Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat -- Hollywood.
1n 1979, Orson Welles, in the role of Lew Lord, told his assistant to prepare the standard "Rich and Famous" contract for Kermit the Frog and company. Today, 33 years later, the Muppets received their collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Star no. 2,466 was inducted Tuesday into the sidewalk universe during an official, confetti-filled ceremony at 6834 Hollywood Blvd., in front of the El Capitan Theatre.
"I want to say on behalf of the Muppets that we are really happy to be here today and join some of the greatest names in show business," Kermit said during the event. Mr. the Frog, with Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums and newbie Walter, attended the momentous occasion.
CEO of The Jim Henson Co., executive producer of the 2011 film "The Muppets," and daughter of creator Jim Henson, Lisa Henson, addressed the crowd. Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross also attended, as did Jason Segel, who wrote and starred in the latest flick (which was released today on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Download and On-Demand).
Jim Henson initially created the Muppets for a 1950s television series, "Sam and Friends," then saw the popular performers integrated into PBS' Sesame Street from its debut in 1969. The ensemble went on to star in their own award-winning variety program, "The Muppet Show," from 1976-1981, and during that period also released the first feature film, "The Muppet Movie," in 1979.
Oh, and Big Bird, Kermit, and Jim Henson all have individually dedicated Hollywood stars, as well. ...Please don't tell Piggy.
Here's what it looked like from the perspective of the celebrating, and the celebrated: