Posted on December 8th, 2011
After seeing it, I would say the Muppets movie is less of a movie, and more of a feeling. Not that it doesn’t have a plot – it has a solid (albeit predictable) plot, with suspense and buildup and characters and a climax and everything. It’s just that when you combine the bright colours, the music, the smiles, the nostalgia, and all those familiar puppet faces… it blends into a kind of haze of felicity that bubbles around in your head afterwards with no need for linear structure.
As of today, The Muppets is at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. You don’t see that very often. I don’t think I was as blown away by it as those whose input makes up that 97%, but I did find it pretty delightful.
- I enjoy that they never explain how Gary has a Muppet for a brother. You just have to go along with it.
- I enjoy that Mary is some kind of mechanical/electrical whiz.
- Kermit’s new voice is admirably close to the old [real] one (though not quite the same).
- Walter’s talent (no spoiling) = darn COOL.
- When I heard the “Man or Muppet” song, I accurately called (not yet knowing) that it was Bret McKenzie’s composition. It’s got that Flight of the Conchords sound.
- “Life’s a Happy Song” totally holds up as a movie-carrying theme. (That’s Bret himself, below. You can even see a little bit of smiling near the end there, which is very rare. What a cutie.)
- The song is even better with intricate, old-school, jaunting-along-the-street choreography.
- I wasn’t an actual Muppet aficionado as a kid (though I did think Beaker was pretty funny); I’d probably have fallen more vigourously in love with this film if I had been. Sesame Street was more my thing, so my softest spot is for Kermit.
- Still, it really is affecting to hear the Muppet Show theme again, and to see all those Muppets back in fine form, especially the ones I’d forgotten existed. Like those trippy musicians, and the big floppy hairy brown guy. Makes you wonder where they were all these years (literally, like in whose attic).
- I ruefully admit that I cried full-on tears when Kermit and Miss Piggy sang “The Rainbow Connection”. I can’t even really tell you why. I just think it’s one of the prettiest melodies ever, with its deceptively simple, kinda profound lyrics. Also, I’ve been singing it to E at bedtime practically since he was born. Lovelovelove.
- As I said to Sean when it was over, I get a kick out of the self-fulfilling prophecy of it. I guess Jason Segel & Co. just really missed those Muppets and knew they had the power to bring them back for real. And they’re totally worth bringing back.
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