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Weezer's Muppet Show video now on-line

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by Phillip, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. Sweetums74

    Sweetums74 New Member

    No Exit?

    Just to start- I really did enjoy this preview of the video and I'm looking forward to the "Making of" this weekend. The whole thing was a great concept.

    Not to nitpick, but there was something that really stood out for me in this... the backstage exit was missing. I don't know why I noticed this in the first few seconds of the video. I wasn't even looking for things that were "wrong". This is just something that I just jumped out at me.

    Maybe it is because I'm a Mahna-Mahna fan. Maybe it is because I liked seeing Gonzo ride his motorcycle out the door. Maybe it is because that is where Luke Skywalker changes into Mark Hamil. Maybe it is because I'm planning on building a model of the backstage area for my palisades figures and I'm really watching the shows to make sure I don't miss the details... I don't know.

    I guess if I was an avid Happy Days fan, I would have noticed some of the 'flaws' in Al's Diner in Weezer's Buddy Holly Video.

    Oh well-- this was a great video and a great concept. I hope the TRL crowd realizes that the Muppets are more than a Saturday Morning cartoon :)

  2. sidcrowe

    sidcrowe New Member

    Testify, Froggy!

    From the Muppet Show to Fraggle Rock and everything else, ALWAYS lots of others runnin' around in the background. It's like, how could you run a theatre or a police station with just a skeleton crew?

    Made it feel a little unreal; ie phony.:confused:

    But, I still liked it.:)
  3. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Active Member

    this is the first song i have heard by Weezer too, i really do like the song, i was afraid it might be a song that would not work with the muppets (when do songs actulay work with the muppets;-) but the song it great!

    hmm, i was hoping for more Rowlf in there, and i was hoping you would be able to hear the muppets singing, i'm glad you CAN her miss piggys screams, it's more muppet like, less video like;-)

    no one knows anything about Statler, how do we know then? from hearing it? or does it say which puppeteers where there somewhere? he did sound diffrent:mad:

    i didn't even see the rabbit,or maybe i did but it was so blurry.

    RIZZO is the one that is missing out of all of them, yes i think scooter should have been there but rizzo has really been treated like a rodent this year...wait a second

    well he didn't get a nascar or wasn't painted on with gonzo, he wasn't at the " party" for the cars but even sweetums was, there will be no bust or rizzo but that kinda MS reason, what about Floyd? and i haven't seen any stuff on him at Hottopic or anthing like the package says on the muppet boxed keychain from all that other stuff that has come out with kermit, piggy and animal getting the most suff made on them.

    poor riz, what a rat

    Zack)Rowlf the, well the rats treated like a rat i guess, i just hope he hasn't been forgoten in some of this stuff, he was on the radio show.Dog.
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yeah, I would have thought that the band member puppets may be in bad shape, but they were at the fest, right?

    What's with the Rizzo dis too? I did like the vid though. I think this was a case of not enough hands in the project. Very rare in entertainment these days.
  5. sidcrowe

    sidcrowe New Member

    Fozzie and Piggy sounded great, but Statler and Waldorf still don't sound right to me.

    Since they are such minor characters, why not audition a lot more folks until they get people who can do the voices properly, instead of handing the characters over to performers who just happen to be employed by Henson already?

    Wow, what a lot of witching (minus the "w" add a "b") we're doing.;)

    I can hardly wait for another Muppet movie, this is the one place in the world where it'll be torn into pieces, and then we'll tear THOSE bits to pieces:D

    Hee hee...CAW!
  6. AruggeRadio

    AruggeRadio Member

    I thought the video was great. It captured the nuttiness of a Muppet show in the span of 4 mn. It was great to see Fozzie and Piggy playing a role in the video which I thought was something that lacked form the Muppet Gala (Yes I know Piggy was on the screen but they were what I missed the most about that night, I mean you can't have the Looney Toon’s without Daffy Duck can you). I think it was a smart choice to recast the voices and they did a great job finding people who can do the voices almost perfect.

    As far as the video was concerned i thought that this showed for the first time in many years that the Muppets are supposed to be for an older audience. They are not kids stuff so with having them with one of the hippest bands of the day (Yes Weezer are kind of dorky but hip dorky) I thought that it showed the Muppets are still cool and still could be taught to a whole new audience.

    As far as the set you have to remember Music Video's have a very strict budget. The original set probably was struck years ago and no longer exists. I thought they did a nice job of it even if they couldn't include the door leading to pops.

    I’m sure they also had a limited muppetering cast available for the shoot that’s why we saw so few. Although whoever did Statler I thought he got Richards Voice down pretty well.

    But with all of that I thought that it was one of the most Unique video's I have seen sense Fat Boy Slims Weapon of Choice and i hope its a huge Hit. As many of you have said start requesting it. Let’s try to make this number 1 on TRL.

  7. fluffmuppet

    fluffmuppet Member

    Hmm, yeah, I was wondering why not ALL the main character Muppets where there, I mean, where'd Janice, Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper and Zoot go from the EM? Only Animal? That doesn't seems right.

    Still, I absolutely ADORED this video, I could watch it non-stop! I also cast in my vote, too! :)
  8. dan

    dan New Member

    Great video!

    I'm still shocked...I cannot tell the difference between Frank's and Eric's Piggy! Its unbelievable! Good job!

