Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched
Directed by Frank Oz
Five of the original Muppet performers come together for the first time ever to share behind-the-scenes secrets of the Muppets. Includes rare performance footage, surprising stories and insights into how Jim led his team to produce legendary work.
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★★★★ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd
"That's why we've never really had any competition over the years... no one else is crazy enough to go through all the trouble!"
The Muppet guys are Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, Bill Barrett, and the late great Jerry Nelson. They're talking about puppeteering under water, prank wars, and their dear friend Jim. This is the first time a group of Muppet vets have sat together to recount stories in front of cameras. When the gang take a break for coffee and snacks Dave admits it feels like time is flying by and there's still so much to say... I found myself hanging on to every story, none less interesting than the next or last. These are secrets too good to keep. I couldn't be happier that they were finally shared.
★★★★★ review by Libby Banks on Letterboxd
It is just absolutely impossible for me to be objective about this film. Loved it.
★★★½ review by Jim Puliafico on Letterboxd
Truth in advertising. Probably one of the most pleasant 'talking head' documentaries there could be. Led by legend Frank Oz, the remaining group of original muppeteers are clearly having fun sharing behind the scenes creative secrets and anecdotal stories which we never tire of hearing. B
★★★★½ review by William Lindus on Letterboxd
DISCLAIMER: The Muppets were an integral part of my childhood (and adulthood, if I'm being honest), so I have a lot of bias when it comes to this project. The documentary is simple: put Frank Oz and four other Muppet performers in a room and have them tell stories about their craft, about Jim Henson, about the characters they created, and about the people they worked with.
This doc works so well because the stories are instantly familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of the Muppets franchise, but also eye-opening to anyone who wants to know more about the craft behind the craft.
I would have personally liked to have heard more about the people who physically manufactured the Muppets; they were mentioned, but this was mostly a documentary about performance, so I won't quibble.
I laughed a lot, and I teared up quite a bit. I suppose that's everything you can ask for in this type of film.
★★★★ review by Matt Shiverdecker on Letterboxd
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