Boorishly, we just lump everyone into the same “Scandinavian” group, calling him Swedish because, well, that’s his name. Who knew the Swedish Chef would be at the source of so much cultural misunderstanding? But it seems clear from this piece that America needs to try harder. Sweden is not just Ikea, ABBA, Dragon Tattoo books, and meatballs. Sweden is most definitely not a Muppet, even if this particular Muppet has become a thorn in Sweden’s side. Though some say there’s a definite Julia Child quality to the chef, and an actualSwedish chef claims he was the inspiration for the character, it turns out Henson’s inspiration for his chef may have simply been some Berlitz tapes.
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My contribution to The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me - A Jim Henson Tribute Exhibition.
This show will be amazing. It celebrates one of my favorite people ever to exist on this earth. And it happens tonight!
Saturday, December 10th, 7pm
Gallery Nucleus in LA
Just this once I really wish I lived in LA to go to this show!
Jim Henson has touched the lives of so many with his creations and his work reaches across generations. This is also a really fitting time for this show, as they can play the John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album during the show, I know I will be disappointed if they don’t.
From Nerve’s “A Jason Segel Retrospective”, quote:
The Muppets is the film I feel most proud of in the sense that it’s good — not quality-wise, which it is. What I mean is that it’s a good thing, what the world gets to experience with the Muppets. The Muppets are never mean to anybody, and their whole message is “We’re stronger together than we are apart, and you don’t have to get laughs by making fun of other people.” They sort of remind us of who we wanted to be when we were kids, before the world got hold of us and beat in the harsh reality of how things really are. You watch The Muppets and you’re instantly transported to the best version of yourself. That’s the thing I’m most proud of.
*tear* HERO STATUS.
my fake boyfriend is so adorable
Fozzie the Bear manicure, which I am PROUD to say won OPI’s Muppet Mani Madness contest. Click here to find out more about how I painted this manicure.
Wokka wokka, indeed.
Happy 75th Birthday, Jim Henson (born September 24, 1936)! Your dreams enriched my childhood, and I still miss you.
And a lovely google homepage tribute to boot.
This picture makes me tear up every time I see it.
This is just the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.
OPI Muppets Collection
Top Row: Animal-istic, Meep-Meep-Meep, Wocka Wocka, Pepes Purple Passion, Designers De Better, Warm and Fozzie
Bottom Row: Rainbow Connection, Excuse Moi, Gone Gonzo, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Divine Swine and Gettin’ Miss Piggy With it
I’ll have to see it in person, but really the only one I’m excited for is Meep-Meep-Meep. I need a good cranberry red this fall.
I want all the glitters.
I find it exciting that Pepe the Prawn gets his own color.
I would buy this. (Click through for a blog post about the artist.)
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