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Muppet

Up to date as of February 02, 2010
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Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus from John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together.
Natasha plays the Baby Jesus in Elmo's World: Happy Holidays.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Robbia sculpture seen in Don't Eat the Pictures.

Jesus of Nazareth (b. 8-4 BC) is the central figure of Christianity. Christian views of Jesus center on the belief that Jesus is the Messiah as promised in the Old Testament and that he was resurrected after he died on a cross. Christians predominantly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who became incarnate to provide salvation and to reconcile humanity with God by atoning for the sins of humanity by his death. Other common Christian beliefs include his Virgin Birth, miracles, fulfillment of biblical prophecy, ascension into Heaven, and future Second Coming.

The birth of Jesus is celebrated on Christmas. According to the Bible, Jesus' mother, Mary, and adoptive father, Joseph, were unable to find lodging in Bethlehem when she was pregnant with him and were forced to bring the child into the world in a lowly manger, where he was visited by some local shepherds. Later on, he was visited at his home in Nazareth by some magi (or wise men), who brought him gifts of gold, myrrh, and frankincense. These two events have sometimes been combined into what is traditionally referred to as the Nativity story, and it has been portrayed by the Muppets on several occasions.

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A Christmas Together

John Denver narrates the Nativity story in the 1979 special John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together, complete with Muppets representing Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus. Jim Henson discussed the puppets in detail:

They were fashioned especially for the Nativity scene. They move but don't have voices. The scene in which they appear will be traditionally done with John Denver doing the narrating. The figures of Joseph, Mary, the infant Jesus and the Three Wise Men have a totally different style, based on diligent research. They look like medieval figurines you see in creche sets or religious paintings. They were carved from urethane foam, like most of the Muppets, and painted in New York. We had to be careful not to offend anyone by giving the figures comic characteristics. These are the first serious puppets we've made.[1]

Other versions

A pageant of the Nativity story is presented by Prairie Dawn and the Sesame Street cast in the 2002 special Elmo's World: Happy Holidays! In the pageant, Natasha plays baby Jesus, with Bert as Joseph, Rosita as Mary, Zoe as an angel, and Herry, Grover and Cookie Monster as the Three Kings.

When Sesame Street vists the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a statue of Jesus and Mary appears during the montage of art for "Mothers and Children" in the 1983 special Don't Eat the Pictures. The piece is Andrea della Robbia's Madonna and Child with God the Father and Cherubim (ca. 1470-75) which also features, as the name implies, a depiction of God, albeit trimmed in the footage shot on location.

References

  • In the first Dinosaurs episode, "The Mighty Megalosaurus", Robbie asked Earl why they count the years backwards instead of forwards -- a joke referring to the fact that the dinosaurs live in the "B.C." (or "Before Christ") era.

Sources

  1. "New Muppets Debut on Denver Special." The Chronicle Telegram. (Elyria, OH) November 30, 1979.
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Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

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You can't see me!


This character has no official visual representation whatsoever — yet, at least.

Jesus is the last resort of the desperate in the live-action Movie continuity.

Jesus is presumably a human, but the only fact known about this person is that he (or she?) would have given Sam Witwicky a dishonestly inflated grade to trick Sam's father into buying Sam a car.

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Transformers (film)

Sam Witwicky's dad had promised him that if he kept his grades up, he would give him a car at the end of the school year. But on the verge of summer, Sam's grades were perilously low, and his only chance lay in a final presentation. This went disastrously, and the teacher was prepared to grade him harshly, but Sam explained his situation and begged for leniency. The teacher appeared unconvinced until Sam's final plea: "What would Jesus do?"

Sam was soon seen jubilantly headed for a car dealership with his father. Transformers

Trivia

  • Another persistent fan-rumor is that Jesus once died and came back to life. Given this (and the fact that he has only been referred to in dialogue, never established in person), he may simply be a metaphor for Optimus Prime.

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