Why Did Fozzie Have to Fart in 'The Muppet Movie'? (VIDEO)

muppet movie controversyFor those of you who were born in the lost generation (between the late 1980s to about last year) you may not know who the Muppets really are. In fact your toddler who just fell in love with The Muppets version of Bohemian Rhapsody, doesn't even get the nuance of the Swedish Chef and his impossible vocabulary. That's because with their sale to Disney, and the subsequent death of creator, Jim Henson, the Muppets just hung out in their dressing room for a couple of decades. But now, it's time to meet the Muppets in the new movie, The Muppets.

Personally, I couldn't be more excited as I grew up with the Muppets and guest stars like Loretta Lynn in my living room every week. My kids are obsessed even though they have no idea who they are, and we all cheer when we drive by the giant billboard in Hollywood.

However, there is an uproar about the quality of the "new" Muppet movie, and it involves Fozzie Bear and farts.


If you've seen this trailer, you see Fozzie pull out the fart shoes. Your three-year-old boy is going to love this scene, but you might feel a little sad that your puppet friends are acting out of character. Fart jokes would never have appeared in any Muppet production under Jim Henson. They never went there. And many people who worked with the original team, people like Frank Oz, feel this new movie lacks respect for the characters. Or as someone wrote in the comments of The Hollywood Reporter article: Is this The Muppets or South Park?

But maybe it goes deeper than just farts. I mean, let's hope so, right? When you love something exactly as it is -- and trust me, those episodes of The Muppet Show stand the test of time -- you don't want to see the new shiny version. It's never going to have the heart, it's never going to be as good as the original. Two words: The Smurfs.

Yet it's hard to deny yourself a warm feeling the first time you hear Kermit's sincere nasally voice saying something hopeful. So fart jokes or no, my family is headed to The Muppets. Hopefully my kids will be able to "get" what they're all about, and they will realize the Muppets are more than just another holiday movie to enjoy, and then forget. My five-year-old will love Amy Adams and Miss Piggy, and my two-year-old will dig Animal and the music. And yes, they'll probably die laughing at the farting. I'll just be the one wishing Fozzie had left the room when he had to do that.

Do you think the new Muppets will make your kids as happy as the old Muppets made you?


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