The Star of Sam and Friends
I’m currently reading Brian Jay Jones excellent biography on Jim Henson. Sam and Friends (1955-1961) was the five minute/twice a day televised puppet show where it all started for Jim Henson and Jane Nebel (who became Henson in 1959). Thought I’d share this golden oldie from 1996 (the previous millennium mind you) of the star of the show. If you’re a hardcore fan like us at Scandinavian Muppet Art or just slightly interested in the man behind the muppets, I warmly recommend Jim Henson: The Biography.
Double Rainbow Connection
Gobo and Floyd sing “Follow Me”
This is my tribute to Jerry Nelson who tragically passed away recently. Jerry was one of the greatest of the Muppet performers, praised by Jim Henson for his versatility and singing talent. He performed Count von Count, Louis Kazagger, Robin, Dr Julius Strangepork, Lew Zealand and many many others. Gobo and Floyd are my favorites among Jerry’s characters. As I go to work every morning and coming back in the evening, I’m greeted by street musicians performing at the train station, in the tunnel leading to the platforms. Some of them are really good, others should perhaps practice a bit more… Anyway, wouldn’t it be great to come to the train station one morning and find Gobo and Floyd singing “Follow me”? Come to think of it, I’d probably stay and listen all the time, and be late for work.
RIP Jerry nelson, and thank you for the music.
Oscar the Frog
Jonas Anderson and The Scandinavian Muppet Art Blog congratulate Bret McKenzie and The Muppets for the muppetational Academy award!
And the Nominee for Best Chef is…
Super Statler & Waldorf Bros.
Tonight’s a big night. In 1993 (or so, I was about 15) I was in Liverpool and found The Muppet Movie on VHS in a local supermarket. It was the first time I saw it since the mid-80′s something. I copied the art of a merch slip from the VHS box, framed it and gave it to my Liverpool family, before going back to Sweden. Tonight I’m going downtown Liverpool with the very same family to watch The Muppets on the big screen. I thought it’d be appropriate to celebrate this occasion by posting that ol’ drawing from 1993.