As a child I even had two proper hand puppets of my own. I "made" (that should be nagged!) Mum to buy them for me and I loved them. I would put on plays, mostly myself and other members of the family - my older sister was usually my main victim! As the youngest of four siblings, with a six year gap between my brother and I, I pretty much had to keep myself amused!
Truth be known, I secretly wanted to be Miss Piggy. Who wouldn't want to be an independent, opinionated, fashionista, karate chopping, frog loving pig?!!
The new Muppet film was well written and did justice to my old favourite characters. Miss Piggy was still as glamorous and feisty as ever, Kermit quietly humble, the Swedish Chef spouted incomprehensible chicken recipes (does anyone else see a likeness to Gordon Ramsey?!), Rowlf still tinkered on the piano, Fozzy delivered the same corny gags, Gonzo death defyingly great, Animal frenetic and Dr Teeth still managed to rock out a tune!
The human characters in the film were good too. Jason Segel's (who also co-wrote the film is a BIG Muppet fan - he had puppets as a child too!) Gary the sappy, yet believable older brother of Walter (a Muppet) and Amy Adams was gorgeously naive, as sweet Mary.
It even had a few celebrity cameos thrown in too, my favourite was Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters as an Animal impersonator!
Verdict: I LOVED the film... as did my son and fellow colleagues too... we all exited the cinema with our fart shoes on! (You'll have to go see the film to find out what this means!) Who doesn't love a film with spontaneous singing and a choreographed dance scene or two thrown in?!
And I am not ashamed to say it... I even sang along to the Muppet theme for all to hear too! Yay! (as Kermit would say!)
Its time to play the music
Its time to light the lights
Its time to meet the muppets on the Muppet Show tonight.
Its time put on makeup
Its time to dress up right
Its time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight
Why do we always come here?
I guess we'll never know
Its like a kind of torture
To have to watch the show
But now its getting started
Why don't you get things started?
Its time to get things started
On the most sensantional
This is what we call The Muppet Show!