It’s been way too long. But after twelve very long years, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog are triumphantly returning to the big screen (and since I’ve already seen the movie, I can use the word “triumphantly ” with confidence). And these Muppets? They’ve been missed.
During their big promotional tour pimping Muppet pride here, there and everywhere, we got the chance, nay, privilege to meet and interview the dynamic duo for The Muppets (opening on November 23rd).
Now you might wonder, how does one interview a puppet? Well, it’s easy. Especially when a pair of talented, witty and wonderful puppeteers are accompanying are attached. An interesting thing happens when you meet and speak with a Muppet. After a couple of minutes the puppeteer fades away and you feel as though you are speaking directly to Miss Piggy or Kermie. It’s pretty damn magical.
Miss Piggy looked fabulous, she is a style icon of course, even if she happens to be pig, a puppet and an inanimate object. And in her return to the big screen in The Muppets, she does not disappoint.
When we are reunited with Miss Piggy in The Muppets, she is in her gorgeous office at French Vogue (where she is working as the plus sized editor) and she – of course – amps up the glamour, a feat she continues to pull off throughout the whole show. Like really pull off. Not only did Zac Posen specially design a gown for her for the film, but Christian Louboutin, yes the one and only Christian Louboutin, made a pair of custom heels for her. When we spoke to the costume designer for The Muppets, she told the story about how they took off one of Miss Piggy’s feet and sent it to Paris to ensure the sizing and fit would be correct.
When asked about how it feels to wear all those fancy designer clothes, Miss Piggy replied that, “Those are real and it’s wonderful, it’s fabulous. I love to do free clothes from fashion designers.” She added that, “it’s all about showing up and making appearances and you’re seen out with the fashion designers, you wear the clothes. You’re kind of like a walking billboard.” But her favorite designer? She was coy on that topic saying, “Oh, I don’t want to answer that. Uh, but when people ask me who I’m wearing I normally say. It’s Kermit’s. Yes, he’s the one I love to wear the most.”
Whereas Kermit, he doesn’t have the same experience with fashion saying, “I’m sort of like a walking, naked guy.”
A green naked guy. When asked if it’s easier being green these days, Kermit replied, “I think so. It’s taken on all these new meanings. When I said that originally, when I sang that song it was about being accepted in the world and these days it’s a lot more about the environment I think, you know. People are kind of taking it to mean that. But, uh, I think it’s just about being comfortable in your own skin.”
Miss Piggy was impressed with his answer saying, “I love that so much. When you sing that. It makes me a tear up a little bit because I know it must have been hard for you being accepted in the world as a frog.”
And love, love was in the air for the two, but when questioned about a big rock Miss Piggy wore on her finger, she replied it wasn’t a wedding ring with Kermit interjecting that, “it just means she’s been eating more cracker jacks.” Miss Piggy replied, “I’ve been wearing this for a long time. This is more wishful thinking, ” adding , “one day I’ll replace this with the real deal.”
Well, we can’t wait. They may just be puppets but we can’t wait to see their wedding. Hmm, maybe that could be the plot of the next Muppets movie!
Image: Walt Disney Company