It’s Time to Meet the Muppets…Again


The Muppets – I expected to like this, but I think I can safely give it an “Exceeds Expectations.” I’m not the biggest fan of the Muppets (I actually haven’t watched that much of the original TV show), but I like them, and this was very much classic Muppet material. There’s a lot of their traditional sort of humor, including a good amount of self-referential jokes. It acknowledged that the Muppets no longer have the popularity they once did, but suggested that there’s still a place for them, which I can certainly agree with. I have to say that, while I think kids will like it, it was done with a heavy degree of nostalgia, and is perhaps more for people who remember the Muppets from childhood. Speaking of nostalgia, Kermit’s eighties robot, which had a noisy modem and offered Tab and New Coke, was hilarious. Some interesting celebrity cameos as well, one of my personal favorites being Sarah Silverman as the greeter at a diner. Yeah, I’d definitely recommend this.

Well, okay, maybe I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who non-ironically watches Fox News (or, more specifically in this case, Fox Business Channel):
http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/flash/pl55.swf
Apparently, because the villain is an oil baron, the film is brainwashing children into accepting anti-corporate propaganda. They haven’t seen anything THIS controversially one-sided since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs presented poisoning your stepdaughter as a bad thing. Seriously, it’s not like the greedy businessman trying to take over a small, close-knit organization is at all a new plot, and the movie didn’t exactly play it straight anyway. It’s purposely cheesy and comical (come on, he raps about how evil he is), and I think anyone with a modicum of intelligence would realize that a villain named “Tex Richman” isn’t intended to be taken seriously. But then, anyone with a modicum of intelligence wouldn’t be considered for a job at Fox Business Channel, so there you go. As the conservative media are quick to tell us, it’s not easy having green. Strange that they didn’t complain about Sam the Eagle, seeing as how he more or less parodied Fox News anchors before the station even existed.

Another thing I came across recently related to the movie is a list of Muppets who don’t appear in it, or at most have very minor roles.

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6 Responses to It’s Time to Meet the Muppets…Again

  1. J. L. Bell says:

    Of the missing Muppets, Robin is the only one who played a significant role on the The Muppet Show, which was clearly the touchstone of the new movie. I’m guessing he’s off in college now. Pops, who was also on The Muppet Show, is probably dead. After all, he, Statler, and Waldorf can’t all beat the odds.

  2. halinabq says:

    > anyone with a modicum of intelligence wouldn’t be considered for a job at Fox Business Channel

    While it’s easy to characterize those with whom we disagree as unintelligent, that is clearly not the case. There are many conservatives, not to say reactionaries, who are highly intelligent: Newt Gingrich, Charles Krauthammer, etc. The challenge, then, is to understand why they think the way they do, the better to counter their arguments. There is, in fact, some evidence that genes accurately predict political beliefs. (Which in turn calls into question the whole notion of why we believe what we believe.) And it seems obvious, at least to me, that political conservatism is quite closely correlated with religious conservatism, so that should be a clue also. Those who worship a personal god are apparently more likely to carry that adulation over to the mortal beings who run our government and industries, and to defend their right to power, prestige, and money.

    That said, liberals who caricature the Tex Richmans of the world are being disingenuous at best, in that they also burn lots of oil, at least the American liberals do. So they’re hardly in a position to criticize those who provide it for them.

    I’d love to see your thoughts on the conservative vs. liberal mindset. It seems to me that there’s a tie-in to the mythology that each side buys into. (e.g. the “rugged individualism” espoused by Ayn Rand versus the “my brother’s keeper” approach).

    • Nathan says:

      Well, I don’t know that Fox News and Fox Business necessarily employ the best and the brightest, but that’s a fair point. Regarding the movie, however, I don’t even think it was necessarily saying drilling for oil is bad. It was more that Richman was using dirty tactics. Besides, the idea that there are large oil deposits under Hollywood is pretty absurd anyway. I think it was mostly just a sensationalist kind of story. I mean, if something as innocuous as a Muppet movie is indoctrinating kids, then what is safe anymore? Never mind that it really wasn’t, and the idea is of about the same level of silliness as when there was uproar over the word “sex” appearing in The Lion King.

  3. You gotta love the muppets and Amy Adams is good in every role she has ever played.As to the other thing, I think Fox’ motto should be Remember the Maine. They are right up there with the Enquirer if you get my meaning.

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