November 29th, 2013

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the Lady Gaga/Muppets holiday special -- worst thing, or worst thing ever?

I was actually really looking forward to The Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Special. Gaga struck me as someone who would fit in nicely with the Muppets.

Instead, we got a dreadful PR fluff piece for Gaga's newest CD, with the Muppets sledgehammered unconvincingly in. There were barely any true interactions between Gaga and the Muppets, and what we got was awkwardly written saccharine crap that barely sounded like the Muppets, and indeed felt like it was transcribed from conversations between high school students who have trouble expressing themselves. Where we should have seen Gaga duetting with several Muppets, we got her singing only one dreadful song about loneliness (what a great thing to sing about for a holiday special!!!!!) with Kermit. Her gender-flipping duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cute, but should've been with Bobo the Bear or one of the monsters, her duet with RuPaul also should've been with a Muppet (although I was amused to see that even in one-foot platforms and a huge silly hat, Gaga still only came up to RuPaul's shoulders...), and Kristen Bell served absolutely no function whatsoever.

The depressingly few high points: Miss Piggy singing "Santa Baby" (with some excellent, and unbilled, backup singers); Animal, Beaker, and the Swedish Chef performing both "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells"; rightly portraying the Electric Mayhem as stoners ("I've used the same reed since '62" "Still smells fresh!"); and of course Statler & Waldorf. And there was the trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, the other reason to do this special besides Gaga's new CD. Best part: Danny Trejo dressed as Fozzie Bear saying "Wokka wokka!" THE WHOLE MOVIE'S WORTH IT JUST FOR THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*ahem* Anyhow -- this was a train wreck. Avoid at all costs. It's the first true misstep Disney has made with the Muppets since acquiring them, to be honest.....
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