Kids of the 80’s are a bit nervous about the upcoming Muppets franchise reboot, as Jim Henson’s beloved creations have yet to be corrupted by an ill-conceived repackaging.
The new Muppets film isn’t out yet- although it does feature the eminently yummy Jason Segal, perhaps the makers throwing a bone of dreaminess to us once Muppet fans, now moms. The Muppets won’t be out for a few months yet, but the film’s theme and a host of Muppet classics have been released on the new “Muppets: The Green Album,” out yesterday.
Weezer and the girl from Paramore tackle the classic Kermit ballad “The Rainbow Connection,” and the band has done a previously Muppet-infused video for “Keep Fishin’.” Overall, the release has been termed “hipster” due to the selection of acts that have contributed to the “Green Album.” A video for the “Muppets Theme” has been released, and OK GO have tackled the tune for the newest Muppet incarnation.
Bandmembers and Muppets alike have commented on the release. Damian Kulash of OK GO said:
“I’m so excited about working with the Muppets that I can hardly sleep. Collaborating with your idols is a huge thrill no matter what, but when your idols are fictional characters it seems downright impossible. The 10-year-old me was pretty good at imagining outrageous futures, but this surpasses even his capacities.”
Heh. Kermit the Frog added:
“The Muppets have performed this song lots of times, but not like this. OK Go never does anything the way you’d expect it. Damian, Tim, Dan and Andy like to mix things up and get a little loopy. I think they were Muppets in a previous lifetime.”
The Muppets hits theaters November 23rd. “Muppets: The Green Album” features The Fray covering “Mahna Mahna,” the delightful Andrew Bird for “Bein’ Green” and Matt Nathanson on “I Hope That Something Better Comes Along.”
Are you excited for the first official Muppets movie in 12 years?