Today, I am doing a quick bit of line stepping because this is definitely This Happy Place Blog‘s territory. But I got her permission and … well … it’s not every day that you can say, “tomorrow is the official nearly 35th anniversary of The Muppet Movie!”
… Of course, you don’t say that noise every day because it barely even makes sense … what’s a “nearly 35th anniversary”??? But at the same time, when Disney releases a classic film on Blu-ray and in hi-def for the first time, you celebrate and don’t ask too many questions. Am I right?!
Below, I’ve given you a sneak peek at The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition DVD extras (which are some of the best I’ve ever seen), and over on her blog, Estelle is going to treat you to her thoughts on the film. And because we both love you so much, we’re going to GIVE AWAY one copy of The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition.
Well … technically, I guess this isn’t a “special feature,” but the title menu on this DVD is off-the-chain amazing. It’s done in a cartoon version of crafty paper cutouts, sort of reminicent of the credits of Oz The Great and Powerful. The animated cut outs depict three of the Muppets in their most iconic scenes, complete with the proper soundtrack. I really watched it about six times through before I event clicked “Special Features” on the menu.
FrogEOke Sing Along
This, though … unlike past re-released films, The Muppet Movie version of the sing-along feature is incredible. The songs are animated with awesome, modern and dynamic fonts, and you can follow along as the words change color. The whole effect is really cute and extremely well done– a talented graphics artist spent a good amount of time thinking about and creating this amazing bonus. Three songs are featured (I’m sure you can guess at least one of them), and each one is more fun and vibrant than the next. I really couldn’t get enough of this feature.
Extended Camera Test
Little known fact: prior to production of The Muppet Movie, director James Frawley shot a series of camera tests featuring Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Sweetums and Miss Piggy to determine how the Muppets would appear when filmed in real-life locations. Some of them have been released in the past, but this is an extended version with never-before-seen footage and it. is. hilarious and amazing. It’s just the Muppets being themselves with very little scripting. And it’s so funny to see them just be themselves. If you know what I mean.
The special features also include an extended cut of the commercial for Doc Hooper’s frog leg restaurant (hilarious) as well as the classic Kermit profile, as reported by Pepe (possibly even more hilarious). If you’ve never seen these special features (or even if you have), you really need to get your hands on a copy of The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition, available tomorrow on August 13.
And, of course, one lucky reader WILL get his or her hands on a copy by entering to win below:
Good luck! And have a Muppet Day!
Disclosure: I received this DVD free of charge from Disney. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my own experience.