Jarrod Fairclough – As Paul Revere rode through Concord at midnight, his cries could be heard throughout the land. “THE MUPPETS ARE COMING! THE MUPPETS ARE COMING!” And the colonies awoke, and Paul was ‘revered’ (Wocka) as a hero for saving them from the impending karate chops and rubber chickens!
Or, at least, that’s approximately how it happened.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a few months after being announced, yesterday the world got to see ‘The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History’, wherein Sam Eagle leads the charge educating visitors to Walt Disney World about the Declaration of Independence, and the midnight ride of Paul Revere, with a little help from Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and a couple of chickens.
Below you can watch videos of both (the show goes for around 10 minutes each), and I want to take a moment to praise the amazing puppeteers performing these characters. It’s obvious that each one has taken the time to really rehearse their craft, because watching the videos I totally forgot that these were people lip syncing to a recorded track (contrary to some reports, that isn’t Steve, Dave and Eric under those window sills), and they got even the smallest quirks of the characters movements down pat. Bonus points to Disney for not using animatronics!
Show 1 – The Declaration of Indepedence
Show 2 – The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere