While I was on vacation this summer, I read a book called Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, and it’s like that book has rekindled a Muppet obsession I didn’t even know I had.
I mean, I watched the Muppets growing up — Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Babies, Muppet Treasure Island, etc etc but while I obviously liked the Muppets, they weren’t super integral to my life. I was never Miss Piggy for Halloween, and for a long period of time I kind of just…forgot about them in general. Though I do remember this one episode of Muppet Babies that taught me about animation:
Reading an entire book, however — about all the hard work that went into creating such a groundbreaking children’s show like Sesame Street, and how that paved the way for Jim Henson to break a barrier in puppetry and go on to create other series (like the edgier Muppet Show and movies like The Dark Crystal) has made me a total Muppet geek.
Side Note: Do Muppet/Jim Henson fans have a go-to phrase to define themselves, like Potter-heads and TwiHards and the like? Just wondering.
Anyway, Exhibit A of Muppet Obsession, a new member of my home:
Exhibit B: I kind of want to be a Muppet for Halloween now.
Exhibit C: How can you not like this video?!
Exhibit D: They just came out with Muppet Silly Bands, and I almost want to drive to Disneyland for the sole purpose of getting them.
All slight joking aside, it really is an interesting book, especially for those who either have a fondness for cute stuffed creatures or learning about the television industry. Plus it was the first substantial book I read on my iPad, and it was awesome!
Kermit and I highly recommend it.