Aug. 1, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The Rainbow Connection is going digital, as
Walt Disney Records
celebrates the upcoming 35th Anniversary of the classic frogs-to-riches story, "The Muppet Movie," with the re-release of its Grammy-winning soundtrack album. Originally produced by
and executive produced by late Muppet creator
, the album features eleven timeless songs by Williams and
. The release, for the first time in both digital and physical formats, coincides with the Blu-ray
release of the classic 1979 film. Featuring new liner notes by Oscar
, the album arrives in stores and at online retailers
From the opening strum of Kermit the frogs banjo on "The Rainbow Connection" (a 1979 Oscar¨ nominee for Best Original Song) to the dazzling
sound stage finale featuring the entire Muppet cast singing "The Magic Store," the songs of "The Muppet Movie" make up the most memorable movie score ever written for a frog, pig, dog and whatever The Great Gonzo is.
As Williams writes in his liner notes, Henson set out to not make a children's film but rather one "for the child in all of us." The Muppets creator gave Williams and Ascher total freedom to write songs they felt suited the story and characters. That they did with tunes like Kermit's touching and world renowned "Rainbow Connection," Miss Piggy's dulcet "Never Before, Never Again" (the sweetest pig-frog love song ever) and the rockin' "Can You Picture That" by the legendary band, The Electric Mayhem, featuring Animal on drums.
The film takes Kermit on the ultimate road trip, as he travels from his home in the swamp to
in search of his dream to entertain. Along the way he makes new friends, from
and Gonzo to the sultry femme fatale, Miss Piggy. Unfortunately the evil frogs-leg restaurant magnate
(played by the late
) keeps trying to kidnap and fricassee Kermit's legs at every turn. All's well that ends well, when the gang finally makes it to
, where a studio chief (played by a glowering
) issues them "the standard rich and famous contract."
Many celebrities made memorable cameo appearances in the film, including
. The real stars are the Muppets themselves, who went and made seven more feature films. "The Muppet Movie" was added to the National Film Registry in 2009 for being "culturally, historically and aesthetically" significant.
, Golden Globe and Oscar
is best known for writing hits such as "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and the Oscar-winning "Evergreen," and having worked with stars such as Barbra Streisand,
. He writes in his liner notes that working on "The Muppet Movie" was "a high point of my career," adding "To me the film suggests that we are all capable of more than we'd imagined; that the key ingredients are kindness and belief in ourselves."
Songs featured on
The Muppet Movie
- " Rainbow Connection" - The score's most enduring song, performed in the opening scene by Kermit, alone in the swamp, and reprised at the end by the entire cast.
- "Movin' Right Along" - Kermit and Fozzie leave behind the treacherous El Sleezo Cafe, hop in the Studebaker and sing this upbeat song while criss-crossing America.
- " Never Before, Never Again" -- Miss Piggy sings this romantic torch ballad just after being named Miss Bogen County and spying the love of her life, Kermit, from across a crowded fairground.
- "Never Before, Never Again" -- an instrumental version.
- " I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along" - Kermit and Rowlf the Dog sing this wistful lounge ballad after Miss Piggy dumps her "short, green and handsome" beau.
- "Can You Picture That?" - Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem rock out this fun rocker as they turn Fozzie's drab Studebaker into a Haight-Ashbury love bug.
- "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along" -- an instrumental version.
- " I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" - Gonzo sings this hopeful tune sitting around a campfire with the Muppets gang, as their Hollywood dreams seem lost for good.
- " America" - Fozzie's feeling patriotic as he sings the hymn while driving past Mount Rushmore, Yosemite Valley and the Grand Canyon.
- "Animal...Come Back" -- Animal, carries the day after downing Insta-Grow pills, rising 50 feet and dispersing the bad guys for good.
- "Finale: The Magic Store" - The Muppets sing their memorable finale on an empty Hollywood sound stage, decorating it with movie magic, and then singing the unforgettable lyric: "Life's like a movie, write your own ending."
ABOUT THE MUPPETS For more than 55 years, the Muppets have entertained film and television audiences with their blend of heart and humor. The creation of the late visionary,
, the Muppets are among the world's most recognized and beloved characters, led by the world's most famous amphibian, Kermit the Frog. Since The Muppets Studio joined The Walt Disney Company in 2004, the Muppets have starred in a series of award-winning viral music videos, multiple television specials, attractions and appearances at Disney Parks, and have an array of Muppets merchandise.
soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on August 13.
For more information on
Walt Disney Records'
releases, please visit
, become a fan at
or follow us at