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The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made in theaters November 23rd

The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made in theaters November 23rd

Anxious for Disney to return The Muppets to the big screen? Well, apparently, so is Disney! The House of Mouse has bumped up the upcoming Muppet film a full month, from December 25th to it’s new date, November 23rd. Though Christmas day films have a history of some solid success, those of us (all of us!) so incredibly excited to see the Jim Henson characters have a lot of thanks to give for the Thanksgiving weekend special. Tentatively dubbed The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made (or even The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time) the Muppet Movie focuses on Kermit the Frog and the new co-star Walter as they put on a show to save their old theater. Hopefully, the new creative team (Jason Segel, James Bobin, Nick Stoller, and Bret McKenzie) wont offer any trouble to Miss Piggy. We’ll find out November 23, 2011!

NBC readies A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

NBC readies A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

The Muppets are bringing Christmas to NBC about a week early this year! At 8pm on December 17th, the network will air A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, a one-hour holiday special starring the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Muppets. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal — the whole gang of Jim Henson’s creations will team up with Santa for the Christmas spirit, as the Muppets mistakenly avert three letters from making their way to Santa Claus in the North Pole–leaving three Christmas wishes at stake. Kermit rounds up his fearless friends to get to the North Pole before Santa makes his rounds on Christmas Eve and as usual, nothing — not even Miss Piggy’s planned trip to the tropics — can stand between the Muppets and a joyful Christmas.

Early shots of The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made

Early shots of The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made

Hey, puppets are considered a form of animation – thus, so are Muppets! Besides, who wouldn’t want to hear more about all our lovable pals, from Kermit to Miss Piggy? Not only has the group had multiple television shows and several already existing theatrical releases, the Disney-owned property created by Jim Henson also had an animated run in the 80s with the cartoon “Muppet Babies”. But that aside, as MightyGeek began reporting a few weeks back, progress on the upcoming film, tentnatively titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made, set to open on December 25th, 2011, has begun to speed up, with the first shots already being released to the press – which ToonBarn is happy to be part of 🙂 Check them out!

Sid the Science Kid heads back to school

Sid the Science Kid heads back to school

For years now, Sid the Science Kid has been teaching loyal viewers valuable science lessons via his CG animated series. Now, it seems the little genius is teaching the educational program a thing or too! Discovery and their educational department, appropriately named Discovery Education, have signed a deal with the Jim Henson Company to bring every episode of Sid the Science Kid to Discovery Education Science for Elementary, a system created so teachers can easily find appropriate resources to teach with. Thus, the PBS Kids series is going to become a fixture in many classrooms, helping to educate the future of our planet through animated. See, cartoons can even save the world!

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Under the Sea hits PBS Kids

Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Under the Sea hits PBS Kids

Dinosaur Train is one of the more popular animated series on PBS, as told through the eyes of Buddy, a young Tyrannosaurus Rex. Along with his adoptive family of Pteranodons, the group goes on adventures to meet all kinds of different creatures, learning facts and befriending the others along the way. On August 20th, the Jim Henson Company’s CG toon will reach an area never before seen, bringing the team deep into the oceans in the special Dinosaur Train Under the Sea! The new, one-hour special brings the whole crew underwater, displaying new, bubbly adventures of the Jurassic era. Take a look at the full press release for more details!

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train gets all new products

Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train gets all new products

The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train series has gathered a lot of steam lately, no pun intended. In addition to it’s regular spot on the PBS Kids lineup, the CG animated toon has recently been signed in a number of deals to bring Dinosaur Train related products across the country. This includes a deal with DecoPac for cake toppers, Anagram balloons, Kidz World furniture, Publications International books, and Global Manufacturing bikes. Dinosaur Train fans can begin looking for the new products to start hitting stores this summer, and continue rolling out through the winter holiday season.

PBS Kids’ Sid the Science Kid can’t wait for No School Singalong Special

PBS Kids' Sid the Science Kid can't wait for No School Singalong Special

Sid the Science Kid has made some great progress since debuting a year and a half ago. Produced by Jim Henson Productions, KCET, and PBS, the computer generated toon allows puppeteers to voice digitally animated characters in real time via the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, as if the cartoons were more traditional Muppets. As the series preps for the end of it’s second season, PBS Kids is creating a special summer episode called No School Singalong Special, set to air on June 21st. Sid and his pals put on a show with science-themed songs as they enjoy the warm summer weather outside of school. …and that day is quickly approaching!

Omnilab Media and The Jim Henson Company prep Power of the Dark Crystal, sequel to Dark Crystal

Omnilab Media and The Jim Henson Company prep Power of the Dark Crystal, sequel to Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal is legendary cult classic film from the earlier days of The Jim Henson Company. Released in 1982, the darker tone of the epic adventure film made audiences completely rethink the idea of “Muppets”, with demonic creations and incredibly detailed, Lord of the Rings-type settings. Now, some 30 years later, Omnilab Media’s Ambience Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company are partnering to bring us a sequel with The Dark Crystal 2, aka Power of the Dark Crystal. As is par for the course with recent films, the movie will run in full 3D, and will be a hybrid mixture of live-action, puppet animation, motion capture, and CG.

Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train

This Labor Day, you’ll get a special reward in addition to a day off of school: PBS Kids is launching the Jim Henson Company’s new CG-animated series Dinosaur Train. The show educates about natural science, natural history, and the science of paleontology; dinosaurs!

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