Answers: Muppet Quiz

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

1. Can you guess the writer who provided the narration for this 1968 commercial featuring The Muppets?

William Burroughs

2.  What Oscar-winning actor co-starred with the Muppets as Scrooge in “A Muppet Christmas Carol?”

Michael Caine

3.  Which Muppet is the front man of a rock group?

Dr. Teeth of the Electric Mayhem

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4.  Which Muppet is the lab assistant for scientist Dr. Bunsen Honeydew?

Beaker

Beaker

5.  Which Muppet lives in a trash can?

Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street”

6.  What is the name of Big Bird’s friend that everyone on Sesame Street thought was imaginary?

Mr. Snuffleupagus

7.  Who are these guys?

Statler and Waldorf

8. Name something other than the birthmark and voice that distinguishes Kermit and Constantine?

Different collar

9. Where was Miss Piggy working at the beginning of “The Muppets?”

French Vogue

10. Who is the only Muppet who appears in both the Muppet movies and television shows and on Sesame Street?

Kermit!

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Tribute: Sesame Street’s Jerry Nelson

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

We bid a sad farewell to Jerry Nelson of Sesame Street, and the Muppets, who has died at age 78.  He will probably be best remembered for providing the voice of The Count.

He was also featured as Sherlock Hemlock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95GJ-kJ-Nzc

Lisa Henson, daughter of Muppet founder Jim Henson, said,  “Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined the Jim Henson Co. in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable. On behalf of the Henson family and everyone at the Jim Henson Co., our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry’s family and to his many fans.”

May his memory be a blessing.

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A Christmas Carol — The Top Five Versions

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas story and I love it in just about any of its movie incarnations. “Bah, humbugs” have been muttered by Scrooges played by top-notch dramatic actors like George C. Scott and Albert Finney, former Miss America Vanessa Williams, former Fonzie Henry Winkler, and former Saturday Night Live star Bill Murray. I love them all. But here are my very favorites, the ones I try to watch every year.

5. Mickey’s Christmas Carol Who better to play Scrooge than his namesake Scrooge McDuck? And who better for the part of the unquenchable Bob Cratchit than Mickey Mouse? This compilation DVD includes other Christmas goodies “The Small One” and “Pluto’s Christmas Tree.”

4. The Muppet Christmas Carol has the distinguished actor Michael Caine as Scrooge and the equally distinguished Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. Special mention of A Sesame Street Christmas Carol as well.

3. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. The voice talent is outstanding, with Broadway star Jack Cassidy (father of teen idols David and Shaun) as Bob Cratchit and of course Jim Backus as Mr. Magoo, in this version an actor playing the part of Scrooge. The tuneful songs were written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne, who later went on to write “Funny Girl.” (The legend is that their song “People” was originally written for this movie.)

2. A Christmas Carol This MGM classic features the top stars of the 1930’s. Watch for future “Lassie” star June Lockhart as one of the Cratchit children — her real-life father Gene Lockhart played Bob. (He also appears in another Christmas classic, as the judge inMiracle on 34th Street.)

1. A Christmas Carol This is the all-time best, with the inimitable Alistair Sim as Scrooge. There has never been a more embittered miser or a more jubilent Christmas morning rebirth. When he orders that turkey for the Cratchits and walks into his nephew’s celebration at the end, everything Dickens hoped for from his story is brought to life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayW4c9aZXyw
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