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The Incomparable 570: Why Can't All Movies Be Muppet Movies?

Look, we love the Muppets. But the franchise has been very quiet lately. It’s time to get Muppet movies back on the big screen! And so in this episode, all our panelists pitch new Muppet movies we’d like to see. And along the way they do a bunch of Muppet voices, too, because of course they do.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Stephen Hackett, Quinn Rose, Moisés Chiullan, Nathan Alderman, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Kelly Guimont

Bear Left (Right Frog) 9: Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted is it: the most recent Muppets movie, with no theatrical releases currently in the works. Will this be the last Muppets movie ever? Almost certainly not. But for a momentary finale, it’s pretty good!

Quinn Rose and Stephen Hackett

Bear Left (Right Frog) 8: The Muppets

We’ve made it through the murkiest period in Muppets movie history and arrived at the wonderful other side: the 2011 sequel/reboot The Muppets. At once a return to classic Muppets form and a fresh approach for the modern age, this movie brought our favorite puppets back into people’s hearts and screens. Between the cast, music, and jokes, there is so much to love about the (so far) penultimate Muppets movie.

Quinn Rose and Stephen Hackett

Bear Left (Right Frog) 7: The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

There are good Muppet movies, there are bad Muppet movies, and then there’s The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. This fever dream of a TV movie is full of inappropriate humor, terrible CGI, and truly baffling decisions. Join us in dissecting the strangeness, won’t you?

Quinn Rose and Stephen Hackett

Bear Left (Right Frog) 6: The Muppet Christmas Carol

For December we jump back to The Muppet’s first adaptation of a classic story and first movie produced after Jim Henson’s death, The Muppet Christmas Carol. This movie has everything: Gonzo playing Charles Dickens, genuine tear-jerker scenes, comedic rats, tiny frog children, and the most disturbing Muppet to grace our screens thus far.

Quinn Rose and Stephen Hackett

Bear Left (Right Frog) 5: Muppets From Space

Muppets From Space sure is a movie that exists! We do our best to pull out the charming moments from what’s often considered the worst Muppet movie, and examine the mysterious writing conflicts that may explain how it got that way.

Quinn Rose and Stephen Hackett

Bear Left (Right Frog) 4: Muppet Treasure Island

All aboard for Muppet Treasure Island, a pirate adventure with top-tier music, Kermit costumes, and Tim Curry.

Quinn Rose and Stephen Hackett

The Incomparable 535: The Internet is for Muppets

It’s time to play the music
It’s time to light the lights
It’s time to draft the Muppets
On the Incomparable tonight

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Kelly Guimont, Moisés Chiullan, Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley, Nathan Alderman, Shelly Brisbin and Quinn Rose

Bear Left (Right Frog) 3: The Muppets Take Manhattan

After the sophomore slump of The Great Muppet Caper, the Muppets are back firing on all cylinders for The Muppets Take Manhattan. The gang becomes starving artists, there’s an entire scene in Sardi’s, and Quinn gives a queer reading of Fozzie Bear.

Quinn Rose and Stephen Hackett

The Incomparable 266: It's Impossible Being Green

The premiere of ABC’s new comedy “The Muppets” prompts us to look at the entirety of the Muppet universe and lore, from TV to movies to viral videos. We also ponder what’s wrong with the new ABC series, posit some theories about how Kermit went from “Sesame Street” to “The Muppet Show,” and participate in an impromptu Muppet draft. Don’t felt, don’t tell.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr