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Your Thoughts: The Muppet Show Season 3

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, May 14, 2008.

  1. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Well-Known Member

    After finishing my DVD set, I noticed a lot of the musical numbers from this season were featured in some 80s TV specials that I rented as a kid (there's one where Piggy and Kermit are out dining and talk about the show, that I remember).

    Yeah, I thought something was a little "off" about the Milligan episode.
  2. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Well-Known Member

    It's definately Frank Oz puppeteering Annie Sue on Carbon Paper. About six years ago (back in November 2002), someone brought this up on one of the Muppet forums (possibly here on Muppet Central, or maybe over on TP). Well by around the same time The Discovering Lost Musicals Charitable Trust were staging Cole Porter's 'DuBarry Was A Lady', which I happened to be going to see,. I hung round the stage door of theatre after the concert and spoke to that show's leading lady, Louise Gold, and asked her about that number and she said that Frank Oz had puppeteered it.
  3. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    Other than the audio drops I can't wait to see Muppets on Puppets!
  4. Dr. Bombay

    Dr. Bombay Well-Known Member

    I finished watching the set yesterday and I have gotta say that out of all three seasons so far released, this one is my absolute FAVORITE! I don't know if it's because the writing is better, the performances are better or what I really think it is, is this is the season that I remember watching on TV...yes I was quite young when it was on TV (just barely turned two) but it seems that this season felt the most familiar to me. With the exception of about four episodes, a lot of these I hadn't seen in YEARS or if at all.

    I liked the addition of Beauregard...I guess he's always been a favorite and it seems that Piggy is in her best here.

    I have to say that the Leo Sayer episode was the worst out of the bunch but it lands itself on the far end of the scale where the rest seem to be huddled together in the cool kids group with the exception of the Spike Milligan episode. He seemed like some transient they happened to pick up outside the Muppet Theater behind the dumpsters and told him they'd give him a sandwich if he'd come in and "perform", like they had just had the regular guest star cancel.

    My favorite guest stars though were:

    • Pearl Bailey (I really liked her song with Floyd)
    • Gilda Radner (The Muffin Show! LOL)
    • Jean Stapleton because we get to see the Muppet Theater from many new angles
    • Alice Cooper. He was pretty much the reason I was so excited to finally get this season as his episode is one of the first I remember seeing because I was totally scared of him when I was little and I thought it so strange that this scary man looked nothing like a girl, let alone THE girl who fell down the rabbit hole. His episode is going to become a tradition at Halloween.
    • Loretta Lynn. I about died laughing when I saw that they were going to put the show on at the train station and they even had a mock up opening title! That was AWESOME!
    • Raquel Welch. Hands down, the SEXIEST guest star ever to grace the show. Plus I love her and Piggy's duet.
    • Harry Belafonte. It used to be that I loved this show because of the Banana Boat song, but after listening to the Muppet Cast and finding that the "Turn the World Around" song was one of Jim's favorites not to mention being sung at his service, it brings a whole new special meaning to it.
    • Leslie Uggams. She is simply vivacious and how AWESOME was it that Big Bird was on TMS? Especially when he tells Piggy he's never heard of her before! LOL Plus I loved his duet with Leslie.
    • Danny Kaye. This is one I remember from my childhood because I LOVED the Inchworm song and any time I saw him on TV or in a movie, I wanted to have him sing the song.
    • Roger Miller. He's just a fun guy and the Muppets turning into chicken versions of themselves was SOOOO hilarious!
    • Roy Rogers & Dale Evans. I just love the feel to this episode. It reminded me a lot of my now long deceased Grandpa. And how about how much Betty White looks like Dale Evans?

    I really liked "the Muppets on Puppets" and find it disheartening to know that Disney couldn't have found the version with all the audio intact...and didn't I read somewhere that there is a color version of this?

    I hope the future sets contain more vintage Muppet commercials.

  5. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    Alice Cooper was the episode my roommate was most looking forward to watching. The "Banana Boat" skit is by far one of the top five most hilarious skits on the show!
  6. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    I got mine in the mail the other day and I've only watched a few episodes so far. I'm really liking it though.

    The only problem is that the Muppet Show was way before my time (I was born in '88) so I'm not very familiar with a lot of the guests :coy: But that's alright, 'cause it's all about the Muppets for me :D

    This is why I want them to make a new Muppet Show, so that they can have guest stars that *I'm* familiar with :insatiable:
  7. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I'm kinda of a retro person and probably would recognize a lot of the guests this seasons, lol. It was the first season guests that occasionally threw me, but that makes sense. I honestly can't think of too many current stars I'd want to see with them now. But that's just me. :)
  8. SweetMayhem

    SweetMayhem Active Member

    The audio drops didn't bother me much in and of themselves, but I find it hard to believe that they couldn't have found a transcript to fill in the blanks with closed captioning. It wouldn't have taken THAT much more effort, considering that so many are reporting that there are in tact versions available.

