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What do you get when you cross the Muppets and the classics? A monster hit! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this tale of mystery and suspense to life in their own way. This tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christin What do you get when you cross the Muppets and the classics? A monster hit! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this tale of mystery and suspense to life in their own way. This tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christine), Uncle Deadly (as the phantom), and the chickens (as the ballet corps) give a whole new meaning to the word "classic.


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What do you get when you cross the Muppets and the classics? A monster hit! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this tale of mystery and suspense to life in their own way. This tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christin What do you get when you cross the Muppets and the classics? A monster hit! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this tale of mystery and suspense to life in their own way. This tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House, has now been reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Kermit (as Raoul), Miss Piggy (as Christine), Uncle Deadly (as the phantom), and the chickens (as the ballet corps) give a whole new meaning to the word "classic.

30 review for Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Eh. It was good but it could have been better. This was clearly written by a fan of the Muppets and you can tell from the dialogue. More on point than the shitty Disney films. Gonzo actually acted like Gonzo. Piggy acted like Piggy. Fozzie acted like Fozzie... you get the idea. Though, Kermit's dialogue was fucking atrocious. He was saying stuff that was not a good blend of Raoul/Kermit and came off cringey and cheesy. That's the strongest praise it gets from me... That's where the two stars come Eh. It was good but it could have been better. This was clearly written by a fan of the Muppets and you can tell from the dialogue. More on point than the shitty Disney films. Gonzo actually acted like Gonzo. Piggy acted like Piggy. Fozzie acted like Fozzie... you get the idea. Though, Kermit's dialogue was fucking atrocious. He was saying stuff that was not a good blend of Raoul/Kermit and came off cringey and cheesy. That's the strongest praise it gets from me... That's where the two stars come from. The biggest problem with this book is if someone took the Leroux novel, copied it to Microsoft Word, rewrote the story with Muppet characters. By the paragraph, down to the damn scene with the envelope and the franc swapping. Listen, Muppet Christmas Carol is damn faithful... even if it doesn't adapt the subplot with Scrooge's sister... but really, even Brian Henson/Jerry Juhl knew that ALL the scenes did not need to be adapted. I give credit to Erik Forrest Jackson, he tried something that hasn't been done in a while since the early 90's... but I feel he really missed the mark on what makes an adaptation shine. Not being 100% faithful but allowing the Muppets to be the Muppets. If you're a Phantom fan, buy it. If you're looking for a good Muppet retelling, watch Muppets Go to the Movies or one of the two 90's adaptaions (Carol or Treasure Island).

  2. 5 out of 5

    H. D.

    A classic love triangle with everyone being obsessed with the greatest singer/actress/star of its time? Obviously only one person could do this story justice. A classic love triangle with everyone being obsessed with the greatest singer/actress/star of its time? Obviously only one person could do this story justice.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This book was a hoot! Though I am puzzled what/who it's intended audience was for? Phantom Fans? Muppet Fans? Kids? (maybe). I think it was pretty spot on the characterization of the Muppets. It is also incredibly faithful to the original novel. It includes almost all of the weird and eccentric details from Leroux's story (the head of fire, the safety pin etc.) I loved Gonzo as the Persian. People who have read the original Phantom novel will have a more insider perspective and appreciation for th This book was a hoot! Though I am puzzled what/who it's intended audience was for? Phantom Fans? Muppet Fans? Kids? (maybe). I think it was pretty spot on the characterization of the Muppets. It is also incredibly faithful to the original novel. It includes almost all of the weird and eccentric details from Leroux's story (the head of fire, the safety pin etc.) I loved Gonzo as the Persian. People who have read the original Phantom novel will have a more insider perspective and appreciation for this little book. It might be one of the most faithful adaptations for children out there (putting aside the typical Muppet lunacy) Yeah Disney if you want to make this the next Muppet movie? Shut up and take my money.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    it's like this was made for me. Phantom of the Opera, the Muppets, snarky humor...this was pretty much perfect.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Evans

    The concept here was a lot of fun, and I'd definitely watch the muppet movie version of Phantom of the Opera if there was one, but something about writing quality or style here just wasn't holding my interest.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Pierre Vidrine

    This book is anachronistic, chaotic, and riddled with groan-worthy puns. In short, it's just about everything one expects with any project featuring the Muppets. With me being a lifelong fan of the Muppets in different media, and with The Phantom of the Opera being one of my favorite novels, Jackson had high hopes to live up to. And he didn't disappoint. Leroux's work is delightfully reinterpreted and cleverly skewered here with the random humor of the Muppets. Though a fan, I still made use of G This book is anachronistic, chaotic, and riddled with groan-worthy puns. In short, it's just about everything one expects with any project featuring the Muppets. With me being a lifelong fan of the Muppets in different media, and with The Phantom of the Opera being one of my favorite novels, Jackson had high hopes to live up to. And he didn't disappoint. Leroux's work is delightfully reinterpreted and cleverly skewered here with the random humor of the Muppets. Though a fan, I still made use of Google a few times to reacquaint myself with some of the Muppets cast in new roles here. Sometimes the casting was spot on. Sometimes it was just weird. But it was always fun.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danise

