Sunday, January 28, 2007

Muppet*Vision 3D: Signs of Fun

Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D follows a very loose back story of sorts. The building itself is the World Headquarters of Muppet*Vision 3D and the home of Muppet Labs. A directory just inside the entrance lists a number of departments within the building. Among them are Muppet Kitchens and Pyrotechnic Research, the Institute of Heckling and Browbeating, the Academy of Amphibian Science, and the Dept. of Comedic Timing and Delivery. Muppet Security is also present at the entrance, with the now famous key that is hidden under the mat.

There are a few great signs throughout. Longtime Muppet Link Hogthrob is pictured as a guard on a warning sign, identifying his affiliation with the Pork Security Company. One particularly funny gag is the sign on a utility door that reads "THIS DOOR IS ALARMED - AND GENUINELY CONCERNED!"

Nearby to Muppet*Vision is the Stage One Company Store, selling merchandise themed to Kermit and company. The interior showcases elements drawn from the Happiness Hotel, a location that featured prominently in the film The Great Muppet Caper. One cashier station is modeled after the hotel's check-in desk, and a sign nearby reads "PLEASE STEAL LINEN - IT'S CHEAPER THAN HAVING IT CLEANED." Another (pictured) communicates the benefits(?) of securing valuables in the house safe. Assorted laundry is strung across the "lobby" area; a careful inspection will reveal Mickey Mouse's shorts among the items.

I featured the exterior of the Stage One Company Store in a Snapshot! back in October.


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I loved the segment that you did with Lou on Mouse Tunes! That added great texture to an already great podcast. Thanks for putting in the time to make a great blog and to help out the podcasting community!