While we await news about the upcoming Muppets series for the Disney exclusive streaming service, a recent camera test from former director Jim Frawley during the filming of The Muppet Movie showcases a hilarious argument between Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, voiced by Muppets creator Jim Henson and famous puppeteer Frank Oz.
In the clip, Kermit and Fozzie are having a discussion when Fozzie reveals he doesn't have sharp teeth and barely hibernates, with Kermit implying that means he's not a real bear. Kermit doesn't stop there, calling out how Fozzie doesn't even have real fur. "Have you ever seen a bear with a magenta nose?" he said. But when Kermit states Fozzie is just an artificial bear with foam rubber, that is the last straw for the often-ridiculed comedian.
James Frawley’s camera test for The Muppet Movie is some of the funniest muppet material, showing the true comedic genius between Jim Henson and @TheFrankOzJam— Muppet History (@HistoryMuppet) January 24, 2019
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"You hurt me, I'm gonna have to hurt you," Fozzie said before informing Kermit that he has a wire on his arm. The clip ends with Kermit upset and Fozzie apologizing with his hand over his eyes and not a single "Wocka, Wocka, Wocka!" in sight.
Jim Henson would later direct The Great Muppet Caper and ended the popular television series, The Muppet Show, to concentrate on films. He continued to collaborate with Frank Oz, whom he recommended to George Lucas for the role of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, along with The Dark Crystal and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Henson also directed the musical fantasy film The Labrinyth and worked on such projects as Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Babies, The Storyteller and The Jim Henson Hour, among other projects. Henson passed away due to toxic shock syndrome in May 1990.
Frank Oz continued to voice characters for the Muppets but also expanded his talents as an actor and director. After working with Henson on The Dark Crystal and Muppets Take Manhattan, he directed Little Shop of Horrors as well other films such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, What about Bob?, In & Out, Bowfinger, and the original Death at a Funeral. He also made frequent appearances in films directed by John Landis and voiced the monster Fungus, Randall's scare assistant, in Pixar's Monsters Inc. Oz semi-retired all of his Muppet characters in 2001.