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Are the Muppets the Meme of the Moment?

I don’t know what it is, there’s just something incredibly sweet about knowing that aspects of your own childhood are still hip and cool. Yes, I’m 23 years old, but I sound like I’m 80. Anyway, with not one but two big budget Tintin adventures on the way (which involved – though he’s departed – Stephen Moffat alongside Peter Jackson and Stephen Spielberg) and the surprising on-line popularity of the string of Muppet Studio Music Videos, I actually feel quite good. There are their three releases so far peppered through their post. If you haven’t had a chance to hear them, they’re well worth a look. You know you want to.

Part of me wonders if the Muppets are this year’s Lonely Island, with a string of on-line musical hits that have gone quite viral. Remember how last year everyone (myself included) was singing about how they were on a boat (and “this ain’t Seaworld, this is real as it gets”)? Wouldn’t it be cool if the Muppets had that kind of popularity this time around?

Of course, all this is building to a very cool, very simple fact. The Muppets are coming back. Yes, I know they had a string of disappointing movies in the last decade (anything since The Muppets’ Christmas Carol, to be honest) and it’s hard not to feel as disappointed as one did with the animated Disney movies in the late nineties, but there’s reason to be hopeful about the new Muppet movie. Not least of which is the fact it was endearingly entitled The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever. Not anymore, but it was an endearing name. It’s now the much less modest The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time. But the word is mostly good.

There is of course the involvement of the ever-talented Jason Segel to consider. The star of How I Met Your Mother and Forgetting Sarah Marshall is apparently heavily involved in the production. Which is great, because he’s a comedian and the Muppets are primarily funny. Yes, they’re also sweet and family-orientated, but they are primarily downright hilarious. Everyone has their favourite Muppet moments, mine is summed up with a line “Now he’s Martin Short and Fat”. Okay, I was twelve at the time, but it stuck with me. The key thing is that having a talented and witty comedian involved from the get-go is a good sign, and it’s great that he’s involved both behind and in front of the camera.

Look, regardless of the movie that these little videos are slowly building awareness of, it’s good to have the Muppets back. The Muppet Studio is brimming with the short of energy and charisma that the franchise had at its highest – a pop culture irreverence and a genuinely funny sense of humour (that is just a bit dark). And no, posting the above does not count as posting a Christmas carol obscenely early. Because I say so.

It’s nice to have a steady stream of Muppet-related output.

2 Responses

  1. Looks good! Am also glad that some of the “older” shows are still popular.

    • Amen on that – I have a younger cousin who I have babysat on occasion and I remember just being flabbergasted and confused about what passes for children’s entertainment these days. Of course, in our day, it was much more sophisticated. Or at least, it felt that way – though I guess we were kids, so we weren’t the most objective judges.

      I’m going to take off these rose tinted glasses now.

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