600th post on this forum! What better thread for that than this one?
I'm just so happy to see Jim's characters immortalized in the Smithsonian. That shows how much of an impact he continues to have on the world. I was especially surprised to see the original Cookie Monster, Fuzzyface/Grover, Elmo, and Rowlf puppets in the group, not to mention the rarely seen J.P. Grosse. I wish they could also add some of the full-body puppets, like Thog, Big Bird, Sweetums, or a Gorg. But that might be a stretch. Anyhow, it is so touching to see that this happened.
So there are going to be two permanent Muppet museum exhibits on the East Coast, the Museum of the Moving Image in NY and now the Smithsonian's Kermit will get some friends! I wonder if he counts as being part of the "over 20." Also, are the other Sam and Friends characters already there, or was that a temporary exhibit? How many Muppets did they have on permanent display before this expansive addition?
What we know so far:
So 18-21 could be anything. I think maybe a Doozer, Skeksis, a large-scaled Muppet like Big Bird or Junior and I'm hoping for Gonzo.
Not to be nit-picky, but I hope that they're not done refurbishing the puppets yet. Some of them, like Piggy, Fozzie and Elmo, still look kind of smooshed with odd pupil placement. Either way, I can't wait to know these are up being appreciated by generations to come.
I do agree some of the puppets look like they still need little touch ups here and there, but at the same time, I actually like how some of them show some obvious age: those closeups of Ernie and Bert show a little bit of dust that's settled in their hair (as well as Bert's eyebrow)... somehow, it kind of adds to just how old they are.
It's justifiable, FRAGGLE ROCK isn't as easy to come by as other Muppet/Henson productions, it's more of a cult show than anything, so the average person (as in non-Muppet Freaks like us) may not know their names.
My question is was Green Grover's nose always that shape, or was that the result of the refurbishing?