    This was a silly blend of the Muppets and the Phantom. As long as you go into it knowing it will have Muppet humor and enjoy that, you'll be good. Definitely not great literature, but fun.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    If you - or your child - is a lover of all things Muppet, this book is a riot to read. While I haven't read the original Phantom myself, I certainly knew the general gist. The imaginative ways the author threw almost the entire Muppet cast into the story was wonderful. I read this with my 9 year old, and he laughed regularly while we were reading. To be honest, I laughed even more frequently than him! One issue I have with the book, is *who* it is actually targeted for. It came from the library If you - or your child - is a lover of all things Muppet, this book is a riot to read. While I haven't read the original Phantom myself, I certainly knew the general gist. The imaginative ways the author threw almost the entire Muppet cast into the story was wonderful. I read this with my 9 year old, and he laughed regularly while we were reading. To be honest, I laughed even more frequently than him! One issue I have with the book, is *who* it is actually targeted for. It came from the library as a juvenile book, but so much of the humor is adult, much of it went over my guy's head. Frequent references to The Eagles 'Hotel California' absolutely made me smile, but he just didn't catch it - after all, Piggy Daae can't leave the Phantom (aka Uncle Deadly) because 'you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave!' All in all, the two of us loved it. It was so much fun to read...he is hoping that they do more of these kinds of books in the future!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    This is absolutely hilarious!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Critchlow

    This book was brilliant. It has all the muppets and all the muppet humour. Kermit is a hero, Miss Piggy is the heroin, Uncle Deadly the Villian and Fozzie the bumbling copper.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    If not a movie at least a Muppet special Come on Disney Ive never known you to kick money out of bed. The mouse needs a new pair of yellow shoes

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberlyluisi

    Fun, but I couldn't get used to the role reversal of Kermit & Miss Piggy. Also, more Sam the American Eagle please! Fun, but I couldn't get used to the role reversal of Kermit & Miss Piggy. Also, more Sam the American Eagle please!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa-Joy

    Very cute. Lots of nice references to musicals and theater trivia and nonsense in general. Great read for fans of phantom or Broadway.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Solove

    What fun! Full of genuine Muppet humor and a delightful cast of favorite Muppets as well as plenty of more obscure Muppets for the die-hard fan, this retelling of the Phantom of the Opera was a delightful read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A great interpretation, true to both of its original sources!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was so funny, I loved all the references and jokes. It was a fun version of The Phantom of the Opera.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lancaster

    Funny twist on the classic tale!

  18. 5 out of 5

    hallie bertling

    a. like the muppet show itself, this is probably for grown-ups. the kids may also enjoy the ridiculous punny jokes and madcap characters, but i kinda doubt they can fully appreciate that in addition to apollo, there's a statue of ariana grande's ponytail on the roof of the paris opera house. or a lightning rod on elvis' marble statue giving him the world's first electric guitar. but perhaps i'm wrong. b. this book was surprisingly accurate to the original gaston leroux novel. but really! the chara a. like the muppet show itself, this is probably for grown-ups. the kids may also enjoy the ridiculous punny jokes and madcap characters, but i kinda doubt they can fully appreciate that in addition to apollo, there's a statue of ariana grande's ponytail on the roof of the paris opera house. or a lightning rod on elvis' marble statue giving him the world's first electric guitar. but perhaps i'm wrong. b. this book was surprisingly accurate to the original gaston leroux novel. but really! the characters included. the mind-numbing recitation of events and journal entries were handled with deft aplumb. c. one of my favourite parts of the original muppet show was the ballroom dancing scenes where couples exchanged punchlines as they twirled past. they made an appearance in the masquerade scene. here was my favourite: "i felt so unlucky on my wedding day," said a lady reveler. "why?" asked her partner. she replied, "because i wasn't going to marry the best man!" so if you can handle fozzie's wocka wocka jokes as the fumbling police inspector. if you can appreciate "the faust & the furious;" if you can picture gonzo as the persian leading monsieur viscount kermit de chagny into the phantom/uncle deadly's mirror maze in his carnival midway under the paris opera house, this book is for you. :) (also, the b&w muppet painting illustrations at each chapter heading were terrific. kudos to illustrator owen richardson.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shane Perry

