Tuesday, April 03, 2007

EDoA, Day #1 (Random): Muppets

I'm currently in the midst of a lovely allergy haze, so I've asked Chris to suggest something that I could briefly write a random topic post about. He proceeded to play the song from The Muppet Show that was used in the Dr. Pepper commercial awhile ago... so, you get muppets! =)

I personally like muppets. Who doesn't? They're cute and innovative and fun. I have a special fondness for Big Bird, since he and I share the same birthday. Did you know that Big Bird turns six every year on March 20th? I was *so* excited when I finally turned six, the same year that Big Bird did--it was this huge event to me!

Let's see, who else do I like? Almost all of the characters, honestly. You can't help but adore the arrogance of Miss Piggie, the Swedish Chef (bork!), or Kermit himself. And don't forget Yoda in there, who makes the whole Star Wars universe go round. I grew up with HBO and Fraggle Rock, so I've seen almost all the episodes of that show. I've also watched almost all of The Muppet Show, but I can't remember how I saw it. I think it was replayed on TV at some point during my childhood, since I certainly wasn't alive when it first aired.

I also adore the movie, "The Muppets Take Manhattan". I was three or four years old, and it was the very first "night" movie that my parents took me to see in the movie theaters. They got a big bucket of popcorn, sat me between them, and plopped the popcorn in my lap for all three of us to share. I ate almost half of it and felt soooooo sick afterwards. But I loved the movie, and have ever since. I now own it on DVD, since a few years ago it was a free giveaway in a Cheerios box that my dad had, and he saved it for me. When I was little, I had the album from the movie, or at least a version with some of the songs on it (it was a very small album). We used to put it on, and I'd love listening to it. I think my parents still have it at their house now, actually.

And speaking of albums, did any of you have the Big Bird exercise album, for yourself or your kids? That rocked too... you could do all the exercises with Big Bird, as he sang and talked about them for you. The things you remember from your childhood. =)

21 comments:

Katie said...

I was all about Mousercize and the Strawberry Shortcake workout record. Bicycle upside down! I must have bicycled upside down for hours.

I have a fondness for Muppets, and not just because my dog looks like one.

McKoala said...

I loathe the muppets! Always have, always will. I think that it started as a texture thing as a kid - they looked so matted and scratchy. I still squirm every time I see them.

I suppose I'm blacklisted now...

Tracey said...

I adore the Muppets and just bought the full season of Fraggle Rock. I even have a muppet ringtone on my cell phone. How sad does that make me :o)

Ben S. D. said...

I've got just one thing to add to this discussion-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wMHcpMmV9g

The single greatest sketch in television history. I'm not even kidding.

Annalisa said...

Beat this:

When I was two years old, I wore out my VHS copy of The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Every time the movie ended, I would insist, "Again, again!" and my parents (or whatever adult was around) would have to rewind it and set it up to play again. This could happen three or four times a day. My older cousins attest to this.

Another favorite of mine was the Bunny Picnic movie. I didn't wear out that tape though.

I think I remember Mousersizing in kindergarten. It made even running laps fun!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I actually did meet someone online who didn't like the Muppets. I put her in her place pretty quickly -- the Muppets are fun, and carefree, and they teach us important things about life and how to live it, which is joyfully.

And then there's mckoala... maybe I ought to get to work on her? *grin*

Happy Passover, Jenny! I'm trying a new cookie recipe today. Wish me luck with it -- it's from Bon Appetite, so we all know it'll take most of the day.

Patrick McNamara said...

I've been a fan of Jim Henson's work since I was five (though there's little today to appeal to me). I probably know enough about them to write a book. The Muppets today are really the next generation of Muppets. Many of the original muppets were voiced by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, but most of their characters are being voiced by other actors now. The original Muppets, particularly before the Muppet show, were a little more violent and aimed at a more slightly mature audience than today's Muppets. They really didn't become well known until Sesame Street. I recall seeing the first season Big Bird with it's long neck and smaller head. (I'm glad they changed it.) Brian Henson now runs the Muppets, although the Sesame Street Muppets are now a different troup.

Kimber An said...

