Do you know what the beauty of this scene at the beginning of The Muppet Movie is? It’s that Kermit has just been approached for the first time by a Hollywood talent agent who tells him he’d be a shoe-in, and that he could be rich and famous. Kermit actually couldn’t care less about that, and he’s pretty happy right where he is. But then the agent tells Kermit he could make millions of people happy. That’s when Kermit first feels something stirring inside him. Kermit is the least egotistical character I’ve ever seen try to pursue fame and entertainment. He also shows that he’s scared to leave where he’s comfortable, as many very normal people are. Why leave a place that you’ve known your whole life for the chance at something that seems so far fetched that it can’t ever be real? And yet, despite that, he feels called to do something bigger. He hints at it only a minute or two before that in the opening song Rainbow Connection, saying he hears some voice calling to him that he can’t ignore, and that there’s something he’s supposed to be. Kermit is the ultimate embodiment of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and giving something a chance against all odds, and not even for himself, but because he thinks it would bring happiness to the whole world.
We should all strive to be like the Kermit portrayed in The Muppet Movie.
Here’s some silly Muppet doodles that I just realized I never put up on Tumblr! I was rewatching the first three Muppet movies and From Space with @kmorrisoncartoons last December and I still like how some of these came out, so here you go!
I did this mix as part of a “traveling journal project” for an online bulletin board I was a part of. The idea was that one person would by a blank journal, write something in it, and then send it to the next person on the list, who would add their own contribution and send it on. I ripped a CD of the mix and put it in the journal. I have no idea how far the journal got. I think it never got very far.
1. “Traveling Animaniacs from The Animaniacs’ Wacky Universe
2. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
3. “Movin’ Right Along” from The Muppet Show: The 25th Anniversary Collection
4. “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz original cast recording
5. “Just Keep Me Moving” by k.d. lang
6. “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash
7. “King of the Road” by R.E.M.
8. “Goin’ Mobile” by the Who
9. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Philip Steir, featuring Steppenwolf
10. “The Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking” by Roger Waters
11. “Go Speed Racer Go” by Sponge
12. “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads
13. “Roam” by the B-52s
14. “Route 66 (Get Your Kicks On)” by the Cramps
15. “Truckin’“ by the Grateful Dead
16. “Come a Long Way” by Michelle Shocked
17. “Everyday Is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow
18. “The Long and Winding Road” by the Beatles
19. “Homeward Bound” by Simon & Garfunkel
20. “I’m Going Home” from The Rocky Horror Show cast recording