Existentialism in the Muppets is a funny thing to watch. This witty banter from back in 1979 is just hilarious mostly because it doesn’t seem to fit with the idea of the Muppets as was depicted in the show. Fozzy and Kermit are without a doubt two of the greatest characters in the entire show and had some of the best dialogue ever. It’s hard to believe that things started so simply when you really look at the success of the Muppets, but at one point and time things were a lot simpler with a lot more improvised dialogue.
Obviously the cows didn’t know what to think about them, other than to wonder just what these crazy puppets were doing in their field. Of course if you’d never seen the Muppets before what would you think? Obviously they take some getting used to since back in the day I can remember actually flipping the channel because I couldn’t understand why they were that funny, but eventually they did grow on me. For a while they were the hottest thing on TV since they were amusing, hilarious, and in many ways were one of the best shows to be on since so many A-listers at the time decided to try and ride the fame that they were enjoying.
Even today they’re considered to be one of the most influential shows around even if their fame has been kind of overblown for a while. Seriously, all the movies they came out with were cute and all but they didn’t do a lot of good to their reputation by over-saturating America with their presence. At times it really seems like keeping them to the show and occasionally coming with a movie every five years or so was the best idea. Bringing them out into the mainstream so often seems to have made a lot of people just kind of tune them out.
The Muppets are funny, they’re endearing, and they’re a part of our childhood that we want to keep around no doubt, but they don’t need to be shoved down our throats that often. Back when they first got started no one knew about them and it was great that they were something new. These camera tests were great because they were some of the most raw footage of the Muppets and the kind of things they would be doing and saying. That’s usually the best time for any new show or idea is when it’s still in its infancy and has yet to become so big that the mainstream swallows it whole and puts a different spin on it.
Obviously it’s going to happen to anything that becomes a part of American culture. The idea will become the institution and then eventually the institution will outgrow the idea and take over. The Muppets were kind of ignored for a while it would seem since they got just a little too big, but nowadays they’re back to being what they were, despite still being enormously famous. They’re the puppets that we all grew up knowing about and in some cases loving.