arches drop in as usual. A banner that reads "Celebrating Brian Henson" appears above the usual Muppet Central logo. Twinkling glitter sparkles briefly while Brian's characters pop up into the arches along with Brian Henson himself to the right of the logo while his beloved Labyrinth character Hoggle is to the left. On Hoggle's side (left to right) the Storyteller Dog, Cruiser (the taxi driver from The Christmas Toy) and Dr. Phillip Van Neuter (from Muppets Tonight) appear. On Brian's side (left to right) Sal Minella (from Muppets Tonight), a goblin (Brian performed in Labyrinth) and Seymour the Elephant (from Muppets Tonight) appear.

    ;) Thank you Brian Henson for all you do and bring back Seymour if you can. I miss that elephant. Sal too. :rolleyes:
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :attitude: Muppet Central Thanksgiving Menu :hungry:

    A 17th century American east coast seaport fades into view along with a golden-lettered Muppet Central title card in the center of the composition. Ernie and Bert are standing together far on the left. They are appropriately clothed for the period from cap to torso. Ma and Emmet Otter are seated in their little green row boat floating in the harbor. To the right of the composition Fozziewig, Statler and Waldorf are standing far off in the distance at the edge of a pier. On the far right Mokey and Boober are paired together in Pilgrim garb.

    A cornucopia of blinking Muppet veggies (a tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, scallion etc) rises up over the logo. A Happy Thanksgiving greeting glides in to frame the horn of plenty. Pilgrim Piggy rises to the left of the greeting, Pilgrim Kermit to the right. Of course he’s sporting an iconic buckle on his Pilgrim hat. A modified version of the Hispaniola (of all things) floats in the harbor. It and bobs in the background and follows the curser when scanned across the menu. Gonzo and Sweetums are manning/Muppeting the ship.

    On the left side from left to right:
    Upon News rollover - Big Bird and Tutter (in his cute little buckle hat) pop up over Bert and Ernie. Upon Collectibles rollover – a time-period-ponytailed Beaker pops up alongside Pilgrim-capped Bunsen. Upon Articles rollover - Sam pops up over the Otters. His finger is raised and pointing up as if to inform us of the importance of the day. He wears a Pilgrim cap and a red striped shirt and the rest of his classic Sam Arrow garb. Upon Forum rollover – Pilgrim-capped Pepe nudges his way in beside Piggy.

    On the right side from left to right:
    Upon Guides rollover – Pilgrim-capped Robin slides in next to his Uncle Kermit. Upon Radio rollover – The Christmas Turkey from Muppet Family Christmas pops into view (brave turkey). Upon Cards rollover – The Swedish Chef and Camilla pop up. The Chef has a wooden spoon in his hand and is wearing his classic chef’s hat and pink tie over a Pilgrim bib. Upon Help rollover – Pilgrim Gobo and Junior Gorg pop in over Boober and Mokey.

    I know that in recent times the holiday of Thanksgiving has been the subject of great historical debate and controversy. That’s kind of why I had no problem patching together so many weird elements in this Muppety composition. This is a time we suffer our families and loved ones because we will cherish the opportunity of time spent together later on. No matter where you come from or what your beliefs I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving for whatever it means to you.

  11. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks we give to you o boy of frogs who is numbered 4. Not numbered 5, nor 3, lest we keep counting up to 4 which is the number you've been numbered for shall we stop thereat.
    This is probably one of your best pieces ever. Love the cuteness of Mokey and Boober together, and Pilgrim Cap'n Robin next to his uncle. Totally dig the concept of following the descript in reverse order, from the MCC grouping (England) across the ocean with the Hispaniola/Mayflower and the Otters in their rowboat over to Pilgrim Bert & Ernie (The USA). It captures the journey of the story adequately. Also made me smile that there's the All-Food Glee Club's veggies in the Horn of Plenty. If I didn't know better, and could see better for that matter, I'd say the Chef and Camilla used here are the Mini Muppet PVC figurine. Good that even Mr. Beaker and Dr. Livesey got included with the rest of the gang. Again, one of your best.

    :insatiable: :D :batty:
  12. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Gonzo's gonna have FUN piloting the ship... oh, yes he is... *makes the Hispanolia speed from side-to-side on the menu*
  13. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    This once again is another one of Jamie's wonderful menus. Thanks again Jamie for making all your menus for each of the hoildays.
  14. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :coy: Muppet Family Christmas Menu :o

    A winter landscape of snowy hills and pine trees fades into view. Fozzie’s Ma’s porch is seen on the left with a raccoon and white fluffy bunny peeping out from the snow. To the far right, the Snowman from this classic special is seen sporting his striped scarf and crushed bowler cap. Muppet Central is in the center of the composition in festive red script. It is soon framed by characters rising into view. The Two Headed Monster in Santa caps and beards are on the left and Kermit and Piggy on the right. Kermit is wearing a red plaid vest with a red bow tie and resting his head. A curly haired Piggy is sporting her red coat and cap with black fleece trim from the special. The menu slider bar is red, green and white. The Muppet Central logo is soon wiped away by a gust of wind and replaced with a “Happy Holidays!” greeting. Quite a bit of snow continues to fall over the menuscape.