    I was severely disappointed in this. I’m not sure if it’s that the antics of the Muppets just don’t translate well to prose or if the author just isn’t very good...either way this book falls flat. I like some of the ideas and the way Gaston Leroux’s characters are cast, but this book just tries too hard to be funny. At first, the humor seemed very in line with the Muppets. As the book goes on, the references (from Snapchat to Brexit) just become too modern. The Muppets have always had a bit of m I was severely disappointed in this. I’m not sure if it’s that the antics of the Muppets just don’t translate well to prose or if the author just isn’t very good...either way this book falls flat. I like some of the ideas and the way Gaston Leroux’s characters are cast, but this book just tries too hard to be funny. At first, the humor seemed very in line with the Muppets. As the book goes on, the references (from Snapchat to Brexit) just become too modern. The Muppets have always had a bit of meta humor, but never to the extent of making such blatant anachronisms. If this series continues, I hope a different author is chosen. I will say that the artwork for each chapter was gorgeous.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I don't hate this book, I don't regret reading it, but man, it could've been so much better. It's not the anachronistic humor; A Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island had plenty of that, and both films are great. It's the book seems to overcompensate for the lack of visuals by overloading the anachronisms, to the point where some pages have two or three on them, and the print is not small. That said, I do appreciate that the writer stuck closer to the source material than to the more I don't hate this book, I don't regret reading it, but man, it could've been so much better. It's not the anachronistic humor; A Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island had plenty of that, and both films are great. It's the book seems to overcompensate for the lack of visuals by overloading the anachronisms, to the point where some pages have two or three on them, and the print is not small. That said, I do appreciate that the writer stuck closer to the source material than to the more widely known Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (though the musical does get referenced once or twice). All in all, this book was fine. But that's all; fine. And it could've been so much more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Briar Graovac

    This book is very silly. If you're really good at picturing the Muppets and feel like expending the additional concentration to do it--I did a few times--then I will credit the writer that it is possible to visualize a charming little movie here. But. I'd rather just have a charming little movie on a streaming platform or available to rent. I like the idea in theory as both a great lover of the Phantom and a decent lover of the Muppets, and there were a few decent jokes here, but nothing that par This book is very silly. If you're really good at picturing the Muppets and feel like expending the additional concentration to do it--I did a few times--then I will credit the writer that it is possible to visualize a charming little movie here. But. I'd rather just have a charming little movie on a streaming platform or available to rent. I like the idea in theory as both a great lover of the Phantom and a decent lover of the Muppets, and there were a few decent jokes here, but nothing that particularly added to my enjoyment of either property. Still, it's a quirky little addition to my Phantom collection and I don't regret having it or reading it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I wanted to like this book so much. I even went back and read the original Phantom of the Opera in order to understand the references. I think this would have been delightful as a movie but on paper this just doesn't work. Even with being well versed to even recognize obscure rarely used Muppets by description and picking up their mannerisms and tone of voice and knowing the story of Phantom of the Opera and rereading it... this still was tough to enjoy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Before I begin this review, be warned - I am a huge Muppets fan. Which means this review is completely biased :) This book was everything I hoped a Muppet book would be - witty, clever, and laugh out loud comedy! The puns were hilarious, the dialogue for the characters on point, and the modern references and footnotes a riot. I would highly recommend for any Muppet fan! (If you don't know the Muppets well, it probably won't be as funny. The dialogue and characters won't make as much sense.)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mitchell

    It has all the great humor of the Muppets. It would be a good book for a kid to get introduced to the Phantom of the Opera. I was not a fan of the use of anachronisms, preferring a more pure reenactment, however I know that is the Muppet way. This would make an excellent movie. Definitely a read if you're a fan of the Muppets.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erika Powers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Idea was cute. Difficult to read. I'm not sure bc of my brain damage or bc it's choppy and there are too many descriptors and complicated details. I wouldn't recommend it. It took forever to read and after about 3/4 through it wasn't rewarding. Story would have been better in 200 pages instead of 300. The part I enjoyed the most was looking forward to reading it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    A fun and surprisingly accurate romp through Leroux's classic. My only complaint is that some of the references (Facebook, LinkedIn, the Spider-Man musical) are very, very dated. The Muppets are classic because they're timeless. Dating them is a disservice. Also Statler and Waldorf, please! They're my favorite part!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claire Herhold

    I'm honestly mad about how good this was - it's probably the most faithful adaptation of the original novel out there! Perfectly incorporates the humor and puns of the Muppets while maintaining the heart of the original.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brin

    It had some amusing bits in the first 30 or so pages I read, but I gave up because Muppets are meant to be seen, not imagined.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Brouwer

    Absolute perfection.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janey

    Cute book, friend gave it to me to read. Muppets act out Phantom of the Opera in a very silly way. Just a fun little read, made me laugh.

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