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Christmas Menu Descriptions

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by The Count, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hi... As many of you know by now, Muppet Central is rolling out their annual Christmas menus on the site's front page. Well, I'd like to ask, with each passing week and each new menu that gets added... Would appreciate it if someone or someones posted here what the layout of each menu looks like, which characters are depicted. It'd be a great help to those of us who can't enjoy the greatness of visual Muppet art.
    Thanks and happy holidays to all.
  2. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I don't think I could do it every week unfortunately, but for today on the main page, the theme seems to be Muppet Family Christmas. You can almost see Fozzie's mom's porch at the left end and the rest of the background is trees, hills and snow. You can see the snow coming down as well, it's really quite nice. :) The characters are Fozzie's Mom, Wembley in his scarf and earmuffs, The Two Headed Monster dressed as Santa Claus, Robin, Kermit and Miss Piggy together (and when you put the mouse over it, Robin pops up in his red sweater!), Fozzie in his red and back scarf and hat, and finally the Snowman (he waves when you put the mouse over it.) :)
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks heralde. If you can post for when the others are shown off, that'd be great. If not, that's OK too, as I'm sure or hopeful others will come in and provide descripts then.
  4. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    No problem, glad you liked! :)

    Yeah I do think I'll be busier than usual this month, so everyone else please feel free to contribute! (Besides it would be interesting to get different points of view). ;)
  5. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Well-Known Member

    anyway to make those changes for the Forum section too?
  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Miss Piggy's Biggest Fan!

    Also there's Maurine the Mink from Muppet Family Christmas. If you remember, she was Miss Piggy's biggest fan and Kermit's gift to Piggy in the special. She emerges upon rollover of the pig. In the special this character was voiced and performed by Karen Prell! :excited:

    There are 7 holiday menus total (including the New Year’s banner). The original intention was to make the 12 menus of Christmas, but it only resulted in 6. There are two or three additions I would like to make next year (Bells of Fraggle Rock, Christmas on SS and another original Muppet gang one). I can just see myself cutting those together next July! At least, I hope. :o

    I’ll pop by and see if the descriptions are updated. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! :)
  7. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Thanks for pointing it out, I did miss that! That's what I mean about differnt points of view. ;)
  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Jamie. If you can get it done, I know we'd all be cheering you on.
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :sleep: Marley & Marley :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.

  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :zany: Emmet Otter’s Jugband Menu :)

    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 menuscape.

    The four members of the otter jug band 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. It is gently snowing.

    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 monocle. This menu captures the project fairly well.
  11. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Wow... That's absopolutely fantabulous. Yes, it captures the essence of the special beautifully, and it's quite honored as it was the first special to be chronicled as part of Muppetcast's Christmas episodes.
    BTW: Loved the one with the Marleys, was waiting to hear the song to post an appropriate reply, but "life" got in the way.

    Thanks for your great art Jamie.
  12. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    What I like about this menu is that each Jugband member actually plays his instrument, nice detail!
  13. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Oh, I just love all the detail appearent in these menues! Thanks Jamie for taking the time to make them, and thanks Jamie, Heralde, and anyone else who takes the time to write up descriptions!
    :) Might I suggest though that we extend this past Christmas, to include all holiday/birthday menues?
  14. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :excited: Thanks. I do know that there will be a holiday menu up from now through the first day or so of the New Year. We celebrate a variety of Muppet artists and performers on their birthdays or alternative days of his or her choosing. Caroll Spinney and Richard Hunt will have their annual celebration menus up soon. Fraggle Rock 25th anniversary, Muppet Central 10th anniversary, Valentine's, St. Patrick's, April Fool's, Easter/Springtime and Celebration of Puppetry menus will make their annual appearance in the next few months as usual. :zany:
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Muppet Holiday Menu Description 4

    :zany: Muppet Christmas Carol Menu :concern:

    This menu is inspired directly from the movie. Snow falls across the composition. Scrooge appears from far away; head to toe in the center of the frame. The Muppet Central greeting eclipses him and morphs into Merry Christmas in white letters trimmed with red. Gonzo, in his top hat, pops into frame left of the greeting, Rizzo, in his top hat, pops in to the right of it.