    From left to right on the left side:
    On News rollover Fozzie’s Ma pops up. She is sporting her usual gray mop of hair, spectacles and a green and white dress. On Collectibles rollover an excited Wembley pops up. He is wearing read earmuffs, a festive red and yellow scarf and a plum-colored jacket. On Articles and Forum rollovers the different (but connected) Monsters rise a little more than their resting positions.

    From left to right on the right side:
    On Guides rollover Robin pops up in a red sweater next to his Uncle Kermit. On Radio rollover Maurine the Mink pops up next to her idol Miss Piggy. Maurine is sporting a classic purple Piggy-inspired dress and wrap (she was also performed by the fabulous Karen Prell in the special). On Cards rollover Fozzie pops up. The bear is wearing a red knitted bowler cap and a red plaid scarf. On Help rollover the Snowman waves his arm to greet you.

    This special is a favorite of Muppet fans and I always hoped to do another menu from inside the house with even more characters packed in together. That is on my shortlist for the future. I always hope to get some menu work done every year, but fall short.

    Happy Holidays everyone. There are 5 more Christmassy holiday menus followed by a New Year’s menu. After that there are no more menus to report in this thread. I'll finally have to get my froggy butt in gear and make some new menus to report about for next year, huh? I do hope so!

  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    We hope so too, or should that be "hop" so instead? Aaaaah!
    We'll certainly need at least one new menu for SST's 40th celebration. An MC menu from inside the Grizzly Farms farmhouse with more characters would be nice. It could have Fraggles emerging onto the mantelpiece above the fireplace, Animal popping out of the Christmas tree, Cookie Monster devouring Janice's tray of cookies, Kermit and Piggy seated on the couch, the Snowman on the outer porch seen through the window with a modified Scarecrow Scooter? Just some ideas Jamie. Thanks for everything man.
  16. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :sleep: Marley & Marley Christmas Menu :boo:

    The current Christmas menu is of the Statler and Waldorf Marleys from Muppet Christmas Carol. The color palette is mainly icy blue and black with some green holly garland and red bows hung on the back wall. Also, both characters hold colorful Christmas wreaths.

    The Muppet Central logo morphs into “Merry Christmas” with holly and berries framing the greeting. Several chains hang and sway across the page. They are attached to locks and locked boxes that have opening and closing mouths. The boxes, chains and the Marleys are semi-transparent.

    Waldorf is left of the menu and follows the user’s mouse movement on the left side of the menu. Statler does the same on the right side. They both appear to sway and float creepily. Yes, it is a somber menu, but one of my faves and I think the second that was made if I remember correctly. :)
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hexcellent as always. What's Christmas without a spooky ghost story, and tales of the glory, of Christmases long long ago?
    Thanks Jamie for your great work. BTW: Would you be interested in a non-menu Muppet artpiece I'm angling to have done? If so, check the Muppet Artist Needed thread in FanFic & FanArt, details are included there. :batty:
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :) Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas Menu :zany:

    The red Muppet Central logo (with green drop shadow) replaces an image of Ma and Emmet in their boat in the center of the page. The text changes to Merry Christmas! It is snowing rather thick across the Frogtown Hollow/Waterville menuscape.

    The four jug band members frame the greeting, with Emmet directly to the right of it. On rollover they all play their instruments – Harvey strums his washboard, Charlie plays his cigar-box banjo, Emmet strums his washboard base and Wendell Porcupine blows his jug.

    Emmet’s Ma pops up on rollover for the news section. She is in front of her house. A yellow sweatered Kermit with a red scarf rides by on his bicycle on rollover of the collectibles section. He emerges from behind the house and disappears behind the Frogtown Hollow sign.

    The Riverbottom Nightmare Band drives by in their red convertible when the user rolls over the cards section on the right side of the menu. Everybody’s piled in there speeding across the town. The help menu rollover causes Doc Bullfrog (in top hat and monocle) to emerge in his top hat and spectacles.

    I really wanted this menu to capture the beloved project because Emmet Otter is special to us older fans and newer ones too! ;)
  19. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Good job Jamie...

    Does Doc Bullfrog have a monacle? Or does have a pair of spectacles? Or does he have both?
    Was confused slightly by that.

    If Harvey plays a washboard, who played the kazoo in the band when we hear them practicing the song Barbecue?
    Just curious.

    Thanks and happy holidays.
  20. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Ooops. Some of that typing was from last year. Feel free to edit it. Last year I mistakenly wrote that it was a monacle, but now I find that it is likely a pair of spectacles he's sporting in the image. :o Feel free to drop in and edit that for me if you'd like. I'm a bit congested and under the weather so the editing escaped my attention. :D

    I'm not sure who plays the kazoo. I'll be watching the special again this Christmas. We'll do the switcheroo with the old DVDs featuring the Kermit opening and closing and watch the newer DVD version that's more complete in the middle. TV watching with built-in cardio! Ian and I will burn off the calories from the holiday treats while maneuvering our way through the special.

    By the way, your proposed Sesame project intrigues me. However, I am just so busy at the moment. I know there are many very talented fans at MC these days that would jump at this composition. Contact me if you have trouble finding one and I'll help locate an MC artist for you. You likely already have it covered. Thanks for thinking of me.

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