HUFFLEPUFF: “Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too. But it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And, well, I’ve found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And, well, it kind of makes us like a family.” –Jack Burns + Jerry Juhl (Kermit The Frog: The Muppet Movie)
The Muppet Movie (1979) The Great Muppet Caper (1981) The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Muppets From Space (1999) The Muppets (2011) Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
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!
Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too. But it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And, well, I’ve found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And, well, it kind of makes us like a family.