Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 8 (Diana Ross / Brooke Shields / Rudolf Nureyev)
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In the Diana Ross episode, the running gag is that the Muppet Theatre is jammed packed with Diana Ross fans who love everything Diana does, but hate everyone else and boo them off the stage. Waldorf and Statler decide to rate everything done on stage: Diana gets 10s and the Muppets can't seem to get a score higher than a 3. The Gill brothers, a group of singing fish are literally filleted. Fozzie doesn't even get through his "Wacka, wacka, wacka," before he does an about face and leaves the stage. Meanwhile, Gonzo is taken to the hospital after he was injured with a vegetable knocking him off his high dive. This episode of THE MUPPET SHOW has Diana Ross singing the song "Love Hangover" with the largest Muppets that Jim Henson's company ever created for the show. The creatures are over 8-feet tall. They look really bizarre and are kind of freaky looking (almost like a cross between those long-legged creatures in DARK CRYSTAL and the fire birds who pop their heads off in LABYRINTH).
The second episode on the disc stars a young Brooke Shields. Shields was the youngest guest star ever to be on the show (she was only 16 at the time). The cast puts on its own version of Alice in Wonderland with Shields in the lead. Something interesting I learned from watching the intro of this episode is that Shields was too young to work a full work day, so in her time off she helped create some new Muppets (including the slithy toves seen in the Jabberwocky scene).
The last episode on this disc is one that stars Rudolph Nureyev.Read more ›
OK. It's the Muppets. Its' Brooke Shields at 15. What else is there to say? It's Alice in Wonderland funneled through the antics of these cute creatures. It renders something akin to twice baked potatoes. They're even tastier.
The Muppets of course extrapolated on Lewis Carroll's motif of making plays on words, coming up with add-on word plays throughout the episode. They only had one-half hour to get through the book so it's a pretty fast run through of Alice in Wonderland. Furthermore, it's as much about the Muppets trying to produce the show as the show itself. It's amazing they got in as much as they did, which was a cursory romp through the story, some musical numbers, and a sequence where Miss Piggy tries to step on Brooke while she's shrunken in order to steal the part of Alice for herself (shocking and unexpected!).
A great bonus was a full telling of the jabberwocky poem! That alone is worth the price of admission.
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I ordered this DVD over a month ago and have NOT received it. I contacted the seller and I was told I needed to wait longer. I am NOT happy with this service this slow.Published on April 14, 2008 by Joy Y. Bryant
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While "weird" is the natural domain of the Muppets, this set of episodes is weird even for them. That isn't exactly a good thing, either. Read morePublished on June 21, 2004 by J. Garlen