The Muppets (soundtrack)

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The Muppets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released November 22, 2011
Recorded 2011
Ocean Way Studios
Genre Rock, pop
Length 40:05
Label Walt Disney
Producer Kaylin Frank, Mitchell Leib
The Muppets chronology
Muppets: The Green Album
(2011)
The Muppets: Original Soundtrack
(2011)
Muppets Most Wanted: Original Soundtrack
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Muppets: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack is a soundtrack album released by Walt Disney Records on November 22, 2011 for the musical comedy film The Muppets. The soundtrack features five original songs, four re-recordings and remasterings of popular Muppet songs ("The Muppet Show Theme", "Rainbow Connection", and "Mah Nà Mah Nà"), two cover versions of existing songs (Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), two standalone songs (Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and Starship's "We Built This City"), and fifteen dialogue tracks.[3] It also features the song "Man or Muppet", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The soundtrack was also nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 55th Grammy Awards.

Songs not included in the album, but featured in the film include Gary Numan's "Cars", AC/DC's "Back in Black", George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone", Jeff Moss' "Together Again" (from The Muppets Take Manhattan) and Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes' "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".

A Spanish version of the soundtrack was released as Los Muppets: Banda Sonora Original de Walt Disney Records on December 6, 2011.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist(s) Length
1. "The Muppet Show Theme" (featuring Joanna Newsom) Sam Pottle, Jim Henson The Muppets 0:51
2. "Muppet Studios, I Can't Believe It"   Dialogue Walter 0:04
3. "Life's a Happy Song" (featuring Feist and Mickey Rooney) Bret McKenzie Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter 4:29
4. "I Haven't Seen the Old Gang"   Dialogue Kermit the Frog and Jason Segel 0:20
5. "Pictures in My Head" (produced by Bret McKenzie) Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis, Chen Neeman Kermit the Frog and the Muppets 2:36
6. "We Drive"   Dialogue Kermit the Frog and Walter 0:11
7. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"   Paul Simon Simon 2:42
8. "That Spells Reno"   Dialogue '80s Robot and Amy Adams 0:18
9. "Rainbow Connection (Moopets Version)"   Paul Williams, Kenneth Ascher Fozzie Bear and the Moopets 1:02
10. "Welcome Back"   Dialogue Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Walter, and Dr. Teeth 0:20
11. "We Built This City"   Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, Peter Wolf Starship 4:54
12. "Party of One"   Dialogue Sarah Silverman and Amy Adams 0:09
13. "Me Party"   McKenzie, Paul Roemen Amy Adams and Miss Piggy 1:53
14. "We Humbly Ask"   Dialogue Kermit the Frog and Chris Cooper 0:09
15. "Let's Talk About Me" (featuring Nathan Pacheco) Ali Dee Theodore, McKenzie Chris Cooper 2:33
16. "The Answer is No"   Dialogue Chris Cooper and Kermit the Frog 0:06
17. "Are You a Man or a Muppet?"   Dialogue Amy Adams 0:08
18. "Man or Muppet"   McKenzie Jason Segel and Walter with Muppet Gary and Jim Parsons 2:58
19. "Down at the Ole Barbershop"   Dialogue Kermit the Frog 0:07
20. "Smells Like Teen Spirit"   Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic The Muppets Barbershop Quartet (Beaker, Link Hogthrob, Rowlf the Dog, Sam Eagle) 2:23
21. "Princesses of Poultry"   Dialogue Kermit the Frog 0:06
22. "Forget You"   Christopher "Brody" Brown, Peter Hernandez, Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine Camilla and the Chickens 2:29
23. "It's Time for Our Song"   Dialogue Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy 0:04
24. "Rainbow Connection"   Williams, Ascher Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the Muppets 3:09
25. "Get Out There and Help Those Guys"   Dialogue Jason Segel 0:06
26. "The Whistling Caruso"   Andrew Bird Walter 1:15
27. "How Charming, a Finale"   Dialogue Uncle Deadly 0:06
28. "Life's a Happy Song (Finale)"   McKenzie The Muppets, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper 2:23
29. "Mary, Marry Me"   Dialogue Jason Segel and Amy Adams 0:09
30. "Mahna Mahna"   Piero Umiliani, George Shearing, George David Weiss Mahna Mahna and the Snowths 2:05
iTunes bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Artist(s) Length
31. "Rainbow Connection[5]"   Paul Williams, Kenneth Ascher Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire) 3:06

Additionally, the UK Version of the soundtrack includes the Olly Murs duet with The Muppets of "Dance with Me Tonight", a studio version of that which was originally on The X Factor.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[6] 57
U.S. Billboard Soundtracks[7] 4
U.S. Billboard Top 200[7] 38
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[7] 11

The Muppets: Original Score[edit]

An album containing Christophe Beck's scores for The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted was released by Intrada Records on April 28, 2014. The track listing below represents the section for The Muppets (tracks 25-47).

  1. To Hollywood
  2. Maniacal Laugh
  3. The Search for the Frog
  4. Moral Support
  5. Getting Gonzo
  6. Rebuffed
  7. Traveling by Map
  8. Man of Muppets
  9. Muppet Man
  10. The Muppet Party
  11. Got the Show
  12. Theatre in Ruins
  13. Pig vs. Poog
  14. Under the Stars
  15. Breakneck Driving
  16. Jack Black Attack
  17. The Telethon Takeoff
  18. Tex Reciprocates
  19. The First Call
  20. Scooter Takeover
  21. Photo Reunion
  22. The Last Act
  23. We Fail Together

Personnel[edit]

Muppet performers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Truitt, Warren. "New Muppet Movie Soundtrack Not as Great as the Movie". Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Cherrie, Chrysta. The Muppets (soundtrack) at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (10 October 2011). "'Muppets' Movie Soundtrack Features Feist, Flight of the Conchords, Andrew Bird". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Muppets' Movie Soundtrack Goes Spanish". Hispanic Business. December 1, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ iTunes - The Muppets Soundtrack
  6. ^ [1] ARIA Report 1143. Retrieved 2012-03-24
  7. ^ a b c [2] Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-12