Add Your Muppet Voice to the Never Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna

Muppets Neverending Mahna Mahna Facebook ApplicationOver the years music has always been an important feature of the Muppet’s performances on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and in their movies. Well-know songs include Kermit’s “Rainbow Connection” and “Bein’ Green” to Ernie favorite bath time serenade “Rubber Duckie”.

One song I always remembered was ‘Mahna Mahna’, which had been originally recorded by Italian composer Piero Umiliani as Mah Nà Mah Nà. It was first performed by Muppets on Sesame Street in 1969, and later that year was performed on the Ed Sullivan Show by two pink alien-like creatures known as the Snowths (originally known as Snouths) and a crazy orange haired muppet named Mahna Mahna. In 1976 these same muppets repeated the performance on the very first episode of the Muppet Show.

Now with the imminent release of the new ‘The Muppets’ movie, ‘Mahna Mahna and The Snowths’ are back, and you can even join in and add your voice this time. The Never Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna application on the Muppets Facebook page enables you to record your ‘Mahna Mahna’ and have it added it to the loop of other fans and celebrity contributions like Sarah Silverman, Jason Segal, Chris Martin and Mickey Rooney.

If singing is not your thing, you can still join in on the Muppets Facebook Fan-a-Thon and help them reach a Bazillion Likes.

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Randy MathesonI am a Nova Scotia raised Creative Guy, currently Director of Emerging Media at Delvinia, a Digital Strategy & Customer Experience Design Firm in Toronto. I’m a huge fan of the creative use of digital technologies in social media, marketing, sports and entertainment. I use this blog to share the more interesting examples that I find. If you’re in need of a break, join me over at Madtini.com for a cocktail.

Google Interactive Puppeteer Doodle Marks Mark Jim Henson’s 75th Birthday

Jim Henson 75th Birthday Google DoodleToday (September 24) marks what would have been Jim Henson’s 75th birthday. Google has partnered with the Jim Henson Company have gotten together to create an home page doodle that visitors can ‘puppet’ themselves. At first I didn’t understand the absence of audio, but it makes sense that the user as puppeteer gets to add the voices. It’s like having your very own puppet show to play with.

The doodle features a number of easter eggs including:

  • Select the red ‘O’ character, then move your mouse back and forth rapidly: his glasses will fly off.
  • Click on the green ‘L’ monster, then press the up arrow or click 8 times: the red ‘E’ monster will eat the ‘L’.

More to come…

Are There Muppets in This Movie?

MuppetsThis trailer for new Muppets Movie is so freakin’ brilliant. I had a ‘WTF moment’ while watching it for the first time, then with the reveal it was sheer joy as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang appeared.

The Muppet Show ran from 1976-1981, which lined up perfectly with my high school years (please don’t do the math). Whether it was Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital or Muppet News Flash (go Guy Smiley) I loved every insane moment of the going’s on at the Muppet Theatre.

The special guest star list on the Muppet Show is like a who’s who of late 1970s entertainment; from Alice Cooper to Don Knotts, from George Burns to Debbie Harry. No matter who showed up, they all had to face the ridicule of everyone’s favorite balcony-dwelling hecklers Statler & Wardorf.

It’s been 30 years since the Muppet Show went off the air, and while there have been motion pictures ‘Muppets Take Manahttan’, ‘Muppets from Space’ and the most recent a forgettable TV special ‘Muppets’ Wizard of Oz’ in 2008. Viewers of the original Muppet Show are now in their late 30s and 40s.

In 2009, a videos featuring the original Muppets appeared on YouTube. At Thanksgiving, we saw their version of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ which was soon followed by ‘Ode to Joy‘ (featuring Beaker) during the Christmas season. These helped to bring the Muppet brand back into the public view, reconnecting with their original audience and creating new demand amongst those who were too young to remember the original TV series.

We’re just getting into the summer blockbuster season, but you can expect a virtual Muppet frenzy leading up to the November 23rd release of the new Muppet Movie.

Who are your 3 favorite muppets? My list includes:

  • Animal
  • Sam the Eagle
  • Lou Zealand