Watched the new Muppet movie last night. Is it just me or have they really “dumb” down the Muppets? It seemed more childish than usual. I remember the older movies being a tad bit more mature even in the singing and dancing. But I guess that’s what you expect when it gets acquired by Disney. The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, which I saw out of curiosity, was so kiddie and cheeky that I couldn’t watch 10 minutes of it. What happened to the more mature Muppets? The Muppets I remember had drama and love and scandal! I remember Kermit getting hit by a car (I cried when I was a kid), Gonzo courting a chicken, Miss Piggy being super violent, Kermit skinny dipping, someone actually died, more drama in Piggy’s and Kermit’s relationship, Kermit and Piggy had sex (yes they did, watch the first Muppet movie. It was right after Kermit went skinny dipping.), there was a sexist song about women (apparently you can’t live with or without them), the elderly hecklers were meaner, and the villains were more evil (murderous! Frog legs anyone?). The newer Muppets have no tragedy, no drama, no hidden sexual undertones. They have pie in the sky, happy-go-lucky, kiddie plots with laughable villains like Tex Richman (original) who randomly breaks out into a rap song (so corny) and keeps saying maniacal laugh instead of actually doing it.