Oh, yes, I'm a huge Muppets fan! We've bought a large amount of the Muppet Show videos. On one, Brian Henson was talking about the show's writers. He said, "The writers figured out that if you can't get out, blow something up, eat something, or just throw penguins around." My little salute to the Muppets is a penguin scene near the end of my novel. I knew hot to 'get out,' but throwing penguins around was just too much fun to skip!

Scott said...

The Muppets rule! My dream all through high school and a little beyond was to work with Jim Henson. He seemed like such a great guy. Of course that all ended when he died.

Animal has always been my favorite. I'm looking at three Animal toys right now in my office. He's so wild and uninhibited and so, well, unlike me. But I have some Animal in me, and have fun when he comes out.

BookChick said...

When I was a kid I had "Grover sings the blues" on vinyl, I've got to check my mom's attic and see if its still up there and I absolutely loved Fraggle Rock too.

Gina Black said...

Ben S.D. thanks for the video link. I'm going to put that on my blog just because it's Wednesday.

Not to brag or anything (heh heh) but I once met Elmo. Yeah. Really.

John B said...

I got the "Muppets Take Manhattan" from a box of Cheerios, too! The funniest thing, from the perspective of twenty-some years later, is seeing Miss Piggy's perm. What was she thinking?

Don said...

Little known trivia: The title of the pilot episode of the Muppet Show was "Sex and Violence."

I live a few miles away from the Jim Henson Studios. It's this great Disney-esque complex of buildings just south of the Hollywood/West Hollywood border

Sam said...

My brother woke everyone up in the middle of the night yelling,
"My pillow is a rectangle!"
Yes, he'd been watching Sesame Street.
LOL

The Anti-Wife said...

I was around when the Muppets first hit the air and have always been a huge fan.

Miss Piggy is my personal favorite. I love her brassy, sassy and bold attitude. She knows how to get what she wants and takes no prisoners. A great role model!

Jodi Meadows said...

I wish I was a big Muppet fan. All the cool people like them so much.

But Fraggle Rock scared me when I was little. (I don't even remember why.) And I was usually upset at Miss Piggie because she was so mean to Kermit sometimes. *Sniff*

But! (This may be the only thing that redeems me.) My first word was (the way my mom tells it) a very Cookie Monster-esque "Cookiiiieeee." So I've always rather liked Cookie Monster. :)

Yasamin said...

its all about Snuffy!!!! and Beaker!!! :p ohhh i loved the muppets and fraggle rock and oh man.. good memories! and the two old men who spit satire from the balcony!!! lol love it.

hope your sinuses get better. mine are haywire out here because AZ doesn't have a spring. its fall then SUMMER!!! its hot. :(

Southern Writer said...

I was way too old to appreciate Sesame Street or the Muppets as much as you do (my younger sisters grew up with them, though). I do, however, have one of the original 101 Dalmations, who turned 46 this year, and is appropriately named Spot. His neck lolls to one side, some of his hair is missing, and he has a couple small holes where his stuffing is coming out, but I still love him.

Kim said...

Oohh... I love the Muppets! I remember seeing "The Muppet Movie" as a kid and I got the LP of the soundtrack for my birthday that year. I never missed the Muppet Show. For my birthday a few years ago, my husband got me "The Muppet Movie" on DVD. My 6 year old has since laid claim to it, but she's not getting total ownership without a fight :)!

Beaker is my favorite, with Animal and Grover tied for second.

As an aside, at Xmas, my husband found a mini stuffed Dr Teeth and when you push his hand (Dr Teeth, not my husband), he does the Mah-Nom-Ah-Nah from the Dr Pepper commercial.

Kelly Swails said...

Muppets rule! Anyone remember "Pigs in Space?" I always like Waldorf and Statler (the grumpy old men in the balcony).

tcastleb said...

I like the Muppet Christmas Carol and Treasure Island. Always fun to watch. And California Adventure (by Disneyland) has a 3-D muppet show that's really cool. Plus I played the Muppet theme song in a sax quartet version for one of my college recitals. I had the bass line, and a stuffed Kermit on stage. :>)