How The Muppet Movie Inspired My Childhood, and How It’s Saving My Endangered Imagination Today

Today is Kermit the Frog’s 56th birthday!

I just found out, and I’m surprised. Because I just finished a series of blog posts about Kermit and his extraordinary big-screen debut, The Muppet Movie.

The more I replay The Muppet Movie in my mind (I memorized the movie word for word when I was a kid), the more I realize how much it has influenced my life. It’s kind of a miraculous little movie.

I’ve just written a two-part account of what the movie means to me. It’s published at Good Letters, the blog of Image journal. Here’s…

I hope you enjoy it. And if you haven’t seen The Muppet Movie recently, you should.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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