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Happy Halloween Bert and Ernie!

I know that my continuous posting about The Muppets is really stretching the definition of ‘animation related topics’ but it’s Halloween, and I felt more people needed to see these fantastic Bert and Ernie pumpkins.

(The yellow one probably isn’t a pumpkin, but I’m afraid my vegetable knowledge is weak to the point of embarrassment). Makes my own attempts at pumpkin carving seem depressingly unimaginative!

In the words of Homer Simpson “WELL, IT’S NOT QUITE A MOP AND IT’S NOT QUITE A PUPPET… BUT MAN (LAUGHS)”  Also, while we’re hovering around the subject, I recently found this amazing photo of Jim Henson, Frank Oz , Kermit and Miss Piggy. Looks like a good life doesn’t it :)jim henson frank oz

And just to prove that I can bring any subject back to animation, here’s a fantastic film produced a few years ago; Overtime.

A group of puppets (who bear more than a passing resemblance to Kermit) struggle to come to terms with the death of their puppet master and attempt to carry on life without him, even manipulating his body in the same way he once brought them to life. It manages to be funny, dark and sad all at the same time – quite an achievement. It’s a beautifully subtle piece of animation that was created as a tribute to Henson.

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Directed by Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferrié. The soundtrack is Inconsolable by the Silberman Orchestra with other pieces by Ornadel and the Starlight Symphony.

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