Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dancing Cheese

Say... does anyone here remember The Muppet Show? It was this Jim-Henson-puppeteered hour-long show that was on the air from the mid-70s to the early 80s; I have fond memories of watching the reruns from when I was five or six years old. While Sesame Street was the series that first introduced me to muppets in general, The Muppet Show was probably the first thing that transitioned me to the foibles of adult humor.

The reason I mention this is because I've had this strange image in my mind for the last week or so. The fact that it's inextricably linked to The Muppet Show probably justifies its sheer weirdness, but I have no idea how the memory suddenly popped into my mind, or why it happened to stay there for an entire week.

In case the title of this post hasn't clued you in on the nature of that mental image yet: Yes, it involves dancing cheese.

No, doctor, I'm not crazy. Yes, this has been on my mind for the last few days at least.

After a number of inappropriate moments when the image of an animated block of gorgonzola suddenly crossed my thoughts, I figured that I might as well look around and see if I could find any bits of the original scene. We've come a loooooong way since the advent of primitive animation on TV; almost forty years, in fact. And if I knew the Internet well enough, the likelihood of finding anything that I ever wanted or needed to find across the World Wide Web was likely to be quite high.

Less than a couple of minutes after I began my search, I was incredulously watching one of the few film clips that was ever taken of the strange little image in my mind. It seems that you really can find anything on YouTube:

So there you have it -- dancing cheese. Don't ever say that I didn't give you anything.

Yes, I'm weird. Thank you for that casual -- yet appropriate -- remark.

Now if I only had some way to get rid of this image of singing vegetables out of my head...


jeff reiji said...

No offense Sean, =)

I watched the Muppet Show when I was very young, like back when I was 4 to 6 years old.

Those were the days of watching re-runs of Flying House and Superbook every Saturday morning.

Sean said...

Reiji: Yeah, I remember the old Chirstian-themed shows, too. Nowadays you don't see much anime-based Christian properties for some reason...

I remember that the problem with local showings of The Muppet Show was that these would always come around the "dead" time slots (about five or six in the afternoon on weekends). I had a heck of a time catching it as a result. Interestingly enough, I did manage to catch their "Dog City" episode, and it remains one of my fonder (albeit weird) memories. :)