Muppet Now: The new Disney series doesn’t match the original
If you haven’t watched the Muppet movies, now is the time. We would suggest The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan to be watched with your family. They are funny and warm, and capture the true essence of the wit and intention of the affable characters created by Jim Henson.
Though Disney had taken the rights to The Muppets long back, it’s only now that they have come up with a full fledged show on Hotstar. And so the fans of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Scooter and other Muppet characters were looking forward to this series.
The six-episode first season is told through a series of video and text conversations as Scooter drags files across his laptop screen, attempting to cobble together episodes of “Muppets Now” on a tight deadline. This “unscripted” series consists of interviews, games and self-help segments.
It may seem to be an honest effort on Disney’s part, but the show fails to capture the true magic of the original Muppets. However, it’s worth mentioning that it’s a simple, fun way of spending some time with little ones watching puppets… some witty, some cranky, and some too innocent.
The new show tries to bring the old charm into the new twenty first techno savvy world, and sometimes succeeds. But mostly, it’s still a work in progress effort.