Last Friday, Ken Smith, general manager of electronic publishing services at Logos and author of a number of blog posts, conceived of an idea for a new Muppets movie: The Muppets inMiddle-Earth. That’s right, a muppet cast for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings!
During the lunch hour, Ken sent an office wide email that began:
“I got to thinking about which Muppet characters I would cast into which LOTR roles and decided it would be a fun little diversion to share with anyone who wanted to give their opinion.”
When somebody throws down the gauntlet like that, what can you do but rise to the challenge?
A number of people did so, resultingin the following consensus cast list for The Muppets in Middle-Earth (with comments from Ken Smith). Feel free to leave your own nominations, cheers or jeers in the comments section!
Frodo: Kermit Sam: Fozzie Bear Gandalf: Big Bird Aragorn: Kermit (There was no clear second choice) Legolas: Gonzo Gimli: Tie between Rizzo the Rat and Cookie Monster Merry/Pippin: Ernie/Bert Gollum: Tie between Oscar the Grouch and Animal Galadriel: Janice Arwen: Miss Piggy Elrond: Tie between Dr. Teeth and Sam the Eagle (Sam definitely has Elrond’s permanent scowl) Saruman: Tie between Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Count von Count Eowyn: Miss Piggy (dual-role? I think she could handle it.) Wormtongue: Rizzo the Rat Orcs: Animal, Sweetums Black Riders: Count von Count, Statler & Waldorf
No consensus (see below):Bilbo, Boromir, Faramir, Theoden, Eomer
Not on the original list: Treebeard: Big Bird Cave Troll: Sweetums
Here are other nominations, with comments from those who submitted them:
Frodo: Grover, Fozzie Bear
Sam: Scooter, Elmo, Grover
Gandalf: Sam the Eagle, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Swedish ChefRowlf (with a dorky hat)John Denver (if he were still alive–maybe some CGI magic?)
Aragorn: Floyd, Big Bird, RowlfGrover (with possible appearance by Super Grover)Here I would cast a live-action actor, say, Christopher Walken
Legolas: Janice, Grover, Elmo, Floyd
Gimli: Sweetums (muh-nah-muh-nah), Fozzie Bear, Gonzo
Merry/Pippen: Gonzo/Rizzo the Rat, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew/Beaker
Galadriel: Miss Piggy, Camilla the Chicken
Arwen: Sam the Eagle in a wig
Elrond: Elmo, Grover, Big Bird
Bilbo: Swedish Chef, Gonzo, Cookie Monster, Telly, FloydStatler… or Waldorf (they could switch off, like Mary Kate and Ashley did)
Boromir: Statler, Cookie Monster, Zoot, Scooter, Bert
Faramir: Waldorf, Rowlf, Grover, Ernie
Theoden: Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Rowlf
Eomer: Rowlf, Elmo, Robin the frog, Gobo (Fraggle Rock)
Eowyn: Janice, Camilla the Chicken, Mokey (Fraggle Rock)
Wormtongue: Beaker, Waldorf, Oscar the Grouch, Marvin Suggs
Orcs: Oscar the Grouch, Clifford, Bobo, Floyd, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the PrawnOne Million Swedish Chefs (Just picture it…)
Black Riders: Sam the Eagle, Zoot, The Fragglesthe purple siamese twin monsters from Sesame StreetGonzo (fell beasts, chickens, same difference)
Other fun comments:
Aside from the hobbits listed above, all the other hobbits would have to be those aliens from Sesame Street that just walked around saying “yip-yip-yip-yip yuuuuuup“.
I know that having the Swedish Chef as Gandalf is bizarre, but just think how funny it would be to hear him shouting out lines like “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!“
At the end, we find out that that … Sauron … is … really …