by Dan Gibson
I am a big fan of the Loft Cinema and both the new and revival movies they bring to town (I'm particularly excited about Rubber, coming April 29th), but that doesn't mean that I'm not occasionally envious of the projected offerings at other indie cinemas. In this case, it's the Muppets to the Max series at the Alamo Drafthouse:
We’ve partnered with The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music to present a series of special Muppet-related programming. You’ll see some of the greatest moments of the 50+ year history of the Muppets, rarely seen gems from the Sesame Street vaults, and even some experimental short films from Henson stepping out of the puppetry game.
Music Monday: MUPPET MUSIC MOMENTS
Music was always an integral part of THE MUPPET SHOW, and the Jim Henson Legacy has assembled a collection of some of the classic music numbers interpreted as only the Muppets can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres, including performances by guest stars Harry Belafonte, Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt.
* Monday, March 28, 2011 @7:00p
COMMERCIALS & EXPERIMENTS
This program is a collection of experimental shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson vault. Highlights include: a legendary commercial and industrial film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to believed, excerpts from Henson’s experimental television programs THE CUBE and YOUTH 68: EVERYTHING’S CHANGING…OR MAYBE IT ISN’T, and TIME PIECE an 8-minute experimental masterpiece from 1965 that showcases Henson’s talent for making music out of everyday sounds.
* Tuesday, March 29, 2011 @7:00p
* Wednesday, April 06, 2011 @7:00p
JIM HENSON & FRIENDS: INSIDE THE SESAME STREET VAULT
This super-entertaining program highlights the contributions of Jim Henson and his early SESAME STREET collaborators, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill, and Caroll Spinney. In addition to old favorites, there are some extremely rare clips from specials and guest appearances on other television programs.
* Saturday, April 02, 2011 @3:00p
SING! THE MUSIC OF SESAME STREET
A joyous, sometimes hilarious and poignant salute to forty years of SESAME STREET music, featuring the original show classics, parodies, and special visits from some of the music industry’s biggest names.
* Sunday, April 03, 2011 @7:00p
THE MUPPET MOVIE SING-ALONG
This simply irresistible first feature from the Muppets has Kermit the frog going from the swamps to Hollywood to be a star. As he travels and picks up his usual friends, Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) is in pursuit, looking for Kermit to be the spokesman for his frog-leg cuisine. A loose rendition of THE WIZARD OF OZ, the film incorporates the same cagey humor as their breakout syndicated TV series The Muppet Show.
* Thursday, April 07, 2011 @7:00p
* Thursday, April 14, 2011 @7:00p
SESAME STREET AT 40: MILESTONES ON THE STREET
This “best-of” compilation features dozens of classic moments in the forty-year history of the show, including excerpts from the first episode, celebrity guests, and some of the best bits from Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Snuffy, and the rest of the gang.
* Saturday, April 09, 2011 @3:00p
MUPPET FAIRYTALES: THE FROG PRINCE & THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER
A program of two classic Muppet fairy tales! In THE FROG PRINCE (Henson, 1971), the Muppets explore the age-old question: What happens when you kiss a frog? No one can better tell that classic fairytale than Kermit and his friends. In THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER (Grossman, 1994), a wacky dilemma pops up: What if the elves that come to the aid of the shoemaker are actually Elvises?
* Sunday, April 10, 2011 @3:00p
Zzang!!!: THE DARK CRYSTAL
In an unnamed land, a pair of young, elf-like Gelflings must battle the evil Skeksis to bring their world back to the power it once held. Though this may sound like fantasy silliness, the sheer power and ingenuity of THE DARK CRYSTAL is unmatched. It’s a pure-hearted, imagination-powered journey into unexplored ideas, with the most memorable characters this side of another dimension. From the graceful Land-Striders to the looming crab-like Garthim to that wily, one-eyed heroic priestess Aulghra, the colorful creatures create an entirely unique experience at the movies.
* Sunday, April 27, 2011 @7:00p
The Dark Crystal is already coming to the Loft, so getting the rest of these programs can't be too much of a stretch, right? What do you say, keepers of the Loft?