Muppets will Pulse on Internet

Jim Henson Co. pacts for 3D shorts

Kermit the Frog has taken a flying leap onto the Web.

The Jim Henson Co. inked a licensing pact last week with online content provider Pulse Entertainment for the creation of original 3D animated shorts starring Muppet characters.

A Fozzie the Bear standup routine, currently on view at http://www.muppetworld.com, leads off the series.

Pulse will provide downloadable players with which to view the animation; they require less bandwidth speed than many streaming media devices.

New segs, all similar to TV’s “The Muppet Show,” will debut every three weeks.

“The Muppets are one of the most familiar and popular brands in the world,” said Pulse CEO Fred Angelopoulos. “By utilizing Pulse, they’re extending the convergence of traditional media and entertainment to the Internet,” he added.

“By bringing the traditional skills of the Jim Henson puppeteers directly to bear on computer-generated characters,” Jim Henson creative supervisor David Barrington-Hoff said, “we have created a whole new level of performance that allows for a more theatrical approach to direction and improvisation.”

Pulse is a large supplier of Web animation to Time Warner’s flagship site Entertaindom.com. Its other partners include Intel, NBC, Mattel, MTV, Excite@Home and the William Morris Agency.

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