This blog has a well–documented pro-Muppet bias. As does this reporter, who spent a long week and many run-on sentences senior year in college describing the origins of the campus pride and unified excitement that surrounded the unveiling of the below statue [a link to which does not still exist on any internet]. Plus, it’s Thanksgiving week
and most of the hemisphere is fatted and slow after being crammed full of various permutations of the turkey meme, meatless or otherwise, and we’re all in need of some comforting family fare to soften the season, particulary of the kind that doesn’t make our heart impale itself on a shank made of rib cage slivers.
So I therefore feel justified posting this, even considering the high likelihood you’ve seen it by now, just to ensure you do not miss it, and maybe so you’ll appreciate it again:
The Muppets sing “Bohemian Rhapsody”
This video sent shivers of hope across the nets of inter last week because it is ripe with that old artistic firmness reminding us of the brilliant Muppets that ruled the early days of meta-level-post-modern-felt-covered-puppet-television. It’s a mix of highbrow and lowbrow, with a thoroughly modern irreverent end.
Note how the song transforms into a keyboard on which to play some of the greatest character notes in the Muppet canon, a musical bracket full of snowballing self-referential indulgences — how the monster creeps up for the word “monstrosity,” the sudden but in-sync appearance of the Mahna Mahna crew, the spirited back-and-forth between Fozzie and Statler and Waldorf. Even the cab driver who knows the location of the Happiness Hotel makes an appearance!
The Muppets are very much due for a major resurgence. It will be much-discussed on this blog when it happens. Electric Mayhem 4 Life.