Google Doodle is Most Muppet-ational (VIDEO)

Muppets Google DoodleLadies and gentlemen, it's the Muppets-inspired Google Doodle. Today the infamous doodle is done up Muppets-style in honor of what would have been Jim Henson's 75th birthday. It is without a doubt, inspirational, celebrational, and yes -- Muppet-ational.

If you haven't checked it out yet since appeared yesterday afternoon, you must. Not only are the six original creatures colorful and adorable, they're also interactive. So when you click on one of the buttons or scroll over them the characters interact and do tricks -- like eating one another. It's hard to stop clicking, and start doing whatever it is you went on Google do in the first place.


The only bad part is there's no sound. It looks like they're making cute and quirky little sounds, but nothing comes out of their mouths. Bummer, as other doodles with sound have been so much fun, but otherwise it's well done, and some people are adding their own music and making the creatures sing along Karaoke-style, like this fun one.

It's too bad that Henson, who died in 1990 after a bacterial infection, isn't around to see and utilize some of the amazing technology that allows such doodles today. His genius would have just been propelled to further heights by it.

From Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to The Great Gonzo and Miss Piggy, there are few in this country who don't have childhood memories that were shaped in part by his greatness. Nothing today even comes close to his characters (sorry, Dora), and it was his own great personal character that inspired his work. In a guest post Google's blog, his son, Brian Henson, wrote:

Although he loved family, his work was almost never about “traditional” families. The Muppets were a family—a very diverse one. One of his life philosophies was that we should love people not for their similarities, but for their differences.

Jim often had a little lesson about the important things in life: How to be a good person. How to believe in yourself and follow your dreams … Every day for him was joyously filled with the surprises of other people’s ideas. I often think that if we all lived like that, not only would life be more interesting, we’d all be a lot happier.

Indeed. So take a minute today to play with the doodle and maybe watch an old Muppets movie with your kids in honor of the legend. Happy Birthday, Jim Henson, and thanks for the memories.

What do you think of today's Google Doodle?

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