Hi my dear friends, have you ever watched "The Muppets"? I suppose so. Today we are going to know more about these lovely "muppets" and his creator Jim Henson.
Hola queridos amigos, ¿habéis visto alguna vez Los Teleñecos? Supongo que sí. Hoy vamos a conocer más sobre estos encantadores muñecos y sobre su creador Jim Henson.
Info: From Speak Up magazine.
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THE MUPPETS / STILL GOING STRONG
In British English a "muppet" is a slang term for a stupid person. It comes from the famous TV show of the same name. Technically, the original TV show has celebrated its 40th birthday in 2016 but the characters are even older. Some of them have been around for more than 60 years.
BRITISH OR AMERICAN?
The first Muppets were created in 1955, by a young American puppeteer called Jim Henson. The Muppets appeared in TV commercials and in a show called "Sam and Friends". Later Henson worked on a more famous puppet show, "Sesame Street", but he wanted to change. Sesame Street was for kids and Henson wanted to create a show with a more "adult" sense of humour. He wanted to use the Muppet characters, and produced a pilot show but American TV executives weren't interested. Strangely enough. a British executive, Lew Grade, was. And so The Muppet Show was British, even though its characters, like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear were all American. So was the show's format: it took place in an old vaudeville theatre called the Benny Vandergast Memorial Theater.
The first episode was broadcast on September 5th, 1976. It was a big hit with fans of all ages. Celebrities loved to appear as guests on the show as it was good publicity. They included singers like Elton John, Diana Ross, ballet dancers, actors, etc. The Muppet Show ran for five seasons until 1981. Muppet fans were sad when the show ended, but they were even sadder when its creator, Jim Henson died suddenly in 1990. He was 53.
The Muppets' popularity continued long after the show ended. There were many repeats, many movies and many TV movies. Clearly, the Muppet brand was still very strong and so a new Muppets TV show began two years ago. It's called "The Muppets" and it's a parody of other TV "drama documentary" shows like Modern Family.
The Muppets' movies include: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Muppets from Space (1999), It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), The Muppets Wizard of Oz (2005), The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014).
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