Come on, who doesn’t love the Muppets? I grew up on reruns of The Muppet Show, and recently I’ve been watching them again for the first time in years, thanks to DVD. That’s just good shit. Unfortunately, since Disney acquired the Muppets in 2004, the franchise has fallen into serious disrepair. Things weren’t so great before that, either — Muppets in Space, anyone?
The problem is that Hollywood types see fuzzy puppets and instinctively try and steer things toward the creative black hole known as “family entertainment.” Jim Henson created The Muppet Show in the first place so he could do something other than Sesame Street and appeal to older, more sophisticated viewers. Shit like The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz just don’t cut it, man.
There is a new Muppets film in development, which will reportedly take things back to basics, with Kermit and Miss Piggy and company attempting to mount a show in an old theater. Sounds all right, but why not take things in a bolder, more artistic direction? The technology exists, so I say we digitally insert Muppet characters into classic films to create exciting new Muppetized versions of cinematic landmarks.
I’ve got the perfect first project, too, a masterpiece by legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. How awesome would this be?