    That detail aside, I love the special, especially the crazy fractured fairytale skit.
  9. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    I wish I knew what they were saying during those drops.
  10. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Season Three Boxset in a Nutshell--negatives

    Complaint #1: Like some others who've posted, I hated the Spike Milligan episode. I frowned at a few of the stereotypes, but mostly it was his endless unfunniness. His self-consciously "zany" routine did nothing for me at all.

    Complaint #2: Elke Sommer should not have been given a chance to sing (twice!). Her voice wasn't actually bad to listen to--she wasn't screechy or off-key or anything--she just seemed incapable of projecting. Her voice got lost under the music. It was like her volume control was stuck at 2 while everyone else was up at 6 or 7. Compare that to Cheryl Ladd's first number--C. L. didn't have a perfect voice, but she could really belt it out, and the song was twenty times more enjoyable.

    Complaint #3: Disney should've made more effort to get the missing audio for Muppets on Puppets. At the least they should've gotten the text and subtitled the missing parts.

    Complaint #4: There were other episodes I found a little dull, but that's personal taste and any season of shows is going to have two or three of those.

    Complaint #5: Yep, no question, the package image of the Muppets in the theatre seats is hideously bad.
  11. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Season Three Boxset in a Nutshell--positives

    Praise #1: Harry Belafonte episode.

    Praise #2: Loretta Lynn episode.

    Praise #3: Pearl Bailey episode.

    Praise #4: The show took bigger chances this season, especially with the afore-praised Harry Belafonte episode and Loretta Lynn episode (train station) and the Roger Miller episode (cluckitis) and the Lynn Redgrave episode (Robin Hood). They were happy to experiment, and it paid off for all of us.

    Praise #5: We saw the introduction of Lew Zealand, a favorite of mine. He's underappreciated.

    Praise #6: We were given the Muppets on Puppets special and the Purina Dog Chow commercials. Sure, the audio dropouts are a nuisance and we might ask for MORE commercials, but what we did get is great.

    Praise #7: This season includes some classic skits that I remember from childhood and that will always have a special place in my heart, such as "Catch a Falling Star . . ." and "You're Always Welcome at Our House" and, of course, "Inchworm."

    Praise #8: Most everything else.
  12. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    We saw the introduction of two characters named "Lew" (or "Lou"), both in the same episode, and both performed by Jerry Nelson!

    Lew Zeland and Louis Kazagger both made their debut in the same episode.
  13. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I suspect that it's because as an American, you are unable to identify with a predominantly British comedian. Spike was extremely popular in the UK, mostly due to his work as one of the Goons.

    The epitaph on his grave reads "I told you I was ill."
  14. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    That's not necessarily the case, though I'll consider the possibility.

    I've laughed at plenty of British comedians before. Spike Milligan's efforts just felt too artificial and insincere. It's like he said to himself, "Well, I'll make some weird faces and toss my arms around, and that'll be funny enough."

    To me his routine was like John Cleese with no heart and very little effort. (The John Cleese episode, by contrast, was funny.)
  15. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    I like the episode with Spike Milligan. Though, I will admit that I had to put the subtitles on to understand some of what he said. :o
  16. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I actually didnt like alot of the episodes. I thought season 2 was alot better.

    I was even disapointed with the Alice Cooper episode.

    I loved the Pearl Bailey episode for one main reason (take a guess what that it)

    and there is one thing I learned from this season: Floyd makes a very strange looking chicken
  17. muppet baby

    muppet baby Well-Known Member

    question about mupppet show season 3 speical edion box set

    Could someone show me a picture of one of there box sets that they bought, with the fur one it . i am very confused at what it looks like i mean, i new about the one with miss piggy her eyes sparkled and u could kind of feel the way that the,face felt i mean though the pacage, i am wanting to buy the fozzie one before it runs out of stock i mean i know that the fure is limited edion on eatch season i meam i already missed the 1st seaon with the kermit fur . thanks for the help :);)
  18. Beakerballistic

    Beakerballistic Active Member

    Season 3


    Translation: It WAS SO AWSOMES! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!:insatiable:
  19. AAO

    AAO Well-Known Member

    So where exactly is the special feature "A Frog Is Born"? I can't find it within my box set? Is it on the last disc on special features or hidden on an easter egg? Or is it on another disc? Please someone help! I think I'm going crazy. Amazon.com says it's on there..
  20. Beakerballistic

    Beakerballistic Active Member

    ...There is no special feature called " A frog is born..." maybe another box set?...

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