The Muppets At Big Screen – I’ve Seen Kermit’s Big Song And Want To Tell You About It

During a live satellite link up with Empire Big Screen, The Muppets director James Bobin and star Kermit The Frog took questions, fended off stage invasion from other muppets and introduced a world premiere clip from the movie.

And what a clip it was.

The scene begins with Jason Segel as Gary, Amy Adams as Mary and Walter as Walter on the road, looking for Kermit’s house. Where could it be? Perhaps behind the giant wrought iron gate with Kermit and Piggy’s face worked into the design?

Their first attempt to get into the house is a foolhardy one – folding up Walter and trying to toss him over the gate. Unfortunately, there’s an electric fence up there – which, as Walter notes, isn’t what you’d expect from Kermit so it’s obvious that’s something up.

One shocking gag later, and while Walter is asking Gary to bowl him again, Kermit appears and lets them in.

Inside, before the visitors can tell Kermit what they want, his 80s Robot comes by to serve them drinks – 80s drinks. Tab Clear, New Coke, that kind of stuff. He’s a great character, and works as a goofy repository of 80s references for that half of the audience, as well as an ironic prod at that for the rest of us.

Gary, Amy and Walter explain to Kermit what’s going on with the Muppet theatre being in danger (see the trailer for some set up) and ask for his help. Unfortunately, the chief problem seems to be that they’ll need to round up the whole Muppet gang, but Kermit is doubtful about their chances.

Why? Because he’s worried that he’s burned those bridges. And he sings a song that tells us how he’s feeling.

Walking through the halls of his house, Kermit comes upon portraits of his Muppet comrades. Here are the lyrics that he was singing:

Is there more I could have said?

Now they’re only pictures in my head.

That’s why my green is feeling grey

Sometimes even frogs have rainy days.

[Looking at painting of Electric Mayhem] Remember when the stage caved in when you were rocking out?

[Looking at painting of the Swedish Chef] Who’d have thought your smorgasbord would be hard to live without?

If we could do it all again, just another chance to entertain

Would anybody watch or even care?

Or did something break we cant repair?

[Looking at a picture of Gonzo] Your cannonball trajectory, it always gave me hope.

[Looking at a picture of Fozzie] They may have been unbearable but I still loved your jokes

Is there more I could have said?

Now they’re only pictures in my head.

[There's a break in the song during which the paintings come to life with the Muppets themselves appearing in the frames. They all have something to say. One nice touch is the dry ice pouring off of the Electric Mayhem's stage and over the bottom edge of their picture frame]

[Kermit and the Muppets from the pictures singing together] Could we do it all again, make them laugh like we did then?

SWEDISH LINE THAT RHYMES

We could harmonise for one more song,

Now I’m standing here instead.

Now they’re only pictures in my head

And fade… revealing Kermit’s stood on the spot and never stepped away from his guest. We’ve literally been watching pictures in his head.

It’s a beautiful, beautiful moment and the single best thing I’ve seen at Big Screen all weekend.

Walter goes on to tell Kermit that his fans never left him and the world never forgot him, and they collectively implore him that it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to meet the Muppets.

Kermit agrees that they can try, together. But how do you go about rounding up the Muppets? As Kermit said “Didn’t you see our first movie? We drive.”

What comes across well in this description is the set-up and the sentiment, but maybe not the humour. Please know that it was really very, very funny too and the audience regularly errupted into big, loud laughs.

The Muppets is released in the UK on February 10th next year. In the US, you’d be able to see it this Thanksgiving. I’ve decided, for sure: I’m going to the US this Thanksgiving.