Monday, January 22, 2007

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The opening scene of this beloved film, Kermit, the archetypal lovable loser, leaves for Hollywood pedaling his classy roadster, complete with wicker basket. Astounding to young eyes previously used to seeing Kermit only seated or flying limply through the air, the bicycle scene was one of the first to show an apparently autonomous Muppet. It ends pretty quickly, though, when Kermit is distracted by a billboard advertising Doc Hopper's Fried Frog Legs and crashes into a steamroller that crushes his bicycle. "It's a good thing frogs can hop, otherwise I'd be gone with the Schwinn." Sheesh.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981) has a scene that, at first, might seem to violate The Law. Kermit and Miss Piggy ride through a park and sing "Side by Side." The Great Muppet Caper, however, is set in London, a pop-culture-appropriate setting for adult puppets to enjoy bicycling (see Clause B).

3 comments:

Gary said...

Aren't you going to have to carve out an exception for bike messengers? (For instance, that movie in which Kevin Bacon goes from wall-streeter to bike messenger.) I suppose one could accomodate messengers by saying that they're usually not portrayed as being in the business for the sake of business -- they're carrying packages that mean nothing for them personally. Plus, they're suicidal and that's cool, I guess.

Jym said...

=v= I saw The Muppet Movie tonight, looked up some information about the movie's bicycling scene, and ended up here. I have to disagree with you that Kermit is a loser. He's humble, but that's different.

Check this out: somebody set up a wiki devoted entirely to muppets, and it has an entry devoted to bicycles.

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