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Henson's Skrumps premiere on Yahoo Kids

The Jim Henson Company launches popular collectible toys as an animated character property with an exclusive on-line premiere at Yahoo Kids

Source: The Jim Henson Company
January 10, 2007

The Jim Henson Company has acquired the rights to The Skrumps, the quirky artist-driven vinyl toys created by John Chandler and made popular by his line of collectible figures and illustrated storybooks. The Company plans to launch the property across all media including on-line content and television productions as well as ancillary platforms including merchandising and publishing. The announcement was made today by Lisa Henson, co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company. 

The Skrumps are Skrumpy (Allan Trautman), Wishbone (Victor Yerrid) and Raisins (Julianne Buescher).

The Skrumps, a uniquely colorful troupe of Skrumpland residents, have been in active development as part of the company’s slate of animated television projects. The characters have been developed with puppeteers and performed using the Henson Digital Performance Studio, the Company’s proprietary animation system that allows CG characters to be performed by puppeteers in real-time. A music video and additional web content has also been created. Beginning today, audiences can meet The Skrumps, send e-cards, download coloring pages and see the world premiere of their rock video, directed by Brian Henson, exclusively at Yahoo Kids (www.yahookids.com) for a limited time.

The Company has included existing characters like drummer Skrumpy and has also extended the Skrumps family with new characters like lead singer Wishbone and his lovelorn groupie Raisins. Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, John Chandler and Craig Bartlett (“Hey, Arnold!”) will executive produce and Bartlett will also be a writer on the project.

Lisa Henson said, “The Skrumps have a great new look that is very striking. Each character has its own quirky personality with a rich background and they all share strong relationships that feel quite real. In this way, The Skrumps demonstrate the very same qualities that have defined our company’s strongest character groups. We are excited to realize these characters and introduce the world to Skrumpland.”

John Chandler said, “When you create something like The Skrumps, you hope that people will see them in the same light as other beloved characters in popular culture. I couldn’t be more pleased to see that The Skrumps have found a home at The Jim Henson Company.”

ABOUT THE SKRUMPS

Wishbone is a dreamer, an optimist, a stargazer and a believer whose dream is to become a famous rock star with millions of adoring fans. He is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Grumblebelly with his best buddy Skrumpy and just squeezes by on the money he makes doing odd jobs. From the outside, it looks like Wishbone really has it all together, but on the inside he is always questioning the meaning of his life, searching for the answers and wondering what is beyond the next horizon.

Skrumpy is Wishbone’s roommate and enjoys a cozy life under the wing of his charismatic buddy. Always feisty and ready for action, Skrumpy is ready to accompany Wishbone on his many adventures in life. He is a hard core rocker who drums in Wishbone’s band and accepts no creative compromise. He is very loyal to Wishbone and willing to put up with any sort of adversity that may come their way. If Wishbone finds himself in a pickle, Skrumpy is always there to help. They are the perfect team.

Her name says it all. Raisins doesn’t generate excitement; she is smart, sensible and helpful. She has a huge crush on Wishbone and is a bit of a tomboy, always wanting to tag along on Wishbone’s many adventures. Her talents tend to go utterly unrecognized, but deep down inside, Wishbone knows that he would be lost without her.

See Skrumps behind-the-scenes at Henson.com.

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