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The Muppets are a group of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Having been created in 1955 by Jim Henson, they are the namesake for the Disney media franchise that encompasses films, television series, music recordings, print publications, and other media associated with The Muppet Show characters.

Henson once stated that the term "Muppet" had been created as a blend of the words "marionette" and "puppet", but also claimed that it was actually a word he had coined.[1] The Muppets debuted on the television program Sam and Friends, which aired locally on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. from 1955 to 1961. After appearing on skits in several late night talk shows and advertising commercials during the 1960s, Henson's Muppets began appearing on Sesame Street when that show debuted in 1969. The Muppets then became the stars of multiple television series and films, including; The Muppet Show (1976–1981), The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), and The Jim Henson Hour (1989). After Henson's death in 1990, The Muppets continued their presence in television and cinema with Muppets Tonight (1996–98), a series continuation of The Muppet Show, and three films, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Muppets from Space (1999); the former two were co-produced with Disney, who sought to acquire the characters since the late 1980s. In 2004, The Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to The Muppets (except for the Sesame Street characters, which were sold separately to Sesame Workshop, as well as Fraggle Rock and other characters retained by The Jim Henson Company),[2][3][4] and later formed The Muppets Studio; a division created specifically for managing The Muppets franchise.

Disney re-branded the franchise beginning in 2008, in anticipation of the seventh film, The Muppets.[5][6] The film, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and directed by James Bobin, was released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 23, 2011, and met with critical acclaim and commercial success.[7] An eighth film, Muppets Most Wanted, was released on March 21, 2014.[8]

Parodies

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  1. Muppets/An American Tail
  2. Muppets/Bananaman
  3. Muppets/TUGS
  4. Muppets/Thomas
  5. Muppets/Mario
  6. Muppets/Sonic
  7. Muppets/Shining Time Station
  8. Muppets/Dora the Explorer
  9. Muppets/Veggietales
  10. Muppets/Dr. Seuss
  11. Muppets/The Little Engine That Could
  12. Muppets/Spongebob
  13. Muppets/Toy Story
  14. Muppets/Thomas and the Magic Railroad
  15. Muppets/Sesame Street
  16. Muppets/Cyberchase
  17. Muppets/Phineas and Ferb
  18. Muppets/Looney Tunes
  19. Muppets/The Jungle Book
  20. Muppets/Snow White
  21. Muppets/Madagascar
  22. Muppets/Open Season
  23. Muppets/Rugrats
  24. Muppets/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  25. Muppets/Futurama
  26. Muppets/The Simpsons
  27. Muppets/Jariel Powell-Outlaw
  28. Muppets/Mickey Mouse
  29. Muppets/Regular Show
  30. Muppets/Tweenies
  31. Muppets/Family Guy
  32. Muppets/Zookeeper
  33. Muppets/Disney Infinity
  34. Muppets/CatDog
  35. Muppets/PB&J Otter
  36. Muppets/Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers
  37. Muppets/Alvin and the Chipmunks
  38. Muppets/The Angry Beavers
  39. Muppets/Clifford the Big Red Dog
  40. Muppets/Clifford's Puppy Days
  41. Muppets/Fantastic Mr. Fox
  42. Muppets/Meet the Robinsons
  43. Muppets/Backyardigans
  44. Muppets/Dragontales
  45. Muppets/Wiggles
  46. Muppets/Doodlebops
  47. Muppets/Bob the Builder
  48. Muppets/Mighty Ducks
  49. Muppets/My Little Pony
  50. Muppets/The Simpsons Movie
  51. Muppets/Monty Python
  52. Muppets/Jake and the Never Land Pirates
  53. Muppets/Doc McStuffins
  54. Muppets/Sofia the First
  55. Muppets/Jump Start
  56. Muppets/Chalk Zone
  57. Muppets/My Life as a Teenage Robot
  58. Muppets/Rocket Power
  59. Muppets/Doug
  60. Muppets/Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  61. Muppets/The Wild Thornberrys
  62. Muppets/As Told By Ginger
  63. Muppets/Happy Monster Band
  64. Muppets/Bear in the Big Blue House
  65. Muppets/Gordon (Sunshine/Warrior Version)

See also

References

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  1. Jones, Brian Jay (2013). "Sam and Friends". Jim Henson: The Biography. New York: Ballantine Books. pp. 41–42. ISBN 978-0-345-52611-3. It was really just a term we made up. For a long time I would tell people it was a combination of marionettes and puppets but, basically, it was really just a word that we coined. We have done very few things connected with marionettes. 
  2. "The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company Sign Agreement for Disney to buy The "Muppets" and "Bear in the Big Blue House"". Press release. The Walt Disney Company. http://corporate.disney.go.com/news/corporate/2004/2004_0217_kermit.html. Retrieved 16 January 2013. "In the months before his death in 1990, my father Jim Henson pursued extensive discussions with The Walt Disney Company based on his strong belief that Disney would be a perfect home for the Muppets."
  3. "The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company Sign Agreement for Disney to buy the "Muppets" and "Bear in the Big Blue House"". Press release. The Jim Henson Company. http://www.henson.com/press_releases/2004-02-17.pdf. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  4. "Disney buys Muppets as bid prospect fades", The Independent, February 18, 2004. Retrieved on December 31, 2011. Template:Dead link
  5. Barnes, Brooks. "Fuzzy Renaissance", 18 September 2008. Retrieved on 29 December 2012. 
  6. Jurgensen, John. "A Muppet Makeover", 19 August 2011. Retrieved on 24 July 2012. 
  7. Fleming, Michael. "Segel and Stoller take on Muppets", Variety, March 12, 2008. Retrieved on December 31, 2011. 
  8. Fritz, Ben. "Disney cancels 'Little Mermaid 3-D,' dates 'Pirates 5' for 2015", 15 January 2013. Retrieved on 14 January 2013.