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Muppet Holiday Greatness Missing Henson
on October 25, 2006
Let me start by saying that this CD is great. The music is decently crafted, well presented and, in some parts, quite funny.
Sadly, some of the beloved Muppets do not sound like themselves, which causes confusion at times as to who is supposed to be singing. Puppetry is inherently visual, and without images to go along with the songs, it was difficult to imagine some lines being sung by a specific Muppet. Specifically, Rowlf the dog and Dr. Teeth (of the Electric Mayhem) sound like impersonations of Jim Henson's loveable characters and not the characters themselves. Though, it is great to see Disney's version of the Muppets embracing classic characters such as Rowlf and Teeth by giving them each time on this album (I hope this continues).
However, moving past necessary voice-actor changes for characters, the album itself is quite enjoyable. "Red and Green Christmas" with Piggy and Kermit, though simple, may be one of the cutest new Christmas songs I know.
Zat You Sanni Claus? by the Electric Mayhem is memorable and really likeable, as well. And, even though the entire project is post-Henson Muppets, it fits quite well with the canon of Muppet Holiday albums (Denver and Muppets Christmas, Rocky Mountain Holiday, etc).
If you enjoy good Christmas music and the innocent silliness of early Muppets, you will enjoy this CD.