With The Muppets in the on-deck circle (coming November 23), and the dregs of the fall season making it difficult to fill an ever-more-frequent news cycle, the media has recently grabbed on to the story of whether or not the new Muppet film will satisfy purists. You know, those Muppet purists that seem to be everywhere, haunting us about Kermit’s ACTUAL timbre and Miss Piggy’s shoe size.
While most of these people are just embittered weirdos, perhaps the one “Muppet purist” with a legit gripe is Frank Oz, the man who created Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy. He said in an interview with Metro that he passed on the project because he felt the script strayed a little too far from who he thought the Muppets were.
He offers, “‘I wasn’t happy with the script. I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”
Well, I can understand why a man so integral to their creation and existence can be a little nonplussed by the new take on the gang, but as for everyone else, just eat your popcorn and watch the damn puppets. They’re not THAT important to you.
Seriously. They’re not.