This unaired pilot, produced by Jim Henson and written by Henson and Jerry Juhl, was shot in Atlanta in the summer of 1962. The pilot featured Kermit the Frog, Taminella Grinderfall and King Goshposh, characters who would all reappear a few years later in the Tales From Muppetland TV specials. Other characters included Princess Gwendolinda, the Prime Minister, Charlie the Ogre, and the Palace Guard.
The pilot centers around Princess Gwendolinda's birthday party and Taminella's attempts to crash the event and steal all the presents.
In the book Jim Henson: The Works, Jerry Juhl spoke of Kermit's role in the show:
According to Jim Henson: The Biography, at the time, Jim Henson felt that Taminella Grinderfall (as played by Juhl) was the Muppets' best character yet. In this special, Kermit also appears for the first time with a fringed collar, albeit an orange, tightly-cropped one to suit his role as a medieval minstrel. Another Tinkerdee pilot, The Land of Tinkerdee, was created in 1964.
- Produced by Jim Henson
- Directed by Carl Degen
- Written by Jerry Juhl, Jim Henson
- With the talents of Bob Payne, Jane Henson, Walt Teas (voice of Prime Minister, opening announcer), Robin Reed, Charlie Byrd
- Technical Director: Keith Price
- Lighting: Larry Bowling
- A Muppet Production