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Wanna make a Muppet happy? Go vote for Beaker's "Ode to Joy"

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You know Beaker, right? Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s ill-fated assistant at Muppet Labs?

Muppet Beaker
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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 Forever.”


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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.

Beaker Muppet Symphony
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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 Seth Meyers.

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.

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and assistant Beaker Muppets
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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.

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