Google front page celebrates Jim Henson and Muppets

Google's front page has on occasion marked a special anniversary or event by temporarily altering its logo. Today it has done so again with an animated logo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jim Henson's birthday. Google's logo has been replaced with six of Henson's Muppets, his famed puppet creations that have entertained people of all ages for decades. The Muppets are set for a revival later this year with a new Disney movie.

The Muppet Google logo can be manipulated by a PC's cursor. Clicking on the button below each of the Muppets activates it and moving the cursor makes the Muppet move its head around and opens its mouth. Oddly there's no sound generated by the logo although it would seem like such a feature would be put into the animations. However, there are at least a couple of Easter Egg animations that Google users can find out for themselves.

Google's blog page also celebrates Jim Henson's birthday with a post written by his son Brian Henson, who is now Chairman of the Jim Henson Company. He writes, "He loved gadgets and technology. Following his lead, The Jim Henson Company continues to develop cutting-edge technology for animatronics and digital animation, like this cool Google doodle celebrating Jim’s 75th birthday. But I think even he would have found it hilarious the way today some people feel that when they’ve got their smartphone, they no longer need their brain. Jim was clearly a great visionary. But he also wanted everyone around him fully committed creatively."

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16 Comments

sach said,
My god, Neowin is running out of things to report....
But we have plenty of people to troll.
Like you.


They are not out to full-fill one particular person's 'news taste'.

FMH said,
They are not out to full-fill one particular person's 'news taste'.
Yeah, like news being... new. The frontpage was changed on Friday morning (GMT).

tiagosilva29 said,
Yeah, like news being... new. The frontpage was changed on Friday morning (GMT).
The front-page was changed? What do you mean?

Oddly there's no sound generated by the logo although it would seem like such a feature would be put into the animations.

The logo is made via HTML5 which I believe is possible that it has sound....

Just clearing it up incase the writer thinks it is Flash.

One of the Easter Eggs, is the red dude on the right eats the green one. Not sure how i got him to do it though Found out now, just make the green one lean back for a second
Disappointed by the lack of sound though still nice work by Google!

Riggers said,
One of the Easter Eggs, is the red dude on the right eats the green one. Not sure how i got him to do it though Found out now, just make the green one lean back for a second
Disappointed by the lack of sound though still nice work by Google!

Yeah, I red one eats the green one. Weird for Muppets - shouldn't they be friendly?
The smaller red one, click and hold mouse on that one and his glasses falls off.

Riggers said,
One of the Easter Eggs, is the red dude on the right eats the green one. Not sure how i got him to do it though Found out now, just make the green one lean back for a second
Disappointed by the lack of sound though still nice work by Google!

Yeah, I red one eats the green one. Weird for Muppets - shouldn't they be friendly?
The smaller red one, click and hold mouse on that one and his glasses falls off.

Riggers said,
One of the Easter Eggs, is the red dude on the right eats the green one. Not sure how i got him to do it though Found out now, just make the green one lean back for a second
Disappointed by the lack of sound though still nice work by Google!

activate the red one, then make it look at the green one up and down a couple of times. it's actually pretty scary for a muppet! lol

spacesurfer said,

Yeah, I red one eats the green one. Weird for Muppets - shouldn't they be friendly?
The smaller red one, click and hold mouse on that one and his glasses falls off.

Muppets eat each other . Especially tge monster ones. I guess you have never seen the muppet show.

The muppets rock. In 2007 i got to meet mr henson. It was really cool , she talked about how they created the muppet show and how her husband created the muppets. I also got to meet the puppeteer for elmo and the one for gonzo.
Too bad jim is not still alive. He contributed a lot to movies also.

Henson was amazing. Everything he created, and the people he hired have all carried his legacy very well. My wife and I are huge Muppet fans and have been since we were kids, and now my daughter loves them too. Hard to create something timeless like that.

ah he brought things alive back then, muppets was watched by millions of kids worldwide, he captured the hearts and minds of them. He also contributed and helped with many 80s movies like dark crystal, willow, labyrinth, etc, 75 years well earned place in the history books.

I was expecting some funny sounds when I clicked them. I quickly checked my speakers when there wasn't any.

(.... and then my ears. )

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