Muppets: The Green Album

Common Sense Media says

Cool, modern remakes of classic, clean Muppet tunes.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Tons of positive messages about friendship, love, strong self-esteem, and more.

Positive role models

Advocates accepting others for who they are and sharing what you have with those you love.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Tied into an extensive line of Muppets products and promotions.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Muppets: The Green Album features hip rock bands like Weezer and My Morning Jacket who typically make music for adults, all of the bands sing these classic Muppet songs verbatim, so there are no iffy lyrics. The result is an album full of fun, inspirational tunes with a modern rock sound -- a great choice for kids and adults alike.  

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

On this wholesome but cool album, contemporary rockers like My Morning Jacket, OK Go, Alkaline Trio, and The Airborne Toxic Event put a new spin on timeless Muppet tunes, including "Rainbow Connection," "Bein' Green," and "Wishing Song." The end result is a collection of squeaky-clean, hip tunes that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Is it any good?

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It's hard to say which are the truly standout songs among the many excellent tracks on this record. The light, lovely quality of Andrew Bird's "Bein' Green," the eclectic rendition of the "Muppet Show Theme Song" by OK Go, and the hilarious take on "Mahna Mahna" by The Fray are just a few of the tracks that families will find themselves listening to over and over. This is an excellent album for kids (and parents) of all ages to share and enjoy together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between the classic versions of these songs by Kermit the Frog and other Muppets and the new versions on this album. Which do you like better?

  • Does hearing a classic track sung by someone else change how you feel about the song? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:August 23, 2011
Type:Album
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byaevachan September 4, 2011
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Pure joy.

I have been a huge fan of the Muppets since my own childhood, dutifully collecting their DVD's, merchandise, and hungrily reading any Henson biography I came across. That being said, I was very pleased with "The Green Album"; I felt that all of the songs were true to the originals, yet still modern and fun.

I played this o a road trip with my kids - ages 2 and 5 - this weekend, and they loved it! My daughter, who is older, had seen all of the Muppet movies, so she was familiar with some of the tunes ["Mahna Mahna" is actually my ring tone!]. The lyrics always my her smile, while the peppiness of the melody kept my son clapping in his carseat.

"Moving Right Along" was probably our favorite track. I love the wordplay - I smile just as much as my daughter listening to this song! But every track gives you something to think about. One of the things I admire most about Henson is his positive view of the world, and the sense of innocence that all of his characters - even the villains - held. I find his work inspirational in this sense, that there is no cynicism, no greed, no cruel irony to the characters he wrote. That stayed true in "The Green Album".

I'd recommend this to any family - mom and dad will enjoy it as much as the kids! And at the end, everyone has something positive to think about.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byEricCarrRulez April 28, 2012
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 2, 2012
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muppets green album

Families can talk about the differences between the classic versions of these songs by Kermit the Frog and other Muppets and the new versions on this album. Which do you like better?

Does hearing a classic track sung by someone else change how you feel about the song? Why or why not?

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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