Canada is a country occupying the northernmost portion of North America, and is the world's second largest country in total area. A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed there, ranging from early productions like The Cube and The Tales from Muppetland to recent productions like The Muppets Wizard of Oz. By population, its largest city is Toronto, a hub for many of the filming, appearances and connections.
The Canadian co-production of Sesame Street, initially known only as "Sesame Street Canada", was rechristened Sesame Park in 1996, with new Muppets and framing footage made specifically for the Canadian market. The American series has proved popular; in 1990, the O'Keefe Centre added a tenth performance to their stop, a result of high demand. As of 1970, the American Sesame could be seen 24 hours a week in Toronto: airing 17 times a week on WNED-TV (PBS), 7 times a week on CICA-TV (TVOntario), and 5 times a week on CBLT-TV (CBC).
The Ministry of Education for the Canadian province of Ontario commissioned the creation of a type of computer called the UNISYS ICON. Ernie's Big Splash was reprogrammed for this platform.
The Gemini Awards were the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards, honouring the best in Canadian-made television. Fraggle Rock, Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes, Jim Henson's Dog City, and Sesame Park have each won, or won and been nominated for Geminis. It was replaced by the Canadian Screen Awards in 2013 in where The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala was nominated for Variety/sketch comedy program/series.
Oscar the Grouch helped to promote Canada's "Waste Reduction Week" in 2008. In an interview on CBC radio, Oscar revealed that his parents are both Canadian: His mother is from Nova Scotia and his father is from St. David's Ridge, New Brunswick.
A number of Henson/Muppet productions have been filmed in Canada, some of them taped at Toronto's VTR Productions/Robert Lawrence Studios (including commercials for Purina Dog Chow and McGarry's Sausage).
- Hey Cinderella! (1969)
- The Cube (1969) at Toronto's Glen-Warren Productions Limited
- The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970)
- The Frog Prince (1971) in Toronto
- The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972)
- Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977) in Toronto
- The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (1982) at Toronto
- Fraggle Rock (1983-1987) at Toronto's CBC Studios and on location around the Greater Toronto Area
- Follow That Bird (1985) at Kleinberg, Ontario's Toronto International Studios, as well as the towns of Bolton and Georgetown
- The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986) at Toronto's Glen-Warren Productions Limited
- The Christmas Toy (1986) in Toronto
- A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) in Toronto
- The Jim Henson Hour (1989) at Toronto and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia (for "Lighthouse Island")
- Basil Hears a Noise (1990) at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto
- It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) at Lionsgate Studios, North Vancouver, British Columbia
- The Muppets Wizard of Oz (2005) at Lionsgate Studios, North Vancouver, British Columbia and in the Cloverdale neighbourhood of Surrey, BC.
Ironically, the Canadian-set Creature Shop production Mee-Shee: The Water Giant was filmed in New Zealand. The Jim Henson Company, post-Muppets, still uses Canada on occasion; for instance, Dinosaur Train's voices are recorded in Vancouver.
Principal photography of Henson Company's Turkey Hollow was set to begin in the spring of 2015 in Nova Scotia, Canada. However, because of a new tax credit, production on the special moved to Front Street Pictures in Vancouver, where filming began on June 8.
- In The Muppet Movie musical number Movin' Right Along, Fozzie sings, "Send someone to fetch us, we're in Saskatchewan." Kermit and Fozzie are then seen driving past a Canadian Mountie. Saskatchewan is a Canadian province.
- Gobo Fraggle of Fraggle Rock speaks in a light Canadian accent, with the occasional "eh" thrown in, as a passing reference to the show's filming location.
- In a discussion about reality and make-believe in Episode 1966, Big Bird tells Bob, "but Bob, I've never seen your Auntie Hazel in Ottawa, but I believe she's real."
- Grover and Fred the Wonder Horse visits Saskatchewan in a Global Grover sketch, learning about cow herding.
- In a Sesame Street sketch, Grover has 15 seconds to name an S word. After fulfilling said task, he lists other S words, including Saskatchewan.
- In a Muppet viral video, Sam the Eagle is appalled to learn that "American Woman" was performed by the Canadian band, The Guess Who.
- The Muppets sang "Canada Is," a song about Canada, in their appearance at the Just for Laughs festival in 2012.
- In "Pig's in a Blackout", Gonzo says he was shot out of a cannon into Niagara Falls when he was supposed to go over it.
- In The Muppets episode "Little Green Lie", Piggy makes fun of an "I ♥ Canada" hat worn by a kid playing laser tag.
- The Winnipeg Jets hockey team are part of the Jim Henson's Muppets Take the Ice NHL Trading Cards.
- ↑ Robert Crew, "Oscar performances", The Toronto Star, February 9, 1990.
- ↑ Blaik Kirby, "Buffalo's WNED: is it outdoing ETV and CBC as a cultural medium?", The Globe and Mail, 17 October 1970.
- ↑ Jim Henson, "Fraggle Rock wrap party," official Henson Company video (1:04)
- ↑ Jim Henson's Red Book entry, April 1971
- ↑ Connie Passalacqua, Muppets team up with Disney - Herald-Journal, December 24, 1989
- ↑ Jim Henson Film First of Many to Leave Nova Scotia
- ↑ Cameras set to roll on 'The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow' in B.C.