You know Beaker, right? Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s ill-fated
assistant at Muppet Labs?
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But what you may not know about Beakie is – when he’s not
being attacked by giant germs, having his spine compressed by a heavy lead hat and/or
drinking too much coffee – he loves to sing.
Yeah, wherever Bunsen isn’t firing razor-sharp bananas at
him, Beaker likes to slip out of his lab coat and get behind a mic. Where he
then meeps his way through old favorites like “Feelings,” “Danny Boy” or “The Stars and Stripes
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The reason that I’m bringing this up today is that last July
– with the help of those very nice folks at The Muppets Studio and Soapbox
Films – Beaker put together a version of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” that really
has to be seen to be believed. With the
help of a metronome, a timpani, a violin and a wine glass as well as five
clones of himself (which I suspect came about due to this Muppet Labs employee’s
infamous run-in with a copy machine), Beaker’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth
Symphony is really one of a kind. Or should I say six of a kind?
Anyway … Beaker’s version of “Ode to Joy” quickly became an
internet phenomenon. This music video
was viewed more than 2 million times during its first two weeks online. And –
as of today – this YouTube favorite currently boasted over 5 million views.
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And given how popular Beaker’s “Ode to Joy” was with the
online community, is it any wonder that this music video has been nominated for
a Webby? In the music category for online film and video, to be specific.
So why I am bringing this up? Because voting for this year’s
Webbys closed on April 30th. This Thursday, to be exact. And – if only
because I’d love to hear Beaker’s acceptance
speech should he actually win this award – I’m now asking JHM readers to please
now go vote for The Muppet Studios & Soapbox Films’ “Ode to Joy.”
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The winners of the 13th annual Webby Awards will
be announced on Tuesday, May 5th. These folks will then be recognized
on June 8th at a ceremony in New York City which will be hosted by
And if he win? Well, Beaker – who’s already a man of few
words (Okay. One word) – promises not to let all of this fame & fortune go
to his head. Bunsen’s assistant promises
to return to Muppet Labs and help the good doctor continue his vital work on
such break-through labor-saving devices as the electric nose warmer.
So start your Monday off right back by making a Muppet happy
and go vote for Beaker’s “Ode to Joy” music video over at the Webbys website.
It's in first place as of right now...