Sure they had Sesame Street, but Jim Henson just knew that primetime television was missing a puppet variety show. Is there any way the CBS execs could have turned this down? He laid it all out there: cuteness for kids, the comedy for young people, symbolism for the college kids and a long-haired, dirty, cynical hippie band for the long-haired, dirty, cynical hippies!
Today the Muppets make their triumphant return to the big screen after a 12-year absence. We’ve been so excited about this movie and have been wanting to love it so much that we were a little concerned we might have over-hyped it to ourselves. To see how the finished product measures up to all the (amazing) marketing, we sent Bunch founder Rebecca, her husband Marc and their kids Sam, 7, and Rose, 3 to see a prescreening. Using GeekDad’s all-encompassing review system, here’s what they had to say about it:
1. Will kids like it?
Rebecca (to Sam): You were being really grumpy about going but then you really liked it. Read more...
You know that opening song from the Muppets, “Life’s a Happy Song”? Did you know it was written by Flight of the Concords Bret McKenzie? Makes a certain amount of sense and now that we go back and watch the opening scene again, we can see Concords all over it. McKenzie also wrote two other songs, “Me Party” and “Man or Muppet?” and says one of the hardest parts, aside from not breaking down any Muppet rules, is writing for Miss Piggy. “If Miss Piggy goes too high,” McKenzie tells the New York Times, “she sounds like a mouse. And if she goes too low, she sounds like a dude.” Read more...
“Over the next five days, our Muppet experts at the Post’s Arts & Life section will debate and vote on which Muppet deserves its place in the Jim Henson canon, and which simply needs to be shot out of a cannon, Gonzo-style.”
If you follow along with their picks, vote for your favourite on Nov. 22. Thankfully, all Muppets, regardless of how they place in the tournament, are expected to appear in the Muppets movie, which comes out the very next day. No need to choose between Pepe and the Swedish Chef.
What are your picks for Round 1? We’re pulling for Scooter, the Swedish Chef, Miss Piggy (obviously) and Gonzo.
We’ve still got some time before we can see the whole Muppets movie in all its glory, so for now we’re taking what we can get. Looks like they’ve leaked two more scenes — Excellent. One of which even includes a “Hiya!”
As if they could even attempt to replace Miss Piggy.