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virmup is a phrase used to tag a series of original viral videos starring the Muppets and posted to several online video sharing websites.[1] The series includes videos posted by Sam the Eagle, Gonzo, Beaker, the Swedish Chef, Statler and Waldorf, Fozzie Bear, Rizzo the Rat, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew.

The newest video, "Ringing of the Bells", launched on YouTube on December 10th.

Upcoming Muppet videos will include "Dust in the Wind", "American Woman", "Pøpcorn", and "Stand By Me". [2]

Contents


Videos

Picture Date Description
June 27, 2008 Stars and Stripes FOREVER!!

Sam the Eagle leads a penguin, the Swedish Chef, a chicken, Bobo the Bear, Beaker, Animal and Crazy Harry. Sam attempts a reading of the U.S. Constitution as the others perform a rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa. American patriotic images such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and hot dogs cascade behind them.

Link
  • YouTube
July 16, 2008 Ode To Joy

Beaker performs nine parts of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" chorus from his 9th Symphony.

Link
  • YouTube
July 16, 2008 Classical Chicken

Gonzo and some chickens perform "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Strauss II.

Link
  • YouTube
July 16, 2008 Habanera

The Swedish Chef and Beaker perform the "Habanera" aria from Georges Bizet's opera Carmen. Animal provides assistance and the Chef eats Beaker at the end.

Link
  • YouTube
July 17, 2008 Hrmph, Mmph, Blech, and Meh

Four different insulting responses to popular YouTube videos by Statler and Waldorf; on other websites, the videos stand alone as random critical curmudgeonism.

Links
  • YouTube - Hrmph, Mmph, Blech, and Meh
October 20, 2008 Rolling with the Skateboarding Dog

Fozzie records a skateboarding dog at the beach with comments from Rowlf, Rizzo the Rat and Gonzo.

Link
  • YouTube
October 23, 2008 The Skateboarding Dog Gets Served

Rizzo and Rowlf make a skateboarding dog video of their own.

Link
  • YouTube
October 26, 2009 Muppet Labs Experiment 2Q975: Carve-O-Matic

Bunsen tests out his pumpkin carving machine with Beaker.

Link
  • YouTube
October 26, 2009 Muppet Labs Experiment 5T832: Ghost Hunt

Bunsen and Beaker investigate a haunted house.

Link
  • YouTube
October 26, 2009 Cårven Der Pümpkîn

The Swedish Chef attempts to make jack-o-lanterns out of two talking pumpkins for Halloween.

Link
  • YouTube
November 23, 2009 Bohemian Rhapsody

The Muppets' version of Queen's 1975 hit. Instead of Statler and Waldorf commenting on the video, it turns out Kermit and Scooter have been watching the video as a video conference.

Link
  • YouTube
December 9, 2009 "Ringing of the Bells"

The Swedish Chef, Beaker, and Animal sing the song. Animal leaves to find a big bell, which falls on Beaker.

Link
  • YouTube

Promotional videos

Picture Date Description
April 24, 2009 Webby Awards: Beaker for the Win

A campaign video for Beaker to win the 2009 "People's Voice" Webby Award. The video was posted under various Muppet profiles with varying names, including "Beaker for the Win" and "Beaker Never Wins."

The original version contained music from Clint Mansell's score for Requiem for a Dream. This was replaced with a version using stock music on April 28. This video was removed from Youtube after the Webby voting ended.

April 27, 2009 Auto Tune - Ode To Joy - Beaker For The Win!!

A campaign video for Beaker to win the 2009 "People's Voice" Webby Award featuring a remixed version of Beaker's "Ode to Joy" using an auto-tuner on the vocals and included instructions on how to vote for the Webbys. The video was posted under various Muppet profiles with varying names, including "T-Pain's in Love with a Beaker", "Kanye West Spoof - Beaker Auto-Tune!", and "Auto Tune - Remix Ode To Joy!" The video was removed from Youtube after the Webby voting ended, however a copy of the video is still available on Viemo.

