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Muppet Freak is back...kinda

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by dwmckim, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I did consider both (and knew i'd probably hear from you if i left Newsman out!) - but i wanted to stay pretty true to the group i had originally compiled in my head way back since i was a kid watching the final couple of seasons of TMS - and at the time both characters felt like they were enough part of the fabric and not as much of a rare treat when they showed up as the others i narrowed the list down to. But agreed post-TMS, it always feels special when they get included - even just seeing Newsman in Muppet Magazine was always fun and i think i literally cheered when Louis was brought out of obscurity during the early 90's Good Morning America appearances...they'd both be "honorable mentions"

    Just a side note, i know i haven't updated as much the last couple of weeks but while doing the blog has helped with a lot of stuff i'm dealing with in the background, it's still a gradual process rather than an overnight one and i had been falling back into the staying-in-bed-for-extended-periods-of-time habits the last two weeks...but more is on the way soon - including an article that's bound to be pretty controversial and cause some discussion...but it's all stuff that needs to be said about a very important monkey wrench thrown into the world of Muppet Fandom - and thus far no other Muppet site's been brave enough to tackle this issue!
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't think Louis Kazagger was very common on The Muppet Show. He was rarely used outside of Muppet Sports (kinda like how The Newsman was rarely seen outside of Muppet News), a recurring segment that only appeared in 8 episodes. And it seems like it was a treat to see certain major characters during the last three seasons: Those years there really wasn't much Dr. Teeth, Sweetums, or Crazy Harry, yet those characters appeared quite a bit in the first two seasons and were featured in The Muppet Movie.

    Growing up, I felt like up until The Muppet Christmas Carol it was a treat to see Bunsen and Beaker. They were never exactly rare, but even then they didn't seem to be around as much as I would have liked. They weren't in every episode of Muppet Babies (and until the last two seasons were the only recurring characters NOT in every episode), Muppet Labs appeared less often in the last two seasons (it seems seasons 2 and 3 were where most of the skits appeared... And Nickelodeon did cut a few Muppet Labs segments), they were only in one episode of The Jim Henson Hour (most likely due to Richard Hunt's limited availability), and the two weren't given a featured role in The Muppets Take Manhattan (ignoring a scene from the storybook).

    I've been trying to think about what characters I would have viewed as making a Muppet production extra special. Before I actually saw episodes of The Muppet Show, there were quite a few characters I noticed in the movies, specials, and in clips chosen for the compilation videos, who I was surprised NOT to see very often on The Muppet Show (some it took me a long time before seeing an episode with them). These characters include Geri and the Attrics, Louis Kazagger, Flecther Bird, The Devil, and Behemoth. I guess I'll include Thog and Lips in this list, though they were in the opening so technically it didn't really take me that long to see them in an episode.
  3. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

  4. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    *taps foot waiting*

    Do I need to mail you some garlic to go in that soup? Maybe frozen chicken soup...too darned hot otherwise!

    Hoping you resume posting soon. :)
  5. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    The main reason for delays as of late has been my spotty net connection...i can get on for a little bit and then goes out for longer - made my provider aware of this and i'm hoping to have stuff up at the end of the week.
  6. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    *baited breath beginning to smell bad*

  7. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

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    dwmckim Well-Known Member

  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    If you have to go without internet in your home for awhile, couldn't you go to a local library and post articles on the library computers? I don't know how it is with all libraries so yours may be different (I assume there's a library iny our town) but my local libraries allow internet access, though only people with library cards are allowed to use the library computers (but it doesn't cost anything to have a card) and are limited to up to an hour a day. Just a thought.
  10. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Trust me, i'm WELL familiar with library computers - since my own webtv is so antiquated, i'm often at the library anyway to access/accomplish things i can't do at home. However - no car/subpar Phoenix bus systems + Phx library hours being scaled back over the years + slow computers at the libraries + the hour (if i can get a full hour) taken up by other tasks stilll = no Muppet Freak if i can't do anything at home.
  11. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Sorry PHX is so back*sswards...they recently upgraded the terminals down here, and while it's decent, it's no great shakes either.

    If you have a laptop equipped with WiFi capability, do what I do: write at home, drag the laptop to the library to post.

    And fer frog's sake man...get some govt assistance! There is no way you don't qualify for food cards at least!

    Hoping you hang in there, and wishing you unlimited A/C.
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Hope you're library WiFi is better than mine. I don't really ever use it, but I've seen people trying. They can't get on and spend an hour having problems with it, and ask some librarian for assistance who has never touched a computer in her life, then she asks another who's just as clueless, so then the guy decides to leave. Or something to that effect.
  13. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I have an antiquated webtv so all this talk about wifi doesn't apply.

    Looks like i will be losing the electricty (so bye bye a/c...) At least the one good thing about a completely empty refrigerator is not having to worry about its contents once it no longer works.


    Archive article with modern relevance:
    "Muppet Freak on Hiatus [From the Archives: 6-18-09]"
  14. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

  15. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Last week, i teased that a new feature is on its way to Muppet Freak:


    ...and now here we go with Part 1 which takes a look at the Henson/Chick-Fil-A brouhaha in my typical "take-no-prisoners" manner (and if you think THIS is out there. keep in mind that this is just the "Good Business" segment and i'm just getting warmed up for Part Two!)

    "Good Business/Bad Business Part 1: Giving Foul Play the Chicken Finger"
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  16. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    You know, I really have to commend you for that article. You helped me to look even further into the whole issue and make more realizations than I did before, even if I may not agree with every little opinion expressed in this article. You really handled this with such maturity and responsibility, instead of just saying "CFA did something evil. JHC spoke out against it. JHC's right, CFA's wrong, the end," like some people do. I really appreciate how you shed light into all of the business practices of the JHC regarding this (them keeping the opposing comments was a nice touch), making me be able to further appreciate the JHC. Even your proposition to donate to GLAAD, that was done in such a manner that was respectful to everyone, regardless of their views on the issue, they have no choice but to respect that. Your viewpoint you took while writing this was tremendous, and I really have to appreciate that.
  17. catherine

    catherine Well-Known Member

    hi welcome back muppet freak
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    What exactly is part two? Will it have something to do with us constantly getting screwed over for Muppet Show season 4 and 5 DVD sets?
  19. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    You'll have to wait til it goes up to find out (probably next week since my net connection's being fussy this weekend) but that is a very very good guess!
  20. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

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