The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a pavement along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, which is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.
Big Bird was inducted to the Walk of Fame on April 21, 1994. Ruth Buzzi, Emilio Delgado, Michael Loman and Cheryl Henson also participated in the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Galaxy Theatre Complex.
On November 14, 2002, Muppet fans gathered on Hollywood Blvd. to see Kermit the Frog receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony was hosted by Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood. Among the celebrities in attendance were actor David Arquette, and family members Jane Henson, Brian Henson and Heather Henson. Sweetums also made an appearance. Part of the celebration was included as a featurette on the MGM DVD version of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie as a Hidden Easter Egg.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on June 17, 2010 that the Muppets would be receiving a star on the Hollywood “Wocka Wocka” Fame in the Motion Pictures category. Other inductees chosen at the same time include Laura Dern, Danny DeVito, Melissa Etheridge, Tina Fey, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed O'Neill, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and John Wells. There is a five year window of scheduling for the placement of the star (the 2,466th), and the date chosen was March 20, 2012, coinciding with the release of The Muppets on home video. The star was unveiled on 6834 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the El Capitan Theatre. Guest speakers included then-president of Walt Disney Studios, Rich Ross and The Jim Henson Company CEO, Lisa Henson. Muppets in attendance were Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe the King Prawn, Walter and Sweetums. The Muppet performers present included Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Bill Barretta, Peter Linz, Matt Vogel, David Rudman, and Bruce Lanoil; many of whom appeared after the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Brian Henson gave his thoughts on The Muppets;
“The film has been terrific for the Muppets, and the Disney Company has just done a wonderful job promoting the film and getting it out there. It’s good to see the whole world getting back behind the Muppets.”
Stars and locations
In 2010, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce placed commemorative banners along the walk. The Jim Henson Company sponsored a banner in honor of Jim Henson. The banner can be seen in a few scenes on Hollywood Boulevard in 2011's The Muppets.
- In Miss Piggy's Hollywood, Miss Piggy displays the established stars to the viewers, eventually showing that she has a star as well. However, Gonzo reveals that unlike the other stars, Miss Piggy's star is portable.
- In the Muppet Babies episode "This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood," Baby Piggy imagines having a star on the Walk of Fame.
- In the Sesame Street coloring book Let's Take a Trip!, Bert and Ernie visit the "Hollywood Walk of Fame", however Ernie is shown leaving his handprints in cement à la Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Many celebrities with stars on the Walk of Fame have worked with the Muppets and the Jim Henson Company over the years.
- ↑ WalkOfFame.com - Jim Henson
- ↑ WalkOfFame.com - Big Bird
- ↑ WalkOfFame.com - Kermit the Frog
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 walkoffame.com - The Muppets
- ↑ Walk of Fame 2011 Selection
- ↑ WalkOfFame.com - The Muppets
- ↑ Wilkie Matt. The Muppets at the Hollywood Wocka Fame. ToughPigs. March 26, 2012
- ↑ Muppets Join the Hollywood “Wocka Wocka” of Fame