The Great Muppet Caper Minute 16 – Ballallalaka

The Electric Mayhem jams on as “The Happiness Hotel” continues.


“Happiness Hotel”

(Animal takes this opportunity to scream and growl furiously: RARGHHH!)

Kermit: What’s wrong with the drummer, he seems a little crazed.

Zoot: Oh, he’s just upset about missing the Rembrandt exhibit at the National Gallery.


Rowlf (with Rizzo & Rats):

Oh, there are bugs (there are bugs)

And there are lice (there are lice)


Sure, we have our little problems, but you’ll never beat the price


You got every kind of critter,


you got every


Great close up on Animal… more than we got to see last film

Gallery line and posters set up art exhibit angle of the film


  • sparkle guitar strap
  • Floyd has a similar one; but thicker

Lips – Amazing hair!

  • Really flows around well
  • Eyes are great; like screws

Dr. Teeth took over for Rowlf at the piano

Animal banging head on symbol

The curtain and rod

  • One of the few time a blocking mechanism is a bit too obvious and they don’t use a natural barrier to block the puppeteers.

Love the Rowlf and Rats shot

Scooter always walking into frame

Awesome how Fozzie and Gonzo get in on the song and bashing of the Hotel\

Language on posters behind Animal:


Balalaika is a musical play in three acts with book and lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, music by George Posford and Bernard Grun. It opened in London at the Adelphi Theatre on 22 December 1936 and ran for 569 performances.

A love story between a young nobleman and a ballerina set mostly in Russia during World War I and the Russian Revolution, it begins and ends in 1924 at a Montmartre night-club called the “Balalaika”, telling the lovers’ story through a series of flashbacks.

The balalaika is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body and three strings.


Magdalena Radulescu

Magdalena Radulescu (1902 – 1983) studied art in Munich and Paris. Her favourite subjects were principally carnaval characters, scenes with folk dances, weddings, traditional scenes – all portrayed with exuberance, energy and vitality.

Guy Blanchard – Cinematographer


Grand Ballet de Marquis de Cuevas (Grand Ballet of Monte Carlo)

For the first performance at the Vichy Opera, in July 1947, the company included such stars as Rosella Hightower, Marjorie Tallchief, George Skibine, and Andre Eglevsky. Although the company never had a permanent home, in spirit it was based in Paris. From 1951 onwards it became known as the Grand Ballet de Marquis de Cuevas.


Sergei Rachmaninoff

One of the most legendary pianists of all time, Sergei Rachmaninoff was a leading figure of Russian music in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He stunned audiences with his virtuosity and touch, touring widely and performing his own music.

(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.)