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Earliest experience?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by WhiteRabbit, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Well I definitely watched Sesame Street. My Grandma recently mentioned how amazed she was when I would sit so quietly and intently while watching, lol. I also used to own The Frog Prince, Hey Cinderella and Musicians of Bremen on tape, I watched those all the time and they're still very dear to me. Muppet Babies as well, one of the best cartoons ever made!

    I adored The Christmas Toy, even though it used to scare me to death, lol. Muppets Take Manhattan was and remains my favorite Muppet movie of all time, the emotion was just so intense and close to the surface. I think a big part of what really makes the film work is the soundtrack. In the beginning, we're introduced to the song "Together Again" and then after that those opening words or notes play throughout the film during pivotal moments (such as when Kermit reads Scooter's letter, or finds out the play has been sold, and when he finally regains his memory). It really ties the whole story together.

    Oddly enough though, one of my earliest experiences were with the Muppet behind the scenes specials. I knew at a very young age who Jim Henson and Frank Oz were. And looking back, I think specials like that inspired me to study video editing!

    And then finally I ended learning much more about The Muppet Show and other specials through Nickelodeon. Thank goodness for Muppet Matinee! I wish that was still around!
  2. G-MAN

    G-MAN Active Member

    I was born in 1985, so I got the mother-load of muppets thrust on my tiny lap
    Sesame Street & Fraggle Rock, Muppet Show reruns on TNT, Muppet Babies, the first three movies, and of course a lot of the fairy tale specials (I loved Frog Prince and Bremen) then the new specials started coming out in 86 and I saw most of them (I missed The Jim Henson Hour though, except for the last one which aired on Nick)
  3. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    What a great thread, makes you think where it all started from?

    I was born in Nov 1976, 2 months after The Muppet Show began in the UK, by the time my first Birthday came along in 1977 shops were full of Muppet stuff and I was given the rubber Bendy Kermit and Miss Piggy followed at Xmas, which I looked at in disgust (we have a photo! lol).

    Until I was 5 The Muppet Show was on TV, and I used to sit and watch it with a cushion on my feet as I thought they were gonna come out the screen and bite them! Although this is very vague, the re runs on BBC are more in my Memory, even though at this young age I had dolls, T-Shirts, Slippers, Annuals, soaps, Posters, puzzles, and Paper cups and plates on Birthday parties, again we have photos. So I was already hooked at this young age.

    I remember being taken to the cinema to see TMTM in 1984, the whole audience went Argghhh, when Baby Piggy came on screen in the Cart Ride dream scene. Little did I know that 12 years on Id be at the premiere screening of Muppet Treasure Island!

    Then when I was 8 Fraggle Rock stated, one of my Favourite memories is being on Xmas Hols, getting up early and watching The Bells Of Fraggle Rock, which is still one of my fav eps now.

    I watched specials on TV and Sesame Street on Channel 4 when I was home for lunch from Secondary School.

    As a collector, that took off in 1990 when I found a Pigs In Space Jigsaw in a second hand shop, then another the following week, about the same time my Aunty and Uncle seperated, and my aunty got a place to live, she started going to Car Boot Sales and I tagged along and began buying LOTS of Muppet and Fraggle stuff and building up a very large Muppet collection.............and as many on here have said the rest is history.

  4. muppetfan89

    muppetfan89 Member

    My first experience with the Muppets was when I was 4, and I rented The Great Muppet Caper from my local video store. Once I watched it, I was hooked.
  5. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    That's nice; I think that says it all. ;)
  6. Colbynfriends

    Colbynfriends Well-Known Member

    My first time with the muppets (that i remember) was when i was little, I had "Its the Muppets: Meet the Muppets" and "Its the Muppets: More Muppets Please." but since i was'nt a big muppet fan then, i gave those videos away (and looking back now, i wish i didn't:(). Another thing i remember was watching Dinosaurs.
  7. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Ah, the memories... My earliest Muppet related memories are The Muppet Babies actually. I used to absolutely LOVE them. I had at least six or seven videos, and still have three or four. I always loved Baby Gonzo and Baby Kermit, and continue to love their elder selves to this day.

    I didn't really get hooked on Sesame as a kid, but when my brother was born (circa 1996) he certainly did. He had Tickle Me Elmo and tons and tons of PVC toys. That's actually when I got my Sesame fix for the first time. I fell in love with the 25th anniversary special, I know exactly where our original copy of that video is. Big Bird, Grover, Telly, Ernie, and Cookie Monster instantly charmed me. Unfortunately, we've long since given away all the PVCs and all but one (the 25th anniversary special) of our incredible Sesame Street video collection. *sigh* (And yes, I have Elmo to thank for getting my brother hooked on Sesame, and in turn, getting me hooked on it as well.) Unfortunately, my love for the Street didn't stay with me, I picked it back up once my Muppet love was sparked.

    Which brings me to my earliest classic Muppet experience. We had a video copy of The Muppet Movie for as long as I remember(and I still have it), but I never remember watching it as a kid. My earliest reccolection of the Muppets is seeing the egg nog skit from the Prince episode of Muppets Tonight, and that memory has stayed with me to this day too.

