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Your Thoughts: Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular on ABC

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by Phillip, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. queendean

    queendean New Member

    My 8-yr old daughter and I watched it thinking it would be a family holiday show. It was totally disgraceful and inappropriate for the Muppets. All Lady Gaga did was promote her new album. The muppets were like commercials in between her songs. It was disappointing to say the least. All my daughter said was that Lady Gaga was ugly and doesn't wear enough clothes.
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  2. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    Just saw it on YT last night. I thought it was somewhat decent & Muppety, but there were some parts I thought were funny, like that one bit where Zoot says something about his sax having had the same reed in it since 1962, and Dr. Teeth smells it and says "smells fresh", and those 2 "bumpers" with Animal, Beaker, and the Swedish Chef. The 2nd bit with these 3 was pretty good. I had no idea Beaker was a great keyboard player. Swedish Chef was awesome on the bass!
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  3. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Now that the thread is bumped, let me say this: Can you guys please stop complaining about the Gonzo puppet? Seriously! They've been using that puppet since 2009. I would have thought you'd get used to it by now. I did.
  4. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Well-Known Member

    I agree.

    Fans tend to complain too much about the looks of the puppets and should, instead, just focus more on enjoying the show. :)
  5. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Words right out of my mouth.
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Just because they've been using it for a while doesn't mean it's still not horrible looking.
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  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Quality of the special aside, you clearly have the Muppets confused with the Sesame Street characters.
  8. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    True, but you should get used to it after awhile.
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  9. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    I've been checking out some of Lady Gaga's acoustic performances (and some jazz covers) on Youtube lately, and I have to say I'm impressed with what I've heard.
    Two of my favorites:

    Cover of "Orange Color Sky":

    "Edge of Glory":

    Why can't we get stuff like this from her more often? Oh right, because nowadays it's all about pop/autotune (or whatever the heck you call it). :(
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say the current Gonzo is horrible-looking, however, there does seem to be something off about it, I think it's either the shape or the proportions of the head.
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Record labels, obviously. But her pop is pretty good for pop. Never was too big a fan of that genre anyway, but she at least can work that pretty well. But I agree a million times over, she needs more unplugged, jazz standards under her belt. I remember once laughing off Rob Stewart for the same thing, but gaining a huge appreciation for it the more I heard them.
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  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, come to think of it, the new Crazy Harry looks a little off too...
  13. SkeetScootSquat

    SkeetScootSquat Well-Known Member

    I second that. there is nothing that can make me think the gonzo puppet is ugly.I love the weirdo all too much.
  14. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    He's been off since Mwoo, this is not news. They all, from Animal to Zondra just simply look TOO new, too clean, too untouched, not beaten up or worn enough. The only one who should look impeccable at all times is Miss Piggy. The rest should have felt, fur and feathers that reflect the fact they live in the real world.
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  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yes, I think you've hit the nail on the head with that one.

    Of course, part of it too is that puppet building methods and techniques (and, well, puppet building in general) has surely advanced and evolved since those days. There's a new Gary Gnu puppet that's been making rounds in the last couple of years, and it looks remarkably different than the original puppets used on THE GREAT SPACE COASTER.
  16. davidandora

    davidandora Member

    Late in the game to add my 2¢, but I enjoyed this show in spite of how thrown together it seemed. Gaga and the Muppets might have been a better pairing with better writers (or if they spent more time/money on writing). The commercial nature benefitting individually the Muppets and Lady Gaga were unfortunately transparent. Lady Gaga is a stellar performer, and she was as weird and entertaining as ever. Some of the Muppet inclusions with her songs felt a little out of place or forced, but not at all unlike early Muppet Show performances with singers. Her duo with Kermit should have been axed if that was the best interaction they were able to get- yeeesh. The segments with just the Muppets were especially funny. The current writing/performer team seems to be more authentically Muppet since their most recent movie. Anything that keeps them from being too saccharine is a win in my book. It wasn't a total hit, but probably did more good than harm for the Muppets. Certainly not a holiday or Muppet classic.
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  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    More time is especially what the special needed. I still feel that this was a Lady Gaga concert special with the Muppets added in last minute. One to promote an album, the other to promote a movie. There should have been more interaction and better interaction. Not just between the Muppets and Lady Gaga, but the Muppets and all the special guest stars. Anyone see the Joseph Gordon Levitt word of the day with Murray? He was perfect in that one. Is a shame we didn't see more of that on this special, and he only talked with Kermit once. Ditto Elton John not being with in a thousand feet of a Muppet.

    Other than that, I'm pretty forgiving of this thing. It was meant as a one time thing, it was a disposable marketing gimmick for both sides involved, and it worked in that context. had this been something annual, it just wouldn't work.
  18. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Anybody else wish the whole special was replaced with 2 or 3 episodes of The Muppet Show that were choosen by a poll online?
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  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wow, we're still talking about what a let-down this special was?
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  20. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Hey, why not? We're still talking about what a letdown Kermit's Swamp Years was.
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