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The Muppets' Salute to Canada

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

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Big Bird and Oscar go Camping in Canada.

Saskatchewan

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.

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 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.

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.[1]

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 locations

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).[1]:

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.

References

  • 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.

Sources

  1. Jim Henson's Red Book entry, April 1971
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