In retrospect, there were some unsettling aspects to The Muppet Movie.
Also, how can it be 35 years since I first saw The Muppet Movie?
Sorry, back to the unsettling aspects not related to my feeling old.
1. Sending an assassin to kill a children’s program character is just wrong, on so many levels. So is kidnapping them.
2. Frog legs, yes, considered a delicacy, but I can’t think of them and Kermit together, no, just no.
3. I see nothing wrong with the relationship between Kermit and Miss Piggy, except the stalking part, that’s creepy, but if they’re truly in love, well the pig’s heart wants what the pig’s heart wants.
5. Animal being super-sized, even to save his friends is irresponsible inventing. And how did Dr. Bunsen Honeydew get any inventing done with Beaker as an assistant?
This surreal classic is bursting with cameos: Bob Hope, Orson Welles, Paul Williams, Steve Martin, Carol Kane, Milton Berle, Madeline Khan, Dom Deluise, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Telly Savalas (Who loves ya Kermit baby?).
Meant as a collection of Muppet experiences, for me, it’s means smiles.
I sang Rainbow Connection a lot after seeing The Muppet Movie in 1979. I’d like to formally apologize to anyone I bothered by incessantly singing Rainbow Connection, yet even now typing this I’m singing Rainbow Connection.
Jim Henson’s Mom had an old coat that became the first Kermit, with ping-pong balls for eyes.
Jim Henson would have been 78 on September 24…we lost a bright, shining light too soon.
Most people think of The Muppet Show as American, actually it’s British. One of the original titles? The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence. Really. Meant to parody the amount of sex and violence on TV; they were purporting their show as the end of sex and violence on television.
Why a Muppet not a puppet? Jim Henson thought of his creations more as a cross between a puppet and marionette or maybe he just liked the sound of Muppet.
Statler and Waldorf, trolling before it was called trolling.
Disney bought The Muppets in 2004. Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock were not included in the deal.
Kermit was a showrunner before they became trendy.
Star Wars fans watching The Muppet Show were given a sneak peek of the Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) Bespin outfit on The Stars of Star Wars episode, months before The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters.
Most Muppets are left-handed. Why? They use their dominate hand for the mouth, leaving their left hand to move the arms of a puppet; human left hand works best as Muppet left hand.
Kermit the Frog once hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
No celebrity was allowed to guest star more than once on The Muppet Show.
Guest stars on The Muppet Show could request who they wanted to perform with; Miss Piggy is the reigning Queen of Guest Requests. Moi? Mais bien sûr!
Sometimes Kermit would be Kermina; maybe he was just sewn that way.