An episode of The Muppets Mayhem showed that Jim Henson’s beloved creations share continuity with Peter Jackson’s dark parody Meet the Feebles.
In Mayhem‘s seventh episode, “Eight Days a Week,” A&R executive Nora takes inspiration from The Beatles: Get Back and hires a film crew led by Kevin Smith to record the Electric Mayhem’s process as they work on their debut album. In the episode’s final moments, Get Back director Sir Peter Jackson arrives at the band’s pad to film his own documentary. Floyd mentions the band hasn’t seen Jackson since “that night in Wellington when we met the Feebles.” Jackson laments that since then, two of the Feebles have gone into witness protection and the rest are in prison.
Directed and co-written by Jackson and released in 1989, Meet the Feebles was an adult-aimed spoof of The Muppets following a troupe of puppet performers who in their offstage lives indulged in sex, violence and drug addiction. Muppets Mayhem co-creator Adam F. Goldberg commented on the reference, saying, “We filled Muppets Mayhem with easter eggs that only the cool kids would appreciate. My favorite by far is that our show officially establishes that The Muppets exist in the same universe as The Feebles!!! Peter Jackson was utterly delighted. Still shocked Disney let us do it…” When a fan asked if anyone on Disney’s board had seen Meet the Feebles, Goldberg answered, “It is my belief NO. No way. Never wouldve happened otherwise.”
The Muppets Mayhem Is Streaming on Disney+
The Muppets Mayhem follows the misadventures of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, the longtime house band for The Muppet Show, as they attempt to record their first-ever album after decades of touring. The series stars Lilly Singh, Tahj Mowry, Saara Chaudry, and puppeteers Bill Barretta (who also co-created the series), Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Peter Linz, David Rudman, and Matt Vogel. The series has received praise for its sense of humor, showbiz satire, and maintaining the spirit and joy that made The Muppet Show an institution. A soundtrack from the show, featuring original songs by Linda Perry and performed by the Electric Mayhem, is currently available.
The Muppets Mayhem comes on the heels of other projects starring the beloved characters, including the streaming shorts Muppets Now and the Halloween special Muppets Haunted Mansion. While it’s unknown what other plans Disney has for the franchise, multiple stars have expressed interest in working with the Muppets, including Nicolas Cage and Rian Johnson, who jokingly suggested a crossover featuring Benoit Blanc of the Knives Out series. Additionally, Miss Piggy has pitched herself to star in a Pride and Prejudice adaptation opposite Ted Lasso‘s Brett Goldstein.
Season 1 of The Muppets Mayhem is now streaming on Disney+.
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