    From left to right: The cloaked Ghost of Christmas Future fades in on rollover in front of a fenced graveyard. Next to this area is the penguin’s skating area. Miss Piggy Cratchit is seen very small just beside it. There is an archway above two tiny penguins. Upon rollover a larger penguin in a red cap and yellow scarf skates by in the foreground. Next to this is a lamp post next to a building with a wreath and garland adorning it. There’s also a snowman out front. Upon rollover the lamp lights up and Cratchet Kermit slides out into view. He is holding out his top hat and Tiny Tim Robin, who is holding out his crutch, on his shoulder. On rollout they slide back behind the lamp post disappearing. Upon rollover of Gonzo, he ducks a little and his eyes widen while Bean Bunny pops out behind his shoulder.

    Upon rollover of Rizzo, he crouches and the Marley ghosts Statler and Waldorf fade in and float above him with their chains and semi-transparency. There are more of the city buildings exposed with a Christmas tree, moon, carolers and Fozziewig very tiny in the doorway of his building. Upon rollover the ethereal floating of the angelic Ghost of Christmas Past, draped in a white gown, fades and flows into frame. Next to her on rollover, the bearded Ghost of Christmas Present steps into frame from behind a wall. He disappears with a twinkling colored light effect on rollout. The red brick wall on the far right of the menu frame has a hole where three members of a mouse family emerge on rollover. A girl mouse is in the center with an empty green bowl.

    Again, this captures much of the cold, creepy yet fun aspects of the motion picture. :)
  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Fabu! Oh, this captures the movie's story brilliantly. Love it. Thanks Jamie.
  17. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Yes Jamie, terrific as always! So much detail, and how clearly you present it! Do you make all of these menues yourself?

    I move that after the holidays, if not sooner, the title of this thread be deseasonalized, so that it can be used the rest of the year as well.
    :) What do you think?
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thanks! The year-round holiday menus have been in rotation for a few years now. I think they're special ;) but they're not anything super-new. I hope to make some new ones. Usually there are threads about the current holiday menu that pops up. A thread on them would be fun. I guess we will see and time will tell in or about the New Year menu.

    I still wish I had the old file that I was working on for the forum menu. It was somewhat based on the look of the Henson office mural with all the cross-project characters in the Muppet theater. Never happened though. Maybe sometime mid-2008 I can pitch something of that sort.
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :) Muppet Family Caroling Menu :excited:

    A wreath with Rizzo inside is hung on a red brick building with two open windows in the center of the page. A white Muppet Central logo appears over him and then morphs into a Merry Christmas greeting.

    The windows of the bulding have black cross-hatched pane sections. All the Muppets are caroling in the snow. Some have festive Santa and knit caps and caroling scrolls. There’s a landscape of snow, two decorated Christmas trees on opposite sides of the page, soft white glowing stars in the blue winter sky and gently falling snow. The characters include (from left to right):

    Big Bird, Oscar (on rollover), Count, Cookie Monster, Grover (on rollover), Prairie Dawn, Wembley, Red, Mokey, Puppyduck & Mopatop (from UK’s Mopatop’s Shop), Sprocket (on rollover), Gobo, Boober, Bert, Elmo (on rollover), Ernie, Tutter & Bear (in the building’s left window), Waldorf & Statler (in the building’s right window), Kermit, Robin (on rollover), Miss Piggy, Janice, Floyd, Animal (on rollover), Dr. Teeth, Scooter, Gonzo wearing a knitted nose-warmer (on rollover), Sam, Droop, Fozzie, and Sweetums.

    This one tends to be a favorite of all types of fans because of its inclusive design. I always wanted to make another such composition down the line.

  20. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member


    Here we come a-caroling o'er the leaves of green.
    Here we come a-wassling so fair to be seen.
    Love and joy come to you.
    And to you glad tidings too.
    And God bless you and send you a merry new year.
    And God send you a merry new year.

    Thank you Jamie... Sure hope you get to make another nice Muppet Family menu.

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