Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody…

Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody after the break…

Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody…

If you haven’t seen it, you probably will – There is a video currently circulating of The Muppets performing a parody of the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” from the band “Queen.” If you don’t know who “The Muppets” are, or what “Bohemian Rhapsody” is or who “Queen” was, then… Well, you probably didn’t have pubic hair before the year 2000. Or, maybe you’re one of the few youths that appreciates the good stuff which, if you are… Then good for you. You lead an uncharacteristically cultured life amongst your peers. Prepare to be ostracized by them but, don’t worry – Then you get to graduate from high school & gain the magical ability to ignore them for the rest of your life.

I have to be honest to say that I have mixed emotions over not just this venture of The Muppets but their recent foray into that series of tubes known as the Interweb.

Let’s get something straight – I’m talking about the “Walt Disney” Muppets, since the Muppets are now splintered to here, there & everwhere. The Walt Disney Muppets are, in essence, the Muppets featured on “The Muppet Show” & “Muppets Tonight” (and, for all of you completists, yes – Bear in the Big Blue House).

Anyway, just to critique the actual video itself – Overall, it was very nice. Given the closing punchline, I suppose that having a large number of different Muppets was effective but, if you edit out the closing punchline of the video, then having a bajillion different Muppets makes no sense & dilutes the overall impact of the video.

I definitely didn’t like the cameo of Miss Piggy at the end of the song. I’ve never been a huge fan of her brash & unforgivingly aggressive personality & here it simply derails the mellow conclusion of the song. A little Miss Piggy always seems to go an awful long way & this time is no exception.

Probably the best thing about the video are the Animal & Electric Mayhem Band segments (Janice’s tonsils were a bit distracting – Did she always have those?), followed by the mellow conclusion of the song (the part where the “camera” pulls back to reveal all the different muppets).

I’m guessing that all of these 5 or so minute long videos of the Muppets are probably part of some grand strategy to re-introduce The Muppets to a generation of kids who were wearing diapers circa 1995. Some of these videos have been better then others. My only advice to Disney or whoever is jamming their hand up the felt hole is to create original Muppet characters not seen, innovate with creative humor (that is NOT the same as grotesque or pop culture humor – Please recognize the difference) & keep the content flowing. We all enjoy Kermit et all but there needs to be new blood & who, precisely, is the “new blood”? Pepe, the obnoxiously confident prawn? He’s been around for more then a decade. Sal & that monkey? Same deal.

As much as I feel that The Muppets are past their prime, I guess that I still root for them if for no other reason then to live in their renaissance vicariously simply because that’s what you grew up with. You want your past idols to have one more hurrah, a second chance to grab the proverbial brass ring that most people never have even one chance of grabbing… To remain relevant in an age where most people regard you as the answer to some obscure trivia question because then that would mean maybe you have that same chance yourself.

So, to The Muppets… Good show. Now… Top it.


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