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Your Thoughts: MC’s 12th Birthday

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    It’s hard to believe, but Muppet Central is now twelve years old. The site debuted 12 years ago on January 28, 1998.

    Back when the site first started The Jim Henson Company still owned all of their original properties including the Muppets and Sesame Street. Two new feature films were in development simultaneously, Muppets From Space and Elmo in Grouchland. Even though many changes have occurred throughout the EM.TV and Disney years, we’ve been honored to be a small part of it and to provide a place for fan discussion and interaction.

    We want to thank all of the staff, past and present who have given so much of their time and giftings to make Muppet Central a great place. Every member here is a vital part of what makes Muppet Central special. Thanks for doing your part in keeping Jim Henson’s vision of the Muppets alive. We believe great days are ahead.

    While we’re celebrating twelve years, we are also looking towards the future. What do you think the future holds for the Muppets? What is your prediction for 2010? Share your opinions in the below discussion and let us know what you think will happen with the Muppets in this upcoming year.
  2. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Hey, you forgot the awesome mega cool "Muppetfest" of 2001:)

    I didn't find MC til the fall of 1998, as before I had mostly just checked out little fan pages and alt.rec groups before I found it.
    It is surreal to think it's been that long, it seems almost like yesterday! I remember chatting with Jerry Nelson, and people working on the Muppets From Space film. There was a lot of buzz in late 1998 on MC, given Muppets From Space and Elmo In Grouchland were coming up and there was rumors of a Dark Crystal prequel.

    It was the era of pre youtube vhs tape trading, the infancy of ebay(and boy was I on ebay a lot trying to find stuff I had wanted for ages), and finally getting to fill in the gaps of information you never knew. (Now thats all collected on muppet wiki) Realizing that no, it wasnt your imagination that the Muppets were on Cosby or that there was a Sesame movie that took place in a museum.

    As far as...

    Well it's all in Disney's court now, and thankfully we're seeing them give a truly committed effort towards bringing the Muppets back to the spotlight.

    Im hoping we get an official Muppet celebration weekend at Disneyland, that we get a flood of great new Muppet merchandise, more info on the new movie and tv show idea, and are surprised by a lot of epic Muppet news.

    People might forget, but this is the 55 year Muppet anniversary, and we're seeing that the Muppets are as hip and relevant as ever.
  3. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    First post here in a while, and Wow, just wow.
    Let's hope we can keep it up for another 12.
  4. monkeyjb1988

    monkeyjb1988 Active Member

    I only discovered this site a few years ago and loved it from the start. Happy 12th.

    I think the Muppets can only go up. I'm sure the movie will be big and, hopefully, we hear more about a new series.
  5. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    Congratulations Muppet Central! 12 years is an amazing accomplishment.

    Keep up the good work.
  6. Don'tLiveonMoon

    Don'tLiveonMoon Well-Known Member

    Happy 12th Birthday, Muppet Central! Well done! :D
  7. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Wow - i remember the humble beginnings - where does the time go?

    This was really the first major site for fans to congregate - up til MC it was all usenet groups and small niche sites with no forums or real way to communicate with others.

    I've gone from being super-active at the beginning to having to step back and pretty much let it go as everything in my personal life fell apart and went to pieces - and even though i'm at a new place of not-for-the-better-change/disasters, i've at least managed to keep back up generally with the forum and hopefully things will improve personally this year where i can start being more active with the main site and revising Muppet Freak. (Job interview tomorrow, fingers crossed)

    It's during the darkest times that my fandom keeps me going, bringing a smile to my face when everything else is bleak. Thanks for sticking around - websites come and go and even some of the best ones don't last 12 years. Thanks to all involved.
  8. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    Yay For Muppet Central!
  9. Mupp

    Mupp Well-Known Member

    On twitter, MuppetsStudio gave a shout out to Muppetcentral's 12th birthday.

    Things are certainly looking well for the Muppets right now. They have come back into the pubic eye, are part of a big advertising campaign, and can be seen in pre-parades at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

    I really love all of the new youtube videos, and the good news is that there are more in store.
  10. ktbear

    ktbear Member


    Congratulations to Muppet Central! 12 years is a long time, since my first daughter is the same age. I can't even remember when I found this site, but I am glad to have a place to come to to get my fix. All I really want is for the Movie to be as good as the Muppets:Letters to Santa was. Oh, and Season 4 on DVD, please. My family is going through anxiety attacks waiting for when it comes out.:D
  11. Andibcool

    Andibcool Well-Known Member

    Grats on 12th Birthday. I love this site and its so awesome.
    Without it i would never bought MR Replicas and some Palisades stuff.
    Keep up the great work !
  12. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Wow, I haven't even been here half the time MC has been around, I'm just approaching five years actually - which seems crazy enough - but anyway. Congrats on such a huge accomplishment of being a place for Muppet Fans to connect for the last 12 years. The last little bit here has been a very exciting ride, so I know more good things are coming our way. I'm proud to be a part of this community even if I don't get here as often as I'd like these days.
  13. 6ftInchworm

    6ftInchworm Member

    Here's to another 12! :D
  14. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Must not even seem like it huh Phil? Congratulations and here's wishing the website many more to come. :mad::):o
  15. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think i've been here for all 12 .. wow, doesn't seem like 12 years. Congratulations everyone and all involved - we've been through the highs, the lows, the middles .. and at some points it seemed like maybe even the Muppets themselves weren't going to come through all that, lol, so its a big achievement. Cupcakes all round! ;-)
  16. Dracocanis69

    Dracocanis69 New Member

    Congratulations Muppet Central. Let's keep this going for another 12 years.
  17. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Hey Im glad youre still around, and Im glad to have gotten to meet/hang with ya! I consider you one of the greatest minds Ive met not just on MC, but online period in my 15 years of being on the internet:)

    Who else is still on here from the 1998-2001 period? (especially of the 1998-1999 period)
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I popped in around 99 and started posting around 2000 and a lot more in 2001.
  19. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Happy Birthday, MC! You guys will always be my home away from home while I'm at home. :D
  20. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    I remember when Muppet Central was in Delphi!
    HAPPY DOZEN YEARS! YAAAAYYYY!:)flailing arms & then stopping to throw streamers ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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