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Muppet Movie Soundtrack

Updated on March 2, 2012

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The Muppets: Original Soundtrack

For over 55 years the Jim Henson-created Muppets have been an international icon, bringing entertainment to audiences of all ages. The Muppets have also been known for their fun yet meaningful messages and of course their musical performances, such as Kermit’s Bein’ Green and Rainbow Connection. However, when The Muppets was released in the United States on the 23rd of November 23, 2011, it was the first Muppets film to get a theatrical release in twelve years. A 30 track, forty-minute soundtrack for the film was released a day earlier on November 22, 2011 on both CD and digital download, such as iTunes. One of the songs, 'Man or Muppet' won an Oscar for best Original song for writer and musical supervisor Bret McKenzie at the 2012 Academy Awards.

The 2011 Muppets movie was directed by James Bobin. As well as the Muppets, its human cast includes Jason Segel as Gary, Amy Adams as Mary and Chris Cooper as Tex Richman, the movie’s villain. Segal also wrote the film along with Nicholas Stoller and was one of the producers. Other producers included Martin Baker, David Furnish, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and John Scotti.

Music for the film has been attributed to Christophe Beck with the aforementioned Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie as the music supervisor. However, the soundtrack features music from a variety of writers and performers as well as dialogue from the movie.

In the Muppets tradition, there are countless cameos in the movie, including scenes from Alan Arkin, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Donald Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Dave Grohl, Neil Patrick Harris, Ken Jeong, John Krasinski, Mickey Rooney and Sarah Silverman. Many other cameos for the movie were filmed but eventually cut due to time constraints. Sarah Silverman’s cameo can be heard as a dialogue excerpt on the Muppet Movie Soundtrack.

The Muppets on CD

The Muppets Original Soundtrack Tracklisting

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

There is also a bonus track on the iTunes edition of the iconic Rainbow Connection, performed by Kermit the Frog and written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher

Man or Muppet

One of the pivotal songs in the Muppet movie, Man or Muppet won the 2012 Academy Award for best original song.

Fortuitously, it was only up against one other songs, 'Real in Rio' from the animated movie 'Rio', although that movie was very successful in other 2012 Oscar categories.

Man or Muppet was written by Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Concords and performed in the movie by Jason Segel and the muppet Walter. The two key characters sing about whether each is a muppet or a man, accompanied by an alternative version of themselves as a man/muppet. Walter's man equivalent is Jim Parsons (Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory).

It was the first Oscar win for any Muppet production.

View the music video or download the mp3 on the right.

Life's a Happy Song

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      Agnes 4 years ago

      Electric Mayhem! I never realized the band name brofee. That's too good. I don't know what Muppet I relate to but since we're talking Muppets/fashion, I always thought the blond chick in the band looked like Donatella Versace.