Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie Writing Music For ‘Muppets’
The Muppet Movie is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated movies since the last movie featuring the lovable felt scamps, and now it’s even better.
According to The Playlist, Bret McKenzie – a member of New Zealand’s 4th most popular folk parody duo – will be acting as music supervisor for the film as well as penning some songs for it.
This is a fantastic marriage. McKenzie has the sort of childlike wonder and ridiculous instrumental prowess that could churn out some truly great songs to be sung by hands inside artistically shaped cloth. Hopefully he’ll suggest a massive ensemble of Mahna Mahna.
Bret McKenzie is working with Jason Segel on songs for The Muppets Movie, and with his Flight of the Concords director James Bobin directing the Muppet film, don’t be surprised to see him end up in the film.
...Perhaps more significant is the other music-related news. A few weeks back, EW premiered an alternative version of their first look at the film, seen above, which featured Segel & Stoller among the felt-lined cast, along with director James Bobin and, curiously, “Flight of the Conchords” star Bret McKenzie. Bobin broke through as a director of that HBO comedy, so it would make sense for McKenzie to crop up in some way in the film, but his presence in the picture suggests it would be as more than just a cameo.
And indeed, New Zealand site Stuff confirmed with McKenzie that the comedian, who unlike Conchords co-star Jemaine Clement, who’s currently playing the villain in “Men in Black 3,” hadn’t yet taken a Hollywood role, is acting as music supervisor on “The Muppet Movie,” and has written several songs for the film. McKenzie tells the site, “It was really unexpected. We were in the studio recording Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. It was a very surreal experience.”
Segel was said to have also written a number of songs for the film, so between him and McKenzie, they’ve got two of the best comic songwriters in the business to date, which can only bode well for the film. Indeed, Stoller, Segel and Bobin seem to have been making all the right moves to date, preserving the anarchic comic spirit of the original “Muppet Movie,” with a diverse collection of co-stars, and not being afraid to make the film a full-blown musical.
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