Muppets NOW: Disney+ Talk

Muppets NOW: Disney+ Talk

As a child, I grew up with the likes of ‘Looney Tunes’, ‘Tom & Jerry’ and ‘The Muppet Show’. My parents even showed me ‘Muppets Christmas Carol’, which has now become an annual Christmas film for me. While I never loved The Muppets, I would always watch it if it were on.

I even liked the Muppets Movie that was released in 2011. So, I was surprised to discover Disney+ had made an original series, with episode 1 being released a few days ago.

The first episode of ‘Muppets NOW’ revolves around the muppet Scooter uploading the first episode…but not necessarily with the final takes that were chosen, as that day is the deadline to upload. Let the chaos ensue!

The episode is split into four comedic skits: Miss Piggy has a fashion vlog, and her sass and arrogance is back in all its glory; In Muppets Masters, Walter mistakes Kermit’s photobombing skills as photography skills; the Swedish Chef tries to make a chicken curry and, in typical Swedish Chef fashion, completely fails, and Kermit tries to interview Ru Paul. Tries.

The show’s familiar slapstick humour returns, but only gives us a teaser of the antics that is yet to come. The characters’ personalities have not been changed at all; the technology has just updated around them and, while it’s strange to see the Muppets in a modern setting, it works.

The interaction between Muppet and human guest is also great and sharp; the reactions are believable, and each guest interacts with their particular Muppet perfectly. I look forward to seeing what other guests feature in future episodes. 

Overall, this is a solid introduction to a modern Muppets show: the mayhem is still there, and the characters’ personalities haven’t changed at all, which is a delight to see. This is definitely a show I’ll be watching each week. 

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