Oddity of the Week

Am I the only one who didn’t realize that the Muppets have a YouTube channel?

Not a channel of old clips from the 70s, but new material with a YouTube viral flavor and a canny amount of self-awareness.

I realize I’m interrupting your steady stream of ninjas, sleeping puppies, and pirated music videos… –Sam the Eagle

Stadtler and Waldorf are right at home now, in a venue where sarcastic heckling is always expected.

Few, if any, franchises have had as much lasting value as Jim Henson’s Muppets.  Sesame Street has been rock solid for forty years (partly because it was originally so far ahead of its time); other shows have come and gone as the franchise morphed to fit the era–The Muppet Show as an answer to Saturday Night Live; Muppet Babies as part of (indeed, one of the instigators of) the Nickelodeon/Cartoon Network cartoon boom of the late 80s and early 90s–always fresh yet always retaining their essential muppetness.  It’s a rare balance and virtually no other show has mastered it like the Muppets.

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Image from Wikimedia Commons.

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