The Secret History of the Muppets

When you take a step back and really consider the legacy of the Muppets, it’s absurd. Yet somehow, Jim Henson and his creative collaborators have invented a world where the idea of puppets sounds mundane, but the idea of Muppets — with a capital “M” — is hysterical and touching and crazy and educational and at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

They’ve survived decades of pop culture comings-and-goings in a society that loves to ironically tear down any artistic contribution older than five years. And today, on the precipice of their eighth theatrical release, the Academy Award-winning Muppets are poised to star alongside Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Zach Galifianakis, Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and a slew of other hyper-topical celebrities in what’s sure to be another profitable film. But, the question remains: “…how the hell?”

And the answer, obviously, begins with Willard Scott.

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