Sunday Afternoon Movie Club

Prompted by my earlier post about “The Rainbow Connection” I plucked from my DVD collection The Muppet Movie. No, not the recent reboot which featured Oscar-winning songs written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie. I mean The Muppet Movie that was released in 1979.

Here’s the plot: After a fateful meeting with a big-time talent agent, Kermit the Frog heads for Hollywood dreaming of showbiz. Along the way, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo, and the dazzling Miss Piggy join him in hopes of becoming film stars too. But all bets are off when Kermit falls into the clutches of Doc Hopper, a fast-food mogul seeking to promote his French-fried frogs-leg franchise.

It is, of course, like the more recent movie, littered with great songs too. Like this:

Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear – Movin’ Right Along

And this (which if you haven’t seen before, you’ll have immense fun trying to work out who each musician is based on):

Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem – Can You Picture That?

To role call the members of Electric Mayhem: that’s Dr Teeth on keyboard, Zoot on saxophone, Janice on lead guitar, Sgt. Floyd Pepper on bass guitar and, of course, Animal on drums.

And finally, my favourite (apart from “The Rainbow Connection”, of course):

Rowlf the Dog & Kermit the Frog – I Hope That Somethin’ Better Comes Along

More soon.

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