Best Interview of the Year… Period (The Muppets)

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Pure awesomeness...

Pure awesomeness...

Searching around the World Wide Web you find several videos and pictures that spark interest but very few are as awesome and heart warming as this; a kid interviewing The Muppets.

Drew McWeeny (messed up name), a contributor for Aintitcool and HitFlix, recently asked his son Toshi to interview Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, and what transpired was pure media magic. Below is McWeeny’s tale of the event and the interview itself.

I told him that he needed to write his questions down, and that he needed to practice reading them in front of the mirror to get comfortable.  He took the assignment seriously, too, and he came up with seven questions to ask them.  I told him to be prepared to only ask three or four depending on time, and he made sure that he had his favorite ones up front so he’d get them in before time ran out.

The morning began with me interviewing Kirsten Dunst for “Melancholia,” and then we caught the elevator up to the floor that Disney had taken over for the day.  Our first chat was with Amy Adams, and the boys were both speechless, since they’re big fans of “Enchanted” and “Night At The Museum 2” as well as “The Muppets” now, and they really enjoyed meeting her.

In the next room, though, it was finally time for the big event, and I made sure Toshi knew before-hand that if he didn’t feel comfortable doing it, i would step in.  He told me that he was ready, though, and when we walked into the room, we saw Muppet performers Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson seated on the floor, in front of director’s chairs.  Allen insisted on being in my arms, and I could tell he was trying to make sense of what he was seeing.  Toshi rolled with it, though, saying hello to both of them as one of the crew guys lifted him into the interviewer’s chair.  They got a quick sound level and then…

… well, as I had hoped, it was magic.  There’s nothing like watching the Muppets talk to kids.  When you look at the old “Sesame Street” episodes, kids simply buy into the reality of these characters when they’re talking to them, and Toshi managed to swallow his very visible nervousness and ask them a few very good questions.  That applause you hear at the very end of the piece is, to say the least, uncommon in those rooms, and it was so sweet to see the way the junket crew went out of their way to make him comfortable and to let him know he’d done a good job.

As soon as we stepped into the hall and the door closed behind us, Allen let out a loud and plaintive, “Daddy, THEY AREN’T REAL!”  I explained that the guys he saw were just helping The Muppets, and he thought about it for a moment, then nodded.  “Okay.  Good.”  That’s all the explanation he needed to accept the evidence of his eyes.  After all, even though I was in the room and saw Whitmire and Jacobson at work, when I watch this video, it is very clear that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are alive and well.

One of the last things we did before we left the Beverly Hilton was take a picture with Kermit and Piggy, and I hope the boys treasure it as much I’m sure I will in the future.  It really was a dream of a day.

Pretty amazing if you ask me. It’s great to see that children still appreciate the creations of the great Jim Henson. Check out the amazing interview below.

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Scott St. John

About Scott St. John

I have worked in the media for over 30 years as a Producer,director, cameraman,photographer and in publicity. I have worked for the four major television networks and for over 20 different cable networks. From American Idol to the Today Show to HBO Documentaries to the Academy Awards, I have been fortunate to work at the highest professional level in television. As a photographer, my work has been published or seen online in magazines such as Maxim, Stuff, Us weekly, InTouch,Gotham, Shock, OK magazine and more. My work has taken me to the four corners of the world from Africa to South America to Europe to Japan. It's been a great run and I am happy to be on board with the News Burner team.
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