The Muppets Mayhem is coming to Disney+ to show us all a backstage view of Electric Mayhem.
Disney announced today that a new series is coming to Disney+ to give us a peek behind that famous red curtain. In The Muppets Mayhem, viewers will be able to see what it takes to get Animal and his bandmates to actually create an album together.
We’re thinking this will be something like The Beatles’ Get Back series, but with more felt.
Can you Picture That?
A Muppets production just wouldn’t be the same without a musical montage! How else do you get the stage cleaned up or even try on new outfits? The Electric Mayhem band has been facilitating the productivity of The Muppets since the 1970s by providing those montage-powering tunes.
Formally known as “Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem,” the band has rotated members through the years, but we can expect the core bandmates to paper in The Muppets Mayhem:
- Animal on drums
- Dr. Teeth on lead vocals and keyboards
- Zoot on saxophone
- Janice on vocals and guitar
- Floyd Pepper on vocals and bass
You’ll notice the absence of Lips, a sometimes bandmate that likes to sit in for a few gigs on trumpet, but otherwise, he’s out doing his own thing.
I would really love for The Muppets Mayhem to explore the lore of the bandmates. Sure, Janice is a ditz, and Zoot is the coolest of dudes, but maybe The Muppets Mayhem will provide more dimension. I’m hoping it will finally resolve my longstanding theory that Dr. Teeth was inspired by not only Elton John, but also Big Mouth of the Dutch pop duo, Mouth and MacNeal.
You can’t tell me THIS ACTUAL MUPPET MAN didn’t inspire Dr. Teeth:
Will Dave Grohl come back for another drum battle with Animal in The Muppets Mayhem? Or maybe he’ll reprise his role as Animool of The Moopets?
One thing we do know— where The Muppets appear, you can bet celebrity guests aren’t far behind. Lilly Sing will be on-hand to try to wrangle the group into actually getting their album completed on time.
I’m hopeful that The Muppets Mayhem will be a hit. It’s got great potential, with Bill Baretta (who also wrote The Muppets and Muppets Haunted Mansion) penning the script alongside Adam F. Goldberg (Of ABC’s The Goldbergs, the guy knows his ’80s lore!).
David Lightbody, executive producer and senior vice president of Disney Live Entertainment and The Muppets Studio said, “We are so excited to bring the story of The Electric Mayhem Band to the front and center of this new series. They’ve been entertaining audiences since ‘The Muppet Show,’ which debuted 45 years ago, so it’s wonderful that these characters are finally getting to play lead rather than supporting roles.”
I think Animal and his bandmates have certainly earned their chance in the spotlight!