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So I've written a fic called "Pigs in Space: Generations", which is exactly what it sounds like. I hope the six people in the world who remember Muppets Tonight enjoy it.
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I was perusing Tough Pigs, the Muppets fansite, as I do occasionally (all right, frequently), and I came across this in their recent review of the Sandy Duncan episode of The Muppet Show:

Muppet fans love to argue about whether or not there’s such a thing as a Muppet canon. Some people feel that there’s a line of continuity from one Muppet project to the next – that if you squint hard enough, you can imagine that Kermit and the gang went to Danforth College after completing their Standard Rich & Famous Contract. Others believe that’s a lot of nonsense, because trying to create a Muppet canon can only lead to insanity.

And I thought "Well, unlike Anthony Strand, I do believe there's a Muppet canon. But Danforth College isn't part of it; that was just a film." And then I thought that was a strange thing to think, since it's all just a film (or a TV series). The Muppets aren't real. I know that.

But it seems to me there's two levels to their unreality; they're consistently presented as a troupe of performers putting on a show. There's a level where what's happening in the show isn't real, but the Muppets themselves are. And if you look at things from that level, Muppet canon no more needs to explain why they were at Danforth College than why they were in Dickensian London. Or indeed how Kermit and Fozzie can be brothers in The Great Muppet Caper, but nowhere else. That's all part of the show.

If we stick to things that actually appeared on screen (more or less), my canon events are:

  • The events that inspired The Muppet Movie (which is only "approximately how it happened").

  • The backstage scenes on The Muppet Show.

  • The opening scene of The Muppet Movie.

  • Possibly at Piggy's behest, genuine minister Reverend Dr Cyril Jenkins performs the wedding at the end of The Muppets Take Manhattan, leading to endless debates as to whether it was real.

  • The control room scenes on The Jim Henson Hour.

  • The backstage scenes on Muppets Tonight.

  • Walter joins the troupe (Unlike The Muppet Movie, I don't think The Muppets can be even approximately how it happened, because it suggests they've been separated since shortly after The Muppets Take Manhattan, but clearly Walter did join because, well, he's there.)

  • the muppets

(If we don't stick to things that actually appeared on screen, it quickly becomes a mess of interviews, publicity stunts [like Piggy's feud with Joan Rivers], special appearances at things, the Electric Mayhem's gig at Outside Lands, and the official Twitter feeds. But it's still more-or-less consistant.)
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So, apparently, now that I've started this, I'm going to keep thinking them up even if no-one's made any requests...

Rincewind
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Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
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Del Trotter
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Since it doesn't look like anyone else is going to guess, here are the results:
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Okay, I was lying in bed last night, and I suddenly started thinking about this, possibly because I'd been reading about Muppet Fairy Tale Theatre on Muppet Wiki, and have just started watching Season 3 of OUAT on Netflix. (So if anything here is contra-indicated by something that happens after "Bad Form", don't tell me!)
Nonsense under the cut. )
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Memed from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook and [livejournal.com profile] john_amend_all:

Choose 5 OTP’s without looking at the questions behind the cut first, then tag friends to do the same.

I'm always useless at the shippy stuff, but here goes:

1. Moist von Lipwig/Miss Adora Belle Dearheart (Discworld)
2. Clara Oswald/Danny Pink (Doctor Who)
3. John Watson/Mary Morstan (Sherlock)
4. Floyd Pepper/Janice (Muppets)
5. Clark Kent/Lois Lane (DC Comics)
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Keep meaning to say -- shortly after seeing Muppets Most Wanted I saw two reviews claiming it wasn't as good as the last one. They are wrong.

The Muppets was good, but it was kind of "Hey, remember the Muppets? You liked the Muppets, didn't you? Okay, here's all the things you liked about the Muppets. Remember now?"

Muppets Most Wanted, IMO, was more "Okay, we know you like the Muppets. Now here they are doing something different."
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My characters were:

1. Wally West/The Flash (DC Comics)
2. Sandy (Absolute Power)
3. The War Doctor (Doctor Who)
4. Dr Bunsen Honeydew (The Muppets)
5. Jack Dodger (Dodger)
6. Otto Octavius/The Superior Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
7. Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock)
8. Eddie Watts (That Puppet Game Show)
9. PC Peter Grant (Rivers of London)
10.Gytha "Nanny" Ogg (Discworld)
11.Queenie (Blackadder II)
12.Arnold J Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
13.Lt Cmdr Montgomery Scott (Star Trek relaunch movies)
14.Lobsang (The Long Earth)
15.Fitz Kriener (Doctor Who EDAs)

results under the cut )
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(Contains very mild spoilers for Muppets Most Wanted; nothing you wouldn't pick up from the basics of the pre-publicity so far.)