    (Could have used more Muppets);)
  9. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    >>>They are not kids stuff so with having them with one of the hippest bands of the day (Yes Weezer are kind of dorky but hip dorky)<<<

    yeah, i remember back in my day geeky and nerdy could get ya beat up, but when the mid nineties alternative thing came in, the college emo indie alternative music thing made wearing backpacks and lunchboxes cool;) Its cool to see Weezer still big, I remember they had their hey day in 94/95 with sweater and buddy holly. I wondered where they went! And that video...oh man, Im surprised there isnt an endless stream of threads on this video like there is for 'ask poor ken about variants for the billionth time' thread. next week, let the tape trading of muppets july 14th tv day begin!
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Everyone's saying that Statler sounds funny, but I think he sound's closer to Richard's verison. I think we're just so used to Jerry's Statler - who is great too, don't get me wrong.

    What did you think about Fozzie. It took me a while to discover that both Fozzie and Piggy were replaced in this!
  11. Ol' Buddy Bert

    Ol' Buddy Bert New Member

    I agree that Statler sounded the most like Richard's interpretation than it has in years. I thought it was a good step but it leads me to wonder if Jerry Nelson is thinking about retirement as well.

    In terms of Fozzie and Piggy:

    It was great to see Fozzie and Kermit together again. Fozzie playing the second banana to Kermit...it's a good team. However, the performance in terms of vocal quality didn't quite meet my expectations in terms of Fozzie. I thought he sounded as tough he had something stuck down in his throat. But I think time and practice will help as it has with Bert.

    Piggy on the other hand was fabulous. From the subtle inflections to the laugh going out of frame. Eric's Piggy is wonderfully spot on and I cannot applaud him enough. He has definitely risen to the occasion and I think she's in good hands.

    Over all, I felt the video wasn't what I hoped it would be. I been seeing the word "rushed" being bandied and around this forum and I think that's a decent way to describe it. Of course, you're trying to cram so much into one video...so I think we're fortunate to see what we have seen in terms of dialogue, etc.

    But one thing that's been nagging at me...and I might hear it for this. This whole project feels like a grasp for exposure for the Muppets but not necessarily a natural one. It seems as though their guest appearance in the video has sense of the muppets being a retro pop culture oddity and that doesn't necesarrily, in my mind, portray them as a viable medium of entertainment, fun and myrth. It's almost like, but not quite this bad, seeing Eric Estrada parodying himself in a some low budget indie video. The video feels more like a step backwards as opposed one that is forwards and it also lacks the natural charm they exude in their best projects

    I don't know, perhaps that's what they need to do given the current state of the Henson company.

    But you know something, in spite of it all, I enjoyed it. I've watched it quite a bit and it's just cool to see the Muppets doing something fun and a little quirky.

    Enough from me
  12. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Very well stated!
  13. Ol' Buddy Bert

    Ol' Buddy Bert New Member

    Well Thanks!

  14. radionate

    radionate New Member

    They actually never went away. They've had some great songs in the past few years. My favorite being Island in the Sun. It's a really really fun song! Check it out.
  15. BorkBork

    BorkBork Member

    all i have to say is wow!!!!

  16. BorkBork

    BorkBork Member

  17. AruggeRadio

    AruggeRadio Member

    Weezer had two albums in the mid 1990's then took a 5 year break until 2001's Weezer (The Green Album). They had a few huge hits off of that album most notably Island in the Sun in 2001.

    Also someone posted about how it felt as though the Muppets were some retro hip thing. I would have to disagree with you on that. When you see Erick Estrada in a video it’s usually to parade his celebrity (IE having him pull someone over). I in no way thought this was a parade of the Muppets instead it was a tribute to them and that they are still a cool thing to be into. I know many of people my own age who grew up watching the muppets and now love that they can buy Video Tapes of the shows to watch over and over again.

    Also this gives a group of people who didn’t grow up with the Muppets a chance to get to know them again. Remember your average TRLer wasn’t even born when the Muppet show was on the air. If they are going to try to get them popular again with a young audience you can’t just do that by introducing the product stale. The Muppets need to bee seen with some of the days hottest celebs to generate the curiosity of this audience to check out there new projects.

    I think now is a prime time for the Muppets to be re-introduced into the popular culture. I think people are looking for something like the Muppets and we are in a point in our country where i think they could be a success like they were in the late 1970's. This is just another in a long line of things to re-introduce the Muppets into our conciseness, and lets hope we get to see more.
  18. BorkBork

    BorkBork Member

    Nah, doesn't work, so don't bother (my try-link, only clickable).

    I thought it was a very funny video. It really has the muppetshow feeling, but sort of new in a way. Really cool!!!

  19. sidcrowe

    sidcrowe New Member

    Yeah, it was THIS board that informed me that both Fozzie and Piggy were replacements.

    All I can say is WOW.

    Still, Yoda was all the more enjoyable this summer 'cuz I knew it was our Frank in there.:)
  20. Joggy

    Joggy Member

    I totally HATED this video! Why?! Because these characters were nowhere to be found... takes out list and reads

    Floyd. Janice. Zoot. Dr. Teeth. Lips. Scooter. Rizzo. Robin. Sweetums. Lew Zealand. Sam Eagle. Uncle Deadly. Beauregard. Digit. Pops. Gaffer. Foofoo. Link. Strangepork. Johnny Fiama. Sal. Clifford. Gorgon Heap. Green Frackle. Blue Frackle. Angus McGonnacle. Bobby Benson and his Baby Band. Mahna Mahna. The Gawky Birds. The Sexy Muppet girl from At the Dance in the first season. Kermit Exclusive with a banjo (oops, wrong list). George. Mildred. Hilda. Wayne and Wanda. Miss Mousey. And Annie Sue Pig.



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