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[[File:The Muppets' Salute to Canada|thumb|right|300px|The Muppets salute Canada in song, from the ''[[Just for Laughs]]'' gala.]]
 
[[File:The Muppets' Salute to Canada|thumb|right|300px|The Muppets salute Canada in song, from the ''[[Just for Laughs]]'' gala.]]
[[Image:Album.campingincanada.jpg|frame|[[Big Bird]] and [[Oscar the Grouch|Oscar]] go ''[[Camping in Canada]]''.]]
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[[Image:Album.campingincanada.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Big Bird]] and [[Oscar the Grouch|Oscar]] go ''[[Camping in Canada]]''.]]
[[Image:Saskatchewan.jpg|frame|Fozzie Bear and Kermit drive through Saskatchewan.]]
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[[Image:Saskatchewan.jpg|thumb|300px|Fozzie Bear and Kermit drive through Saskatchewan.]]
'''Canada''' is a country occupying the northernmost portion of North America, and is the world's second largest country in total area. A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed there, ranging from early productions like ''[[The Cube]]'' and ''[[The Tales from Muppetland]]'' to recent productions like ''[[The Muppets Wizard of Oz]]''.
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[[Image:Grover-Saskatch.jpg|thumb|300px]]
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'''Canada''' is a country occupying the northernmost portion of North America, and is the world's second largest country in total area. A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed there, ranging from early productions like ''[[The Cube]]'' and ''[[The Tales from Muppetland]]'' to recent productions like ''[[The Muppets Wizard of Oz]]''. By population, its largest city is [[Toronto]], a hub for many of the filming, appearances and connections.
   
The Canadian co-production of ''[[Sesame Street]]'', initially known only as "Sesame Street Canada", was rechristened ''[[Sesame Park (Canada)|Sesame Park]]'' in [[1996]], with new Muppets and framing footage made specifically for the Canadian market.
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The Canadian co-production of ''[[Sesame Street]]'', initially known only as "Sesame Street Canada", was rechristened ''[[Sesame Park (Canada)|Sesame Park]]'' in [[1996]], with new Muppets and framing footage made specifically for the Canadian market. The American series has proved popular; in 1990, the O'Keefe Centre added a tenth performance to their stop, a result of high demand.<ref>Robert Crew, "Oscar performances", ''The Toronto Star'', February 9, 1990.</ref>
   
 
The Ministry of Education for the Canadian province of Ontario commissioned the creation of a type of computer called the UNISYS ICON. ''[[Ernie's Big Splash]]'' was reprogrammed for this platform.
 
The Ministry of Education for the Canadian province of Ontario commissioned the creation of a type of computer called the UNISYS ICON. ''[[Ernie's Big Splash]]'' was reprogrammed for this platform.
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Various props from ''[[Fraggle Rock]]'' are in the collection of the [[Canadian Museum of Civilization]].
 
Various props from ''[[Fraggle Rock]]'' are in the collection of the [[Canadian Museum of Civilization]].
 
The ''[[Toronto Santa Claus Parade]]'' is an annual tradition, and has featured appearances from ''Sesame Street'' cast members. Kidomo has the Canadian rights to live meet-and-greet appearances of ''Sesame Street'' characters; Ontario Place theme park has hosted special appearances since 2008 of Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby.[http://www.kidomo.net/sesamestreet.htm]
 
   
 
[[Oscar the Grouch]] helped to promote Canada's "[[Waste Reduction Week]]" in [[2008]]. In an interview on CBC radio, Oscar revealed that his parents are both Canadian: His [[Mrs. Grouch|mother]] is from Nova Scotia and his father is from St. David's Ridge, New Brunswick.
 
[[Oscar the Grouch]] helped to promote Canada's "[[Waste Reduction Week]]" in [[2008]]. In an interview on CBC radio, Oscar revealed that his parents are both Canadian: His [[Mrs. Grouch|mother]] is from Nova Scotia and his father is from St. David's Ridge, New Brunswick.
   
