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The Muppets have a proud tradition of taking the hit songs and making them their own: muppet-izing them, shall we say.  The Sesame Street gang had a string of successes with “Letter B” (ala the Beatles’s “Let Her Be”), “Born to Add” (ala the Boss’s “Born to Run”) and “U Really Got a Hold On Me” featuring Smokey Robinson and a rather clingy Letter U.

Well, they’re at it again.  In honor of the Muppets’ 40th birthday, Disney has released a great video of them covering Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

– Susie Karlowski

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Happy Birthday Muppets!

Hard to believe, but the Muppets turned 40 this month! And my favorite segments from “The Muppet Show” are still “Pigs in Space.”

In honor of Carrie Fisher’s appearance on our show last week, we bring you a clip from 1980. It’s the Muppets do “Star Wars” – and even though Fisher didn’t make it aboard the ship, the Muppets offered a class act in her place.

– Susie Karlowski

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Last night, I joined hundreds of nostalgic 30-somethings at a 30th anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie in Brooklyn. Seeing it on the big screen was pure delight, and proved the lasting genius of Jim Henson and co. Everything holds up: the snappy dialogue (Man in Swamp: “You, you with the banjo, can you help me? I seem to have lost my sense of direction!” Kermit: “Have you tried Hare Krishna?”); the irresistible soundtrack (the Electric Mayhem jams are the best); the hilarious cameos (Mel Brooks as Dr. Mengele-like mad scientist); and, of course, the unforgettable Muppets themselves (witness Miss Piggy transform from precious damsel-in-distress to gangster-ass-kicker, with her unmistakable battle cry: “HEEEE-YAH!”).

But all that I expected (I do, after all, own the DVD). The real surprise of the evening was the short film that opened the screening: Jim Henson’s “Time Piece” from 1965. There are no Muppets in this one – it’s a surrealist experimental film, in a similar vein as Bunuel and Dali’s Un Chien Andalou, but much less creepy. It follows an everyman (Henson) through life’s major cycles – work, love, war, death – with a jazzy, percussive, nearly dialogue-free soundtrack. It’s thought-provoking, but also funny. Watch a low-res version here, or, if you want a copy for yourself, the movie is now available on iTunes.

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*there is a slightly cleaner version at this site

– Leital Molad

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