What kind of muppet are you – chaos or order?

A fascinating, tongue-in-cheek piece about the dynamics in relationships. Believe it or not every relationship is made up of chaos muppets are order muppets. Which one are you?

Every once in a while, an idea comes along that changes the way we all look at ourselves forever. Before Descartes, nobody knew they were thinking. They all believed they were just mulling. Until Karl Marx, everyone totally hated one another but nobody knew quite why. And before Freud, nobody understood that all of humanity could be classified into one of two simple types: people who don’t yet know they want to sleep with their mothers, and people who already know they want to sleep with their mothers. These dialectics can change and shape who we are so profoundly, it’s hard to imagine life before the paradigm at all.

The same thing is true of Muppet Theory, a little-known, poorly understood philosophy that holds that every living human can be classified according to one simple metric: Every one of us is either a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet.

Chaos Muppets are out-of-control, emotional, volatile. They tend toward the blue and fuzzy. They make their way through life in a swirling maelstrom of food crumbs, small flaming objects, and the letter C. Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and—paradigmatically—Animal, are all Chaos Muppets. Zelda Fitzgerald was a Chaos Muppet. So, I must tell you, is Justice Stephen Breyer.

Order Muppets—and I’m thinking about Bert, Scooter, Sam the Eagle, Kermit the Frog, and the blue guy who is perennially harassed by Grover at restaurants (the Order Muppet Everyman)—tend to be neurotic, highly regimented, averse to surprises and may sport monstrously large eyebrows. They sometimes resent the responsibility of the world weighing on their felt shoulders, but they secretly revel in the knowledge that they keep the show running. Your first grade teacher was probably an Order Muppet. So is Chief Justice John Roberts.

 

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Jim Henson’s pitch for The Muppet Show – from the mid-1970’s

This original pitch tape, made by Jim Henson to sell The Muppet Show to CBS.

Leo, dressed in a suit and tie, announces that Jim Henson and CBS executive George Schlatter have merged into one being, to bring to television: “The Muppet Show! A show that will be loved and adored by Nielsen families all over the country!”

Leo insists that the show will make them rich and famous. As his speech continues, he becomes increasingly excited and crazed (a motif previously used in “Sell! Sell! Sell!”). He practically explodes in a burst of patriotism and enthusiasm.

An edited version of this tape can be found on Disney’s The Muppet Show: Season One DVD box set.

via – Muppets Wiki

 

// Thx – Laughing Squid

Make Your Dreams Come True – the Muppet Babies intro theme song

Muppet Babies, we make our dreams come true

Muppet Babies, we’ll do the same for you

When your world looks kinda weird and you wish that you weren’t there (Kermit)
Just close your eyes and make believe and you can be anywhere (Piggy)

I like adventure (Kermit)
I like romance (Piggy)
I love great jokes (Fozzie)
Animal dance!! (Animal)
I’ve got my computer (Scooter)
I swing through the air (Skeeter)
I play the piano (Rowlf)
And I have blue hair (Gonzo)
Me, I invent things (Bunsen)
Mee mee mee meee! (Beaker)

Is everything all right in here? (Nanny)
Yes, Nanny. (all)

Muppet Babies, we make our dreams come true
Muppet Babies, we’ll do the same for you

Muppet Muppet Muppet Muppet
Babies Babies Babies Babies
Make dreams come true.

 

If you like this also check out Cookie Monster – C is for cookie!

Best original song from the Academy Awards – “Man Or Muppet” by Jason Segel and Walter

From Disney’s “The Muppets” – Written by Bret McKenzie.

Watch Bret perform a duo with Kermit – Life’s a Happy Song

Best original song from the Academy Awards – "Man Or Muppet" by Jason Segel and Walter

From Disney’s “The Muppets” – Written by Bret McKenzie.

Watch Bret perform a duo with Kermit – Life’s a Happy Song

Frank Oz – creator of Yoda, Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, Fozzie – classic 1988 interview

Is there anyone more iconic to our generation than Frank Oz?

Frank Oz is a British-born American film director, actor, voice actor and puppeteer who is known for creating and performing the characters Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show, Cookie Monster, Bert and Grover in Sesame Street, and for directing films, including the 1986 Little Shop of Horrors remake and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

He is also the operator and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars film series.

via Wikipedia

You can listen to a classic interview with him from 1988 on NPR’s Fresh Air.

In the first half he talks about directing and making Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In the second half he discusses his puppeteer career, including how he got started, created his characters, and Jim Henson.

It is available on the NPR article about the latest Muppet movie, which is also a great interview if you’re a Muppet fan (midway down).

If you just want the interview then WBUR has a link that is better and works on mobile devices.

 

My favorite Muppet - Fozzie