The Muppets are an amazing bunch of entertainers. They may be puppets but they keep children and adults alike happy. And with the release of Muppets Most Wanted this weekend now seemed like as good a time as any to look at some of the best songs from their films!
Whilst it’s the sequel coming out this week, it was this reboot that brought the Muppets back to the big screen after all these years, and their return couldn’t have been more perfect. The film starts as Gary (Jason Segel) and his little brother, new Muppet Walter get dressed and go out singing this delightfully happy song as everyone joins in.
Not just a perfect start to a film, but also just a brilliant thing to enjoy in cinema, with most of us dancing our way out when the film finished. On top of that, it’s just a huge happiness boost. Even if there’s no one by your side to sing along, this is still guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The Muppets Christmas Carol is one of the best Christmas films of all time, largely in part to Michael Caine’s brilliant performance as Scrooge, but also due to its amazing music. Believe me when I say that picking a song from this film was not an easy task, with so many great tracks like “Marley and Marley” and “It Feels like Christmas”, and not to mention the magnificent song that never even made it into the film “The Love is Gone”. But it’s this merry hit that plays the film out as Ebenezer Scrooge changes his views towards Christmas and invites the town to join him in celebrating that takes the spot.
Michael Caine isn’t the best singer but it’s a delightful song and a brilliant ending to the film.
Now here’s a song we’ve all heard, and a very important one. Kermit sings of his troubles being the colour green, and how it makes him very ordinary and doesn’t stick out. But he soon realises that green can be just as important as anything else. It’s a short and simple song, but it’s a message everyone needs to hear: There is nothing wrong with who you are. Don’t ever think that you can’t stand out. You can’t change who you are, and you shouldn’t want to either. If not from me, then take it from Kermit, and listen to this lovely, lovely little song.
We’ve talked about this amazing song before but there’s no harm in discussing it again. Gary forgets this anniversary dinner with girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) due to spending too much time with The Muppets, but when he goes to see her, he finds out she’s already left and given him an ultimatum: Is he a man, or a Muppet? What follows is a beautiful and actually rather emotional ballad as Gary and Walter bellow their uncertainty of who they really are
The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and rightfully so, as it’s a song that can be applied to almost anyone who is unsure of who they are.
You didn’t think I’d forget this one, did ya? Why, Rainbow Connection is perhaps the most legendary song in Muppet history. Hell, that’s how the film started! In perhaps one of the most iconic film beginnings, the camera pans over Kermit’s swamp as he plays his banjo and sings of rainbows and their mysteries. The song is so beautifully written, and he may just be a puppet with Jim Henson’s hand up his arse, but Kermit does it amazingly, better than anyone who’s ever tried it. Seeing the updated rendition sung by Kermit, Miss Piggy and all The Muppets in the reboot genuinely brought a tear to my eye, as this Oscar nominated song melody was brought to life once again.
Muppets Most Wanted is released March 28th.