Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched
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.
★★★★½ review by Connor J. on Letterboxd
It's a little too short, but then again I could listen to these conversations for three days straight.
Especially when Dave Goelz says he "misses the fun of when it was run by one person". That hit deep.
Not my favorite documentary ever, but still a good, heartwarming, super interesting time.
★★★★ review by Kristopher Pistole on Letterboxd
It's a very laid back discussion and I would love even more candid behind the scenes footage from jim henson and the crew. But this is an important record of the geniuses that are still with us (save for Jerry Nelson who passed away shortly after filming this doc) Essential for muppet fans.
★★★½ review by The Film Avenger on Letterboxd
Really fun documentary. Super simple, but that’s part of its charm. Lots of great stories from these legendary performers. One could tell that these people really loved and respected one another.
However, the film could have been longer (it’s barely over an hour). And some of the pieces of footage shown of Muppet TV shows and films looked like it was pulled from YouTube. Very low quality.
Still, if you’re a fan of the Muppets, I would highly recommend checking it out. It’s only available on the film’s website.
In-depth review to follow.
★★★★ review by Matt Wooldridge on Letterboxd
Frank Oz assembles most of the Muppets crew to discuss their experiences bringing the TV show and movies to life. It only ran for just over an hour, and I feel like these guys could talk at least an hour for every Muppet movie they've been part of. So, it wasn't enough. I wanted more. But it's still a fascinating watch and great to see the real faces behind the familiar characters. Jim Henson was definitely missed as well as Steve Whitmire, the puppeteer for Kermit since 1990. With a more detail and a timelined narrative, this could have played to a broader audience. But for the fans, this is a great gift. The lack of structure and formality did make it feel more genuine.
As far as I know, only available through the Muppet Guys Talking website.
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