How about the one time when the Muppet Show Muppets and the Sesame Street Muppets and the Fraggle Rock Muppets all appeared together? And it was funny and it was magical and heartbreaking and perfect and it was Christmas and it was when Jim Henson was still alive and everyone could still be together?
I AM ALSO GOING TO BE WATCHING THIS MOVIE IN A WEEK.
"Yeah, life would just pass in a blur if it weren’t for times like this."
Every fan of The Chris Gethard Show must listen to Griffin Newman and Riley Soloner’s amazing new podcast about the show (everyone else, do not listen). At one point Griff and Geth start comparing characters to X-Men and did, I thought, a stupendous job. I HAVE MORE IDEAS. I’m gonna put a read more break here because holy shit is this inside baseball.
But instead I’m posting this 9-minute clip from the 1978 TV special Christmas Eve On Sesame Street. Bert & Ernie’s storyline in this special is their version of “Gift Of The Magi” and this clip edits all their segments into one piece.
WARNING: this will DEVASTATE you.
Henson and Oz and Mr. Hooper (Will Lee, who would pass away just a few short years later) are perfect— they don’t overplay a single moment. It’s high stakes, genuine emotion, and if it doesn’t get you at least a little bit choked up, I don’t know what to tell you. This is a Master Class in why Henson and Oz made the Muppets more than just a bunch of puppets on a kids show.
It ends with the song, but watch the whole thing. It’s worth it.
This story arc even has an extra layer of amazing storytelling and character-building to it not shown in this edited together version, as while he’s headed to Bert and Ernie’s apartment to deliver his gifts, it’s revealed that Mr. Hooper is Jewish. The guy saves Christmas and he doesn’t even celebrate it himself. What a mensch.
The second you dismiss the notion that love and happiness are required to live, it will be easier to go on without them. The second you stop putting energy into acquiring those things, the sooner it they will come to you naturally.
It’s hard to dismiss a notion you’ve been dedicated to for like fifteen years, even if it’s been almost entirely unproductive and soul-shattering thus far.