It’s time to start the music, It’s time to light the lights…

I love the Muppets and can’t wait to see the new Muppet movie, which opened yesterday.  I loved watching re-runs of The Muppet Show growing up, and I loved Kermit the Frog.  To this day, my mom says Kermit’s Rainbow Connection still reminds her of me because I sang it so much.  In the weeks leading up to The Muppets I’ve really enjoyed all of the promotions.  The Muppets are classic and loveable all around the world.  They have been translated into dozens of languages across the globe.

Last week on my way to work I happened to be listening to 99.9 Virgin Radio Breakfast Show when they played an excerpt from the first single from The Muppets Soundtrack, a rendition of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” by the Camilla and the Chickens.  I have never laughed so hard in my life.  The co-host on the Breakfast Show also does a mean chicken cluck.  You can hear a snippet here.

In the five days leading up to The Muppets, The National Post has also had the brilliant “Tournament of Muppets” where they pitted “felt against fur” in an effort to find out which Muppet would reign supreme.  Each Muppet had a defence written and readers were asked to vote.  When it came down to Kermit and Gonzo in the end, I had to vote for Kermit, but it wasn’t to be.  Dan has insisted that Gonzo’s the right choice.  Gonzo the Great, who’s blue, won’t conform, and appears willing to try anything.

Here’s what The Tournament of Muppets bracket looked like in the end.

Tournament of Muppets bracket

The other day I also caught an interview on Q with Kermit the Frog.  As Kermit looks back on the last 30 years, he’s funny, touching, candid, and yes, he avoids truly answering the question about his relationship with Miss Piggy.  I really love this interview and recommend it to anybody else who loves the Muppets.

When I was in New York this summer I visited The Muppet Workshop at FAO Schwarz.  I didn’t get to make any Muppets though.  Maybe next time.


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