Nobody needs to be convinced the Muppets are cool. From the dope culinary creations of the Swedish Chef to the Jackass-level hi-jinks of Grover, Jim Henson’s creations have remained relevant for more than four decades thanks to their unique blend of hilarity and showmanship. And, as the Muppets have so much footage, people of the Internet can cut and splice the footage to seamlessly recreate iconic pop culture. Case in point: someone cut this Muppetastic take on the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ starring the cast of Sesame Street. It’s a damn delight.
The original 1994 video was directed by Spike Jonze and features Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock hilariously paying homage to the popular crime dramas of the ’70s. YouTuber isthishowyougoviral (also known as video editor Adam Schleichkorn) used footage of the Muppets from their first feature-length film Follow That Film to recapture the “on-the-run” paranoia of the original video, showing Big Bird evading several characters of both the puppet and non-puppet variety. But how does it compare to the original, iconic video? Pretty damn well.
Big Bird and The Count serve as excellent surrogates for the beloved boys from Brooklyn. The frenetic pacing is perfectly matched and hilariously undercut by the absurdity of watching a giant puppet bird try to blend in with the crowd. The editing is top-notch, as the footage is meticulously chosen to meld perfectly with the song. The Muppet version even features a pretty fantastic homage to Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, further cementing the homage to crime classics of the past.
It’s not the first time Schleichkorn has used the Muppets to create awesome mashups. He’s has previously used his skills to have them perform hits by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and 50 Cent. The Muppets seem to be a wonderful muse.