Monday, November 3, 2008

Hard Sell The Muppet Way

I was watching a disc of episodes from The Muppet Show and that led me to wonder what I could find online on their early days when they did a five minute TV show here in the Washington, DC area, "Sam And Friends". Amazingly I did discover a full episode of the show on YouTube but I couldn't figure out how to link to it. Instead I'm putting up a collection of mini-commercials Jim Henson made with a tadpole-like Kermit the Frog selling a local coffee brand. This extreme slapstick is typical for what the Muppets did in their infancy though obviously it wouldn't fly on today's TV especially in a commercial. You have to admit though. The "Buy this or I'll blow you up" approach is still refreshingly direct.

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