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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bret and Kermit sing "Life's a Happy Song"

To my knowledge Bret McKenzie doesn't appear in The Muppets, but as the music supervisor and lyricist, the Flight of the Conchords member is one of the film's MVH's (Most Valuable Humans). The Muppets features some brilliantly crazed cover tunes — particularly this one — but the original musical numbers are wonderfully upbeat. In a fun interview for The Vulture, he talks about the process of writing songs for the Muppets and reveals fun details like this:

Every so often I had to edit things out if it got too R-rated. And one of the first lines in the opening song, one of the Muppets was reminiscing about how he was “just a little piece of felt.” That got shut down because the Muppets are real in the Muppets world. You never mention that they are puppets. They’ll break the fourth wall during the film and make you aware that it’s a film, but they’ll never break the convention that they are puppets.

Here's a chance to see McKenzie perform some of his handiwork in an appealling unrehearsed, off-the-cuff rendition with one of the most familiar characters:

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