Truly, what more is there to say? Their cultural significance and sheer genius is beyond dispute. But lately, as a father, I feel like I owe them a personal debt of gratitude. Certainly there’s the madcap mayhem antics that we’re all aware of. But musically, over the past year, The Muppets have opened up a window for my children that I simply must share.
Last year, in the lead up to the release of “The Muppets”, Disney (who owns The Muppets these days) released several web videos in an attempt to dust off the Muppet brand. Naturally this one went viral, and even won a “Webby” for best produced web-content of the year. In my opinion, this is The Muppets at their very best:
I’m a big advocate of turning up the volume to Back-to-the-Future-proportions and rockin’ out to tunes that can only be properly appreciated at level 11. Sometimes you’ve just got to drop everything and dance around the house like a wildchild, or bang your head like the 80’s glam rocker you’re glad you never actually were. Regrettably, most of the lyrics to songs that fit into this category are not necessarily “child friendly”. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of those songs. 10 parenting demerits if your kids make it through their childhood years without rocking out to this song at least once. But lyrics like “…just killed a man, put a gun up to his head, pull my trigger now he’s dead” and “I just wanna die. Sometimes I wish I’d never been born at all” aren’t exactly ideas I want to expose my 6 and 3-year-olds to. Enter “The Muppets”. I started my kids on this video in the bathtub more than a year ago, and it’s been a staple ever since. Even if my kids never hear of Freddy Mercury, and even if they incorrectly sing the final lyrics “nothing really matters but MOI” for the rest of their lives, I can say with pride that they know the exact moment to do the head-banging bit, and they do it with gusto.
Party on Scooter!
Party on Animal!
((to be continued))