The Muppets were an incredible license, from TV to film, then back several times, even rebooting movies and now streaming solutions. They conquered the medium every time. Few remember Muppets tonight and even less the 2015 “ABC” series. Muppets Now is much more time on Disney +.
This show was in works before the coronary pandemic (COVID-19), but in modern times the parody was even more appropriate. Muppets spoof every Zoom encounter you’ve ever had, complete with glitches and pixelation, screen sharing and every Muppet talking through each other to ring inside. You will want to pause to read all the comments I write on the screen.
‘Muppets Now’ have a streaming show
The basic format is that Scooter tries to record a session. The viewer will see all the new sketches created by the group. They are webisodes if you want, but put together for a half-hour show.
Recurring segments include a cooking segment with a Swedish chef and “Lifesty (le)” with Miss Piggy. Linda Cardellini appears as a celebrity guest on several “Lifestyles” despite Piggy’s passive aggressive attitude towards her. Celebrities seem to be having fun.
Current hours mixed with humor
Some of the segments can learn real lessons while keeping them funny. The cooking segments have real chefs (or Danny Trej) who teach real recipes, while a Swedish chef mocks them. This is basically a sequel to the classic Swedish chef segments, just with a new format of online cooking and new celebrities. The Swedish chef ended up as the ass of most jokes.
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In the “Muppet Masters” section, hosted by Walter (he finally became part of a real player and not as a duty), he actually teaches the rule of shooting thirds for composing shots. Then Kermit takes photos to satirize the phenomenon of the age of social media. If there is any Muppet that you would expect to be all over Instagram, you will probably guess which one it is.
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The new Bunsen and Beaker segment has some educational information, but also satisfies the crowd’s crowd. Modern technology terrorizes poor beakers before Bunsen does.
Sometimes they just have fun
Not all sketches are educational or even satirical. Some are just random and weird. That’s what the Muppets have always done.
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Kermit’s “Mup Close and Personal” segment of the interview therefore tries to be one on one, until Gonzo and others interrupt random questions. “Pepe’s incredible game show” isn’t even about questions. Pepe is too excited and contagious. Fozzy’s bad ideas grew exponentially thanks to the Internet.
So the Muppets are back and you can watch their new showon Disney +. It may take a few episodes to put each time on the screen, but that’s fair. The set has grown so vastly that each episode can focus on several Muppets.
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