Muppet Central's 22nd Birthday


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Apr 11, 2002
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Happy birthday! Muppet Central is now 22 years old. The site and our original forum debuted 22 years ago on January 28, 1998. Muppet Central Radio began two years later on January 28, 2000.

Back when the site first started the Jim Henson Company still owned all of their original properties including the Muppets and Sesame Street. Two new feature films were in development simultaneously, "Muppets from Space" and "Elmo in Grouchland". The Children's Television Workshop was gearing up for their upcoming 30th anniversary and the Jim Henson Company was developing an ambitious sci-fi series that would eventually become Farscape. Even though many changes have occurred throughout the EM.TV and Disney years, we’ve been honored to be a small part of it and to provide a place for fan discussion and interaction.

We want to thank all of the staff, past and present who have given so much of their time and giftings to make Muppet Central a great place. Every member here is a vital part of what makes Muppet Central special. Thanks for doing your part in keeping Jim Henson’s vision of the Muppets alive. We believe great days are ahead.

While we’re celebrating 22 years, we are also looking towards the future. Answer the below questions and let us know your predictions for 2020.

(1) What do you think the future holds for the Muppets especially with Matt Vogel's recast as Kermit, the reboot of Muppet Babies and the upcoming Muppets Now short-form series for the Disney+ streaming service? On February 17, it will have been 16 years since Disney bought the Muppet characters and Bear in the Big Blue House. They aren't the new property anymore, especially with money makers like Fox, Star Wars and Marvel now in the family.

(2) What would you like to see Sesame Street produce or release in 2020? What are your hopes for Sesame Street's upcoming big move to the HBO Max streaming service? Sesame Street is trying to expand the brand in big ways in the upcoming year.

(3) What are your hopes for new productions from the Jim Henson Company in 2020? With the Dark Crystal prequel series "Age of Resistance", the company has had a huge breakthrough that we haven't seen since Farscape. Will "Age of Resistance" be renewed for a second season? We'll see. We're also still waiting for the Fraggle Rock movie that's been in development since 2005.

(4) What are some of your favorite Muppet Central memories or traditions from the past 22 years?

Share your opinions in this discussion and let us know what you think will happen with the Muppets in this upcoming year.

Happy birthday everyone!