It’s Time to Get Things Started…

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Spoiler Alert! I’ll be writing about the new Muppet movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet…shame on you and stop reading at once! Leave your computer and go to the theatre! I’ll be here when you get back 🙂

For everybody else, here goes.

I was so geeked out that I had to go to the midnight showing. I was super tired and suffering from a cold, but the movie was worth it. So was seeing it in the middle of the night with twenty other super fans. My mom and dad were going to go with me, but my mom felt under the weather. My brother came instead, which was nice as we never get a chance to see each other.

I was bewitched by the film from the second the lights went down to the final credits  – and then some. I have thought about the movie much of the holiday weekend. Walter, the super Muppet fan who tries his best to get the gang back together and find himself in the process, was so touching and wonderful. He reminded me of myself and my undying devotion to the Muppets all these long years. I wore a Kermit watch for over half my life and I think I have most of the Muppet paraphernalia seen in his room at the beginning of the movie.

The humor in the film is pitch-perfect. It is classic Jim Henson humor and it is obvious that Jason Segel and Nick Stoller are Muppet super fans as well, because only someone who truly loves them would have been capable of grasping that humor and putting it into this movie in such an effective way.

I took my mom to see it yesterday and I loved it just as much the second time around. I also cried in the exact same spots as the first showing. I get teary eyed when Walter tells Kermit that he is his hero and shows him his watch. I cry when Kermit sings Pictures in My Head, a new song where he is reminiscing about his old friends and whether they can get back what they have lost. I also weep during the Rainbow Connection and at the end when they walk out to the thousands and thousands of fans outside the theatre after the telethon. My mom couldn’t keep the tears back during the Rainbow Connection either. We whispered the lyrics that we have sung so many times over the years. As we walked to the car, she rubbed my shoulders and said it was nice to go to a Muppet movie again with me, their biggest fan.

When I was 11 years old, I went to see a traveling exhibit called Muppets, Monsters and Magic. It was like being in a fairytale. There was a Kermit watch that I desperately wanted. My dad said they would think about it because it was pretty expensive and we would come back before we left. When we did come back, it was gone.  I was pretty depressed.

We went out to a nice dinner afterwards at The Spaghetti Factory. We only went there on special occasions and I couldn’t even enjoy it because of the watch that got away. I went to use the restroom after we ordered and when I came back, the watch was sitting in front of my salad. My dad said the look on my face was priceless and one of his favorite Mary moments. I started to cry right there in the restaurant and I wore that watch with pride until it died many years later. A number of years after that, my parents found three more watches in a Tuesday Morning and gave them to me for Christmas. I was ecstatic. Just like Walter, that watch reminded me of my hero every time I looked at my wrist. I wore those watches out too and finally had to trade it in for something else. They now live in a shadow box with some of my other Muppet treasures.

They got it all right with this movie. Maybe I am just a devoted fan, but I was very pleased with every minute of it. There was plenty of nostalgia, but also an acknowledgment that the power of the Muppets and Jim Henson’s genius never really went away. It has lived in our hearts and memories all this time. Thank you Jason, for giving all of us this gift.

I am grateful for the new Muppet movie. I am also grateful for the inspiration from Jason Segel. He worked hard to bring this project to life. He proved again to me that believing is seeing. He used his passion to create a beautiful reverent tribute for us super fans and also introduced the Muppets to a new generation. He embraced what he loved about the Muppets and breathed new life into something that has been languishing in the wings, just waiting to be brought back into the spotlight.

Thank you for this incredible treat. I may be the happiest girl in the land. It’s not always easy being a dreamer, but I think it’s what I want to be and whether you’re a man or a Muppet, you’ll love this movie!

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

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2 responses »

  1. Thanks, Lisa. I think you will enjoy it too! I love them so much, I am a Muppet at heart so it was nice to see them brought back with such humor and grace.

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