Less than an hour and 15 minutes until the art show.
I’m hella hella hella nervous.
Like, you guys have NO idea how nervous.
My art’s never been on display outside of the internet… and that one album cover I did… and… Well, most of the time it’s been on display [2 times] I haven’t been there in person to receive compliments, criticism… this is gonna be tough, guys.
I’m not putting a whole heck of a lot of stock in this Hollywood Reporter article. Basically what it amounts to is that Frank Oz and some other Muppet veterans don’t think the new movie is going to be very good or respectful enough of the Muppets’ past.
What people need to realize, when the inevitable backlash occurs, is that very few of the original creative minds are involved with the Muppets anymore. Jim Henson passed away 20 years ago. Richard Hunt died not long after. Jerry Juhl is no longer with us. Don Sahlin’s been gone for longer than Jim. Frank Oz distanced himself from the Muppets over a decade ago; Brian Henson sold them to Disney because he wasn’t interested in trying to keep the Muppets alive. Jerry Nelson has, sadly, retired from the Muppets.
So it’s pretty much just Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire shepherding these wonderful characters and trying to return them to this place they once had, not in childrens’ entertainment, but in comedy. We’ve got a generation of comedians now, guys like Jason Segel, who respect the Muppets as an important comedy influence and not as something just for kids. Something that touches people on more levels than just delighting children.
We’ve seen over the past two decades how reluctant the audience is to accept the Muppets since Jim Henson died. Muppets from Space failed in theaters. New characters introduced on Muppets Tonight fell by the wayside because fans wouldn’t accept them into the gang (with the exception of Pepe and Bobo). Too many fans (and creators) have been unwilling to accept the characters without Jim Henson that too much of my adult life has been Muppet-free.
This is something new here. This is Dave and Steve and Bill Barretta and a lot of great and talented people who love the Muppets and want to keep them alive for another generation. Don’t tell me they don’t respect the past; they’re just not shackled to it. They’re trying to create something new while still keeping the old intact. Times change. People pass away. But the Muppets can be forever if people just give them a chance and believe in them.
So while it’s sad to see that Frank Oz doesn’t approve, I also think he really doesn’t care too much about keeping Fozzie Bear in our hearts. He moved on a long time ago. So did the world.
No, the Muppets will never be the same with so many creative people no longer working with them. Accept it. Let’s see what a new group of people can entertain and delight us with now. Don’t punish Jason Segel and James Bobin and for not being Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl. Be happy that someone wants to make another Muppets movie.
So, I never really made a post about this past weekend and how I’m thankful for a bunch of stuff…
I’m thankful for way too many things that I can’t even begin to think about where to start….
I’m thankful for books.
I’m thankful for art.
I’m thankful for tv, both good and bad.
I’m thankful for all the food I have the opportunity to have.
I’m thankful I have a job that lets me do these things.
I’m thankful for a roof over my head and the people who also share this building…
I’m thankful for my friends, both offline and online, both of which I don’t see often enough.
I’m thankful for my family and their love and support they give me when I need it.
I’m thankful for Ashley, she’s the best thing I’ve got in my life and every day I’m thankful for her.
I’m thankful for my gifts, they make me an interesting person.
I’m thankful for my shortcomings, they help make me want to be a better person.
I’m thankful for everything that inspires me.
I’m thankful for my parents, who 31 years ago decided to get married and because of them, I’m here now… so super thankful for them.
I’m thankful for the country I live in, and that no matter how screwed up I think things are here, there are other places that have it much worse.
So, yeah… I’m thankful for a lot of things and a lot of stuff I didn’t mention because I don’t want to be up too late… but yes… THANKFUL.
[As a completely unrelated aside: Spider-Man: Edge of Time for the 3DS is pretty damned sweet. It plays very well, apparently very much like the console versions, and it does actually have the voice acting instead of just text based stuff, which is awesome. The music is good. It’s a little button mashy and repetitive, but it’s still fun to play. My only qualm is with the camera, and that’s about it… Hell, even the 3D works well, as it’s a behind the shoulder camera, so… yeah, it’s cool and you should try it if you have a 3DS.]