Kermit the Frog made a special appearance reuniting with The Muppets songwriter Bret McKenzie at a recent live concert. The Muppets are a troupe of showbiz-loving puppets created by Jim Henson in 1955 including various iconic characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and many more. They have appeared in many projects both on television and the big screen, but they are best known for The Muppet Show, a variety show that ran between 1976 and 1981, and a series of films beginning with the origin story The Muppet Movie in 1979.
Not including TV movies and direct-to-video specials, the Muppets were featured in a run of 6 films between their theatrical debut and 1999’s oddball outing Muppets from Space. However, the theatrical branch of the franchise was revived with 2011’s The Muppets, starring Jason Segel as a man whose younger brother was born a Muppet and finds his calling with the troupe, a film that was followed by 2014’s caper comedy Muppets Most Wanted. Both films in the revival series featured original songs and music co-written by Bret McKenzie, who is best known for his work in the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, which also features Jemaine Clement.
On his official Twitter account, Kermit the Frog shared photos of his surprise appearance at McKenzie’s recent concert in New York City. The duo sang the song “Man or Muppet,” a song from The Muppets originally performed by Jason Segel and Peter Linz (as his Muppet brother Walter). They also performed a rendition of the Paul Williams-penned “The Rainbow Connection,” which debuted in The Muppet Movie and has become one of the most well-known songs in the Muppet canon.
What’s Next for The Muppets?
Projects featuring the Muppets have been somewhat scattered since 2014, including the one-season ABC workplace sitcom The Muppets in 2015, the six-episode Disney+ miniseries Muppets Now in 2020, and the one-off special Muppets Haunted Mansion in October 2021. This reappearance of Kermit acknowledging Mckenzie’s Muppet legacy has led many to start speculating on when they will be returning to the big screen. Although Muppets Most Wanted made a profit, it had a lukewarm box office take and hasn’t received a sequel in the near-decade since its release.
Unfortunately for fans of the two films featuring McKenzie’s work, there still has not been word of another The Muppets coming to theaters. However, they will be returning to Disney+ with another exclusive series in the near future. The show, titled The Muppets Mayhem, will follow the Muppet band Electric Mayhem, whose members include Animal, Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, and Janice.
Source: Kermit the Frog/Twitter