The Muppet movies tend to be easily categorized. The original three which are classics, though "Manhattan" is kind of the weakest. The horrible one's like Muppet's in Space and Muppet Wizard of Oz. The fan favorites like Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. And of course the two recent installments which are pretty damn good. But this TV movie from NBC doesn't seem to fit any category. It never gets mentions or talked about, but I don't think anyone hates it per se. For me it's a guilty pleasure that I watch every year.
The Plot? Well if you know "It's a Wonderful Life" then you can probably guess the plot. The Muppets need money to save there theater, Despite getting it in time Fozzie proceeds to lose the money which causes Kermit to have an existential crisis. It's only the intervention of a kind angel that reminds him what's really important. So, let's take a closer look at the five reasons I love "A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie".
This is one of the few Muppet movies that remembers that The Muppet Show existed. Why is that? Even "The Muppets" didn't do as good a detailed job recreating that ole studio the way this one recreated it. They got the stage right and auditorium but the backstage felt larger in scale and not quite right, the recreation in "Very Merry" is just beautifully done. It's just like it was on the show! The Moulin Rouge parody is one of the best things in the movie, it does feel like something out of the old show even if the number is a tad dated today. A lot of care was clearly put into those moments.
For instance, whenever you move to a bigger place, get a better job, or have some sort of upgrade in your life what's the piece of music you always think of?
"Movin On Up" is such a part of pop culture we all think it. Here are ten more examples for what I mean, theme songs so well known that chances are you’ve heard it even if you’ve never seen the show. And only theme with lyrics or we’ll be here all day. And it’s the lyrics we’re focusing on, so for instance Mary Tyler Moore isn’t on here because it’s more that image of her throwing the hat into the hair that people remember than the actual song. And while the doo doo notes from Twilight Zone are iconic, that’s not exactly lyrics.
Laverne and Shirley
GO ahead, I dare you. go ahead and count to ten an not want to shout Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated,” after you hit #8. I sure can’t. The silly, and to be fair pointless, start of this intro is so famous that it has been parodied all over the place. And in case you didn’t know, the chant is a Yiddish-Amercian hopscotch chant that was part of Penny Marshall’s childhood. And yes the song that comes after is pretty damn good too.