contact Geoff

Des Moines, Iowa


Remember the Muppets?

Geoff Wood

My personal Twitter stream erupted, yesterday, with references to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody(1) and The Muppets. The Muppets, of course, are known primarily for their broadcast television hits The Muppet Show and Sesame Street from a time before we all had cable and from Fraggle Rock (the HBO show that we would catch whenever we would be at that rare friends house who not only had cable but also pay-movie channels). That, and they also had some sweet movies in 1980s.

However, they've been largely irrelevant to me for the past couple of decades with two notable exceptions: the irreverent and hilarious musical Avenue Q and their appearance in the story-within-the-story(2) Dracula puppet musical in the underrated Jason Segel movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

After the fifth or sixth tweet on the subject, I followed a link to Kt McBratney's blog and was blessed by this new creation from The Muppet Studio:

I'm not sure why they put this together but it's a lot of fun, especially for those of us who remember the original Queen video.

In related news, the aforementioned Jason Segel (who can do no wrong in my eyes) is writing a new Muppet movie: The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made (due out in 2012).

(1)As middle school aged kids at the time of it's release, we didn't necessarily understand Wayne's World but we sure loved that movie and this song. (2)Or more appropriately, the musical-within-the-movie