The Muppets

March 3, 2014

[SOM #63]

This podcast is several things at once. First and foremost it's a review of the 2011 film; The Muppets. Although I have to be honest and say that what I tend to do on Gonzo goes somewhat beyond the term 'review'. The search is now on for a word to accurately describe just what that is. 

Secondly it's a look back on Muppet history, The Muppet show and their precious six theatrical movies. Third it's a musical journey closer to one of the Sound of Gonzo episodes. I found during the edit that the songs were so intrinsically linked with the tone and performance that to render them faithfully was the only way to match the emotional flow of the film. I thoroughly recommend buying the soundtrack, it's been on repeat in our house since I picked mine up.

Joining me in this appreciation of crazy, lovable geek puppetry is Mr Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits, who brings his enthusiasm, incisive observation and big, soft heart along to make this a great back and forth show, which is rare since I have so many guests on normally it's a constant grapple for the talking stick.

This episode, as with nearly all Gonzo podcasts contains major spoilers so you're strongly advised to watch the film first. 

Gonzo the Great will ride this baby again!

Next episode will be Deadwood: Season 1. This may be the best adult television I have ever watched so I urge you all to buy the whole three-series set. It's filled with crude language, intricate power-play storylines and truly fascinating multi-layered characters. 

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A Christmas Carol / Muppet Christmas Carol

January 23, 2014

[SOM #23]

This is an extensive Gonzo review of two versions of the same classic tale by Charles Dickens:

1. A Christmas Carol [Disney, 2009]

2. The Muppets Christmas Carol [Disney, 1993]

Myself, Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0 and Matt Ramsey of DorkTunes take you back to the winter-swept streets of London in 1843 as we take a close look at the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation from mean-spirited miser to warm-hearted philanthropist literally overnight.

And all it took was a life-changing series of ghostly visitations upon one very long Christmas Eve.

Fantastic music from composers Miles Goodman, Paul Williams and Alan Silvestri punctuate this review, along with some choice snippets of dialogue and of course those singing Muppets.

Digital Gonzo is going off the air for a few weeks as I am moving house and waiting for the phone lines to be set back up. Next week the Digital Cowboys Community Cast will be making a welcome comeback with its fourth instalment.

May every one of you have a Merry Christmas. I’ll be back in the new year.

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