A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Muppets Soundtrack is a super-clean, cute album filled with old Muppet tunes, new songs from The Muppets movie, and even a couple of tracks from classic artists like Simon and Garfunkel and Starship. With no graphic language or mature content whatsoever, it's a great listen for both young kids and older kids at heart.
What's the story?
THE MUPPETS SOUNDTRACK is a collection of 15 songs from the 2011 movie about the most famous puppets on the planet. The compilation includes some old-school Muppet songs like "The Muppet Show Theme" and "Rainbow Connection," new songs just for the movie (most courtesy of Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie) with titles like "Life's a Happy Song" and "Me Party," and a couple more classics from Simon and Garfunkel ("Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard") and Starship ("We Built This City"). Old or new, all of these songs have one thing in common: they're squeaky-clean and super-fun.
Is it any good?
No matter what your age, you can't help but smile at the especially cute songs on this album. Jason Segel's dual talent as a comedian and musician shine through in tracks such as "Man or Muppet," and other stars of the film like Chris Cooper, Amy Adams, and (of course) Miss Piggy give equally endearing performances on tunes including "Let's Talk About Me" and "Me Party." The creativity is particularly strong in the all-chicken squawk cover of Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You" and (edited) cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by The Muppet Barbershop Quartet.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the new Muppets movie and soundtrack compare to older Muppet movies, TV shows, and music. Are the messages in older songs like "Rainbow Connection" still relevant?
Do the songs from the movie do a good job of relating the many positive messages included in it? Why were these particular songs included?