So I've just learnt that back when The Muppets was still a vague idea Jason Segel had for a film called The Greatest Muppet Movie Of All Time!, Ain't It Cool got hold of a script. And one of the concepts that didn't make it into the film we eventually saw was "Ms. Piggy ends up in jail. In the cell next to her is Charles Grodin, still incarcerated after The Great Muppet Caper."

Now I can think of two reasons that scene didn't make it in. 1) The whole "Piggy in jail" storyline, whatever it involved, was apparently abandoned and 2) Nicky Holiday was arrested in London, so why would he be in jail in Hollywood? (Or Paris, if this scene was before they got the gang back together.)

Muppets Most Wanted is going to be set in London. And it involves Kermit being mistaken for a criminal.

Hmmm...
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Okay, here's what I've got so far. And. everyone, please feel free to make a suggestion for the remaining 20 pairs.

From [livejournal.com profile] vatine, who may not have read the meme all the way through: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 and 13 are building a robot, what happens?
He later said I could whittle it down if I wanted, so I decided to go with the first three pairs: Lois and Clark; the Fourth Doctor and Romana; and Lancelot and Guenevere from Arthur King of Time and Space.
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From [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook: 9. Doing the shopping
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
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From [livejournal.com profile] john_elliott: 6. Tidying the kitchen
Arthur and Merlin (Merlin)
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Memed from [livejournal.com profile] john_elliott

1. Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.

2. Visit this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and — you guessed it — list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3. I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting — make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble — it's just inspiration.

4. Bravo! Have a cookie.

And because John did his in verse, I felt obliged to make an attempt likewise. (I didn't manage it in one sitting; I got three of them, then decided I needed sleep.)

The fandoms are Demon Knights, Discworld, Doctor Who, The Muppets and Red Dwarf.
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Watching 2-week old Have I Got News For You, and learnt that some Fox News pundit is claiming The Muppets promotes communism. Because everyone knows that if there's one thing global megacorporation Disney hates, it's the capitalist system. Anyway, it occured to me to turn this into a fun game:

Those Communist Muppet Movies in Full

The Muppets Take Moscow
A Muppet Family International Workers' Day
Muppets From Specnaz
Fraggle Bloc
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Fanfic Only The Casting Was Done For #2 That I Got Three Quarters Of The Way Through Before Realising It Was A Copyright Nightmare #1
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After writing three quarters of a script for The Muppet Guards! Guards!, it occurs to me that taking vast wodges of Pterry's dialogue and putting them in the mouths of Muppets probably exceeds the copyright allowances generally made for fanworks. Ah, well; more time to work on Storytime!
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(Unlike the previous one, the title and default frame give it away...)
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Why haven't I seen this before?
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The list was:

1. The Shalka Master (Doctor Who)
2. Mr Gently Benevolent (Bleak Expectations)
3. Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern (DC Comics)
4. Reg Shoe (Discworld)
5. Animal (The Muppets)
6. Jonathan Creek (Jonathan Creek)
7. The Laird (Hamish & Dougal)
8. Idris (Doctor Who)
9. Penfold (Danger Mouse)
10. Ollie Queen/Green Arrow (Smallville)
11. Kate Reed (Anno Dracula)
12. Sophia Rivers (Family Bites)
13. Rob Anybody Mac Feegle (Discworld)
14. Elias Vaughn (Deep Space Nine relaunch novels)
15. S. Baldrick (Blackadder the Third)

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Just learnt that in the new Muppet Movie "Muppet Studios" is actually the Henson Company Lot.

I've never been entirely clear on how the current situation works, beyond the fact Henson productions can no longer use the word "Muppet" (the Fraggles used to be Muppets, and now they aren't), but this does suggest that there is still some sort of relationship between the Jim Henson Company and Disney's Muppets. Which is nice.

(And now I think of it, of course there would be, since there're still long-time Muppeteers like Dave Goelz -- who's pencilled in to reprise Boober in the upcoming Fraggle Rock movie.)
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