    But my Muppet fascination was brought about by the Palisades Series 5 Gonzo the Great action figure. I saw him one day at a mall and thought to myself, "Hey, that's Gonzo! I love Gonzo!" and bought him almost instantly. That very next day I went back for Patrol Bear Fozzie, Frog Scout Robin, Pepe, and Tuxedo Rowlf. :p Then I found that old copy of TMM and fell in love. And yes, the rest is indeed history.
  8. Kiki

    Kiki Active Member

    I first grew up watching SSt and Fraggle Rock. I also recall watching The Storyteller and The Secret Life of Toys, they were on the telly... though I have not see 'um since. -_- I also watched a few Muppet sing-along videos, but it wasn't until I was about 8 or 9 that I got into TMS.
  9. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Active Member

    My earliest Muppet experience, was around 3 or so, watching Sesame Street.:wisdom:
  10. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    Sesame Street of course, everything from the year I was born (1983) on, and all the movies made before that (Don't Eat The Pictures is more the SST movie to me than 'Follow That Bird' funny enough :3). The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets at Walt Disney World were my first liv action muppets anything, with Muppet Babies being the my first muppet show all together.
    I was funny when I was little and refused to see the muppets and Sesame Street as being made by the same company for some reason. I think I thought the word 'muppet' sounded to silly for someone as 'wise' as Big Bird...
    As far as Fraggle Rock goes I just thought they were toys for a long time, I didn't see it at all while it was airing the first time :(. Just in some re-runs in '95...
  11. Nick22

    Nick22 Active Member

    sesame street. i loved it when i was a kid. but that went away after a while. but at the beginning of october 08, the muppets wizard of oz was on disney channel, and ever since i watched that, i just became hooked. its actually what brought be to find muppet central. i rully wanted a replica, and one of the links brought me here.
  12. Kiki

    Kiki Active Member

    Aww, that sucks. :( And I remember those videos well. Luckily, I have the "meet the Muppets" one (I bought it from a video shop, even though it wasn't on sale :p)
  13. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I can't really remember how I was introduced to the Muppets, but when I was little, I had two videos called "It's The Muppets: Meet The Muppets" and "It's The Muppets: More Muppets Please". I watched those a lot so I guess that's how I got my start in Muppets. Also, I loved watching "Christmas Eve On Sesame Street" when I was a kid and I still love it. Ever since then, I loved watching anything to do with Muppets.
  14. Cannibal

    Cannibal New Member

    My earliest memories of the Muppets are of spending Saturday nights at my grandparents' house.
    Grandpa and I would watch Hee Haw followed by The Muppet Show every Saturday evening.
    He would sit and laugh like there's no tomorrow at the Muppets.
    He always marveled at how the band looked like they were really playing.
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    My earliest experience with the Muppets was being terrified by a MCC trailer...


    Also, I remember there used to be "Muppet Moments" after Disney films...I used to watch the films, just for the moments. And also there was an advert for all three main Muppet films before one of our movies -- However, that advert claimed that in The Great Muppet Caper the Muppets 'turn London, upside down.' Which they totally didn't do in the actual movie!
  16. Kiki

    Kiki Active Member

    Lol, same. x3 Man tha brings back memories... I remember they would have the Swedish Chef "strangling spaghetti" sketch after The Sword in the Stone (if I remember rightly) and they also showed Gonzo playing his trumpet, or... something along the lines of that. I think it was season one Gonzo, and because I had only seen 80s-90s Gonzo the earlier one weirded me out a bit, heh. x3
  17. blackaerin

    blackaerin Active Member

    Our family didn't watch tv a lot but we had a HUGE collection of VHS' that we'd watch and rewatch again and again.
    grew up with my little sister watching our vhs copies of the sesame street 25th anniversary, Yes I Can! Muppet Babies series, the Mother Goose Stories, Muppets Classic Theatre, and Muppet Treasure island.
    But that's actually small compared to our Disney and Barney collections. Looking back, i feel sorta sad i didn't have more of the Muppets to our collection. :(
  18. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I think the one I used to see was after Beauty and the Beast, and it was Piggy/Kermit and the babies.

    I also remember Piggy talking about visiting the swamp and the surprises that she found there :p

    I see to recall them all ending with Kermit being karate-chopped right into the stage curtain...which I have never seen since. Did that really happen?
  19. HeyButtahfly

    HeyButtahfly Well-Known Member

    My earliest Muppet experiences, other than Sesame Street, would have to be "The Muppets Take Manhattan", which apparently I watched a lot with my older sister when I was pretty small, Muppet Babies, and the "Muppet Matinee" on Nickelodeon... I remember watching "The Frog Prince" with my mom and I would have been around 7 or 8. We also had this VHS tape that I'm pretty sure predates me and was made for my sister; it contained numerous Christmas and Thanksgiving specials taped off of TV and I know "Muppet Family Christmas" was on there (as was "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street"). I really wish I knew what happened to that tape.
  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Aww...Yeah, Muppet Family Christmas is a stunning piece of Muppetry. The first time I watched that, I got to the end...rewound the tape, and watched it again from the top right away. (I still do that sometimes!)

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