Mamo #229: Mugo Mamo Muppet Mo

Yanksgiving and Black Friday are squarely behind us, and the tripartite battle between November’s family films (and Breaking Dawn) is done! Let’s look at The Muppets, and Hugo, in an all-new podtacular Mamo.

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Matthew Price
Guest

Jeezly Crow, who names these episodes? Oh right, us.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

You seemed to insinuate in the podcast that everything that happened with the Muppets since Jim Henson’s death was sub-par.

I was only 8 when Henson died and even though I enjoyed Muppets shows and movies since early childhood, many of the Muppet properties I remember the most came out after his death. In fact, I would probably consider A Muppets Christmas Carol on par with the original films.

As for the voices, I think I was only bothered with Steve Whitmire’s Kermit voice the first time I heard it, because it was noticeably different than Henson’s. However, it has grown on me in the 20 or so years since. A point of comparison would probably be the classic Disney characters, who have changed voice-actors many times in their existence (Mickey Mouse has been voiced by four people since he debuted in 1928).

I personally think that the Muppets are timeless characters and there will always be an audience for them. They are not just for Baby Boomers and their Kids (which I don’t think even includes me).

Ms Curious
Guest

I agree ‘The Muppets are timeless’! (@ Sean Nov 30 2011). I grew up on them, fed them to my children and still love them! Yes a few things have had to change (people have passed and voices need to be…well..exchanged). But overall, the Muppets have maintained their integrity! I think Jim Henson would be proud of the adaptations, the variations and the general hybridity that has necessarily occurred. To me, there hasn’t been too much of a compromise to cause any level of concern at all.

Ms Curious
Guest

Yes, yes Matt, it’s all about how we react! ”Association’ that’s the key! We might be young, old or in between ! It’s our responses that keep ‘The Muppets’ alive. I just love those darn puppets!!!

Ms Curious

Jandy Stone
Guest

I guess I’m on the younger end of that, if Muppet Christmas Carol is the dividing line. That’s one of my all-time favorites. But then, I haven’t seen a lot of the other stuff (just started watching some of the original show before canceling my Netflix discs a few months back), so I don’t have a good reference point. What I love about Muppet Christmas Carol is the way it transfigures Dickens’ novel, so it may say more about my being an English major than my stance on the Muppets. 🙂

rot
Guest

I just bought Muppets Christmas Carol for rewatch, I remember liking it a lot, but after loving the recent film I am up for revisiting everything.

I am also watching the first season of the Muppet Show, and I would say Henson was not genius straight out of the gate… it is pretty bad for the first half at least.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I actually fear more about the future of the Jim Henson Company than The Muppets. The rights to the Muppets were sold to Disney in 2004, while the other Henson properties (Fraggle Rock, Dark Crystal, etc) remained with the company.

Apparently the Henson company has been trying to produce a Dark Crystal sequel, which has been going through some problems and might even be cancelled. A shame really.

Goon
Guest

Rot, you should be watching the first season with the trivia track on.

Just trust me.

Kurt
Guest

You guys should do a Holiday (American Thanksgiving – New Years) Box Office Derby. It’d be like the off-road Mint 400 version of the NASCAR summer one. Lots of non-intuitive potholes, platform releases, clotting of too many films on single weekends and other Gonzo oddities.

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