In the movie, THE MUPPETS Walter tells Kermit that The Muppets give people the third greatest gift of all, laughter. The comedy of The Muppets is classical comedy. By that, I mean it’s a comedy that works on several different levels and is full of wit and is in the tradition of vaudeville, radio, and the golden days of tv. There isn’t much comedy like the comedy The Muppets do anymore and that’s a shame.
FROGS ARE FUNNY! is marketed as being a joke book, but it’s not a typical joke book. Instead, it’s a collection of jokes from episodes of THE MUPPET SHOW and some of the Muppet movies. Instead of quotes and citations, there are pictures of the characters involved with the joke or prank next to their joke. For example, on one page is a picture of Kermit with the quote, “A tap-dancing chicken act? Gonzo, I’ve never heard of anything as ridiculous as a dancing chicken,” and on the next page is a picture of Gonzo saying in reply, “How about a talking frog?”
The end of the book has an index that tells where each of the quotes comes from as well as Muppetational Book Fact that tells the number of jokes in the book told by each Muppet. Fozzy gets the most jokes with 35.
The only major negative thing about the book is that the sources for the material are limited to the first three seasons of THE MUPPET SHOW and the Disney distributed Muppet films. The reason for this is that seasons four & five of THE MUPPET SHOW have yet to be released on DVD and THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN and MUPPETS FROM SPACE are Muppet films not completely owned by Disney.
FORGS ARE FUNNY! makes a nice little gift book for any Muppet fan. It’ll bring back memories for older Muppet fans and perhaps introduce younger or newer Muppet fans to come of the classic and witty humor of The Muppets.
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