I am currently in the throes of a Muppets obsession. My love for the Muppets started as a child with the Muppet movies, Muppet Babies (one of my favorite cartoon series) and of course Sesame Street. I'm told I watched The Muppet Show, but if that's true, it predates the development of my long term memory.
I have loved the Muppets through the years, but the new Muppets movie pushed my enthusiasm to a new (slightly embarrassing) level. And I almost didn't see the movie! My husband and I tried to see the early show of The Muppets on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, but the projector was broken. (I guess the projector guy was having a wild Saturday night, if you know what I mean). We waited for 45 minutes and incredibly, in the year 2011, the theater had to cancel the showing. WTF? The mega-movie theater at my mall does not have a spare video projector? And then, they cancel The Muppets instead of the latest Twilight crapfest?
But we finally managed to see The Muppets about ten days ago, and I smiled during the entire movie. I have only one complaint: I deliberately took an emergency bathroom break during a scene that I was positive would not involve the Swedish Chef. But of course, *&$(@Q, I missed a Swedish Chef moment. My husband described the scene in detail, but it's just not the same. (I guess I have to go see the movie again. Right now!)
Now we are watching The Muppet Show. Netflix sent us Season One, but we probably need to buy the DVDs.
I also want to design my own Muppet Whatnot, available here from FAO Schwartz. You get to choose your Muppet's body, eyes, nose, hair and outfit. I am overwhelmed by the possibilities. Should my Whatnot have glasses? A beard? Does it need a Broadway showgirl outfit? Or a lounge jacket? I can't even decide if my Muppet Whatnot is a boy or girl! I just know that I need one, stat.
In the meantime, I am happy with the Beaker ornament we bought for our tree. I cannot pick a favorite Muppet, but Beaker is a serious contender. This year, Hallmark released a special singing Beaker ornament that's available at Hallmark stores. Every tree should have a Beaker ornament, but here's a video of the ornament in action so you can vicariously appreciate its awesomeness. Please pardon the shaky footage - I filmed this with my iPhone (and Sundance won't be calling me anytime soon).