Muppet Monday

Since my review of the new Muppets film isn't done, I offer snippets of songs from the movie.

Jason Siegel, Amy Adams, and Walter in front of a veritable wall of familiar Muppets, including Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, Gonzo, Beaker, and Scooter

The scene in which Camilla the Chicken and friends sing — well, bwawk — the hit single known politely as "Forget You" is a showstopper. At my screening the audience was laughing raucously the entire length of the bit. While the clip on Disney-Music's YouTube channel incorporates other footage (and inserted audio) from the film, in the movie itself the scene is center-stage, uncut, and much the funnier for it.

And that might not be the strangest cover in The Muppets.

Christophe Beck, who's best known for his Emmy-winning work on TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, contributed the delightful instrumental score; Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie served as music supervisor. The soundtrack features original ditties written by the latter (including the anthem "Life's a Happy Song"), a couple of covers reimagined by the Muppets ("Forget You" and a barbershop-chorus version of a tune I won't reveal), some Muppet classics revisited ("The Rainbow Connection" and "Mah Na Mah Na"), and even a Muppet cover band's version of a familiar Muppets number.

You can listen to excerpts of many of the songs on an original video — with text commentary from what I think is supposed to be Statler and Waldorf — or hear brief bits and view the complete listing of the soundtrack on another page if you don't mind spoilers. [Note: Links have unfortunately gone bad.]



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