Michael De Pippo, like every great, self-motivated designer, didn’t wait for permission to create something he loved despite the fact that this something contained copyrighted material.
In this case, this copyrighted something was the members of The Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Movie:
I love the Muppets. And with the movie coming out in the next couple of months, there is no better time for a fun little side project involving the best band ever conceived: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.
My idea was simple; create a vintage concert poster for each band member (Dr. Teeth, Janice, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Zoot and Animal). Using clean, crisp vectors, negative space and few colours, I wanted to keep them as simple and stylized as possible; reminiscent of retro posters from back in the day.
There’s a happy ending to this story. Disney loved Michael’s posters too and decided to license and sell them at Acme Archives.
His posters are incredible and it looks like many of the limited runs for each character are already sold out. A quick search on eBay reveals you can still find them, albeit for over double their original $60 price tag.
*For those of you who haven’t seen the original Muppet Movie (1979) or are too young to remember, the title of this post is from this scene in the movie.
Check out these insanely awesome posters: