Between the Lines - The Muppets

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  • trlkly
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    Was this supposed to not have any intro?
  • pharmmajor
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    Good analysis, Kyle. I think if you looked at the comic strip "Pearls Before Swine", you'd find similar aspects to those present in Brecht's work (breaking the 4th wall, trying to enlighten/educate while mocking authority, ect.)
  • Aural Aurum
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    You like Pearls Before Swine, pharmmajor? I never would have guessed &_&
  • Medication102
    Wow...advertising at the end of this "video?" Very cheap...
  • Brownie_the_3rd
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    this is one of his older videos which he did before he joined tgwtg, which is why he gave those sites a plug
  • Oancitizen
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    I've reuploaded a new version without the ad.

    I used to be a part of the site advertized at the end of the video, and back when we were starting up we had to put these promos at the ends of our episodes. I simply forgot to remove the promo when I had this video uploaded to TGWTG.

    So... fixed!
  • Gweskoyen
    I wonder why people put unnecessary quotation marks on words. This is clearly a video, so their usefulness eludes me here.
  • Moon Spirit
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    I wonder how long it takes for Oancitizen to do these analyses.
  • crayzsnail
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    Great video but i already watched it on blip. Here's hoping for a new BHH next week.
  • tomspug  - Theater History!
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    Wow, I was a Theater Major, and I never thought I'd hear anyone ever mention Brecht outside of college! I like that you explored this subject, although I don't agree with a direct 1-to-1 comparison of the two figures as though they are interchangeable. While there is definitely intelligent content in the Muppets, as they have always been written to appeal to a live audience, if you look at the whole of their work, it is clear that the two artists' ultimate intents were far different.

    I suppose you are comparing more of the presentation and theatrical formats more than anything else. The video is simply too short and should have developed its ideas more. That being said, it's great to see content like this on Channel Awesome! More please!
  • Lasius
    We had to read several of his works in school and I visited his house in Buckow and his grave. My favourite is still "Fear and Misery of the Third Reich" though. A great read.

    Also I don't get why most people pronounce his name wrong when the sound even exists in the English language. The ch in "Brecht" is pronounced like the h in huge or hue.
  • EpicFish
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    Great video Kyle, although I was expecting it to be a little longer and some mention of the Muppets movie. Perhaps you'll do another review video of The Muppets. I'd really like to hear your opinion on it!
  • Relaxo
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    Cool, learned a little something from this'un.

    Neat Tom Waits choice too, homie!
  • brick mooncode
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    Pretty inspired. Usually the contributions of the Muppets are credited as puppetry, but this could very well be too small a box to contain them.
  • Shanethewolf
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    Yawn! I feel like I just sat through a history class.
  • dennett316
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    That's kind of the point of this mini series, you saying it wasn't interesting?
  • HeadHunter Trent
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    I'm not very familiar with classic theater although the subject does interest me. I had no idea the God of Puppetry Jim Henson had such influences but now I can completely see the relation.
    Great video man.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Never liked Sesame Street as a kid, but I SILL love The Muppet Show.

    I loves me some Vincent Price.
  • BooRat
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    very funny!

    what's ya'll's fave muppet?
  • Guild Navigator
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    A short but interesting piece. Several directors of the French Nouvelle Vague tried to incorporate this fouth wall-knocking technique to cinema. But Defamiliarization is something that only works properly with the actors gathered on stage.
  • LimeGreenSquid
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    Please don't tell me Oancitizen is going to be leaving this site for Reviewtopia...
  • Heckfire
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    Vice-versa, actually...he used to have all his videos posted there, but after joining Channel Awesome he took them all down and is slowly re-posting them here.
  • JetstreamGW
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    What Heck said. Other way around.
  • Shinigami
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    I have never realised that for something that seems so simple The Muppets is actually rather deep.
  • Trencher
    Muppet show is not a stage play its a show, more like burlesqe and vaudville.
  • Creature SH
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    An intriguing observation. I'm not sure if it was entirely intentional on Henson's part, but the idea is fascinating.
  • Mr.Anderssson
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    Oh wait... I remember this. You tried comparing Last Action Hero to Hamlet, but that was all a troll, right?
  • Oancitizen
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    More or less. This series is setting up fake but real-sounding theories behind various media. It's plausible, but a bit of bullshit.

    The reason I haven't done more of these episodes is because I started running out of ideas!
  • aunt_zelda
    We were just talking about Brecht in class! Wow ...

    I'll have to share this with some of my friends at college, they're gonna love it.
  • David2
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    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for doing a review of the release of a major motion picture that DID NOT require fifty-five minutes of on-the-spot ad-libbing and rambling due to a lack of sleep.
  • dennett316
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    This video was made before the recent movie came out, it's one of his older vids and nothing to do with the film in the slightest. Did you even watch the video before posting your snidey aside?
  • DragonDandelion
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    This was funny and yet true...

    I LOVE the Muppets. ^^
  • Orpheus of the Darkness
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    And we have to add that on the same fashion The Muppets' concept borrows some ideas from other performances, new generations subsequently made similar potrayals homaging both Jim Henson's creation and Brecht's. One way or the other and even without these references you as a fan can't deny or underapreciate how clever these puppets are even nowadays.
  • Wackd
    Any chance of rerecording this one? The audio pops.
  • lostshangrila
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    I actually had virtually this same discussion with some friends about three years ago. It was Muppets in relation to Beckett, Theatre of the Absurd, and Lacan as cyphered through Baudrillard. It all stemmed from this one video:

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ksL_7WrhWOc
  • Clinton
    Loved the use of Tom Waits in the video. His music does give me a bit of Brechtian feeling.
  • voxa.m.
    I clicked on the link expecting a Brows Held High criticism of "The Muppets" the movie (and having no idea why you would do that or how it would work out). This was better.
  • Mr. Fusion
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    this was awesome, very informal
  • Shadowdancer21b
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    The sound quality of this one is wretched mate.
  • roomagic
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    I love that you played Mack the Knife at the End. Ah, opera humor.
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