Dropped into FAO Schwarz today – y’know, only the best toy store ever. And guess what? You can design your own muppet. It’s called the Muppet Whatnot Workshop – “whatnots” being the random muppet extras that people muppet-world. Best of all, because let’s face it, some of us are unemployed and can’t be dropping a Benjamin on a personalised puppet, you can mock up your muppet online endlessly.
Pick a body, add some eyes (complete with chunky lashes, or cats eye glasses), a nose, and hair – options include Williamsburg standard issue beard-n-tache combos. Then there are outfits ranging from hoodies to monster fur to showgirl sequins. So, in theory, you could create a felt version of Katy Perry infinitely preferable to the cups-runneth-over real one who was recently axed from Sesame Street. Here’s one I prepared earlier:
On a muppet bender, I went searching for further updates on the new muppet movie Jason Segel is working on. There’s not much news to be found, but it seems the title may be The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Also, this July GQ interview has some lovely insights from Segel on how he got the project rolling (he’s writing, producing and starring) and why he’s passionate about muppets:
And all the above, ladies and gentlemen, presents a compelling case for why I need a job. Hark, employers!