The new Syfy competition series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge provides a fascinating window into the incredibly imaginative and creative environment of creature design. Each week, the hopeful contestants get hands-on experience in learning every aspect of what it takes to become a master in such a highly competitive field while working toward the ultimate prize of a contract working for the world-renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop and lead judge on the series, talked about how this show came about, the process for finding contestants that would live up to the standard that he would expect from an employee, the time pressure that contestants are under to complete each challenge, how agonizing it was to send someone home every week, what they typically look for in an employee, why teamwork is so important in this profession, and just how well-rounded someone needs to be. He also talked about what it’s like to grow up around creatures always being designed and brought to life, whether Farscape could return, at some point, and whether we’ll ever get to see more Fraggle Rock. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
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Dance your cares away, the big screen adaptation of Jim Henson’s classic series, Fraggle Rock, has landed a pair of writers. Mining talent from Rango, the New Regency project has tapped Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian to script the musical puppet feature. Fraggle Rock was an 80s series that followed a group of puppet creatures who lived underground in caves. The musical Muppet-like characters coexisted peacefully alongside the miniscule and industrious Doozers, but are regarded as pests by the giant, furry Gorgs who live above-ground. There also happens to be an anthropomorphic trash pile named Marjory and a puppet sheepdog named Sprocket. I miss the 80s. Hit the jump to see more on Fraggle Rock, including the catchy theme song and intro.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Fraggle Rock: Complete Series Collection for $44.99 (which is 55% off). Included are 96 episodes over 20 discs. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping and Gold Box deals are only good for one day. Hit the jump for the list of special features and here’s a few other great deals.
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Get ready to dance your cares away. With nostalgia running high as The Muppets are set to return to the big screen next month in The Muppets, a feature film version of that other puppet show is on its way as well. New Regency has acquired the rights to turn the HBO series Fraggle Rock into a feature film. The series, also created by Jim Henson, centered on the adventures of a group of creatures called “Fraggles” who live in a network of caves (Fraggle Rock). Fraggle Rock, or “The Muppets on acid”, ran from 1983 to 1987 on HBO. I always found the show to be creepy, yet weirdly engaging. It’d be cool if they made a slightly twisted film version in the vein of The Nightmare Before Christmas, though chances of that happening are slim to none. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier today I finally attended my first Toy Fair in New York City. As a former toy collector, I’ve always wanted to check out the biggest toy show of the year. While I thought the aisles would be decorated with action figures and super heroes, the reality is, most of the toys on display are aimed at little kids. However, even though I was a bit let down by Toy Fair, I did manage to snap 100 pictures. Included are all the movie related toys that were on display (minus Hasbro as they were off site). So if you’d like to see toys for Green Lantern, Happy Feet 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Gremlins, the Flux Capacitor from Back to the Future, The Smurfs, Fraggle Rock, Batman, Justice League, and tons of other random things, hit the jump!
Imagine all the crazy mash ups of images from different iconic series that you have seen, and multiply it. That is what James Hance does, taking inspiration from childhood and throwing together famous pop culture posters to include a character from another series, with great results. Simon Pegg recently tweeted about the artist, which brought a huge selection of his art to our attention. You can see above a sample of what he does, and you can join me after the break to hear his own description of his art and more selections, including a take on North by Northwest with Cary Grant running from a TIE fighter.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Fraggle Rock: Complete Series Collection for $37.49 – which is 63% off the regular $99.99 price. Included in the set are 20 discs covering 96 episodes and 100 original songs from the award-winning series. It’s a hell of deal for the series. Remember, Amazon’s Gold Box deals are only for today.