Thursday, June 30, 2011

#69 – The Muppet Movie

(1979) Rated G

Genre: Puppet musical road trip

Trend: Roughly maintaining its position

The plot:
A frog chases rainbows to make movie gold
A bear ducks thrown fruit from bad jokes he has told
Together they travel America’s roads
Pursued by a doctor who eats legs of toads
Soon, dogs, pigs, “whatevers” are quick to join hands
While singing and swinging to Doctor Teeth’s band
One last obstacle stands between their dreams:
The horrid Doc Hopper, whose frog-eating schemes
Are foiled by courage (and insta-growth pills)
The Muppets then head to the Hollywood hills
But what plot to give to their first feature flick?
Begin with a banjoist frog in a crick,
Then introduce friends of all species and shapes,
Depicting their songs, romances, and escapes!

So why is it on my list?

The songs are ridiculously catchy. My favorite is the wistful “Rainbow Connection,” but “Movin’ Right Along” will burrow into your subconscious and take up residence like some obstinate gopher. Fortunately, they are all very witty and full of fun, as befitting of the Muppets.

The humor. It’s a fast-paced road trip starring frog and bear puppets. I smell a recipe for shenanigans!

It reminds us that life is like a movie. Write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

In conclusion: You should know by now if you’re a Muppet fan or not. Still, if you’ve only seen the recent movies (without Jim Henson’s direction), then give their very first film a try to see what made them popular in the first place.

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