Friends, I am a firm believer that what the world needs more of on a daily basis is The Muppets. In the years that I have had the pleasure of writing on the site, I don’t think I have ever held back my love for what Jim Henson or the Jim Henson Company has done for making the world a brighter place. However that isn’t to say I don’t appreciate a humorously dark mashup of the Muppets with other properties, which is of course why I am enamored by Jason Beck’s Muppet Maniacs. Because quite frankly you can’t help but chuckle when you see Gonzo the Great as Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise…with Camilla the Chicken stepping in as Pamela Voorhees!
Jason Beck has been a game developer for 19 years, most notably as Art Director for Runic Games’ Torchlight and Torchlight II. The Muppet Maniacs looks to have been done about three years ago and on Beck’s ArtStation page he had this to say about his project:
“I really enjoy mashing things up…especially things that are considered cute with things that are gruesome. The only parameters I had for this series was 1) Don’t make them do poses/expressions their physical counterparts are incapable of, 2) Don’t spend more than 5-6 hours on each one, and 3) don’t go *over* the line of good taste…just find the line. I might have broken the second restriction on a couple of these.
It was a fun side project.”
That explains how we have this wonderful illustration of Fozzie Bear as Freddy Krueger. Which if you think about it, in regards to how Freddy became a one-liner spouting character in the later Nightmare on Elm Street films, that is a pretty good match up.
For this Muppet Maniacs take on Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, can you truly say that with all of the harm that Honeydew’s assistant has taken over the years he wouldn’t end up like Michael Myers from Halloween?
Next up we have none other than Sam the Eagle as Pinhead from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. I can only assume that Sam’s overzealous nature finally caused him to seek out the infamous puzzle box?
Last but certainly not least is Kermit the Frog, who while we have seen get a little mad sometimes…appears to be taking Norman Bates comment of “We all go a little mad sometimes.” to heart.
The greatest thing about Jason Beck’s Muppet Maniacs is it’s not embracing anything that The Muppets haven’t done before. Case in point when Alice Cooper appeared on The Muppet Show and performed Welcome to My Nightmare!
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