Are There Muppets in This Movie?

MuppetsThis trailer for new Muppets Movie is so freakin’ brilliant. I had a ‘WTF moment’ while watching it for the first time, then with the reveal it was sheer joy as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang appeared.

The Muppet Show ran from 1976-1981, which lined up perfectly with my high school years (please don’t do the math). Whether it was Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital or Muppet News Flash (go Guy Smiley) I loved every insane moment of the going’s on at the Muppet Theatre.

The special guest star list on the Muppet Show is like a who’s who of late 1970s entertainment; from Alice Cooper to Don Knotts, from George Burns to Debbie Harry. No matter who showed up, they all had to face the ridicule of everyone’s favorite balcony-dwelling hecklers Statler & Wardorf.

It’s been 30 years since the Muppet Show went off the air, and while there have been motion pictures ‘Muppets Take Manahttan’, ‘Muppets from Space’ and the most recent a forgettable TV special ‘Muppets’ Wizard of Oz’ in 2008. Viewers of the original Muppet Show are now in their late 30s and 40s.

In 2009, a videos featuring the original Muppets appeared on YouTube. At Thanksgiving, we saw their version of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ which was soon followed by ‘Ode to Joy‘ (featuring Beaker) during the Christmas season. These helped to bring the Muppet brand back into the public view, reconnecting with their original audience and creating new demand amongst those who were too young to remember the original TV series.

We’re just getting into the summer blockbuster season, but you can expect a virtual Muppet frenzy leading up to the November 23rd release of the new Muppet Movie.

Who are your 3 favorite muppets? My list includes:

  • Animal
  • Sam the Eagle
  • Lou Zealand

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