The documentary I Am Big Bird—following the life of veteran muppeteer Caroll Spinney—doesn’t premiere until next week, but many of the film’s most interesting details are out today thanks to the New York Post. Among them: Spinney is related to Barack Obama, has used the suit to hide his tears and was a planned crewmember of the doomed Challenger mission.
Goofball with a golden voice Celine Dion (pictured above kissing an inanimate deer) probably doesn't believe that Miss Piggy is a real person, but she might! Dion is playing it extremely straight in the the press she's been doing for her cameo in Muppets Most Wanted. The pride and joy of Quebec said that her time on the movie's set was "beyond the honor" and marveled at "how alive they are" (meaning the Muppets, which are puppets):
Sesame Street is starting its 44th year of raising children to be compassionate, compromising, and comprehensive adults with a permanent inner child brimming with wonder and imagination.
The Muppets are liberal. No, they are communists. This, according to the Fox Business Network's Eric Bolling, who went on a spiel last month decrying the latest Muppet film's choice of villain — a greedy Texas oilman, a common stock villain in Hollywood motion pictures. And now the Muppets have publicly acknowledged their sharp commie biases, by making a joke about how terrible a television channel Fox News is.
Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO's news cameras were shut out of the federal corruption trial of local county commissioner Jimmy Dimora. So they came up with a workaround: The Puppet"s Court. Each day, puppets—make that news-puppets—reenact the proceedings during the newscast, complete with a roving squirrel-reporter explaining the trial and wiretaps of muppet-like mobsters talking about hookers and genital warts. It's news your kids will love.
It's been a hell of a week for the Oscars: Brett Ratner quit, Eddie Murphy quit, and everyone had some bright ideas about who should host. Sadly, Brian Grazer and Billy Crystal were quickly hired. And even though the once and future king of the Oscars has been anointed, some of you people are still carrying on about the damn Muppets. Knock it off!
After toddlers were devastated by the news that Katy Perry and her ample bosom wouldn't air as part of Sesame Street, The Simpsons thankfully jumped in with a muppet bailout. Check out the corny, christmasey goodness inside.
A stirring rendition of "Danny Boy," brought to you by Beaker, Animal and the Swedish Chef. Beaker really hits those high notes! And Animal, as always, brings the visceral charm. I am welling up. Great job, guys.
Here, the beloved muppet Beaker tries his hand at YouTube by posting a video of himself playing "Dust in the Wind." Unfortunately for poor Beaker, behind every screen is a grammatically-challenged troll spewing vitriol.