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The Third Greatest Gift

22 Nov

True story: I grew up next door to Jim Henson.

One day, after I was scared by his family’s cat (no kidding), a teenage Brian Henson “rescued me,” and decided to cheer me up by bringing me next door to see some of his father’s things.

I don’t remember everything I saw, but I do remember a giant Ernie in the living room. To a child as small as I was, Ernie was literally larger than life, and I was so excited.

The experience made this Muppet fan an even greater one.

But you didn’t have to have an experience like I did to grow up a fan of the Muppets. You just had to be a kid once (though it would help if it was in the 1970s and 80s when Jim Henson was around, when The Muppet Show was a TV staple and The Muppet Movie was brand new).

And that’s why so many of us (and the Walt Disney Company, too) are excited about Kermit, Gonzo, and the rest of the gang’s return to the big screen in The Muppets.

Alas, I hate to break it to you, but the movie is ultimately a disappointment.

(I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming, did you?) Continue reading