I’ve watched a lot of Muppets in my life, so I can “see” what is happening very clearly in my mind. The extra motions of the puppet stroking Ed’s face, wiggling around, and what have you. It’s been really sad since Jim Henson’s death in that the core essence of what made Muppets what they are has been lost on some level. No one has quite managed to bring them back at the same level of funny, although a few things have come very close. Dark Crystal Age Of Resistance is the closest thing recently. It has a very specific vibe that’s no exactly Muppet though. Thye most recent shows and movies have been watchable, but they don’t quite have IT. I can’t exactly describe what IT is I just know it’s not there. Some things have been great in spite of it, like Muppet Treasure Island, but I think the fact of the matter is that the original performers had a certain connection that made them special and unique, and the people who have cycled in over time never found that spark exactly. I hold out hope that someday someone will be able to bring back that flame, even if it is under the thumb of Disney.
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