I recently had the extraordinary good fortune to interview Kermit and Walter in honor of Disney’s release of The Muppets on DVD and Blu-ray.
GeekDad: Any plans for a sequel? If so, any plans on what its focus may be?
Kermit: A sequel? To The Muppets? That’s a great idea.
Walter: Yeah… and it could have even more Muppets and more laughs and more Oscar-winning songs and maybe even Miss Piggy.
Kermit: Definitely, Miss Piggy.
Walter: Thanks for thinking of it. You’re a pretty smart interviewer.
GeekDad: How long did it take for you to make this Muppet movie?
Kermit: Well, shooting the movie took a couple of months, but we spent more than a year getting everything together and preparing to make the movie.
Walter: I didn’t know that.
Kermit: Sure, don’t you remember all the work that went into the script?
Walter: There was a script?
Kermit: Now you see why Walter fits right in with the other Muppets.
GeekDad: How did making this Muppet movie compare with movies of the past?
Kermit: It went very smoothly. And I think that had to do with the fact that one of our stars, Jason Segel, co-wrote the movie. He had a vision of what he wanted the movie to be, and we all worked together to bring that vision to life.
Walter: It brought me to life, too.
GeekDad: Kermit – Do you ever get a chance to visit your birth place in Mississippi? If so, what is it like to go back?
Kermit: I go back to the swamp all the time. For frogs, all swamps are connected so even if we’re on location and I stop by a local wetland in Bavaria or Poughkeepsie or Singapore, I still feel like I’m back home. But being in the swamp where I was born, where I was a tadpole and first dropped my tail… well, that’s always special.
Walter: Can I go with you back to the swamp with you sometime?
Kermit: Sure… but you may want to wear water wings.
GeekDad: Walter – Has being a member of the Muppets changed you? What are you working on now?
Walter: Being a member of the Muppets is the culmination of everything I’ve ever dreamed of all my life forever and ever and never thought would come true but now it has and I’m so thrilled I can’t stop talking about it or hyperventilations….GASP! GASP! GASP!
Kermit: Walter is very enthusiastic. And these days, he’s helping a lot around the Muppet Theater.
Walter: Mostly I pick up dry cleaning, get cappuccino and do lots and lots of errands for Miss Piggy.
Kermit: Trust me, Walter, you have no idea what a big help that is.
GeekDad: Anything special we should look for on the release of The Muppets on DVD/Blu-ray? Any Easter Eggs to look for?
Kermit: There are lot of great extra features and the world’s longest and funniest Muppet blooper reel ever.
Walter: And something really really cool happens on the Blu-ray when you hit pause.
Kermit: The movie stops playing.
Walter: Not just that, Kermit.
Kermit: I know, Walter. I was just kidding.
Walter: I’m still trying to “get” frog humor… Anyway, there’s something called “Disney Intermission”; when you hit ‘pause,’ the Muppets come out on screen and entertain while you wait.
Kermit: That’s one constant about the Muppets — we never leave you alone.
GeekDad: Kermit – Who has been your favorite star with whom to share the stage? Who has been your favorite cameo?
Kermit: I’ve shared the stage and screen with so many amazing stars, from Elton John to Robert DeNiro to Orson Welles and Lady Gaga. But I think my all time favorite has to be the time I got to dance with Gene Kelly to “Singin; In The Rain.” It doesn’t get any more Hollywood than that.
GeekDad: Walter – Who was the most delightful to work with on the Muppet movie?
Walter: Everyone. Kermit is my hero, I worship the ground Miss Piggy walks on, Fozzie is the funniest stand-up comic bear ever, Gonzo is incredibly brave and resilient, and Animal is loud in the best sense of the word. Then there’s Rowlf, Sweetums, Scooter, Pepe, Floyd, Janice….
Kermit: Uh, Walter, I think they want only one name.
Walter: Amy Adams. She’s wicked cute.
GeekDad: Congratulations on your Oscar win. Anything exciting you can tell us about that?
Kermit: We are so proud of Bret McKenzie for winning the first ever Best Song Oscar from a Muppet Movie. He deserved it… and Walter here did a great job singing with Jason… and a very funny cameo by…
Walter: Oh, let them see for themselves on the DVD.
Kermit: Okay. Anyway, the performance and the song were fantastic and we’re all thrilled about the Oscar.
Walter: Especially Miss Piggy.
Kermit: Who has promised Bret he can have his Oscar back… someday.
GeekDad: For anyone who did not get to see The Muppets in the theater, what would you tell them about this release on home video?
Kermit: We hope you like it.
Walter: It’s the greatest movie ever made and now you can watch it whenever you want which, if you’re like me, will be always and forever.
Kermit: Walter has been spending a lot of time with Miss Piggy working on his promotion skills.
GeekDad: Anything else either of you would like to add?
Walter: Do you validate parking?
Kermit: We walked here.
Walter: Yeah, but it’s always nice to know.
Thanks to Disney for setting up this interview! The Muppets is available on DVD and Blu-ray starting today!