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The Frog Prince: Muppet Theater

 

I am a dork. A geek. A card-carrying member of the Goofball Squad. I have no qualms about this. I don’t pretend to be a smooth, polished, non-Shakespeare quoting “normal” person. Normal is, relatively speaking, a myth. And, to quote the Aunts from Practical Magic, striving to be normal rather denotes a lack of courage. So there. The Aunts have spoken.

I’m a fan of everything from Labyrinth to Florence + the Machine. I secretly want red hair, but I don’t know if I’m brave enough to do it. Henna is tricky, and I’m slightly terrified I’ll end up on the Strawberry Shortcake end of the spectrum. (That happened to a friend of mine in high school. Then, it faded to bright orange. I may have teased her about being a traffic cone. MOVING ON…)

I have an uncanny habit of loving things that no one has heard of. For instance, the MUPPET version of the Frog Prince, which I taped off of the TV as a child. I still have it, complete with a self-made label rendered with masking tape. The tape also includes Raggedy Ann and Andy and a smattering of random cartoons, one of which is called Happy Valley.

The Muppet Frog Prince is a freakin’ wonderful movie. Cheesy, Muppet-y goodness abounds, and there is a song sung in a jumble. You see, the Princess has been cursed! She cannot say, “I want to be the queen!” No, instead, it comes out, “I want to queen the bean!” Try not to laugh at that. I DARE YOU. In my eyes, no other version of the Frog Prince will do, because once you’ve seen Kermit swimming around a pond singing, you cannot go back. It’s impossible. Nothing but Muppets will do.

However, as most people I know haven’t seen this classic (and I no longer have a VCR), I tend to get odd looks when I accidentally quote from this movie. Because I am, as previously confessed, A DORK. At one point, the Muppet King makes a joke, and his steward instructs the crowd, “Polite chuckle!” They chuckle. The King balked, offended, and the steward amends his statement, “Polite chuckle, building to riotous laughter!” At one point, he instructs the crowd, “Large cheer!” The crowd of assorted Muppet peasants oblige.

I say ‘large cheer’ a lot. I could also sing the entire song the Princess (Melora) sings to Robin (the Prince, in Frog form). I won’t. But I could.

To make a silly story short, this tale isn’t on DVD. It’s for sale on VHS, but I don’t own one anymore. I want this, damn it, on DVD:

 

Surely I can’t be the ONLY person to have seen and loved this movie. I refuse to be the Last Unicorn, as it were. So, humor me. Tell me if you’ve seen this. Tell me what obscure random thing you loved as a kid.

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  1. March 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Sorry, never seen the movie. HOWEVER, my mama in Columbus does have a VHS to DVD machine if you’d like some assistance in that department..

  2. March 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Why have I never heard of this movie? I LOVE the Muppets. The only movie I was really obsessed with was Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. I knew every single line by heart. In fact, I didn’t even need to watch it-I could have performed the entire thing myself. I love that you still quote from the Muppet Frog Prince! I’ll have to see if I can find a copy.

    • March 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

      THAT IS MY FAVORITE MOVVIIIIIIIIE. I can quote from it, too. I also used to do the chair thing that she did with her feet. Plus, JAKE RYAN! HORSES! Girl power! *grin* That comment just made me so ridiculously happy. I once came across photos of Sonora. I will see if I can find them, again.

      • March 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

        I just found her autobiography, A GIRL AND FIVE BRAVE HORSES, on Amazon!

    • March 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      For some reason, it won’t let me reply to your later comment about the autobiography, so I’ve outsmarted WP by commenting HERE. In any case, I NEED TO GET THAT BOOK. I didn’t know that even existed!!!!!

  3. anvilsandedelweiss
    March 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    : ) Muppets anything is full of awesome.

    • March 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Agreed! Muppets for All! *grin*

  4. Maria
    April 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I had the vinyl record with the photo story inside!! Listened to it over and over and over forever! Loved it! My favorite and I bought it in VHS without even a player because its the only version I can find…..I will have to burn it from some place…..

  5. Maria
    April 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I’m the same as you I love things that are discontinued and disappear! Try to find The Carol Burnett show! Or talk about old shows like Land of the Lost or Sigmund the Sea Monster….Its like I’m on another planet! I found Free to Be You and Me….

  6. Anonymous
    July 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I have been searching for The Frog Prince forever! I wish they would put it out on DVD. I had it on VHS a while back, but loaned it to a friend and never saw it again. I grew up watching that, my younger sister’s nickname came from that show (Froggy). I’m a geek, proud of it!

  7. Leigh
    November 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Sweetums lay your ugly head down upon your wretched bed! Haha..The Frog Prince was my favorite childhood movie of all time!

  8. Melanie M.
    January 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Love this movie!!! My mother and I still refer to listening to our husbands with “have a popover, froggie!” (and mentally shove a popover into whateve is being spouted at the time.) Makes harmony so much easier – just don’t ask about the smile šŸ™‚ Is it stream-able, redbox-able, downloadable??? Anywhere? I would pay for this – and Hey Cinderella! (Lamp!).

    • January 8, 2013 at 7:17 am

      I haven’t been able to find it anywhere, except on Amazon — as a tape. I no longer own a VCR, so that’s out. *pouts* I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who uses the ‘have a popover, froggie!’ in regular conversation. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

  9. Ron
    September 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Made my own DVD from the VHS, not perfect but it keeps on that way!

  10. Ms. Rosie
    October 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    My husband and I LOVE this movie. We saw it on TV when we were first married, and even bought the sound track. Being Senior Card Carrying Sentimental Geeks ourselves, we recently framed the cover and put it up with Janis Joplin, Neal Young, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. Keep a fire burning for all that muppet goodness. We mourn Jim Henson’s influence on the world.

  11. November 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I was always scared of Tant Amenella. I have the soundtrack and a taped off Nickelodeon VHS version. I agree-this needs to be on DVD

  12. June 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    The best! I am also searching desperately for this movie. My daughter who will be 32 in a few weeks asked for this as a birthday gift. The other request…The Bunny Picnic. CLASSICS!!!

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