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Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story Small Fry joins Jim Henson’s The Muppets

Disney and Pixar's Toy Story Small Fry joins Jim Henson's The Muppets

On November 23rd, the Muppets will finally make their return to the big screen, ready to impress the legions of old fans and a world of new ones. The Disney mascots wont be traveling alone, however, as the film will be joined by a brand new Toy Story short, entitled Small Fry. When Cars 2 hit theaters a few months back, movie goers were also greeted with a short from the Toy Story universe, and the appearance of another has us hoping Pixar really could do a Toy Story 4 someday. But, more importantly, getting proper placement with the Muppets is quite an honor. The recent D23 Expo 2011 not only made special mention of this pairing, but also offered a beautiful tribute to Jim Henson, as Rowlf and Kermit paired to sing the famed Rainbow Connection. Check out the video.

Dinosaur Train travels to Dinosaur Big City, from Jim Henson Company

Dinosaur Train travels to Dinosaur Big City, from Jim Henson Company

On August 22nd, catch a train to Dinosaur Big City – a Dinosaur Train! The Jim Henson Company series is ready to debut a one-hour made-for-TV movie based on the Dinosaur Train series, giving all your favorite CG dinos some extra room to roar! The special hits PBS Kids, also helping to usher in Dinosaur Train season two. Other stops along the way during the year are Big Dinosaur Week, and Dinosaurs A to Z, with the Dinosaur Big City movie working to DVD shortly after, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

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!

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

The Jim Henson Company hopes to bring its brand new CG animated series Dinosaur Train to your TV later this year. The American debut is scheduled for the fall of 2009 on PBS Kids, as well as in Canada with TV Ontario and British Columbia’s Knowledge. The producers of the show say we can expect to see Dinosaur Train products, shirts, and toys in stores in the summer of 2010.

Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train

Joining up with Sid the Science Squid, The Jim Henson Company has signed a deal with PBS Kids to debut Dinosaur Train, a new CGI animated series for the fall of 2009. Dinosaur Train revolves around the adventures of Buddy, a young Tyrannosaurus Rex, who goes through adventures using basic scientific thinking and skills. The show will also be online at pbskids.org and PBS Parents.

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