December 8, 2009 Glad all Over

A lip-synch video for featuring clips and outtakes from A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa was posted under the various Muppet profiles to promote the premiere of the NBC special. This video was removed from Youtube after the special aired, however a copies of the video are still available on Vimeo. The video was also posted on Muppets.com and was included as a special feature on the DVD release of A Muppets Christmas.

Releases

The series launched on June 27, 2008 with Sam the Eagle's "Stars & Stripes FOREVER!" posted to YouTube, MySpace and Vimeo. Three abstract music videos followed on July 16 posted by Gonzo, Beaker and the Swedish Chef.

Fozzie Bear added a video on October 20, 2008 of the Muppets' visting Tyson the skateboarding bulldog at Huntington Beach. Rizzo the Rat launched a profile on October 20th as well; and posted a video response to Fozzie's video featuring Rowlf the Dog on October 23rd.

On October 26, 2009 three new Halloween videos were posted on YouTube. The Swedish Chef's pumpkin carving video, and two Muppet Lab sketches posted by Dr. Bunsen Honeydew ("Carve-o-matic" and "Ghost Hunter").

Each video closes with critical comments by Statler and Waldorf, who also posted four independent heckling shorts under their own account in July 2008.

Muppet Studios head Lylle Breier stated at a 2009 D23 presentation that more viral videos were planned for 2010 - including "Dust in the Wind", "American Woman", "Popcorn", "Carol of the Bells" and "Stand By Me". [3][4][5]

In fall 2009 the first four shorts were made available for download at The iTunes Store.

Beaker's "Ode to Joy" was also posted on Muppets.com and the three Halloween videos from October 2009 were also showcased on Disney's Haunted Holidays website.

Development & production

Steve Whitmire spoke of the development of the project in a 2008 interview, stating:

The idea for that came from the whole department at Disney. Actually it was Dave Cook who decided we should originally be involved in that. So kudos to the executive force, you know? I had a lot to do with putting it together, making it work, along with the guys from a company called Soap Box, which I think is an outside production company that was brought in to produce the pieces. Great group of guys.[6]

The initial set of videos were directed by Kirk Thatcher.[6]

Awards & recognition

Beaker's "Ode to Joy" video was nominated for a People's Voice Webby Award in April 2009. (A previous Muppet video series, From the Balcony, won a Webby in 2007.) The public was invited to vote in the Webbys' "People's Voice." Two campaign videos were posted on several of the Muppets' accounts in to support the effort. It was announced in May that "Ode to Joy" won the People's Voice award. [7]

Sources

The "virmup" tag, as seen on YouTube.
  1. See the image on right for an example of the "virmup" tag on YouTube.
  2. Muppets at D23: Movies, DVDs, and Merchandise News!
  3. Muppets at D23: Movies, DVDs, and Merchandise News!
  4. The Muppets at D23
  5. D23 Update: Special Muppets Presentation
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tough Pigs Interview
  7. 13th Annual Webby Awards Nominees and Winners, Webbyawards.com.

External links

YouTube channels:

  • Sam Eagle (patrioticeagle)
  • Beaker (meepmeepmeepow)
  • The Great Gonzo (weirdowhatever)
  • The Swedish Chef (deumnborkborkbork)
  • Statler & Waldorf (heckleu247)
  • Fozzie Bear (wockawockabear)
  • Rizzo the Rat (rizzratz)
  • Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (themuppetlabs)
Vimeo accounts
  • Sam Eagle
  • Beaker
  • The Great Gonzo
  • The Swedish Chef
  • Statler & Waldorf
  • Fozzie Bear
  • Rizzo the Rat
MySpace profiles
  • Sam Eagle (proudbaldamerican)
  • Beaker (meepmeepmeepow)
  • The Great Gonzo (bluenosedgeek)
  • The Swedish Chef (deumnborkborkbork)
  • Statler & Waldorf (heckleu247)
  • Fozzie Bear (wockawockabear)
  • Rizzo the Rat (rizzratz)
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