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    Posted: 30 Jun 2009 at 9:26pm


I saw a link to this on another forum. I think it's INCREDIBLE on several levels. Smile  First, I didn't know Jim Henson was doing things so early. These ads were filmed in 1957. Although not strictly the "muppets" it's pretty obvious the "Wilkins" character sounds and looks suspiciously like kermit the frog.

More about the ads here: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Wilkins_Coffee

Also surprising is how violent the commercials are, but in that cartoonish sort of way. Ouch And they are only 10 seconds long each. I think they are clever and delightful...

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There are other ads posted on YouTube, just search for "Wilkins Coffee"
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"Things just seem to happen to people who don't drink Wilkins!" Thumbs%20Up
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I was  also surprised when I learned, years ago,  that Muppets existed before 'Sesame Street'; Henson started using what late became Kermit on a local TV show in Washington D.C., in the mid-50s. Then, he started appearing on 'The Tonight Show'(with Steve Allen and Jack Paar, as well as Johnny), as well as Ed Sullivan's and Jimmy Dean's shows, in the '60s.(Rowlf was a regular member of the cast of Dean's show; they did a lot of duets!)
Rowlf even appeared in the opening scene of the first episode of 'Sesame Street', which has been seen on some anniversary shows since then. Before long, though, Henson and the 'Sesame Street' folks agreed to keep their show's characters separate from anything else Henson did, including 'The Muppet Show'. While the Muppets were in production, Kermit appeared on 'Sesame Street' only in repeated clips from the early '70s.
Since the '80s(and the famous wedding scene in 'The Muppets Take Manhattan'), they've relaxed things a bit, so characters from both shows could 'meet', at least for specials.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jeroboam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jun 2009 at 10:50pm
I love old Henson muppets.
He made the first prototype Kermit from one of his mom's dresses.

Here's a funny trivia on Kermit.
His eyes are not ping pong balls, they are Gnip Gnop balls.


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Mah-nah-mah-nah!!!
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doo-doo, de-doo-doo
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Mah-nah-mah-nah...

 

(Once started, it MUST be completed!LOL)

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doo doo-dee-doo!
Thank God for kids who love Obscure Things.

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Actually, I believe Kermit started as Henson's mother's felt coat.
 
Henson's muppets = awesome.
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