In 1970, a meeting took place that changed Muppets history. Bonnie Erickson, a young costumer, met with Jim Henson, who was looking for someone to fashion the costumes for The Frog Prince. Erickson got the job, and went on to create some of the most famous Muppets, including Miss Piggy and Statler & Waldorf.
Currently a trustee at the Jim Henson Legacy, she lives with her husband Wayde in their New York City home of forty years, where the two are still creating magic under their company Harrison / Erickson, Inc. Together, they have designed mascots (from the Phillie Phanatic to the underrated Dandy), stuffed animals, and even the toys for Where The Wild Things Are.
Gothamist met with her at her home recently—which is filled with art and creations from her past and present, as well as one room that’s built out to be a partial replica of her childhood home, complete with a front porch and American flag—”when Bush was President,” she told us, “We had the flag upside down. And when he left in the helicopter, I came in with champagne and turned it right side up.”
Her life, which includes tales of riding from her apartment Uptown down to the Village on the back of a Hell’s Angels’ hog, is worthy of a full length documentary. Below, an introduction:
Third Man Records has announced that Jack White will appear on next Tuesday’s season finale of The Muppets. Jack has some important business to tend to with his friend Kermit involving matters of the heart.
Join over 60 Muppets as they reunite to recreate their classic “Muppet Show” theme song!
Steve Martin does his famous Balloon Animals skit on The Muppet Show, a veritable landmark in comedy and television. He’ll make the animals, but won’t blow them up, ha!
Dave Grohl has reunited with his past legendary band, who changed music for an entire generation. No, not Nirvana, but The Muppets. Grohl has gone back to The Muppets rock house band The Electric Mayhem for a cover of the 1999 Foo Fighters’ hit “Learn to Fly”.
In a perfect example of the synergy created by Disney buying The Muppets, Animal and Floyd add their flare to “It’s A Small World.”
Get down, get down with The Electric Mayhem and this boogie classic.
You were never supposed to see this. Here’s the pitch that convinced ABC to make a show with The Muppets.
Jim Henson first created The Muppets in 1955 for his TV show called Sam and Friends.
Sam and Friends was Jim Henson’s first TV show. The show was only five-minutes long and aired twice daily on WRC-TV, in Washington, D.C. The show ran from May 9, 1955 to December 15, 1961.
According to Jim Henson, the Muppets got their name from a combination between the words “Marionette” and “Puppet.”
Then came Sesame Street. A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, “Sesame Street” bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colors and the alphabet. Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Grover are just a few of the other creatures involved in this show, set on a city street full of valuable learning opportunities. Let’s take a look at some amazing behind-the-scenes photos that just might ruin your childhood.
The popularity of garage rock starts here. Garage rock and Muppet history was made on September 18, 1966 as this date marked the first television appearance on CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show of Jim Henson’s Muppets. For this first appearance, Henson chose a 1966 garage rock song called “Rock It To Me” by a teen band called The Bruthers.