 
==Filming locations==
 
==Filming locations==
[[Video:Jim's Red Book "Fraggle Rock Press"|thumb|300px|right|Henson talks about why he chose Canada to film ''Fraggle Rock''.]]
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[[File:Jim's Red Book "Fraggle Rock Press"|thumb|300px|right|Henson talks about why he chose Canada to film ''Fraggle Rock''.]]
A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed in Canada, some of them taped at Toronto's VTR Productions/Robert Lawrence Studios (including a commercial for [[McGarry's Sausage]]).<ref>[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2012/04/30/4-1971/ Jim Henson's Red Book entry, April 1971]</ref>:
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A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed in Canada, some of them taped at Toronto's VTR Productions/Robert Lawrence Studios (including commercials for [[Purina Dog Chow]]<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3kUKjym1nw Jim Henson, "''Fraggle Rock'' wrap party," official Henson Company video (1:04)]</ref> and [[McGarry's Sausage]]<ref>[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2012/04/30/4-1971/ Jim Henson's Red Book entry, April 1971]</ref>).
 
* ''[[Hey Cinderella!]]'' (1969)
 
* ''[[Hey Cinderella!]]'' (1969)
 
* ''[[The Cube]]'' (1969) at Toronto's [[Glen-Warren Productions Limited]]
 
* ''[[The Cube]]'' (1969) at Toronto's [[Glen-Warren Productions Limited]]
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* ''[[Follow that Bird]]'' (1985) at Kleinberg, Ontario's [[Toronto International Studios]], as well as the towns of Bolton and Georgetown
 
* ''[[Follow that Bird]]'' (1985) at Kleinberg, Ontario's [[Toronto International Studios]], as well as the towns of Bolton and Georgetown
 
* ''[[The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years]]'' (1986) at Toronto's [[Glen-Warren Productions Limited]]
 
* ''[[The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years]]'' (1986) at Toronto's [[Glen-Warren Productions Limited]]
* ''[[The Jim Henson Hour]]'' (1989) at Toronto
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* ''[[A Muppet Family Christmas]]'' (1987) in Toronto<ref>Connie Passalacqua, [http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SXstAAAAIBAJ&sjid=g84EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5130,2930440&dq Muppets team up with Disney] - Herald-Journal, December 24, 1989</ref>
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* ''[[The Jim Henson Hour]]'' (1989) at Toronto and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia (for "[[Lighthouse Island]]")
 
* ''[[Basil Hears a Noise]]'' (1990) at the [[Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|Canadian Broadcasting Centre]] in Toronto
 
* ''[[Basil Hears a Noise]]'' (1990) at the [[Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|Canadian Broadcasting Centre]] in Toronto
 
* ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'' (2002) at [[Lionsgate|Lionsgate Studios]], North Vancouver, British Columbia
 
* ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'' (2002) at [[Lionsgate|Lionsgate Studios]], North Vancouver, British Columbia
 
* ''[[The Muppets Wizard of Oz]]'' (2005) at [[Lionsgate|Lionsgate Studios]], North Vancouver, British Columbia and in the Cloverdale neighbourhood of Surrey, BC.
 
* ''[[The Muppets Wizard of Oz]]'' (2005) at [[Lionsgate|Lionsgate Studios]], North Vancouver, British Columbia and in the Cloverdale neighbourhood of Surrey, BC.
 
[[The Animation House Limited]] of Toronto animated the cartoon sequences of ''Follow That Bird''.
 
   
 
Ironically, the Canadian-set Creature Shop production ''[[Mee-Shee: The Water Giant]]'' was filmed in New Zealand. The Jim Henson Company, post-Muppets, still uses Canada on occasion; for instance, ''[[Dinosaur Train]]'''s voices are recorded in Vancouver.
 
Ironically, the Canadian-set Creature Shop production ''[[Mee-Shee: The Water Giant]]'' was filmed in New Zealand. The Jim Henson Company, post-Muppets, still uses Canada on occasion; for instance, ''[[Dinosaur Train]]'''s voices are recorded in Vancouver.
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* [[Gobo Fraggle]] of ''Fraggle Rock'' speaks in a light Canadian accent, with the occasional "eh" thrown in, as a passing reference to the show's filming location.
 
* [[Gobo Fraggle]] of ''Fraggle Rock'' speaks in a light Canadian accent, with the occasional "eh" thrown in, as a passing reference to the show's filming location.
   
*[[Grover]] and [[Fred the Wonder Horse]] visits Saskatchewan in a [[Global Grover]] sketch, learning about cow herding.
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* [[Grover]] and [[Fred the Wonder Horse]] visits Saskatchewan in a [[Global Grover]] sketch, learning about cow herding.
   
