Deep Analysis: The Dark Crystal

I never grew up watching fantasy movies. Back then, if I was going to watch a TV show or movie aimed for kids, I was more interested in sci-fi properties than I was fantasy ones. Shows like Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Digimon, Power Ran...


Review: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

The Puppet Master series has been consistently running for almost 30 years. With The Littlest Reich, there are now 12 films to the slasher franchise. And with that many sequels comes a precipitous drop in quality and budget down to one film...


Sesame Street might murder Melissa McCarthy

Don't fuck with the street. That's the message Sesame Street producers are sending to the makers of Melissa McCarthy's forthcoming puppet comedy, The Happytime Murders, with a brand-new lawsuit featuring undisclosed damages. Citing th...

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Flix for Short: Big Birdman

We've featured Sesame Street parodies on the site before, but they've never been as mindblowing as this. Featuring Caroll Spinney and Big Bird, this is just all kinds of perfect.  "How did we get here? How did we get to Sesame Street?...

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Review: Muppets Most Wanted

2011's The Muppets was a breath of fresh air since it was a reboot which never really felt like one. There wasn't a grand gesture to reinvent the characters, a notable lack of cynicism, and it was most importantly, fun. It was a reunion wit...


Dredd gunfight reenacted with puppets

Dredd was awesome and I'll take this moment once again to publicly shame everyone who didn't go out and watch it in theaters. If you have seen it then you know it has some awesome gunfights. What you didn't know is that gunfights can ...

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Nick's Flixmas: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

Day three of our December event, Nick's Flixmas, bring us to my third favorite Rankin/Bass film, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. Why is it my third favorite? The songs are the catchiest things in the Rankin/Bass repertoire (although the lyri...

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First poster for Muppets Most Wanted is too adorable

Muppets Most Wanted (formerly The Muppets...Again!) is one of the few sequels I'm happy they're making. The first Muppets was a hilarious trip down memory lane, and Muppets Most Wanted looks to continue that judging by that first teaser.&nb...


Christoph Waltz may star in Muppets sequel set in Europe

The Muppets was a good nostalgia trip that left lots of people longing for a follow-up. There's finally some casting news on The Muppets 2. Christoph Waltz is currently in talks for a starring role in the film. If he takes the part, Waltz w...


Flix for Short: Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

When Hubert reminded me of terrifying things in my childhood yesterday with his insistence on posting Night on Bald Mountain, I had no idea how I was going to top that for today. I mean, cause it's like Halloween. In honor of that, Fl...


Flix for Short: Paul

With a mix of puppetry and live action, Paul, brought to you by Adam Bizanski, follows the titular Paul as he investigates a robbery of his house in the seedy underbelly of his city. Paul won Best Narrative Short at the CIFF, and it's...


Review: Frankenweenie

Let's be real: Tim Burton hasn't exactly been churning out hits lately. Between Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, it's hard to have a lot of faith in the man anymore. What seemed to be passion projects seem more and more to be sad shado...


Puppet noir film The Happytime Murders going for R rating

A while back this birdy dropped some concept art for The Happytime Murders, a noir film done with puppets from the Henson people. No word what happened to the source, but I figure the bird's singing them canary tunes in a concrete cage in t...


How to Dance With Your Animatronic Dragon

To keep fans satisfied until How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out in 2014, DreamWorks has created How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, a live-action stage show featuring massive animatronic dragons. The show just finished touring in...


The Happytime Murders: concept art for a puppet film noir

Got back from the city and there was an email about some new Henson project called The Happytime Murders. It's a proposed noir picture done with puppets. Think Roger Rabbit, but plush instead of paint. It looked Dillinger, like a couple fin...


Flix for Short: Requiem for a Dream (done w/ puppets)

Requiem for a Dream was one of those movies that really hit me when I first saw it in 2000. There was Darren Aronofsky's bravura as a filmmaker coupled with the intensity of emotion and observation in the book by the late great Hubert Selb...


Trailer: ParaNorman

A new trailer for ParaNorman is out! Hooray! In case you forgot, the movie follows a boy who can see dead people as he tries to protect his small town from said dead people. The last one made the movie look pretty creepy, and I'm guessing ...


The alternate ending to The Muppets

The Muppets did well over the holiday weekend, both a critical darling and a financial success. Because of the film, NBC is currently developing a new show with muppets with Jim Henson Studios. It's not the Muppets, but ...


Review: The Muppets

The Muppets aren't often in the public eye anymore. Disney hasn't been pushing them very heavily, and their one theme park attraction is shoved off in the corner of California Adventures- you know, the one nobody visits. Kids can probably s...


The Muppets are way into Twilight

If you don't follow Twilight or write for a movie website, you might not know that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is coming out this Friday. Well, the Muppets are certainly aware, and they dressed up to celebrate. I'd love to see ...


Flixclusive Interview: Elmo, Being Elmo

Have you ever had one of those moments where you think to yourself, "Man, this is way too cool. I am never going to top this"? I had that on Friday, when I got to have a chat with Elmo. Yes, that Elmo. The fuzzy red monster adored by child...


Hang out with Muppets on Google+!

Have you ever wanted to hang out with Kermit and Miss Piggy? Oh, that's not really a question. Of course you have. Well, today is the day for all your dreams to come true, since the cast of The Muppets wants to hang out with you (yes, you) ...


Interview: Kevin Clash and Constance Marks, Being Elmo

I absolutely adored Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, and I was delighted to be able to talk to director Constance Marks and puppeteer Kevin Clash about the film. We spoke a bit about Clash's work, Elmo's past, and what aspiring puppeteer...


Trailer: ParaNorman

ParaNorman follows a young boy who can talk to the dead as he tries to save his town from a monster invasion. Now, that's a pretty cool concept on its own, but add in the fact that it's a stop motion animation from the makers of Coraline a...


Review: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

I don't see a lot of wonderful movies for this site. I see some good ones, certainly, and I would recommend a lot of the things I see to my peers, but when I sit down to write a review and actually think about the score, nothing really shin...


Trailer: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

I wrote about Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey for the Fall Movie Preview, my only gripe being that there was not a trailer available yet. Clearly, documentarian Constance Marks read about my sad dilemma and decided to share a trailer wit...


New images, facts, and character bios from The Muppets

The people at Walt Disney Studios have apparently been Kermit-flailing over the upcoming release of The Muppets as much as the fans have. They recently released a ton of images, character descriptions, and extra fun facts about the show's h...


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