We couldn't be more proud of our beloved Muppets!
Although the Jim Henson Company had partnered with Chick-Fil-A this month to release make-your-own-puppet kits as the toy given with kid's meals, the production studio has announced today that they will no longer be associated with the fast food chain due to its public confirmation that they do not support gay rights…and spend $2 million funding organizations fighting same-sex marriage!
According to a statement on Henson's Facebook page:
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Don't freak out! Henson is NOT re-inventing Kermit or taking him away from his real-life puppet world…
BUT, the company is creating an animated version of the classic 1970's Toad and Frog tales that were written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel!
Toad and Frog are two very different amphibian friends who, through every-day experiences, share
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Cool news for fans of Guillermo Del Toro.
We've known that the filmmaker has been busy producing the stop-motion animation version of Pinocchio for some time, but now he's signed on to direct it!
He's replacing Gris Grimly — the author of a 2002 book of which the movie is based on — to co-direct with Mark Gustafson. Jim Henson Company producer Lisa Henson has welcomed Del Toro's presence behind the camera and said:
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We're SO glad that Jim Henson Studios is having this resurgence!
With all the well-earned hype surrounding the upcoming Muppets movie, we're NOT surprised that TV networks are starting to jump on the bandwagon!
That's right, folks! It's not another Muppet Show, but
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