The first and best (and eponymous) Muppet Movie
came along in 1979 before VCR
s were affordable. My friend Bobb worked as a projectionist at the time, so I asked him to record the audio for me directly from the projector. I wound up with two audio cassettes, and even now can recite great swathes of the movie. I've never done this with any other movie; partly through a matter of timing and partly due to my love of this movie.
It was, therefore, a pleasure to hear a recent episode (mp3)
of The Muppetcast
, a podcast for all things muppetrical. Host Steve Swanson ran almost all the audio from the movie, interspersed with an interview with muppet writer/historian Craig Shemin
. I found out where the swamp in the first scene had previously been seen, I learned how they handled some of the special effects, and more.
While we're on the subject of the Muppets, Fongsongs is posting
cover songs from all of Jim Henson's projects this week. Also, word is there will be a new Muppet Movie
that harks back to the first trilogy.