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    Wow...the Muppets have gone...distrubing

    The Muppets: Stand By Me

    Anyone else think this was awkward to watch?

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    No, I thought it was cute and it actually put a smile to my face.

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    Little Bunny Foo-Foo revisited. I love the Muppets.
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    I always thought the original muppets were pretty twisted at times, so that seemed bizarre, but not so completely unlike the muppets.

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    just curious, but what's the "disturbing part"? Is the monster not suppose to eat bunnies, but have a desk job filing paperwork at the DMV instead? Is it suppose to be "normal" like a girl with a stepmom who's trying to kill her, so she lives with midgets in the woods until she goes into a coma after eating poisoned fruit?

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    haha, I liked the singing from the stomach.

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    Anyone who thinks the Muppets are all sweet and innocent have never seen this:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ky7g1lgTwc

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    Quote Originally Posted by martian_girl View Post
    Anyone who thinks the Muppets are all sweet and innocent have never seen this:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ky7g1lgTwc
    That's not the Muppets. Neither in style nor in form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jot the Dot Dot View Post
    That's not the Muppets. Neither in style nor in form.
    Those were the proto-muppets by Jim Henson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jot the Dot Dot View Post
    That's not the Muppets. Neither in style nor in form.
    Hate to break it to you, but that IS from the creative mind of Jim Henson. One of his first jobs was to do commericals like this, using his puppet creations of the time. Rowlf the dog and Kermit seem to be the only characters to have continued on past this point in Henson's career. Rowlf actually had a role in the Jimmy Dean show. Another early job for Henson was a show called Sam and Friends.

    Here's a Sam and Friends clip.

    And you'll notice a lot of other old, pre-Sesame Street and pre-Muppet Show clips from the early to mid 1960's on the right hand side of the screen, courtesy of Jim Henson.

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    Right from the beginning on Sesame Street we knew that muppets that were eaten were not necessarily dead. We know muppets blow things up and do other chaotic things, but never with serious consequences. Because it's PRETEND.

    For those of us who watched Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny pre-sanitization and were not ruined from seeing them, the Muppets may be the last place we can still see some of that silliness without someone PCing it to death. I miss a lot of that spurious violence that we knew wouldn't work in the real world. It was a good outlet.

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    A hungry monster that happens to like lapin is not strange. However he should consider adding a nice chasseur sauce it really livens up the meal.

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    <snort> Jim Henson really died way too young. But I, too, am glad there are some equally crazy dudes holding down the fort, though none could perhaps be as creative and there will never be another Jim Henson/Frank Oz with the special friendship/comedy team they had.

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    Did you watch the Sci-Fi TV show Farscape? It had lots of 'muppet-like' aliens created by the Henson's Studio.

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    Henson made over 179 10 sec spots for Wilkins coffee and Tea between 1957 and 1961
    Don't forget the Henson spots on the first few seasons of SNL, too. Hysterical!
    "Come with us now to the bubbling tarpits to the sulfurous wasteland; from the rotting forest to the stagnant mudflats, to the Land of Gorch!" Scred and the Mighty Favog...must have been about '75 or so...ah memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slicekw View Post
    For those of us who watched Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny pre-sanitization and were not ruined from seeing them, the Muppets may be the last place we can still see some of that silliness without someone PCing it to death. I miss a lot of that spurious violence that we knew wouldn't work in the real world. It was a good outlet.
    The chaotic silliness was the best part of Tom & Jerry and Bugs Bunny. My nieces don't like Tom & Jerry. At first I was confused then I realized they had been ruined by a PC squad. I don't blame my nieces for not liking the ruined versions of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satellitegirl View Post
    haha, I liked the singing from the stomach.
    Me, too! I felt much better knowing the bunnies were down there and still alive, lol!
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    OK, I just got to watch this for the first time, and it is pretty standard for the Muppets. Something like the old Sam and Friends routine Henson did with his version of Hitchcock being interviewed on "Poison to Poison" (as opposed to "Person to Person"), and the comments about his armchair that was "made out of real arms." The Hitchcock Muppet was sitting in a chair made to look as though it was made of Muppet arms. Unfortunately, I can't find a YouTube clip for this. It was included in the Great Performances (PBS) documentary The World of Jim Henson.

    BTW, Jim Henson was calling his company Muppets Incorporated, at the time he was making the TV commercials, as can be seen in this video. This is most definitely pre-Sesame Street (which went on the air in 1969).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpal2 View Post
    The chaotic silliness was the best part of Tom & Jerry and Bugs Bunny. My nieces don't like Tom & Jerry. At first I was confused then I realized they had been ruined by a PC squad. I don't blame my nieces for not liking the ruined versions of them.
    I must have watched all the wrong Tom & Jerrys, because they always bored me half to death. I adore Looney Tunes and the Muppets, though.
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    That's pretty standard fare for muppets. Here's an old clip that's equally twisted--if not more!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ-EJNz2AoE

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