Worlds colliding: Kermit on Dr. Phil

I don’t normally watch Dr. Phil, but of course I know all about him. He’s the relationship guru.

So I don’t know why I’m surprised to learn that tomorrow Kermit the Frog will appear on Dr. Phil.

Apparently, it’s not just my imagination that Kermit and Miss Piggy’s relationship might be a little, well, dysfunctional. The fact that Dr. Phil is having Kermit on his show, though, well… that leaves me nearly speechless. Check out the sneak peek:

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008. Check your local listings for the time and channel. This one looks like it will definitely be worth watching!

Annie nominations full of Kung Fu

on the Annies site, of course, though Animated News has already done the math for us:

Kung Fu Panda leads all films with 17 nominations. Bolt was second with 9 nods, and WALL-E third with 8. Those three, along with $9.99 and Waltz with Bashir were tapped for Best Feature.

Well, I’ve at least seen the first three films on that list….

The Annie winners will be announced on January 30th, and until then we can all wildly speculate as to who will triumph. And also we can maybe go watch the nominees which haven’t actually come out yet. Ahem.

Ready for Thanksgiving?

Ahhhh, Thanksgiving. Here in the United States, there’s nothing else quite like it. First you run around like a chicken with your head cut off (oh, wait… maybe that’s just me), then you eat yourself into a stupor and watch a lot of television. It’s the quintessential American holiday.

(I kid, of course. I’ve never actually eaten myself into a stupor. I prefer to eat until I’m just this side of a stupor, to leave room for a turkey sandwich later on. Heh.)

Here’s hoping you have a day of good food and wonderful family/friends planned, but of course you know I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t insist we spend a few minutes talking about the television offerings. Because TV is as much a part of Thanksgiving, for most families, as the meal.

You’ve got the football. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The football. The various program marathons. And did I mention the football? I think I may have.

I’ve particularly come to enjoy Thanksgiving television since growing up and putting on my own Thanksgivings; nothing causes my kids’ eyes to light up faster than my suggesting they go watch some more TV. And when I’m trying to baste a turkey, a child happily viewing is a child that’s not under my feet or about to get burned on the oven door.

Need a little viewing guidance for the holiday? I’ve got you covered.

Whatever you end up doing, Happy Thanksgiving from our families here at Ty’s Toy Box to yours!

Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuumble!

If you didn’t catch it during its debut on Cartoon Network yesterday, don’t worry—episodes of the hilarious interstitial featuring larger-than-life personalities thumb wrestling will not only be airing every weekday in the 3-5 p.m. slot, there’s a longer show every Saturday, too, called “TWF Rewind.”

Yeah. It’s TWF, a “real” wrestling league for the ankle-biting set. Thrills! Chills! Thumb-on-thumb action! Annoying commentators! Why, it’s just like WWF, only more hilarious.

Check out a sample:

I can’t stop laughing. It’s so… dumb. So juvenile. It’s totally ridiculous. I love it, and may well record the Saturday recaps. Ummmm, for the kids, of course.

I probably shouldn’t have admitted that, huh? Oh well.

Getting your Halloween on… on TV

Every year about this time, I wax rhapsodic about the brilliance that is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Sure, you could buy it on DVD and watch it any time; heck, it’s probably even out there on YouTube. And yes, kids’ animated shows today are much more sophisticated. I know all of that. I get it.

Still, The Great Pumpkin is an American institution. I watched it every year, and so help me, my kids are going to watch it and appreciate it, too. Or I’ll start telling them all about how hard life was back then in the olden days, when I had to go out trick-or-treating in a cardboard box. (True story.) Which is why we’ll be tuning in tonight at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

[Basically, if my kids don't instantly know what I'm talking about when I look inside a bag and say "I got a rock," I feel that I have failed as a mother. I'm just sayin'.]

Of course, there are other institutions when it comes to Halloween specials and television, I suppose. Wired’s Geekdad discusses his top five—including The Great Pumpkin—and mentions that the Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror specials “changed the game.”

Which brings me to only the most awesome new ever: Best Week Ever tells us that this year’s Treehouse of Horror episode includes a Mad Men opening credits montage (see the BWE post for more screen caps like the one above). I can’t wait! (Technically, though, I’ll have to wait—the Simpsons special won’t air until next week, after Halloween.)

These are the things I look forward to about Halloween. Almost more than mini Twix bars, in fact.