The Muppet Movie Minute 2: The Explosion

Seats are torn up. Popcorn and chickens fly through the air. Things explode. Typical Muppets.

NOTES AND RESEARCH

Waldorf and Statler being driven in

  • Private Screening joke; afraid to show it in public
  • “A bunch of weirdos around here, look at em”

Studio Gate Guard

Bruce Kirby

Born on April 24, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu. He is an actor, known for Stand by Me (1986), Crash (2004) and Throw Momma from the Train (1987).

  • Why does he walk out of the booth?

 

Muppets inside theater

Sam the Eagle

  • Not doing much

Miss Piggy

  • Telling stories

Link Hogthrob (and 2 other pigs)

  • Love the outfit and the pose

Gonzo and Camilla the Chicken

Baskerville the Hound

  • A small, shaggy, brown dog with glasses and a pointed snout, who was originally created in 1962 as a foil for Rowlf in a series of Purina Dog Chow commercials. His name, which comes from the Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, as well as his design were both originally considered for Rowlf.
  • Like Rowlf, Baskerville made a single appearance in the first season of Sesame Street.
  • Baskerville’s first role on The Muppet Show was in episode 103, where he played Dr. Watson to Rowlf’s Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Clues.”
Baskerville and Rowlf in a Purina Dog Chow Commercial
A more modern day look at Baskerville and Rowlf

Doglion

  • Rips out a chair
  • Poor pig; hair in face; loses part of back of chair
  • Sam doesn’t react

Fletcher Bird

  • 4 Episodes of The Muppet Show
  • There to dance
Fletcher Bird

Fozzie Bear

  • Nervous

Bunsen Honeydew

  • Apartment punchline

Random flying Chicken

  • Feathers

Zoot

Dr. Teeth

Crazy Harry

  • Explosion
    • Seems like a roman candle type firework
    • Confetti
    • Flame in bottom right corner
    • Bunsen Honeydew’s glasses fly off!
    • Dr. Teeth loves it; looks down

Janice and Floyd Pepper

  • Holding hands

Scooter

  • Selling popcorn
  • Janice wants some

Animal

  • Sleeping
  • Scares poor Scooter
  • That IS Animal’s seat; special spot for his chain

 

Paper airplanes

Popcorn being tossed in from right side

Wad of paper

 

Luncheon Counter Monster

  • A hungry purple monster who first appeared on The Muppet Show. His name derives from his debut sketch in episode 206, where he sat next to Nancy Walker at a luncheon counter and ate the flatware.
Luncheon Counter Monster

Mean Mamma

  • Mean Mama is a brown monster who debuted on the “Beast of the Week” sketch on episode 201 of The Muppet Show, where she protected her baby from Don Knotts. She is one of the few explicitly female monsters on the show and has been performed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and Louise Gold.
  • Mean Mama has been known to fans for years as “Big Mama,” the name she was called in several UK publications. However, her name was never used in a Muppet production, and internally, the Muppet Workshop referred to her as “Mean Mama”.
  • Mean Mama is unique among the monsters in that she has appeared in both full-bodied and hand-puppet versions.
Mean Mama

Marvin Suggs

  • Spinning

End with Waldorf and Statler

  • Movie hasn’t started yet
  • Heavy pink ball of paper

Sound Design:

  • Score
  • Chatter
  • Ripping Chair
  • Explosion
  • Feels like a crazy room full of Muppets doing things off screen

(These are mostly my thoughts and observations. I have occasionally added some of Annie’s thoughts after the recording. I have done my best to attribute info where needed. Many of the more common facts about the film and The Muppets are not directly attributed to any one source. It is not my intention to claim all of the above information as my own. If you find a place that needs attribution, please contact me with the source and I will be happy to add it.)