*In a ''Sesame Street'' sketch, Grover has 15 seconds to name an S word. After fulfilling said task, he lists other S words, including Saskatchewan.
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* In a ''Sesame Street'' sketch, Grover has 15 seconds to name an S word. After fulfilling said task, he lists other S words, including Saskatchewan.
   
*In [[episode 4138|a 2007 episode]], [[Telly Monster]] says that he is taking triangles in his toy train, to Toronto. In [[episode 4188|a 2009 episode]] of ''Sesame Street'', Telly lassos [[Ralph the Moose|a moose]] who speaks with a Canadian accent.
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* In [[episode 4188|a 2009 episode]] of ''Sesame Street'', [[Telly Monster]] lassos [[Ralph the Moose|a moose]] who speaks with a Canadian accent.
   
*In a [[Muppet viral videos|Muppet viral video]], [[Sam the Eagle]] is appalled to learn that "[[American Woman]]" was performed by the Canadian band, The Guess Who.
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* In a [[Muppet viral videos|Muppet viral video]], [[Sam the Eagle]] is appalled to learn that "[[American Woman]]" was performed by the Canadian band, The Guess Who.
   
*The Muppets sang "[[Canada Is]]," a song about Canada, in their appearance at the ''[[Just for Laughs]]'' festival in 2012.
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* The Muppets sang "[[Canada Is]]," a song about Canada, in their appearance at the ''[[Just for Laughs]]'' festival in 2012.
   
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==

Latest revision as of 01:59, June 20, 2014

The Muppets' Salute to Canada02:24

The Muppets' Salute to Canada

The Muppets salute Canada in song, from the Just for Laughs gala.

Album.campingincanada

Big Bird and Oscar go Camping in Canada.

Saskatchewan

Fozzie Bear and Kermit drive through Saskatchewan.

Grover-Saskatch

Canada is a country occupying the northernmost portion of North America, and is the world's second largest country in total area. A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed there, ranging from early productions like The Cube and The Tales from Muppetland to recent productions like The Muppets Wizard of Oz. By population, its largest city is Toronto, a hub for many of the filming, appearances and connections.

The Canadian co-production of Sesame Street, initially known only as "Sesame Street Canada", was rechristened Sesame Park in 1996, with new Muppets and framing footage made specifically for the Canadian market. The American series has proved popular; in 1990, the O'Keefe Centre added a tenth performance to their stop, a result of high demand.[1]

The Ministry of Education for the Canadian province of Ontario commissioned the creation of a type of computer called the UNISYS ICON. Ernie's Big Splash was reprogrammed for this platform.

The Gemini Awards are the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards, honouring the best in Canadian-made television. Fraggle Rock, Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes, Jim Henson's Dog City, and Sesame Park have each won, or won and been nominated for Geminis.

Various props from Fraggle Rock are in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Oscar the Grouch helped to promote Canada's "Waste Reduction Week" in 2008. In an interview on CBC radio, Oscar revealed that his parents are both Canadian: His mother is from Nova Scotia and his father is from St. David's Ridge, New Brunswick.

Filming locationsEdit

Jim's Red Book 02:09

Jim's Red Book "Fraggle Rock Press"

Henson talks about why he chose Canada to film Fraggle Rock.

A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed in Canada, some of them taped at Toronto's VTR Productions/Robert Lawrence Studios (including commercials for Purina Dog Chow[2] and McGarry's Sausage[3]).

Ironically, the Canadian-set Creature Shop production Mee-Shee: The Water Giant was filmed in New Zealand. The Jim Henson Company, post-Muppets, still uses Canada on occasion; for instance, Dinosaur Train's voices are recorded in Vancouver.

ReferencesEdit

  • Gobo Fraggle of Fraggle Rock speaks in a light Canadian accent, with the occasional "eh" thrown in, as a passing reference to the show's filming location.
  • In a Sesame Street sketch, Grover has 15 seconds to name an S word. After fulfilling said task, he lists other S words, including Saskatchewan.

SourcesEdit

  1. Robert Crew, "Oscar performances", The Toronto Star, February 9, 1990.
  2. Jim Henson, "Fraggle Rock wrap party," official Henson Company video (1:04)
  3. Jim Henson's Red Book entry, April 1971
  4. Connie Passalacqua, Muppets team up with Disney - Herald-Journal, December 24, 1989
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