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Tear Jerker: The Muppets
"Pictures In My Head." Kermit's sense of nostalgia and loss is conveyed extremely well.
Kermit: I mean the only way we can raise that kind of money is to....... to put on a show. ...and I haven't seen the old gang... in a long, long time. ... I guess... the world sort of forgot about us."
It gets especially great when the portraits come to life and The Electric Mayhem starts playing. The lyrics so beautifully capture what was "lost" and how great those memories truly were... and how wonderful it would be to have them back.
Should we do it all again?
Make them laugh like we did then?
Back on stage where we belong
We could harmonize for one more song
It gets especially heartbreaking when Kermit gets a glimpse of Miss Piggy's portrait and sadly covers it again.
Rarely can the Muppets invoke such a strong sense of guilt as "Pictures In My Head", since in a meta sense, the audience is responsible for the Muppets losing popularity.
The moment when Walter, Gary, and Mary are trying to talk Kermit into doing the telethon. They each quote a line of the Muppet Show theme song . . . and then Kermit plays the final 7 notes very slowly and regretfully on the piano.
Kermit singing "The Rainbow Connection" and being joined by Piggy and then the rest of the cast. (And the in-movie audience. And probably more than a few of the real audience.)
When Animal starts drumming again, you will cry.
Add to that the fact that this is the first time Steve Whitmire has gotten to perform Kermit's signature song since taking over the roll.
Watching Tex Richman harassing the Muppets after the telethon failed. The way he gets in Kermit's face always made me want to punch the guy. Even the in-movie audience was appalled by his despicable behavior.
The scene where Kermit makes his uplifting speech about so what if the telethon didn't raise enough to buy back their studio and their name. They have each other and that's what makes them who they are, so they'll walk out with heads held high, and they'll start over from the beginning if they have to. As soon as Kermit opens the stage door, he's greeted by camera flashes and cheers. The shot pulls back to reveal Hollywood Boulevard is absolutely packed with screaming fans waving signs and cheering the Muppets.
When Walter first enters Kermit's old office, he sees on one wall an assortment of photos of Kermit with old celebrities, the center of which is... Kermit with Jim Henson.
Just seeing what's happened to Fozzie without Kermit and the others is absolutely heartbreaking.