It’s time to play the music! … the music to the soundtrack to Disney The Muppets, in theaters on November 23, 2011. The soundtrack to The Muppets is a 30 track album with both music and brief sound clips. This soundtrack includes some classics from the old The Muppet Show along with a few new ones by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Concords fame.
The album begins with the theme to The Muppet Show. While there are a few things different from the original The Muppet Show recording, the average listener who isn’t a huge Muppet fan isn’t going to realize that anything is different. Hearing the music get started I immediately got the impression that they had got it right with this soundtrack. A few minutes later I was hearing an original song by Bret McKenzie from The Muppets and I knew my impressions were indeed accurate.
Life’s a Happy Song is the first original song found on The Muppets soundtrack. It features Jason Segal, Walter, and Amy Adams singing about their life. Hearing this for the first time I knew I was in for something special. In fact, any lingering doubts I had about liking this movie/soundtrack were erased when I heard this song. I could give you all the musical things they did right but really, you don’t care about that. What you will be happy to know is that IT FEELS RIGHT!
The Muppets have always had music that is unique as the characters that make up this happy family. As the soundtrack continues, the unique music shines through clearly. It covers many different types and styles of music throughout the album that spans the many different decades that The Muppets have been entertaining. I think my favorite new original song is Pictures in My Head, a beautiful song sung by Kermit the Frog. I was actually really surprised when I first heard this song at how much it moved me. It really is a beautiful song.
After years of The Muppets being on the second tier of entertainment priorities for the Walt Disney Company, it is nice to see that they can still shine in 2011 as they did in 1979 when they first appeared on the silver screen. I could pick just about any song from this soundtrack and have something good to say about it but I’ll leave that for you to do in the comments section! The Muppets soundtrack* is one to definitely get for your collection.
You can purchase The Muppets soundtrack on CD here:
*Here is the full track listing:
1. The Muppet Show Theme – The Muppets 2. Muppet Studios, I Can’t Believe It – Walter 3. Life’s a Happy Song – Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter 4. I Haven’t Seen the Old Gang – Kermit and Jason Segel 5. Pictures in My Head – Kermit and The Muppets 6. We Drive – Kermit and Walter 7. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon 8. That Spells Reno – 80′s Robot and Amy Adams 9. Rainbow Connection (Moopets Version) – The Moopets 10. Welcome Back – Kermit, Fozzie, Walter and Dr. Teeth 11. We Built This City – Starship 12. Party of One – Sarah Silverman and Amy Adams 13. Me Party – Amy Adams and Miss Piggy 14. We Humbly Ask – Kermit and Chris Cooper 15. Let’s Talk About Me – Chris Cooper 16. The Answer Is No – Chris Cooper and Kermit 17. Are You a Man or a Muppet? – Amy Adams 18. Man or Muppet – Jason Segel and Walter 19. Down at the Ole Barbershop – Kermit 20. Smells Like Teen Spirit – The Muppet Barbershop Quartet 21. Princesses of Poultry – Kermit 22. Forget You – Camilla and The Chickens 23. It’s Time for Our Song – Kermit and Miss Piggy 24. Rainbow Connection – The Muppets 25. Get Out There and Help Those Guys – Jason Segel 26. The Whistling Caruso – Andrew Bird 27. How Charming, a Finale – Uncle Deadly 28. Life’s a Happy Song Finale – Entire Cast 29. Mary, Marry Me – Jason Segel and Amy Adams 30. Mah Na Mah Na – Mahna Mahna and The Two Snowths Dialog Track 31. Rainbow Connection – Kermit (iTunes bonus track)