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The Muppet Musicians of Bremen

The Muppet Musicians of Bremen
Genre Family film
Television special
Created by Jim Henson
Written by Jerry Juhl
Directed by Jim Henson
Starring François Klanfer
Phyllis Marshall
Nick Nichols
Muppet Performers:
Frank Oz
Jerry Nelson
Jim Henson
Richard Hunt
John Lovelady
Danny Seagren
Faz Fazakas
Jerry Juhl
Theme music composer Jack Elliott
Jerry Juhl (lyrics)
Country of origin USA
Production
Producer(s) Jim Henson
Editor(s) Frank Lorenoquicz
Dino Digregorio
Running time 50 min.
Release
Original channel Broadcast syndication
Original release April 26, 1972 [1]

The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (released on home video as Tales from MuppetLand: The Muppet Musicians of Bremen) is a 1972 television special that is an adaptation of Town Musicians of Bremen, featuring The Muppets. It is directed and produced by The Muppet's creator Jim Henson. Kermit the Frog hosts the special.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Notes 2
  • Cast 3
  • Credits 4
  • Other appearances 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

In the Louisiana countryside, Kermit the Frog begins his narration with Mordecai Sledge and Leroy the Donkey, as they approach their residence after stealing items in a box cart from a railroad guard. When they arrive, Mordecai finds the items are musical instruments, and blames Leroy for the items being worthless. He later scolds Leroy, and goes inside to find his shotgun so he can "retire" him. Startled by the gunshot, Leroy escapes from his owner with the tuba around his neck that Mordecai previously threw in a tree. Shortly after running, Leroy approaches Kermit who influences him to play the tuba, which inspires the donkey to become a traveling musician.

On his farm, Farmer Lardpork approaches T.R. the Rooster telling him that he has outlived his usefulness, and prepares to eat him for breakfast. T.R. flees from his owner, and Leroy finds the rooster hiding in a hayfield. Leroy tells of his similar situation and his musical aspiration, which convinces the rooster to join the donkey and play the banjo. T.R. tells the chickens that he is leaving them, but when Lardpork finds him again, Leroy blows his tuba which startles the chickens allowing T.R. to escape. Along the way, T.R. accompanies Leroy until they approach Rover Joe the Hound Dog along the road. In a flashback, he tells how his owner Mean Floyd threw him out after the farmer mistook him for a ghost. Rejuvenated by the companionship, Rover Joe joins them, and takes up the trombone.

As the trio approach a graveyard, they find Catgut the Pussycat sleeping on a gravestone and waiting to die. Leroy asks Catgut to join them, but she refuses telling them she has lost interest in music. However, Catgut sings of her blues which convinces the cat to tell the animals her backstory. Living with her owner Caleb Siles for thirteen years, she was thrown out for befriending the rats in his kitchen. Eventually, Catgut is uplifted by the prospects of her new future, and joins the animal musicians playing the trumpet. At night, the animals rest in a swamp until they see a light from a nearby farmhouse. Leroy decides to approach the farmhouse, and mistakes a gang of robbers (who happen to be the animals' old owners) as a family inside having dinner. When Leroy reports his discovery, the animals are skeptical at first, but the other animals individually approach the farmhouse mistaking the robbers for a family.

Leroy devises a plan to circle the farmhouse surprising the "family" by playing music. In the farmhouse, Mean Floyd is scared of "swamp demons" as well as the other robbers due to a full moon during midnight. When the animals burst through the doors playing music, the robbers run in fear while the animals unknowingly attack their former owners. After a lengthy battle, the robbers flee the scene and were never seen again. The animals notice the stolen jewelry the robbers left behind, and decide to safeguard it in the farmhouse until the "family" returns where they continually play their music.

Notes

Cast

  • Frank Oz - Leroy the Donkey (puppeteer), Rat
  • Jerry Nelson - T.R. the Rooster, Rover Joe (puppeteer), Caleb Siles
  • Jim Henson - Kermit the Frog, Mean Floyd, Catgut (puppeteer), Rat
  • Richard Hunt - Rat, Chicken
  • Faz Fazakas - Chicken
  • François Klanfer - Rover Joe, Mordecai Sledge (voices)
  • Jerry Juhl - Chicken (uncredited)
  • Phyllis Marshall - Catgut (voice)
  • Nick Nichols - Farmer Lardpork, Leroy the Donkey (voices)

Additional Muppets performed by John Lovelady and Danny Seagren.

Credits

  • Producer and Director: Jim Henson
  • Writer: Jerry Juhl
  • Music: Jack Elliott
  • Puppet Builders: Donald Sahlin, Bonnie Lewis, Caroly Wilcox, Kermit Love
  • Muppet Performers: Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, John Lovelady, Danny Seagren, Frank Fazakas
  • Voice Talents: Jerry Nelson, Nick Nichols, François Klanfer, Phyllis Marshall
  • Executive Producer: John G. Ross
  • Associate Producer: Marilyn Stonehouse
  • Muppets Associate Producer: Diana Birkenfield
  • Set Designer: William Beeton
  • Set Director: Stephen Finnie
  • Lighting: Tom Wright
  • Technical Facilities: VTR Productions, LTD.
  • Technical Director: Alvin Clausen
  • Audio Recording: Chris Skene
  • Floor Manager: Al O'Mailley
  • Script Assistant: Tessa Edward
  • Special Effects: George Clark
  • Camera: John Pashley, Don Eisliger, Richard Cable
  • Video: Chesley Smith
  • Editing: Frank Lorenoquicz and Dino Digregorio
  • Stagehands: Lou Graydon and Chip Climo
  • Design Services: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Sound Recording: Eastern Sound Company Limited

Other appearances

  • Catgut, T.R., and Rover Joe later appeared as recurring characters on The Muppet Show.
  • Rover Joe appeared in The Muppets Take Manhattan where he was among the Muppets attending Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy's wedding.
  • Leroy, T.R., Rover Joe, and Catgut appear in the "Muppet King Arthur" issues of The Muppet Show comic series.

References

  1. ^ http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2011/04/26/4261972/

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