Christmas With The Muppets

We've well-established that I'm usually a bit behind the pop-culture curve, so I'm not entirely surprised that I mostly missed the Muppet renaissance from the past six months.

I'm a little sad, however, that I didn't know about the existence of the "Habanera" as performed by some Muppets with less than, say, a fully-formed English linguistic set until now. (You can watch that particular video at the end of this post.)

Yes, in true viral video fashion, there are new, apparently authorized videos being created in Muppets' names. The "Ode to Joy" feautring Gonzo and his chickens, an amusing "Stars & Stripes Forever," and others. And now a video for a much more modern-sounding song, "Glad All Over," from next week's new Muppet special, Letters To Santa, has surfaced. It's not like it's anything special, but it's good to see the Muppets back on the air.

Letters To Santa airs Wed., Dec. 17 on NBC.

Now that's not the only Muppet-related news this holiday season. A reader tipped me off to this Muppet Central article which discusses the new Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas live stage musical which debuted Monday night at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House.

The TV special upon which the musical is based is more than 30 years old at this point. The mechanics of the musical make me think a touring production (or even more than 2 or 3 resident productions) might be difficult to swing, but tell me that wouldn't be a winner.

Oh, and here's that "Habanera" clip.