October 29, 2008

Over Time

Recently got to thinking about how much I love (and miss the Muppets). Sadly the classic Muppet characters are now owned by Disney and, except for being seen sparingly in some of the Disney preschool productions, Kermit, Miss Piggy, et al are likely to be doomed to history, vaulted away and replaced by lesser, but I suppose more "relevant" characters to drive the Mouse's bottom-line. To me, the Muppets will remain timeless.

Several years ago a French student film made the rounds. It was a tribute to Jim Henson and the Muppets, directed by: Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland, and Damien Ferri. The film won numerous festival awards. The plot follows a group of puppet creatures reminiscent of Kermit who reverse their roles of puppet and puppeteer, manipulating their deceased creator. While this sounds morbid, the film is quite touching, a little creepy, and yet moving, amusing, and haunting. (Note: the video below starts in black with music, takes a few seconds to get rolling so be patient.)


Steaming bowl o' Calderone said...

The Muppet Show was a staple growing up. I miss that show.

My Pal Al said...

Hey Tom,

Did you get a chance to see the two episode of Studio DC on the Disney Channel? It was basically watered down version of the Muppet Show with various Disney Channel stars like Mylie, Sprouse Twins and your favorite, the Cheetah Girls.

Let's not forget the upcoming Muppet Christmas Special in December and the New Muppet Movie next year.

Here's a link to photos for the Christmas Special - http://www.muppetnewsflash.com/2008/10/new-photos-from-muppets-letters-to.html